International

‘Don’t buy Coca-Cola if you’re not going to help us recycle!’ Coca-Cola launches recycling campaign

[10 June/Beverage Daily] Coca-Cola has launched a new recycling campaign in Belgium which uses its brand to encourage consumers to recycle their packaging. Coca-Cola has set targets to collect 100 percent of its packaging in Europe and to use at least 50 percent recycled plastic in its bottles by 2025. Its summer campaign in Belgium...

French burger fraud is ‘chapter 2’ of the horsemeat scandal, campaigners warn

[10 June/Food Navigator] Beef burgers that failed to meet legal standards were purchased by four charities tackling food poverty in France, resulting in large-scale food fraud. Using funds from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), the charities purchased and redistributed frozen burgers, which turned out to not meet minimum legal standards...

Food companies shrink portions to target solo consumers

[07 June/Food Dive] Instead of focusing on marketing to traditional suburban family units, more companies are now catering to urban, single-person households. 35.7 million Americans live alone which means there is a huge untapped market for companies. Research by the Wall Street Journal has shown that although these individuals consume less, they are willing to...

Plastic-free trials at supermarkets don’t address the enormity of plastic pollution’: academic

[07 June/Food Navigator] Attempts by food retailers to encourage customers away from using plastic packaging won’t tackle the enormity of the plastic pollution problem, warns academic Tim Lang, who believes “strong intervention is needed to move the food system to another place’’. UK supermarket Waitrose’s latest announcement about a host of trials to test whether...

The future of snacking revealed

[07 June/Food Navigator] GoodMills Innovation has invested extensively in cereal ingredients that provide snacks with additional health benefits to enable producers to keep ahead of the rapidly changing snacking scenario. More consumers are opting to graze on snacks throughout the day to complement their daily diet. However, requirements for snacks are changing, with issues such...

Virtual reality demo shows how location can impact taste

[06 June/FoodDive] Robin Dando, an associate professor at Cornell University’s Department of Food Science and Director of the Cornell Sensory Evaluation Facility has researched how different locations affect the way things taste though using virtual reality. This is important in understanding how consumers experience eating food and also revealed that consumers are more willing to...

Munich-based YFood Labs secures €4.2 million in Series A funding to bring healthy, fast food to millennials

[06 June/EU-Startups] Munich based YFood Labs has secured 4.2 million euros (approx. NZD $7.4 million) in Series A funding, with the goal of creating nutrient rich and bringing convenient full meal solutions to millennials. The series round was led by food-tech investor Five Seasons Ventures. YFood makes a well-balanced meal in drink format to bring...

Jet.com first US partner for UK personalized nutrition company Spoon Guru

[06 June/Nutra Ingredients] British company Spoon Guru, which uses artificial intelligence to help retailers offer consumers a personalized nutrition shopping experience, has announced Walmart-owned Jet.com as its first US partner. Spoon Guru allows customers to shop specifically for their diets by using classification technology to meet user’s specific dietary needs when shopping. The company’s first...

China State-Owned Food Group COFCO Partners with Bits x Bites to Accelerate Food Tech Innovation

[05 June/AgFunder] COFCO, China’s state-owned and largest food processor and manufacturer has partnered Chinese food tech venture firm Bits x Bites. The goal of the partnership is to power the development of agriculture and food tech innovation in China by opening up COFCO’s resources to Bits x Bites portfolio companies. It also aims to bring...

Corn That Won’t Get Planted This Year Could Shatter All U.S. Records

[31 May/Bloomberg] Acres of land could be left unplanted in the U.S due to relentless rain that has swept the Midwest. Rabobank is predicting an unprecedented number of unplanted acres of corn, the most widely grown American crop. A Bloomberg survey of 10 traders and analysts indicates growers could file insurance claims for about 6...

Tetra Pak: The future of packaging is undoubtedly digital

[31 May/Food Navigator] Recognising that digitalisation of packaging can help improve customer engagement, Tetra Pak has created the Connected Package platform to enable manufacturers to give their products a digital life. Consumers want safe, healthy food that is made from responsibly-sourced materials and where possible shipped in recyclable, environmentally-friendly packaging. In response to this barrier,...

Nestle’s new plant-based Awesome Burger wants in on the fake-meat market

[03 June/Fast Company] The world’s largest food company Nestle is launching its own meat-like plant burger. The plant-based burger has been coined the Awesome Burger, and was developed by Sweet Earth, a brand acquired by Nestle in 2017. The brand already makes more traditional veggie burgers that do not mimic meat but have added the...

