International

Food industry warns Gove on Brexit ‘crisis’

[11 February/BBC] The UK food industry has threatened to stop co-operating with government policy consultations, saying it is busy trying to stave off the “catastrophic impact” of a no-deal Brexit. The warning came in a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove from more than 30 business leaders. The government said leaving the EU with a...

European food makers call for ‘special consideration’ in event of no-deal Brexit

[07 Feb/Dairy Reporter] Representatives of the European food industry met with Michael Barnier, European Union’s chief negotiator in order to press for ‘’special consideration’’ for the industry in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Representatives included those from Copa and Cogeca, CELCAA and FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) and a follow up letter was also signed. The Brexit...

Crowdfunding for sustainable agri-food: Carrefour joins Danone backing MiiMOSA Transition

[07 Feb/Dairy Reporter] French retailer Carrefour has announced plans to back the launch of crowdfunding platform MiiMOSA. MiiMOSA aims to provide financial support for the transition to more sustainable agricultural systems such as agroecology and organic farming methods. MiiMOSA helps with the transition between systems and the support of companies such as Danone and Carrefour...

Campbell Soup drops Habit, selling its nutrition company to Viome

[07 Feb/FoodDive] Campbell Soups’ personalised nutrition company Habit, has been sold to Viome, a healthcare company that uses artificial intelligence. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Habit was formed in 2015 and up until this point Campbell Soup has been the sole investor and majority shareholder. CEO and founder of Viome,...

‘Burger’? Impossible: Ranchers lobby lawmakers to agree only animal products can be called ‘meat’: NY Times

[10 Feb/ CNBC] As plant based alternatives to meat gain momentum in their share of the market, ranchers, farmers and industry groups in the U.S. are trying to limit the use and definition of the word ‘’meat’’. Lab-grown and plant based alternatives produced by companies such as Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have started to...

Blockchain trialed for sea cucumber traceability in Japan

[28 January/SeafoodSource] The distributed ledge technology, Blockchain (originally created in the development of cryptocurrency) is being used by a Japanese government backed organisation to develop food traceability projects, including a tracking tool for sea cucumber. Japan has been a leader in the adoption of cryptocurrency trading and their government continues to encourage the growth by...

Lactalis buys Indian and Egyptian companies

[23 January/Dairy Reporter] Indian company Prabhat Dairy has agreed the sale of its dairy business to a subsidiary of Groupe Lactalis for INR 1,700 crore. Another Lactalis subsidiary, HALAWA JV Group, has acquired 100% of the shares of Greenland Group for Food Industries in Egypt, which was previously owned by Americana Group. Greenland owns eight...

Royal A-Ware and Glanbia Ireland to build EUR140m continental cheese facility in Ireland

[22 January/Dairy Reporter] Netherlands based cheese and dairy company, Royal A-Ware, is partnering with Glanbia Ireland, Ireland’s largest dairy processor, to build a new EUR140m continental cheese manufacturing facility in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Scheduled to be opened in 2022 the 450m litres of milk a year facility will produce continental cheeses in various formats and...

Fewer than half of consumers trust cannabis ingredients, survey finds

[24 January/FoodDive] A Culinary Visions study of 2,000 US consumers found that 45% would trust the safety of such commercially made cannabis products, 42% would rather buy from a smaller company, 29% would trust the quality when bought online, 48% of respondents were interested in trying cannabis infused baked foods and 47% would consume them...

Rabobank Lists Scenarios for U.K. Food Under No-Deal Brexit

[26 January/Bloomberg] Rabobank’s analysts have sought to predict what could happen to British and European agriculture under a no-deal Brexit. Amongst well known effects like faster UK food inflation due to a weaker pound, and spoiled produce due to border delays, the bank listed lesser publicised effects in their report including surplus grain supplies and...

FoodMaven Raises USD10m with Tao Capital and Walton Family for Food Waste Tech

[24 January/AgFunder] Food Maven, a Colorado based food waste recapturing start-up, has completed a USD10 million bridge financing round with Tao Capital Partners and members of the Walton Family. Earlier investors include former Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb, who joined FoodMaven the day after Amazon dismantled Whole Foods’ board. FoodMaven sells high-quality local, oversupplied and...

