UK government to ban plastic straws, stirrers from April 2020

UK – The UK government has announced a ban on plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds across England, which will take effect starting April 2020. The ban which has received overwhelming support from the public, will include exemptions to ensure that those with medical needs or a disability are able to continue to access plastic…

Ardent Mills expands specialty grains capabilities at Denver mill in US

USA - North America's leading flour supplier, Ardent Mills has unveiled plans to expand flour milling and production capabilities at its Denver mill in the United States. In addition to flour milling, the company will clean and pack intact grains, pearl barley and dehull heirloom grains like emmer, einkorn and spelt, according to World Grain…

US Wheat Associates promotes Amanda Spoo to Director of Communications

USA - U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) has appointed Amanda Spoo as Director of Communications in its Arlington, Va., headquarters. Spoo, who previously served as assistant director of communications for USW will continue to deliver on the organisation’s mission, which is to develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance wheat’s profitability for U.S. wheat producers…

Food majors sign on WWF’s new activation hub to tackle plastic waste

SWITZERLAND - The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has launched a new activation hub called ReSource: Plastic that aims to offer guidelines in tackling plastic waste and pollution across the globe. Global food and beverage manufacturers including Keurig Dr Pepper, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Tetra Pak and The Coca-Cola Company are among the companies that have signed on…

Meal kit delivery service Sun Basket raises US$30m backed by Unilever

USA – Sun Basket, an American subscription meal delivery service has raised US430 million in Series E venture capital funding, securing backing from Unilever Ventures, the private equity arm of Unilever. The latest round brings the firm’s overall funding up to US$125 million and was led by PivotNorth Capital, an early-stage software-focused venture capital firm.…

Caliva buys plant-based brand Zola to accelerate cannabis drinks category

USA – Caliva, an integrated cannabis company has announced that it has acquired plant-based beverage maker Zola to expand its cannabis- and hemp-based drinks category. The acquisition gives Caliva distribution access to major retailers and positions the company to capitalize on a nationwide roll out of infused beverages. Zola will keep its brand identity and…

Kroger joins forces with private equity to invest in innovative brands

USA – The American retailing company, Kroger has announced a strategic partnership with Lindsay Goldberg, a private equity firm to invest and foster growth in innovative consumer brands. Through a newly formed platform called PearlRock Partners, the two are looking to help emerging consumer brands reach new customers and grow their business. PearlRock Partners will…

Amazon leads US$575m financing round in British delivery firm Deliveroo

UK - British online food delivery firm, Deliveroo has announced that it has raised a total of US$575 million in a Series G funding round led by American online retailer and technology company, Amazon. The funding round, set to make Amazon the largest investor in Deliveroo, also saw participation from existing investors T Rowe Price,…

Global food firms commit to phase out industrial transfats by 2023

SWITZERLAND – Global food and beverage companies and members of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) have pledged to phase out industrially produced trans-fat from the global food supply by 2023. The twelve food and beverage giants have agreed to adopt enhanced worldwide commitment to phase out industrially produced trans fats (iTFAs) from their…

Tyson Fresh Meats to invest US$300m in a new US food production plant

USA - Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of the global meat and poultry company, Tyson Foods has unveiled plans to invest US$300 million in a new food production plant in Utah State in the United States. The investment is expected to create 800 jobs, processing beef and pork into steaks, chops, roasts and ground meat…