International

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...

Ikea to Roll Out New Vegan Swedish ‘Meatballs’ Starting This Fall

[24 May/Bloomberg] Ikea is finalising its plant-based meatballs, with in-store testing planned for this year before a global rollout in summer 2020. The chain has more than 400 locations around the world, considered wheat, soy, peas and even oats as chief ingredients for the product. Eight employees are working exclusively on the vegan meatballs as...

Morrisons to introduce plastic-free fruit and veg in 60 stores after positive trials

[24 May/Food Navigator] Morrisons’ is to become the first British supermarket to launch plastic-free fruit and vegetable areas in many of its stores. The chain will roll out the launch in 60 stored across the UK after a 10 month trial in three stores, which saw the amount of loose fruit and vegetables bought by...

PepsiCo patents process to co-ferment oat flour and dairy milk

[23 May/Food Dive] A process to ferment oat flour and dairy milk together has been patented by PepsiCo-owned Quaker Oats, signalling that drinkable or spoonable clean-label products such as yogurt could be coming from the well-known legacy brand. According to the patent, the company’s process involves grain and dairy ingredients being co-fermented along with a...

Consumers are confused about the definition of plant-based, survey finds

[23 May/Food Dive] The International Food Information Council’s annual Food and Health Survey has revealed that not everyone is sure what plant-based means. 1012 participants, all Americans aged from 18 to 80 were surveyed. About 32% of those surveyed described a plant-based diet as vegan, while almost the same number described it as a diet...

Alternative meat to become $140 billion industry in a decade, Barclays predicts

[23 May/CNBC] Barclays analysts have estimated that over the next ten years, the alternative meat industry can reach USD$140 billion (approx. $214 billion) which could capture about 10 percent of the global meat industry. Barclays report that although there are many barriers currently to replicate animal-based products, there is already consumer interest in the industry...

Ultra-processed foods lead to weight gain, study says

[23 May/Food Dive] Eating ultra-processed foods high in fat, sugar and salt causes overeating and weight gain when contrasted with a diet of whole foods or minimally processed ones, according to a new study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The study is the first randomized, controlled trial to show these findings. 20...

Lab grown vegan pet food: Wild Earth closes US$11 million Series A funding round

[23 May/Food Ingredients First] Start-up Wild Earth Inc. has just closed its Series A with an investment of US$11 million (approx. $17 million) led by VegInvest, a venture capital firm supporting early-stage companies striving to replace the use of animals in the food system and other industries. Wild Earth Inc. is reinventing pet food with...

Safety, sustainability concerns limit seafood in children’s diets, report says

[22 May/Food Dive] A new report from the American Academy of Paediatrics has revealed that children in the US eat fairly small amounts of seafood compared to red meat and chicken. The numbers have dropped each year since 2007, the study showed, with reasons including worry over mercury contamination from polluted water and sustainability concerns....

Ford Tests Delivery Robots That Could One Day Replace Human Workers

[22 May/Forbes] Ford is teaming up with Agility Robots to explore how combining robots with autonomous vehicles for delivery could work. Ford is imagining a service where packages are delivered in between transporting people. Digit, a robot made by Agility is a two-legged robot that walks like a human and has the capability to go...

Pot Grower Canopy to Buy British Skin-Care Company

[22 May/Bloomberg] The world’s largest cannabis producer, Canopy Growth Corp. has agreed to acquire U.K. skin-care brand This Works for 43 million pounds (approx. $83 million) in cash, in their latest move to expand in Europe. The purchase will allow Canopy to launch a new range of CBD-infused skin-care and sleep-aid products for global sale....