Danone's Activia yogurt brand is sponsoring a virtual dance party Saturday, hosted by actress Nina Dobrev and the Daybreaker dance community, to launch its Gut Health Challenge, said Sonika Patel, vice president of marketing at Danone North America. "At Activia, we are always looking for new ways to showcase the connection with whole-self wellness between the soul, mind, body and, of course, the gut," said Patel.
Beyond Meat's year-over-year revenue rose 69% in the second quarter due to growth in the brand's retail sales. The plant-based meat alternative company is entering BJ's Wholesale and Sam's Club stores with eight-packs of Beyond Burger patties, while convenience store chain Wawa is featuring the brand's plant-based sausage in its breakfast sandwiches.
Mondelez is working with global enterprise innovation platform provider Sopheon to improve the transparency of its long-term portfolio management process, said Andre Dias Alves da Silva, director of innovation I2M/IIM at Mondelez. Sopheon's software as a service Accolade platform will help accelerate product development and "our response to changing market conditions," he added.
Convenience store beverage trips are returning to normal with a 53% increase from early April, according to Koupon Media data. Bottled beverage sales have completely rebounded with sales growth led by the kombucha, juice and coffee categories, and bottled soda is favored by consumers over fountain drinks due to worries about hygiene, Koupon Media notes.
Improving food safety means shifting from external safety motivation to cultivating a culture of food safety on the company level, as well as the individual employee level, writes Nuno Soares. "Developing food safety awareness and culture will help all food safety professionals solve the first of their problems," Soares writes, adding, "We all know that this can't be done without support from senior management but please don't let that be an easy way out for doing nothing."
The World Health Organization has published guidance for bettering food safety in Southeast Asia over the next five years. The region's 11 member states accounted for 150 million foodborne illnesses, giving it the second highest count among WHO's regions.
The USDA's 2018 National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard is being challenged by groups including the Center for Food Safety. The lawsuit says the USDA "fell far short of fulfilling the promise of meaningful labeling of GE foods" and outlines four claims regarding the alleged shortcomings.
Silly Juice is a new fruit juice brand available online in 12-packs and featuring six flavors and no high-fructose corn syrup or added colors. CEO Keith Davis collaborated with Langer Juice executives David and Bruce Langer and YouTube influencers the Ace Family to co-found the brand.
Nestle's Yes! snack bar brand is adding a plant protein line featuring pea and nut protein and recyclable paper packaging. The line debuts in Europe next month.