US exports of feed grains set new record at 120 MMT led by corn

USA - The United States exports of feed grains and co-products for the 2017/2018 marketing year reached 120 million metric tonnes led by higher corn shipments, setting a new record for the second year in a row. According to the U.S. Grains Council, the year’s exports increased 6% (6.5 million tons) above last year’s record,…

Kroger and Home Chef meals roll out in-store meal kits in select locations

USA – Kroger, an American retailing company, and meal kit and food delivery company Home Chef, have announced the launch of weekly rotating in-store meal kits at Kroger Family of Stores in select locations. According to the company, it will roll out a limited market test of the new Home Chef Express product, a quick-cook…

USDA bans use of synthetic substance flavourings in food

USA - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has banned the use of six synthetic flavorings in candy, cookies, ice cream, and all other foods and beverages because the chemicals have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. According to USDA, the affected chemicals—benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, eugenyl methyl ether, myrcene, pulegone, and pyridine—are typically…

Yum! Brands promotes Vipul Chawla to President of Pizza Hut International

USA - Yum! Brands, Inc., an American fast food company, has announced the promotion of Vipul Chawla, 50, to President of Pizza Hut International, reporting to Yum! Brands Chief Executive Officer Greg Creed, effective December 3, 2018. Chawla, who currently serves as Managing Director of Pizza Hut Asia-Pacific, will assume responsibility for driving the brand…

Siggi’s appoints Carlos Altschul as new CEO replacing Bart Adlam

USA - Siggi’s, the Lactalis-owned maker of Icelandic-style yogurt, has appointed Carlos Altschul as its new CEO, replacing Bart Adlam who has left the company to pursue a new business opportunity. According to the company, with the rise in consumer demand for cleaner, higher-quality foods with lower sugar, it views this as the optimal time…

Beam Suntory announces Albert Baladi as new CEO replacing Matt Shattock

USA - Beam Suntory Chairman & CEO Matt Shattock has announced that he will transition CEO responsibilities effective April 2019 to Albert Baladi, the company’s current Chief Operating Officer and President – North America. According to the company, Shattock will remain a member of the Beam Suntory Board as non-executive Chairman and a member of…

Cargill reports fiscal 2019 first-quarter results with 5% rise in revenues

USA – Cargill, an American provider of food, agriculture, financial and industrial products, has reported a 5% revenue increase in results for the first quarter of fiscal 2019, which ended Aug. 31, 2018. According to the company, the adjusted operating earnings totalled US$883 million, nearly matching the US$888 million earned in last year’s strong comparative…

McDonald’s scraps all artificial flavours, colors and preservatives from burger portfolio

USA - McDonald’s US, the fast food giant, is scrapping all artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives from artificial sources from its top-selling classic burger portfolio. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the ingredient change is part of McDonald’s ongoing strategy to offer healthier versions of iconic and classic products which they’re famous for and is the latest in…

FDA to examine use of ‘milk, cheese, and yogurt’ terms in labeling plant-based products

USA - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States is reviewing the use of dairy food names like ‘milk’, ‘cheese’, ‘yogurt’ in the labeling of plant-based food and beverages. The FDA is stepping up approaches to modernize standards of identity including requirements for the content and sometimes the methods used to produce…

Grubhub to acquire leading platform for campus food orders Tapingo for US$150m

USA - Grubhub, the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Tapingo, a leading platform for campus food ordering for approximately US$150 million. Tapingo's U.S. and Israel-based teams have built a technology platform custom designed for campus use, with direct integration into college…