International

Heineken bringing its non-alcoholic beer to US in January

[12 October/Food Dive] Heineken plann to launch a non-alcoholic beer in the U.S. in January. It would be called Heineken 0.0. It had already been introduced in 30 countries, however was yet to break into the North American market. It hoped the non-alcoholic product would boost opportunities for U.S. consumers to drink Heineken. It aimed...

Trick or Treat: Whole Foods campaigns for 6 better-for-you versions of childhood goodies

[12 October/Food Dive] Whole Foods decided to launch a nationwide campaign to publicise six of its in-store candy and snack brands instead of promoting seasonal treats. The snack brands are healthy alternatives to childhood favourites. The brands are all emerging companies in the snacking sector. They included Project 7 and SmartSweets who are low-sugar producers...

Consumers not confused by milk alternatives

[12 October/Feedstuffs] The period for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s consideration of a proposal to provide better clarity on appropriate labelling of plant-based alternatives on milk and dairy products closed. A survey by the International Food Information Council showed a low level of confusion. Most dairy products had standards of identity that were recognisable....

A lack of ‘digital maturity’ is holding back Big Food innovation, says French Foodtech chief

[11 October/Food Navigator] According to the National Director of FoodTech, Xavier Boidevezi, not enough big food companies had the digital maturity required to embrace open innovation. He added the biggest benefits were to be had by players who looked to innovate beyond their core business areas and collaborating with external stakeholders. This would assist to...

‘Flexitarian’ diets key to feeding people in a warming world

[11 October/BBC News] According to scientists, to limit climate change, water scarcity, and pollution, we needed to embrace flexitarian diets. This would mean mainly eating plant-based foods and was one of the three key steps towards a sustainable future. The study showed food waste would need to halve and farming practices improve. The authors showed...

Strawberry needle tampering cause still not known a month on from first report

[11 October/ABC News] Almost a month after the first strawberry with a needle in it was reported, the source of the initial contamination has not been revealed. Affected punnets were found across Australia. Queensland Police were still investigating the incidents, and would tell the public if charges were laid. There were several confirmed cases. Berry...

Start-up seeks to guarantee meat eating quality using science

[12 October/ABC News] MEQ Probe was a startup that aimed to guarantee the eating quality of a steak or lamb chop. It developed medical grade probes to use and test eating quality traits such as marbling and shear force. Being developed by the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics. Its CEO, Jordy Kitschke, said...

Rockmelon listeria investigation finds outbreak that killed seven largely caused by dust storms

[11 October/ABC News] According to an investigation, a series of deaths linked to listeria on rockmelons concluded the fruit came from a single farm in New South Wales. The farm in question was Rombola Family Farms. Between January and April, 22 cases of listeriosis occurred across the state. The investigation found the farm had hygiene...

Food Crops From Corn to Rice Are Seen at Risk From Warmer Change

[9 October/Bloomberg] Due to global temperature rising, farming all kinds of food crops would likely become more difficult. A panel of scientists have warned the world was one degree hotter than it was at the start of the industrial revolution, and was on track to warm 3 degrees by the end of the century. The...

Will your nutrition tech stand out in 2019?

[11 October/Food Dive] Nutrition and wellness technologies are more important than simply being smartwatches with sleep trackers. They are about customised meal plans, group fitness classes, and replacements for common ingredients. The advanced nutritional area has changed dramatically. Consumers want better options, resulting in more entrepreneurs and investors looking towards the emerging market. Consumers can...

Overfishing is destroying the world’s oceans. These start-ups think growing fish in a lab can help

[2 October/CNBC] Lab grown fish could soon be a reality. Finless Foods CEO, Mike Selden, said it was initially hard to generate investor interest, however there had been a spike in companies in the last few months. A few years ago, there were no companies in the sector. Finless Foods was now among one of...

TellSpec’s AI sensor detects fish fraud in real-time: ‘This technology is disruptive,’ says CEO

[8 October/Food Navigator] Fish fraud was a problem from excess water to illegal antibiotics and wrong species. TellSpec developed a tool powered by artificial intelligence to detect fraud in real time at low cost. Its CEO, Isabel Hoffman, said there were four main types of fraud in the supply chain. First, some inject fish with...

