Dairy Farmers of America has reemerged as the winning bidder for 44 of Dean Foods' fluid and frozen facilities. DFA will acquire these assets for $433 million, while Prairie Farms Dairy is purchasing eight Dean facilities for $75 million.
SunnyD is rereleasing its limited-edition lemonade and watermelon flavors for summer while Lifeaid is debuting a zero-sugar version of its original nootropic drink. Brew Dr has added a tropical flavor to its Uplift caffeinated kombucha line, and Clean Cause is extending its sparkling yerba mate line with a watermelon mint flavor.
Lindt & Spruengli has adjusted its 2020 projected growth downward due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company reports slower-than-expected sales in travel retail, grocery, foodservice and other channels.
Sales of Conagra's Chef Boyardee brand were up 4.5% prior to the pandemic and continue to do well, as "[p]eople are having flashbacks to their childhood," said Sean Connolly, Conagra CEO. He adds Conagra is "selling everything we can make" while consumers are stocking up on canned, frozen and snack foods.
The Environmental Protection Agency is temporarily allowing producers of its "List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2" to acquire active ingredients from new sources without seeking EPA approval. "We appreciate EPA's continued partnership as we all work together to keep the supply chains for cleaning products running efficiently, particularly for the disinfectants that hospitals, manufacturers and consumers need to protect against the spread of coronavirus," said Bryan Zumwalt, executive vice president for public affairs at the Consumer Brands Association.
Coca-Cola has donated roughly 6,000 pounds of plastic sheeting to efforts by engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology to produce 50,000 plastic surgical shields using 3D printing. The shields will be given to hospitals in Atlanta.
Brands should follow Unilever's lead in boosting consumer buy-in by measuring sustainability initiatives and promoting them via digital channels, according to Mike Penrose, CEO of The Sustainability Group. "We've been helping organizations better define the positive impacts their products can have on the world, by using digital means to measure it in a very broad sense," he said.
Although the FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization have said food is not known to transmit coronavirus, people are encouraged to wash their hands when working with food to avoid cross-contamination. The virus can survive for hours or even days on packaging, but it degrades quickly and is unlikely to cause an infection.
Manufacturers can protect employees by sanitizing high-touch areas and making risk assessments about social distancing and employees potentially testing positive for the coronavirus, according to industry experts. Meanwhile, the food supply remains safe, as the virus is respiratory and primarily passed from person to person.
Member states in the EU will be given more leeway when it comes to food supply chain controls due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has stymied regulations requiring in-person checks. The relaxed controls allow electronic documents, more investigators and a wider net of authorized labs.
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