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1/21/2020

Mars Wrigley has produced a two-metric-ton Snickers bar that will set a Guinness World Record once it's eaten. The company is also promoting its Twix Cookie & Creme flavor by giving away 100 pairs of Twix-branded sneakers next month.

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Candy & Snack Today
1/21/2020

Jelly Belly is launching Jelly Belly Gummies in May, featuring the iconic shape of the original Jelly Belly beans. The company will offer both sweet and sour varieties in five-flavor assortments.

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Candy & Snack Today
1/21/2020

IntelinAir has upgraded its farm scouting AgMRI platform to provide customers with more features including alerts for problems in the fields that need to be addressed. The Illinois-based startup's flights covered 1.8 million acres last year, and IntelinAir is on track to cover 5 million acres in 2020.

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Farm Progress
1/21/2020

A report from Rutgers University calls for standards in LED lighting products to help indoor growers choose the most affordable and energy-efficient options. "The more efficient supplemental lighting sources are, the less electric power growers need to finish their crops," Rutgers professor and report author A.J. Both said.

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1/21/2020

Denmark-based Rockstart has raised more than $3 million to fund an accelerator program for agtech startups called Rockstart AgriFood. The new funding comes on the heels of a round exceeding $16 million raised in September.

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The Spoon
1/21/2020

Researchers in Vermont and Maine have joined on a project to study whether feeding cows seaweed can cut down on the amount of methane the animals emit. The project uses fermenters that mimic a cow's stomach and rumen fluid taken from live cows.

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VTDigger (Vermont)
1/20/2020

TGI Fridays is betting big on customer-facing tech and a new version of its loyalty program to drive traffic and repeat visits, CEO Ray Blanchette said. The restaurant chain will invest $3 million in new technology in 2020, bringing the total spend over the past few years to $33 million, he said.

1/20/2020

Taco Bell is tapping the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide its registered app users with relevant menu items, promotions and content based on their individual preferences, order history and location. "Taco Bell is all about satisfying our fans with the most craveable dining experience imaginable," said Derrick Chan, director of e-commerce.

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1/20/2020

Foodservice operators who want to improving supply chain transparency and traceability have their eye on blockchain, but implementing the technology on a wide scale requires buy-in all along the supply chain, experts say. "[T]here needs to be willingness from all the partners to play the game, to collaborate," said Riccardo Accolla, director of digital food science for food supply chain platform Ripe.io.

1/20/2020

Two companies are introducing fungi-based meat alternatives this year, as they've found fungi provide a superior texture, taste and carbon footprint compared to plant-based alternatives, writes Sam Danley. Prime Roots is developing fungi-based seafood, beef, chicken and sausage while Emergy Foods' new Meati brand will introduce a steak alternative in Colorado restaurants.

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Emergy Foods, Meati