Mars UK Marketing Vice President Michele Oliver will be the company's new global corporate brand and purpose director. Mars is working to bring inclusiveness to its US marketing campaigns in the way it has for Maltesers in the UK, Oliver said.
Technavio expects global confectionery processing equipment sales to rise by nearly 7% by 2022. The research company expects plant expansion projects to drive a large portion of the projected growth.
Women such as winemaker Sonja Magdevski of Casa Dumetz are taking on more leadership roles in wine, especially in the natural wine movement. Natural wine has been becoming more popular as consumers become more aware of harmful ingredients in their food, and female consumers specifically have shown great interest in natural and organic wines.
Two purchases in the past month show that overseas buyers remain highly interested in acquiring chateaux in Bordeaux. Chateau Vieux Paquillon was acquired by an Australian investor, while Chateau de Lagorce was purchased by a Chinese company.
Texas Sake Co. in Austin, the only sake-maker in the state and one of only 20 in the US, makes three varieties of the Japanese rice brew in its own style, with no alcohol added to the process. "We're inspired by Japanese sake, but we're not bound by the same traditions," head brewer Jeff Bell says.
The first Sunday of legal liquor sales in Tennessee featured extra consumer interest as small stores opened their doors. "The telephone has rung off the wall because everyone wants to know where we are," said liquor store co-owner Ramon Gordin.
The Markon Cooperative and Wonderful Citrus committed in 2010 to double produce consumption in foodservice over the next decade, writes Tim York, CEO of Markon. He shares lessons learned with Produce for Better Health Foundation, which launched a similar goal this month.
Chile's Hortifrut will more than double berry production with the $160 million acquisition of Grupo Rocio in Peru and expansion plans in China, the US and Mexico. Global demand for blueberries is growing fast, and the world's producers grew 1.7 million tons in 2017, more than twice as much as in 2000, according to fresh4cast.com.
A food scientist at the University of Georgia has discovered a new way to more quickly track and identify pathogens responsible for foodborne illness outbreaks. "Using a new, very small sequencing tool that's about the size of a USB drive, we can sequence while capturing the data in real time," said scientist Xiangyu Deng.
Groceries, food and beverages are likely to account for half of Amazon's sales in India five years from now, said Amit Agarwal, Amazon India's country head. "I would not speculate on when we would launch AmazonFresh but, absolutely, if you ask me the next five years of vision -- from your avocados to your potatoes, and your meat to your ice cream -- we'll deliver everything to you in two hours," he said.