Newly Crowned Billionaire Jay-Z Just Invested in a Cookie Company

[03 June/Entrepreneur] Jay-Z has invested in Partake Foods, a company that makes allergen free cookies.  The $1 million seed round investment was made through his firm Marcy Venture Partners and was led by Marcy Venture Partners and included The Factory Backstage Capital, SoFi Ventures, and Beyond Meat’s Chief Growth Officer, Chuck Muth. The allergen-free cookies...

The big chill: CBD-infused ice cream coming to Ben & Jerry’s

[31 May/Food Dive] The first cannabis development has been made from a major brand, with Ben & Jerry’s reporting that it will create CBD-infused treats once regulations have been put in place by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. CEO Matthew McCarthy placed this decision down to consumer desire for the non-psychoactive substance to be...

Walmart launches ‘Fast Lane’ checkout

[31 May/Grocery Dive] Walmart Canada has introduced a new “urban supercenter” concept store in Toronto, which features a ‘’Fast Lane’’ checkout. The Fast Lane allows customers to scan products with the My Walmart app whilst they shop and check out by scanning a barcode in the dedicated line which will be paid by the credit...

New barcode trial promises to cut product recall improve traceability

[31 May/Food and Beverage Magazine] Woolworths is set to become the first Australian supermarket to trial data embedded (or 2D) barcodes in stores from August, with the trial having the potential to help reduce food waste generated in Australia and will also help to eliminate the risk of customers purchasing expired products. Hilton Foods and...

KFC is meeting with plant-based ‘meat’ makers as chains like Burger King and Del Taco jump on the vegan bandwagon

[30 May/Business Insider] KFC’s US president Kevin Hochman has reported that the company is meeting with plant-based meat makers to discuss what a vegan version of fried chicken could look like. Fast-food chains such as Del Taco, Burger King, and Tim Hortons have added vegan meat substitutes to the menu in recent months. Although no...

Walmart sues poultry companies for price fixing

[30 May/Grocery Dive] Walmart has filed an antitrust lawsuit in Arkansas federal court against Pilgrim’s Pride, Koch Foods and 28 other poultry producing companies alleging that they conspired to increase prices for broiler chickens beginning in 2008. The complaint details two ways that the companies engaged in price fixing including reducing the supply of chickens...

Half of baby boomers are limiting sugar consumption, study finds

[30 May/Food Dive] Around 40 percent of U.S. baby boomers are limiting sugar consumption or buying more products with reduced sugar content because of health concerns, according to new research from Innova Market Insights. The research reveals that those in the demographic born between 1946 and 1964 are reducing their intake of sweet snacks however...

Report: Goya Foods considering $3B sale

[30 May/Food Dive] Goya Foods is considering a sale as part of its options, and has hired Goldman Sachs to help with the process. The food company sells a variety of Latin American food products such as canned beans, olives and rice and earns about USD$250 million (approx. NZD $380 million). The sale is expected...

Oatly has sights set on great march into China

[29 May/Food Navigator] Swedish alternative milk brand Oatly is aware that almost all Chinese consumers have some level of lactose intolerance and is planning to massively increase its market share. The company has opened an office in China to prepare for the launch, and has brought out a new Chinese character to signify ‘’vegan milk’’...

Nestlé Focuses on Factories, Procurement to Hit Cost-Cutting Goal

[24 May/The Wall Street Journal] Swiss consumer-goods giant Nestlé aims to generate up to USD$2.49 billion (approx. NZD $3.8 billion) in savings by 2020 with around half of these savings already made through boosting efficiency and centralising procurement. The company is scrutinizing its manufacturing footprint, consolidating procurement and simplifying its recipes to cut billions in...

Making ‘tastier food healthier and healthy food tastier’: Tate & Lyle CEO sees purpose driving growth

[27 May/Food Navigator] Ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle’s reformulation of their products has resulted in the business being boosted by sugar-reduction and clean label trends. Tate & Lyle announced a 4 percent rise in adjusted profits last week after strong performance offset challenging market conditions. CEO Nick Hampton announced that over the past four years,...

From microalgae to 3D printed steak: ‘The future is meatless’

[27 May/Food Navigator] Innovators are increasingly looking at ways of swapping out meat for plant-based counterparts with sustainability playing on many people’s minds. Beyond Meat and Impossible foods have found success in their plant-based products. Mark Post and his cultured beef burger made headline when his team managed to grow muscle tissue from stem cells...