International

Why Costco’s avocados will last twice as long

[19 June/Food Dive] Apeel Sciences has developed technology that can more than double the shelf life of fruit, helping consumers, retailers and the environment by cutting down on food waste. The company developed a powder that is sprayed on produce close the harvest and dried to create an extra layer of material to slow the...

General Mills venture arm invests in GoodBelly Probiotics parent

[20 June/CNBC] General Mills’ venture arm, 301 Inc, invested in the parent company of GoodBelly Probiotics.  GoodBelly was known for its probiotic juices and shots but had been looking to expand into new products such as bars. General Mills could help with its product expansion, by utilising its expertise from managing brands such as Nature...

China improves access for Italian kiwifruit

[21 June/EuroFruit] Italian kiwifruit exporters were granted a major concession on their trade protocol with China which would allow them to carry out cold treatment of kiwifruit prior to shipment to China. This could boost exports to China as a result. The treatment was designed to rule out the possibility of unwanted pests being brought...

Deere Legal Battle Highlights Race for USD240 Billion Farm Tech Market

[20 June/Bloomberg] Deere & Co is suing its rival AGCO Corp. over gadgets like seed meters and hoppers that attach to planting machines. Such devices were critical to a projected USD240 billion market for precision agriculture which harnesses big data to automate operations and boost productivity. The filings were around patent-infringement complaints. AGCO said that...

Gotham Greens Raises USD29m Series C for Urban Greenhouses

[20 June/AgFunder News] Gotham Greens raised USD29 million in Series C funding. The main contributor was Creadey which is the private equity arm of the Mulliez family. Gotham Greens is a mature player in the U.S. indoor agriculture startup scene. It has three commercial scale greenhouses in New York and one in Chicago. Gotham Greens...

Double whammy: U.S. pork, fruit producers brace for second wave of Chinese tariffs

[21 June/Reuters] U.S. pork producers who are already suffering from duties due to the trade dispute with China were expecting further pain after Beijing added additional tariffs which would come into effect next month. Both U.S. pork items and a range of fruit and nuts were included in the second round of tariffs as well...

BlueNalu enters ‘cellular aquaculture’ space with funding from New Crop Capital

[16 June/Food Navigator] BlueNalu is a new startup in the cultured meat sector which emerged this month and aimed to enter the cellular aquaculture field with cell cultured seafood products after raising a significant sum from New Crop Capital. BlueNalu was founded by Chris Somogyi, Chris Damman and Lou Cooperhouse. According to Mr Cooperhouse, it...

Canada struggles to agree on dairy industry regulations

[18 June/Dairy Reporter] At the G-7 summit in Quebec, President Trump spoke about high tariffs on Canadian dairy trade, which promoted an industry wide debate across Canada. The U.S. paid up to 300 percent on exported dairy products to Canada. Mr Trump suggested a tariff free trade zone with G-7 members, which spark Canadian concerns...

Australians not eating right types or quantities of protein: CSIRO research

[14 June/Food Navigator] Research by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation showed that Australians were not eating enough of the right types, or quantities of protein for healthy weight loss. The analysis from the survey showed people with low-quality diets obtained eight times more of their protein from junk foods than people with high-quality...

‘A clear vision is needed’: Breaking the ‘vicious cycle’ of food, climate and nutrition

[13 June/Food Navigator] According to a report from Chatham House, the food sector was locked in a vicious cycle of increased production, environmental degradation and a mounting of public health crisis. The report was published by the Hoffman Centre and highlighted the challenges facing global food production. The need for vegetation, soils and oceans to...

Specialty foods sales surge to record USD140.3 Billion in 2017

[13 June/Food Dive] According to the Specialty Food Association, specialty food sales increased 11 percent between 2015 and 2017. They achieved a record USD140.3 billion last year. The category was growing faster than all food sold at retail. The specialty food categories that had the highest dollar growth were water, rice cakes, refrigerated RTD coffee...

Chowbotics raises USD11 million to move its robot beyond salads

[14 June/Tech Crunch] Chowbotics is looking to expand the capabilities of its salad making robot. It raised USD11 million in Series A funding led by the Foundry Group and Techstars. The money was planned to be used to extend its selection of foodstuffs beyond leafy greens, where the robot had been successful. It wants to...