Obesity, under-nutrition and climate change fuel each other – report

[28 January/Radio NZ] A new international report is calling for global action over obesity, under-nutrition and climate change. The report which has been prepared by the Lancet Obesity Commission (a group established by the Lancet and co-chaired by Boyd Swinburn of Auckland University) says obesity, under-nutrition and climate change are usually viewed as separate but...

New report recommends reduced dairy intake

[17 January/Dairy Reporter] The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, and Health has published a report, Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. The report delivers the first full scientific review of what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system, and which actions can support and speed...

Animal rights group creates online map showing farm locations and contact details

[21 January/ABC] Industry outrage was prompted after a website detailing the location and contact details of Australian farms was launched.  The site was called an invasion of privacy. Animal rights charity, Aussie Farms, created the map, with the group’s executive director Chris Delforce noting it had been made live so the public could view the...

Consumer trust and green brand key to growing exports to Asia – new report

[22 January/Independent] KPMG Ireland have released a report highlighting that for Ireland to grow its exports in Asia it must increase awareness of its green image. According to the report, the exports of Irish food and drink have more than quadrupled over the past ten years to Asia to EUR1.3 billion. David Meagher, Head of...

Food & Ag Was Noticeably Absent from CES, But the Leaders Know It’s Coming

[17 January/AgFunder] Two high profile food innovations grabbed attention at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas – IBM’s blockchain initiative with Walmart and Impossible Foods’ meat-free burger (the new Impossible 2.0 Burger was named by tech publisher Digital Trends as the Top Tech of CES) however other food technology was notably absent. The...

Kraft opens pop-up to give free food to government workers during shutdown

[16 January/FoodDive] Kraft is launching a grocery store pop-up in Washington, D.C. to help federal government workers during the partial shutdown. Federal workers with a valid government ID will be able participate in the “Kraft Now Pay Later” program. They will be allowed to shop and take a free full bag of Kraft products. Kraft...

Anti-GM foods ‘experts’ actually know the least – Study

[15 January/The Country] A recent survey of US adults reported that those in extreme opposition of genetically modified (GM) foods actually know the least about the technology, but think they know the most. The University of Colorado study reported that as extremity of GM foods increased, the amount of knowledge about science and genetics decreased,...

Avocados for dessert? Industry plots ways to increase future demand as production levels soar

[12 January/ABC] Non-traditional uses for avocados need to be explored and promoted if the industry is to continue enjoying high prices and solid demand growth.  Large plantings nationwide mean more than 100,000 tonnes of avocados will be produced annually in Australia. Avocados Australia CEO, John Tyas, said farmers are on track to produce 115,000 tonnes...

Government shutdown slows FDA inspections, food safety watchdogs warn of outbreak risks

[10 January/CNBC] The federal government shutdown has forced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to suspend a large portion of its food safety inspections. Safety inspections of imported food continued at normal pace, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Domestic inspections, which the organization does approximately 160 per week have slowed. Mr Gottlieb reported the...

Plant-based meat alternatives could save lives

[7 January/FoodDive] The World Economic Forum has released a report detailing the need to integrate more plant-based protein alternatives into the world’s diet. This is reported to significantly improve human health and environmental sustainability. The report notes meat consumption growth is steady, especially in developing countries. If the trend continues to 2050, when the world...

Bluefin tuna sells for record $4.6 million at new Tokyo market

[6 January/Stuff] A record USD3.1 million for a 278kg bluefin tuna was paid at the first auction of the year at Tokyo’s new fish market.  The fish was purchased by Kiyoshi Kimura, owner of the Sushi Zanmai restaurant chain. The winner was reported to be very satisfied with the quality of the fish but admitted...

Veganuary sees record numbers of people sign up to leave animal products off their plate for a whole month

[5 January/ABC] Plant-based meats and cheeses are now a staple in most supermarkets, as vegan diets become increasingly mainstream. More than 190,000 people around the world have registered to take part in Veganuary, a movement started by a UK non-profit organisation that encourages people to ditch animal products from their plates for the 31 days...

Shutdown Data Delay Is ‘Bad Deal’ for Farmers Who Need to Make Crop Plans

[5 January/Bloomberg] The US government shutdown means the Department of Agriculture will delay release of several market-moving reports.  This comes at a time when farmers start to make their planting decisions for the upcoming season. The USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates will not be released as originally planned the agency reported. Other...