Craft beer market in Europe has doubled up by 178% since 2013, surpassing N. America

EUROPE - North America, since 2013, has dominated the global craft beer market, accounting for 52% of all craft beer launches, but now another continent has taken the lead. According to data from Mintel, the number of craft beer launches in Europe has more than doubled since 2013 (up 178%) making it a global leader…

Danone becomes first corporate venture fund to receive B Corporation Certification

USA - Danone Manifesto Ventures, the New York-based venture arm of Danone, has announced that it has become the first corporate venture fund to achieve B Corporation Certification independently. This prestigious designation follows a rigorous certification process by B Lab, a third-party non-profit, and recognizes companies that are committed to conduct business with the highest…

US Trade Representatives unveils US$200bn tariff list on Chinese imports

USA - The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has unveiled a list of additional tariffs on approximately US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports in what U.S. trade officials termed as “continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology”. The additional tariffs will be effective starting September 24, 2018 initially…

Walmart unveils new last-mile delivery pilot to expand its grocery delivery services

USA - The American retail corporation Walmart has announced a new last-mile delivery pilot programme, Spark Delivery that will see timely grocery deliveries from their stores to customer’s front doors. Walmart is rolling out the system in Nashville and New Orleans with more launches to come in more metropolitan areas this year. The crowd-sourced delivery…

Cosmo Films introduces BOPP-based heat resistant films for packaging applications

INDIA - Cosmo Films, a global leader in speciality films for flexible packaging, lamination and labeling applications as well as synthetic paper introduces BOPP based heat resistant (HR) films. According to the company, the films have been engineered to work as printing layer replacing BOPET film in multilayer laminates for various packaging applications in both…

PepsiCo to introduce start-up accelerator programme in the U.S. after Europe’s success

USA – PepsiCo, an American multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation, has announced that it will introduce its Nutrition Greenhouse start-up accelerator programme in the US, following the success of the scheme in Europe. According to FoodBev, the programme aims to find and support ten emerging brands in the food and beverage sector who have…

U.S. seeks to push African countries to adopt GM crops

AFRICA - The United States is seeking African governments’ approval of genetically engineered (GMO) products given various restrictions on GMO imports in various African countries. TheEastAfrican has reported that a Trump administration official is visiting Africa to promote acceptance of the engineered crops as a way to meet the continent’s food needs while also fostering…

U.S. FDA announces new export certification program for certain food products

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a new export certification program, along with the fees that will be assessed, for certain FDA-regulated food products. According to FDA, the fees will apply to products, such as produce, grains, processed foods, food additives, color additives, food contact substances, and infant formula. “The…

Ready-to-eat US popcorn sales grows by 118% between 2012 and 2017

USA – The sales of ready-to-eat (RTE) popcorn in the US have grown by 118% between 2012 and 2017 as consumers embrace flavour innovation, according to research from Mintel. In total, the US RTE popcorn market is worth US$1.1 billion, while the total retail sales of popcorn increased 32% in the last five years to reach…

FDA supports exemption of coffee from California’s cancer warning law

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it supports the proposed regulation that exempts coffee from a Proposition 65 that demands cancer warning on a number of products. In a letter to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, FDA said the move follows a careful review of the most…