52% of British consumers interested in plant-based diets, IGD says

UK - One in two (52%) of British grocery shoppers say they either follow or are interested in following a plant-based diet, according to new research from IGD, a firm that deals with the insight, training and best practice for the grocery industry. According to FoodBeV, this rises to 68% for 18-24 year olds who…

Vivera announces introduction of 100% plant-based hamburger in Europe

EUROPE - Vivera, the fastest growing producer of plant-based meat alternatives in Europe, has announced the introduction of the highest quality 100% plant-based hamburger. Accordiung to the company, it claims to have achieved the highest quality vegan hamburger currently available, and that Sainsbury's will be the first to sell the fresh (uncooked) 'Veggie Quarter Pounder'. Earlier…

BRF CEO Pedro Parente to leave company in mid-2019

BRAZIL - Chief Executive Pedro Parente of Brazilian meat packing company BRF SA has announced plans to leave the company and that the current Chief Operating Officer Lorival Luz would succeed him in the CEO role. According to Reuters, Parente told investors and analysts after a presentation in Sao Paulo that he will still participate…

AB InBev opens new automated ‘robo-warehouses’ in UK brewery

UK - AB InBev, a multinational drink and brewing holdings company, is opening a new automated warehouse with space to store 23 million pints of beer at its largest UK brewery in Magor, South Wales. According to the company, the 80,000 cubic metre warehouse will enable AB InBev to meet growing UK demand for beer…

Mondelēz International commits to making all packaging recyclable by 2025

USA - Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, has announced a new commitment to make all packaging recyclable and provide recycling information by 2025. According to the company, it will work in partnerships so that packaging can be collected and recycled in markets around the world, as part of the company’s…

Coca-Cola Amatil acquires minority stake in restaurant tech start-up Tabsquare

AUSTRALIA - Cola Amatil has announced it has taken a minority stake in Singapore-based restaurant tech start-up, TabSquare via its corporate venturing platform, Amatil X. According to the company, TabSquare provides artificial intelligence [AI]-powered smart in-restaurant solutions to improve the restaurant experience for diners and improve operational efficiency for restaurant owners. It is the second…

Kenyan confectionery firms lose US$1.3m in export earnings from sweet row

KENYA - Local sugar confectionery firms have lost US$1.34 million in export earnings in the six months ended June, reflecting the impact of trade war between Kenya and Tanzania, reports Business Daily. According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), earnings from sugar confectionery that is, sweets, biscuits and chocolate fell to US$23.57 million from…

DuPont launches new ascorbic acid alternative for the baking industry

CHINA – DuPont, an American conglomerate, is the first company that has launched a new ascorbic acid alternative, Hexose Oxidase, for the baking industry. According to the company, the hexose oxidase technology present in the DuPont Danisco GRINDAMYL SUREBake product range can utilize many different sugar molecules as a substrate rather than just glucose alone,…

Coca-Cola Nigeria launches affordable 1litre PET bottle of Coke ‘Mama’

NIGERIA - Coca-Cola Nigeria has unveiled a new affordable 1litre PET bottle of Coke, Mama that celebrates family integration by ‘encouraging intimate family moments and making every moment worth sharing’. According to BeverageIndustryNews, Mama is further demonstration of Coca-Cola’s commitment to uplifting and uniting families and friends, as they join and share meals and intimate…

Kraft Heinz invests US$100m to Evolv Ventures for emerging tech companies

USA - . Kraft Heinz has committed up to US$100 million to Evolv Ventures, a venture fund that will invest in emerging tech companies transforming the food industry. According to the company, the venture fund led by investor Bill Pescatello, will accelerate the company’s exposure to emerging technologies and businesses, as well as improve its…