International

Kezzler and FrieslandCampina launch first traceability and consumer engagement system for infant formula

[03 September/Food Navigator] Norwegian-based serialization technology company Kezzler is working with Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina to provide global traceability services for their infant formula brand, Friso. The project involves applying unique, secure and traceable identities to every single product, helping to track these from farmer to consumer, collecting data as the products go through the...

Food tourism helps farmers survive

[03 September/Farmers Weekly] Maleny Dairies in Queensland shows tourists its cows, factory and farm, making the most of food tourism by offering samples and selling their products on-site. Tourism Australia research on 15 of the country’s main tourism markets shows great food, wine and local cuisine is a now a major factor in holiday decision-making....

Ten scaling initiatives to accelerate food waste fight: WRI

[02 September/Food Navigator] A new list of ‘scaling initiatives’ has been published by World Resources Institute in an effort to accelerate the pace and geographic spread of global actions against food waste and loss. Reducing food waste and loss plays an important role in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and will help...

GM crops ‘will need to be part of the solution’

[02 September/Food Navigator] Industry group Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC) which promotes the use of controversial GM crops is urging Europe to embrace new crop techniques, otherwise they will fall behind the rest of the world. It has been argued that GM crops are necessary in order to feed the growing world sustainably. The report stated...

Vegan meals are ‘UK’s fastest growing take-away choice’

[02 September/Food Navigator] The British Takeaway Campaign reports, vegan takeaway orders have more than quadrupled in the last two years in the UK, making them the UK’s fastest growing take-away option. The group stated that the takeaway sector has responded with speed to the shift in consumer demand towards vegan, vegetarian and healthy options. The...

Food is ‘getting cool’: Nestlé CTO Stefan Palzer’s top 7 predictions on the future of food

[30 August/Food Navigator] Accelerating consumer trends such as veganism and environmental concerns are bringing complexity to the food industry but also plenty of opportunities, according to Stefan Palzer, Chief of Technology at Nestle. Mr Palzer stated how plant-based nutrition is rapidly growing due to changes in consumer thinking. Another one of his predictions for the...

‘Need for greater focus on fish and legumes in food at day-care institutions’: Danish study

[30 August/Food Navigator] A study commissioned by Denmark’s food administration has found that nutrient-rich protein sources such as fish, legumes and eggs should be served more frequently in day-care institutions. The food administration in Denmark released a set of nutritional guidelines for day-care institutions last year, and it was found in the study that these...

‘Mother of sustainability’ warns against climate virtue signalling

[30 August/Food Navigator] Going green is great for business amid a sea change in attitudes among consumers, reports Gro Harlem Brundtland, the Former Norwegian Prime Minister and decades-long important voice on climate change. However she states that it is important for companies to actually follow through with what they are saying, as consumers become more...

Campbell Soup hires former Chobani CFO

[30 August/Food Dive] Campbell Soup Co. has named Chobani CFO Mick Beekhuizen as its new CFO, effective next month. Mr Beekhuizen will replace Anthony DiSilvestro, who is leaving the company.  Lately, the company has focused more on snacks and its core soups while divesting its international and fresh operations in order to try and boost...

Cell-based meat and seafood producers form alliance

[30 August/Food Dive] Memphis Meats, Just, Fork & Goode, BlueNalu and Finless Foods have founded an alliance to represent the cell-based meat, poultry and seafood industry in order to advocate for their common regulatory and marketing benefit. The Alliance for Meat, Poultry & Seafood Innovation, or AMPS Innovation, will lobby in Washington, D.C., to educate...

Cargill invests $75M in pea protein maker Puris

[29 August/Food Dive] Cargill has invested another USD$75 million (approx. NZD$118 million) into Puris, pea protein producer. This funding will be used to more than double pea protein production at a 200,000 square foot factory in Minnesota. Puris creates non-GMO and organic pea protein, sourced from more than 400 US farmers. The company is also...

Study looks at keeping bias out of food industry-funded research

[28 August/Food Dive] Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Queensland have found that international health researchers are often unaware that they are susceptible to conflicts of interest or unconscious biases which could affect the outcomes of their research. The researchers aim to develop guidance to help these researchers better manage such...