Campbell Soup may sell Fresh division to former Bolthouse CEO

[4 October/Food Dive] Campbell Soup was in talks to sell its Fresh division to a group of investors. The division had faced troubles in recent times. The investors would be led by Jeff Dunn who was previously CEO of Bolthouse Farms. Campbell Soup purchased Bolthouse for $1.55 billion in 2012, however its fresh division as...

Nestle nibbles on healthy snacking and plant-based food start-ups

[4 October/Food Dive] Nestle USA worked with three start-ups as part of the Terra Food and Agriculture Accelerator which was founded by RocketSpace and Rabobank. It first announced it would work with Terra and other collaborators in 2017 to select and coach start-ups in the food and agricultural industry. It would work with Jackson’s Honest,...

A new biotech company has raised $25 million to help unleash a ‘virgin market’ of psychedelic research

[4 October/Business Insider] A biotech company raised $25 million to finance research of psychedelics and other drugs related to depression and mental illnesses. Atai Life Scientists owned a large stake in Compass Pathways, which was backed by Peter Thiel. Atai was founded by a German entrepreneur, Christian Angermayer. He also planned to invest in research...

Proposed pickup-only store continues Walmart’s omnichannel push

[28 September/Food Dive] Walmart submitted plans to open a grocery pickup-only store in Chicago at the site of a former supermarket. It would be called Walmart Pickup. It would be Walmart’s largest pickup-only site. The plan included 41,700 square feet of inventory space, and would have signs to direct customers through the lot to a...

Costco’s in-house poultry production signals a new supply chain approach

[24 September/Grocery Dive] According to a report by CoBank, Costco’s decision to bring its poultry production in-house was the first time it had taken one the risks associated with meat production. Its rotisserie chickens were a major driver of customer traffic, and sales had experience 8 percent annual growth since 2010. By bringing production in...

What could antimicrobial-resistant meat and poultry mean for the industry?

[27 September/Food Dive] A study of retail meat and poultry samples, and cattle faecal samples, discovered that 18 E. coli isolates were resistant to four antimicrobials. The antimicrobials were ampicillin, ceftiofur, ceftriaxone, and cefotaxime. The study was undertaken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Texas Tech University. Researchers investigated...

a2 Milk becomes first UK fresh milk brand in a carton

[27 September/Dairy Reporter] The a2 Milk Company would sell its fresh milk brand in cartons in the UK. They would be launched at the end of September and be 100 percent recyclable. It followed a new supply relationship with Crediton Dairy Ltd to fuel growth in the UK. Crediton Dairy would be a2 Milk’s exclusive...

Cargill CEO Sees Risk to U.S. Farmers as China Shuns Soybeans

[26 September/Bloomberg] According to the CEO of Cargill, David MacLennan, the trade war with China could have a lasting impact on American agriculture if it continued. It could shift the perception of U.S. as being a reliable trade partner, and cause China to look for sources of protein other than soybeans to feed its chickens,...

Dine at Mine: The platform enabling home chefs to cash in

[27 September/The Spinoff] Dine at Mine entrepreneur, Daniel Kieser, has set up a food sharing platform, after having previously founded another successful venture called Shareclarity. He said he genuinely loved doing business. Dine at Mine allowed users to share food and was likened to Uber. It was available on the app store and allowed home...

‘Give them the money’: Calls for urgent action to fix drought relief scheme

[25 September/ABC News] According to Australian government figures, only a tiny fraction of farmers eligible for federal drought relief payments are receiving them. It is the payment equivalent to the unemployment benefit to help producers pay for food and household bills. The Federal Agriculture Department said 26,500 farmers who were eligible had not applied. The...

Coffee dating app aims to match consumers with the perfect cup

[24 September/Food Dive] An online coffee marketplace, Trade Coffee Co., launched a subscription based service called The Hookup. It mimicked language from dating apps with the target of matching coffee consumers with the perfect cup to meet their needs. According to Trade Coffee Co, it believed finding the coffee that brings joy to the daily...

Fast food versus slow food: A choice of ‘ethics and sustainability’

[24 September/Food Navigator] According to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, the choice between fast and slow food was a question of ethics and sustainability. She said food production needed to become more sustainable and beneficial to small businesses and communities in Europe. She added food waste was a 21st century...