Vegan tuna brand Good Catch has attracted celebrity investors Woody Harrelson, Shailene Woodley, Paris Hilton and Lance Bass. The brand aims to mitigate ocean overfishing and raised $32 million earlier this year in a funding round led by 301 Inc., the venture unit at General Mills.
Eggs bites are increasing in consumer interest as they align with paleo, keto, gluten-free and other nutrition trends, writes Donna Berry. Brands entering the category at retail include Organic Valley with three varieties available in late July and Nestle's Life Cuisine frozen sous-vide line in two varieties: tomato and spinach egg white, and uncured turkey bacon and aged white cheddar.
Powdered sports-drink brand SOS Hydration is releasing a ready-to-drink vitamin water line in four flavors. The line will debut online this summer with a retail launch likely to follow in early 2021 or potentially sooner in select stores, according to CEO James Mayo.
Ready-to-drink tea sales are increasing, and green tea varieties are driving the most growth with dollar sales spiking 72.7% for the year ending April 25, according to Nielsen data. Consumers are seeking premiumization from the bagged tea market that addresses wellness benefits and unique functional properties, said Roger Dilworth, senior analyst at Beverage Marketing Corp.
Hormel's Swen Neufeldt is assuming the role of group vice president and president of Hormel Foods International following the retirement of Larry Vorpahl. The food company has named Lisa Selk, director of Hormel Health Labs and the Century Foods International division, to replace Neufeldt's current position as vice president of meat products marketing for refrigerated foods.
Leaders at consumer packaged goods firms Unilever, Nestle and Procter & Gamble are closely monitoring shifting consumer behavior, writes Hanna Ziady, as "cocooning" -- in which consumers spend more time at home -- is likely to determine future sales growth, said Hanneke Faber, president of foods and refreshment at Unilever. "People will go back to big, trusted brands," she added, with post-pandemic consumers continuing to seek value first and more products related to health and home.
An FDA investigation into the 2019 E. coli outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley in California has determined that the three outbreaks resulted from different strains of E. coli. Nearby cattle grazing land was pinpointed as the most likely source of the outbreaks.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have described coronavirus best practices seen at Perdue Farms processing facilities during recent tours in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Company plants are observing social distancing measures, requiring temperature checks before shifts, providing automatic sinks and hand sanitizers, and offering educational materials in several languages.
Iowa has signed on to a Cooperative Interstate Shipment agreement that permits state-inspected meat to be shipped to other states. The program encompasses plants that maintain equal or better standards than the Food Safety and Inspection Service in the 27 states with a Meat and Poultry Inspection Program.
Barry Callebaut will close on the purchase of Australia-based chocolate producer GKC Foods by the end of 2020. The deal will expand Barry Callebaut's footprint in Australia and New Zealand, as well as within the industrial chocolate market, according to a company statement.
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