SweeGen, Ingredion announce Mexico’s approval of Reb M stevia product

MEXICO - SweeGen and Ingredion have announced that Mexico’s federal sanitary agency has approved SweeGen's latest generation sweetener, Reb M, derived from the stevia leaf for use in food and beverage categories already approved for steviol glycosides. The approval by the Federal Commission of Protection of Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) comes after the review of the…

Unilever acquires Tazo tea brand from Starbucks for US$384m

USA – Unilever has entered a definitive agreement with beverages major Starbucks to acquire the assets of the Tazo brand including its signature recipes, intellectual property and inventory for US$384 million. Following the transaction, Starbucks will drive a single tea brand strategy, focusing on its super premium tea brand, Teavana, with the aim of furthering its growth…

Briess announces a US$17m expansion of its barley facility in USA

USA - Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. has announced that a US$17 million expansion of its barley processing and malting facility in Manitowoc, Wisconsin US scheduled to start immediately. Briess’s investment plan includes replacing an aging structure and installing a roaster and automated packaging line for the production and packaging of specialty malts. “Now all…

Nestle acquires Chameleon Cold-Brew to diversify its coffee portfolio

USA - Nestlé USA has acquired Chameleon Cold-Brew, a leading provider of premium-crafted coffee sourced consciously and grown sustainably, diversifying its coffee portfolio. Founded in 2010, Austin-based Chameleon has become the number one organic cold brew brand in the US and one of the top three refrigerated cold brew brands in the country. Its current…

US beer maker acquires stake in Canadian medicinal cannabis producer

CANADA - Leading American alcoholic beverages producer Constellation Brands has acquired a 9.9% minority stake in Ontario, Canada-based Canopy Growth Corporation,  the leading provider of medicinal cannabis products in Canada for US$245 million. According to the company, the investment and relationship are set to lend insights on the emerging and evolving consumer trends in the…

Tetra Pak launches ice cream solution for liquid dairy and juice drinks producers

SWEDEN - Tetra Pak has launched Tetra Fino Aseptic 100 Ultra MiM, a new package that offers an opportunity for customers to produce liquid dairy and juice drinks using their existing production processes and market them as ice creams and frozen products. According to the company, the new package allows dairy and juice drinks to…

Campbell Soup joins the Plant Based Foods Association

USA - Campbell Soup Company, an American producer of canned soups and related products, has announced that it is joining the Plant Based Foods Association, the nation’s only trade group representing the fast-growing plant-based foods sector. The company’s move comes after it opted this year out of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the largest grouping…

Chinese researchers suggest spicy foods reduce salt intake and blood pressure

CHINA – Recent research from China has suggested that consumers who eat more spicy food consume less salt and have lower blood pressure, potentially reducing their risk of heart attacks and stroke. According to Consumer Reports, the researchers from Third Military Medical University in Chongqing, China analysed the taste preferences and health of 606 people…