Caito Foods recalls fruit salad with pre-cut melon linked to Salmonella

USA - Caito Foods, LLC has voluntarily recalled fruit salad mixes that contain pre-cut melons linked to the outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections in seven states in the US. Recalled products include fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing any of these melons. The products were packaged in clear, plastic…

Reddi-wip launches non-dairy almond and coconut varieties of plant-based foods

USA - Reddi-wip, a brand of Conagra Brands, Inc. and the leader in the whipped topping category, has debuted two plant-based, non-dairy varieties: Reddi-wip Non-Dairy Coconut and Reddi-wip Non-Dairy Almond whipped topping. According to the company, the innovation addresses the growing consumer demand for non-dairy options across the larger dairy category. "We've seen tremendous growth…

Mondelēz International Names Luca Zaramella as Chief Financial Officer

USA - Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery company, has announced that Luca Zaramella, 49, Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and a 20-year veteran of the company, will become EVP, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 1, 2018. Zaramella will replace Brian Gladden, who will leave the company in August. After 10 years as…

Cargill invests in Mouscron facility to meet customer demand for Belgian chocolate

BELGIUM – Cargill, an American privately held global corporation, has invested in a new liquid Belgium chocolate production line in its Mouscron production facility in Belgium. According to the company, the investment increases the company’s capacity to produce milk and dark chocolate and creates up to 10 new local jobs. Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business…

Arla Foods appoints Ash Amirahmadi as managing director for UK

UK - Arla Foods has appointed its current SVP - Sales for Arla Foods, Ash Amirahmadi as new management director for UK effective 1 July 2018. He succeeds Tomas Pietrangeli, who is leaving the company to become CEO of Danish retail group Dagrofa A/S as from 30 June 2018. Ash Amirahmadi joined Arla Foods in…

Microsoft to introduce check-out free retail to take on Amazon Go

USA - Microsoft Corp is working on check-out free retail that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores, meant to compete with Amazon’s automated grocery stores, Amazon Go, reported Reuters. With the technology, the company’s systems will be able to track what shoppers add to their trolleys. According to people familiar with the matter,…

BRF to close down turkey meat production line in Mineiros

BRAZIL – BRF, one of the largets food companies in Brazil, has made plans to close down its turkey meat production line in Mineiros (GO) due to lack of market for the products. According to Business Insider, Jorge Luiz de Lima, the global vice president of the Brazilian food company's corporate efficiency, made the statement.…

Brazil’s food giant BRF names new chief executive officer

BRAZIL – BRF, one of the biggest food companies in the world, has named Pedro Parente as the new chief executive officer with the hope that the new CEO will give a successful turnaround. According to SeekingAlpha, the government commission; which approved the appointment, said the nomination of the new CEO faces no conflict of…

Heineken announces plans to invest US$58.25m in UK pubs

UK - Heineken, the world’s second largest brewer, has announced plans to pour US$58.25 million into the UK’s struggling pubs to fund fund 140 projects and upgrades. According to the company, its British arm will invest the money into around 500 of the 2,900 pubs owned by its Star Pubs & Bars unit, with the…

Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks cereal in US potentially contaminated with Salmonella

USA - Kellogg company has voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential of having been contaminated with Salmonella. According to a statement on their website, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Kellogg has launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey…