Market research finds more consumers want health benefits from their beverages and are replacing snacks and meals with functional drinks. Herbal and tea extracts are boosting vitamin formulations in wellness shots and a wide variety of functional waters, teas, juices and other beverages, writes Donna Berry.
Hershey has named CEO and president Michele Buck as chairwoman of the board of directors, replacing Charles Davis, who will resume his role as lead independent director. Since becoming CEO in 2017, Buck has successfully led strategic shifts, growing the company's portfolio and profitability, according to a Hershey statement.
Delysia Chocolatier is unveiling luxury truffles produced from the ruby cacao bean. The Ruby Chocolate Truffle Collection will debut at a Delysia event this Saturday in its hometown of Austin, Texas.
The University of Illinois will open a Center for Digital Agriculture to develop innovations in partnership with private-sector agriculture and tech companies. "We see 20 or 30 new fields that are a little earlier stage than genomics. They're now being enabled by the latest computing and networking technologies, and we can help optimize them," said Matthew Hudson, a crop sciences professor and co-director of the center.
The Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center at Purdue University launched four years ago and the cross-discipline project has resulted in successful research into plant genotypes and phenotypes, said Karen Plaut, dean of the college of agriculture. Startups have begun implementing results of the research in the private sector, she notes.
Animal agriculture is a part of the large change in global land use and greenhouse gas emissions, so changing the way we produce food is a vital component in combating climate change, according to Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. "Just as the 'Green Revolution' of the 20th century saved us from Malthusian predictions that a growing population would run out of food, so too can technology deliver innovations to reduce the climate-change impacts of our food system," Bordoff writes.
High-protein snack rollouts include Farm Rich Time Outs, a microwavable appetizer-style snack line in four varieties from Rich Products, and The Complete Cremes sandwich cookie line from Lenny & Larry's, featuring 6 grams of protein per serving. NuGo Perfect Cookies from NuGo Nutrition offer 10 grams of pea protein in four flavors, and Glanbia's Think! brand is debuting the Think! Keto Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Bar.
Frito-Lay is transitioning its Modesto, Calif., diesel-fuel fleet -- one of its largest US sites -- to alternative fuels. The technology employed by the Near Zero-Emission Freight Facility Project includes Tesla-battery- and lithium-ion-powered tractors and forklifts.
Perdue is emphasizing children won't even know its Chicken Plus nuggets contain vegetables with 15-second spots -- running on television, online video, social media and other channels -- featuring schoolchildren taste-testing the chicken. The nuggets appeal to the growing appetite for "flexitarian" diets by containing cauliflower, chickpeas and plant protein, the company says.
Procter & Gamble's Pantene brand is supporting last week's National Coming Out Day with an 86-second spot featuring different people's pride in their identity. The video ends with the tagline "Pantene. Power to transform. In partnership with GLAAD."