Post-Brexit border bottlenecks force British retailer Marks & Spencer to close 11 franchise stores in France

FRANCE – British multinational retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) will be closing its 11 franchise stores with partner SFH in France over the coming months due to cross-border bottlenecks affecting the supply of fresh and chilled products from the UK into Europe.  An M&S spokesperson revealed to journalists that the lengthy and complex export processes now in place following the UK’s exit from the EU have been significantly constraining the supply of fresh and chilled product from the UK into Europe.  This, according to the spokesperson, has had an impact product…

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Enough starts project to build the world’s largest fermentation-based mycoprotein facility

NETHERLANDS – Alternative protein company Enough has broken new ground on the construction of its “first of its kind” protein factory, touted as the world’s largest non-animal protein farm.  The factory to be built in 2022 will have an initial capacity to produce 10,000 metric tons of mycoprotein per annum, the equivalent of more than five cow’s worth of protein every hour.  The 15,000 square meter facility is co-located alongside the Cargill facility in Sas van Gent in the Netherlands and is expected to initially create 25 new jobs.  The company expects…

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PepsiCo launches pep+ to guide renewed focus on sustainability, healthy foods

USA – American snack and food beverage giant PepsiCo has launched a new strategic plan dubbed pep+ (“pep positive”) which is aimed at refocusing the company’s key strategic goals around sustainability and production of healthier foods.  According to a statement from the company, the pep+ will guide how PepsiCo improves its business operations, from sourcing ingredients using regenerative agriculture, to manufacturing, packaging, and selling its products in a more circular way.  Under the new strategy, the maker of Lays and Doritos snack brands also plans to prioritize more on chickpeas,…

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