London's Royal Parks have seen incidents of illegal foraging surge 600% in the past year amid growing demand for wild-grown produce such as fruits and mushrooms. Foragers are encroaching on plants needed to feed the parks' wildlife, according to the Royal Parks charity.
The Food and Drug Administration has hired Walmart executive Frank Yiannas as its new deputy commissioner for food policy and response. At Walmart, Yiannas served as vice president of food safety and was part of a blockchain project to increase supply chain traceability.
Actor-singer Leslie Odom Jr., motivational speaker Stuart K. Robinson and moderator Kevin Coupe participated in a wide-ranging conversation dubbed "Thinking Past Tomorrow for Business Transformation" at the PMA Fresh Summit. "Build a team you can believe in that will excel beyond what you can do," Robinson said.
A group of Oregon winemakers are pooling their resources to help winemakers in the Rogue Valley American Viticultural Area who have had their contracts unexpectedly canceled. The team will release a wine called Solidarity, with proceeds going to help out the area's wineries that were left in the lurch.
Gik, a blue wine, was treated as a novelty by some, but the company sold almost 500,000 bottles in 2017, with the US as its top export market. France is the second-largest market, and the blue trend is bleeding over into gin, as Bombay Sapphire recently unveiled an edible blue paint to enhance the flavor of gin and tonic.
Winc has developed Wine Tasting 101, a kit that helps make wine education more fun and accessible while helping people learn about their taste preferences. The kit includes six bottles of wine with numbered bags for blind tasting and informational cards about the wines.
Ahold Delhaize USA will transition its private label items to "cleaner and more natural" ingredients by 2025. Artificial flavors, synthetic colors and high-fructose corn syrup are among the ingredients that the company will remove from its products.
To create the sustainable future necessary for large-scale food production, General Mills is reinventing farming with a look back at classic methods like regenerative farming. "We consider this form of returning to some of our old practices a form of innovation," said Carla Vernon, president of General Mills' natural and organic operating unit.
The Postmates food delivery service has added 134 US cities to its delivery range. In April, the company struck up a partnership with Walmart for grocery delivery, and said its recent expansion gives it coverage of 60% of US households.
Brick-and-mortar retailers remain popular among grocery shoppers, with 75% of consumers preferring to shop at traditional grocers, according to the TABS Analytics 6th Annual Food and Beverage Consumables Study. The survey of 1,000 US adults also found 57% of respondents shop most regularly at Walmart and 17% regularly grocery shop online.