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9/30/2020

S.C. Johnson has expanded its portfolio of cleaning products packaged in plastic collected from the Social Plastic program, which collects plastic before it enters the ocean. Three Windex formulas sold in the US and Canada as well as the Mr Muscle Platinum Window & Glass Cleaner brand in the UK and Ireland are now packaged in 100% recycled ocean-bound plastic.

9/30/2020

General Mills' Yoplait yogurt brand is sponsoring a dance challenge on Instagram Reels with the "It's Yoplaitime" campaign hosted by actor and singer Jennifer Lopez. For every video people post of themselves dancing to "Pa Ti," Lopez's latest single, Yoplait will donate $1 to the nonprofit Feeding America while committing a minimum of $250,000.

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9/30/2020

Coca-Cola has signed a deal with Molson Coors to produce, market and distribute its Topo Chico Hard Seltzer set for release in the US early next year. The drink will be sold in 12-packs that feature four flavors: Tropical Mango, Strawberry Guava, Exotic Pineapple and Tangy Lemon Lime.

9/30/2020

Kitu Life has recruited Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez as investors in its functional Super Coffee brand. The celebrity couple also plans to help grow the brand globally, according to Lopez.

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9/30/2020

Conagra is selling intellectual property rights for its H.K Anderson filled pretzel brand to Utz Quality Foods subsidiary Utz Brands. The deal enters Utz into this roughly $100 million snacks segment for the first time, according to an Utz statement.

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9/30/2020

A continued increase in at-home meal preparation has boosted household penetration for McCormick & Co. by 8% and its revenue by 7.6% for the third quarter ending Aug. 31, surpassing analyst expectations, said CEO Lawrence Kurzius. Consumers' boost in home cooking "has really become a trend that's becoming a habit," he added.

9/30/2020

Tyson Ventures is part of the growing food and beverage investor community that automatically considers a startup's environmental, social and governance attributes -- especially in the water management, land stewardship, soil health, carbon emissions reduction and animal welfare spaces -- said Erin VanLanduit, managing director. "I don't believe that we'll be able to hit some of our very audacious goals that we've set out for the organization unless we do make investments and build more partnerships in those spaces," she said.

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9/30/2020

Nars Cosmetics has increased consumer engagement and its customer base with personalized quizzes that aim to learn more about consumers and their preferences, said Jennifer Jackson, vice president of global marketing. "We hope that by delivering a fun, gamified type of quiz in providing a recommendation, they'll see the value in opting into our [email and social] communications," she said.

9/30/2020

The USDA has published informational material to help consumers prepare frozen foods safely as more families choose to cook at home. The move comes after a study revealed 22% of people were not sure or were incorrect about the cooked level of a frozen chicken entree.

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9/30/2020

Campden BRI has embarked on a research project to potentially extend shelf life for fish. Scientists will test fish on a microbiological, chemical and sensory level to determine if standards can safely lengthen expiration dates.