US’s olive tariffs already hurting Spanish producers, says EU; European commission says ‘unacceptable’ Spanish olive tariffs are having major impact

[14 June/The Guardian] The European Commission said the simply unacceptable imposition of high tariffs by the U.S. on Spanish olives was having a major effect on producers in southern Spain. The move covered all types and varieties of olives. Spain’s Agriculture Minister, Luis Planas, said the tariffs were unjust and he would raise the matter...

Plastic straws to be shelved by Woolworths this year and Coles commits to 90pc diversion from landfill by 2022

 [5 June/ABC News] Coles and Woolworths announced new environmental commitments in response to a shift in consumer attitudes. Coles pledged to halve its food waste across its supermarkets in two years, and divert 90 percent of its waste from landfill by 2022. Senior Communications Manager, Martine Alpins, said Coles wouldn’t be setting these targets if...

Inside Tyson Foods’ effort to adopt the start-up mentality

 [31 May/Food Dive] Tyson foods started an innovation lab and its seven member team oversees everything from creating to marketing products to get them to consumers faster. Senior Vice President of R&D for Insights and Innovation, Jen Bentz, said that they were thinking of innovation and what was happening in the market, They had to...

‘This is going back to where nutrition should come from – from nature’

 [31 May/Dairy Reporter] Glanbia Nutritionals displayed its ‘Truly Grass Fed’ protein range. The range included products coming from cows that received 95 percent of their nutritional feed from grass. Consumers might not be on the lookout for grass fed attributes, however it ties in with the desire for clean label products and a move to...

Bayer Plans Monsanto Close amid $30 Billion Share, Bond Sale

[4 June/Bloomberg] Bayer AG was close to the closure of its purchase of Monsanto Co this week. Bayer will retain its name and drop Monsanto’s. The purchase will be part of a multiyear transformation as Bayer attempts to transform its business. Chief Executive Officer, Werner Baumann, said they were about to close the transaction and...

Breaking: Gates Foundation Invests in Dairy Tech Stellapps $14m Series B, First in India

 [31 May/AgFunder News] Stellapps Technologies raised $14 million in Series B funding in a round led by IndusAge Partners alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and two strategic corporate venture investors Qualcomm Ventures and ABB Technology Ventures. This is the first investment by the Gates Foundation in India. Omnivore Partner, Mark Kahn, said Dairy...

Aussie cattle station larger than Lebanon for sale

 [3 June/Otago Daily Times] Australia’s second largest cattle station was for sale and the owners hoped for a domestic buyer. Clifton Hills Station is in the north-eastern corner of South Australia and covers 1.65 million hectares. It had 18,300 head of cattle and approval for 21,500. Managing Director of Stock and Station Agent Rural Property...

Britain considers NZ Model

[28 May/Farmers Weekly] British politicians were considering giving farmers control of their levy moneys in a system that follows the New Zealand model. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee is set to look closely at the role of the farming industry bodies as part of its probe into the future of Brand Britain....

Ancient wheat variety could ease gluten sensitivity

[24 May/Food Dive] Kamut International claims eating products made from the Khorasan wheat variety instead of modern wheat could reduce symptoms of gluten based on its pilot study. About 1.7 million Americans had celiac disease which is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten and other factors. A million Americans avoid gluten without celiac diagnosis. Kamut...

EU agri policy “patchwork and incoherent”

[25 May/EuroFruit] Researchers claimed the EU’s policy on food production had failed on several health and environmental indicators. University of Pisa representative, Professor Gianluca Brunori, said they assessed 10 different policies to judge how they contributed to a sustainable food and farming system and evidence showed inconsistencies. They needed to be addressed through an overarching...

Nestle top for tackling nutrition issues – but all global firms need to improve

[23 May/Food Navigator] Nestle has been ranked top for addressing obesity and malnutrition in its food products in a new survey. While many firms stepped up their efforts, a disappointing number still had too many unhealthy products in their portfolios according to the Access and Nutrition Index. The index ranked the top 22 biggest food...

Antifungal resistance could lead to ‘global food shortages’

[21 May/Food Navigator] An international team of scientists from the Imperial College London and the University of Exeter have warned that growing levels of resistance to antifungal treatments could result in disease outbreaks that hit global food security. Crop destroying fungi were thought to account for a loss of 20 percent of global crop yields...