Consumers are more ‘flexitarian’ than ever, but they distrust traditional dairy

[23 July / Food Navigator] Research from the Hartman Group has revealed that majority of US consumers have distrust in dairy and meat companies even if they do not purchase these items. The research also showed that non-dairy alternatives continue to grow among young consumers due to innovations and consumer trends. The Hartman Group acknowledged...

Obesity campaigners fear new UK Prime Minister will bury obesity proposals

[22 July / Food Navigator] Campaigners in the UK fear that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will ignore obesity proposals put forward by the Cabinet Office and Department of Health just before PM Johnson was given his role. PM Johnson has previously made comments about how he opposes ‘’nanny-state’’ measures and that he will review levies...

Plant-based meat market forecast to reach $85B by 2030, report says

[22 July / Food Dive] Investment firm UBS projects growth of plant-based protein and meat alternatives to increase from USD$4.6 billion in 2018 (approx. NZD $6.8 billion) to USD$85 billion (approx. NZD $126 billion in 2030. The Swiss company reported that estimate could be a conservative one if innovation and consumer awareness drive more consumption....

PepsiCo acquires South Africa’s Pioneer Foods for $1.7B

[22 July / Food Dive] PepsiCo have entered into an agreement to acquire South African company Pioneer Foods Group for USD$1.7 billion (approx. NZD$2.5 billion). Pioneer Foods manufactures regional brands of products including cereals and juices, under labels such as Weet-Bix, Ceres, Sasko and Spekko. The deal is expected to be completed by first quarter...

Walmart restructures supply chain team in omnichannel push

[22 July / Grocery Dive] Walmart is making an omnichannel push by restructuring its leadership and uniting its supply chain team in order to integrate both digital and store operations due to consumer demand for a seamless experience. Greg Smith, Walmart’s Executive Vice President of supply chain, will lead the team. Smith will report jointly...

A quarter of British consumers use plant-based milk – Mintel

[19 July / Foodbev Media] Almost a quarter (23%) of British consumers used plant-based milk alternatives in the three months to February 2019, up from 19% in 2018, according to new Mintel research. This growth has been largely fuelled by newer category entrants such as oat, coconut and almond variants as their availability has grown...

Report: Health-Ade Lands $20M Coke Equity Investment

[17 July / Bevnet] According to reports, kombucha company Health-Ade, has secured $20 million in funding from The Coca-Cola Company in early May. Coke has been an investor of the company since 2014 through its First Beverage Ventures. In a statement, Coca-Cola said that they are always looking for ways to evolve their product portfolio...

Nestlé Selects AI-Driven Analytics Firm Enterra To Build Platform for Marketing, Autonomous Sales

[16 July / Forbes] Nestlé has partnered with cognitive-computer company Enterra to use artificial-intelligence tools to transform the way they make decisions. Nestlé is going to deploy two Enterra software packages that provide advanced sales and marketing insights and automate complex decision-making. Enterra says that the new initiatives will focus on gathering a wide range...

This $20 ice cream is made with dairy grown in lab—and it sold out immediately

[16 July / CNBC] Perfect Day, which produces lab-grown dairy, released a line of ice cream last week for $20 a pint, which sold out in hours. Co-founder Perumal Gandhi says that they were blown away with the response to their release. The product is created using cow’s milk DNA and adding it to a...

Domino’s will launch GPS tracking for delivery orders by end of 2019

[16 July / CNBC] Domino’s Pizza will roll out GPS tracking for delivery orders at all of its U.S. stores by the end of 2019 it reported in a statement last week. The tracking of orders from Domino’s has been active in overseas countries for the last three years. CEO Ritch Allison says that not...

US organic food market sales have cooled, report finds

(15 July/Food Dive) A new Rabobank research report found that organic foods sales in the U.S. reached $47.9 billion last year and this year that figure is expected to increase further. The report highlighted several factors contributed to this figure such as low prices for items and availability. Some of the price decline is due...

Plant-based food market value hits $4.5B, with sales growing 11% in the past year

(16 June/Food Dive) Plant-based food sales have increased 11% in the past year reaching $4.5 billion market value according to The Good Food Institute and the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA). PBFA’s senior director Julie Emmett says that retailers have described plant-based foods as a growth engine. The growth she says has meant that many...