FDA, CDC investigate multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses linked to McDonald’s salads

USA - The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses likely linked to salads from McDonald's restaurants. According to FDA, a total of 476 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants; the cases were reported by 15 states,…

Cargill invests US$40m at England factory to increase production

ENGLAND - American group Cargill has invested US$39.78 million at its factory on a 13-acre site at Balliol Business Park, England as it takes on production operatives, shift engineers and team leaders for the factory. The new line will extend its capacity to more than the 19,000 tonnes of chicken product it currently delivers annually.…

Nestlé Waters North America names Yumi Clevenger-Lee as Vice President and CMO

USA - Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has announced that Yumi Clevenger-Lee has been named Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective August 1, 2018. According to the company, Clevenger-Lee replaces Antonio Sciuto who has made the decision to leave NWNA to consider opportunities both within and outside of Nestlé. Clevenger-Lee is a seasoned and…

DMK Group announces plan to reduce sugar content in the Milram range

GERMANY - DMK Group, Germany's largest dairy company, has announced that it will reduce the sugar content of products throughout its Milram range, as the company aims to adapt to the changing nutritional demands of consumers. According to the company, it will implement this new strategy in three phases. Firstly, Milram’s buttermilk and kefir drinks…

Mahou San Miguel invests US$3.75m to develop a sustainable chiller for the hospitality industry

SPAIN - Mahou San Miguel, a Spanish brewing company, has invested US$3.75 million in its hospitality industry to develop the company’s sustainable chiller. According to the FoodBev, the company said that the new Ecocooler chiller uses propane for refrigeration, which reduces the carbon emissions of the chiller to zero while increasing refrigeration yield by 8%.…

Constellation Brands acquires 38% ownership of cannabis producer Canopy Growth

USA - Constellation Brands, a leading beverage alcohol company, has announced that it has acquired 38% ownership of Canopy Growth Corporation, a leading diversified cannabis company. The companies also announced a significant expansion of their strategic partnership to position Canopy Growth as the global leader in cannabis production, branding, intellectual property and retailing. According to…

US FDA approves GEA’s aseptic technology

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded GEA a letter of no objection (LONO) for its ABF 1.2 technology, an integrated blowing, filling and capping solution featuring a fully aseptic rotary blowing machine. According to GEA, that is the only system equipped with a 100% aseptic blower that is allowed to…

Starbucks debuts plant-based Protein Blended Cold Brew across the US

USA – The American coffee company and coffeehouse chain Starbucks has released its new plant-based Starbucks Protein Blended Cold Brew on menus nationwide, for customers looking for a new way to refuel. According to the company, the new beverages are offered in Almond and Cacao and are available at participating Starbucks stores across the U.S…

Scottish firm Inverleith makes multi-million investment in UK’s plant-based food company

UK - Edinburgh-based private equity fund, Inverleith, has made a seven figure, multi-million GBP investment in Braham and Murray Good Hemp, a plant based food and drink brand which manufactures products from hemp seed. According to Private Equity, Inverleith invests in consumer brand companies within the health & wellbeing, lifestyle and heritage sectors. It specialises…

Salt intake among adult Indians excessive and unhealthy, PHFI says

INDIA - Salt intake among adult Indians has been found to be high and exceeding the levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, according to a recent study conducted by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). According to Economic Times India, the scientific evidence indicates that high dietary salt intake has detrimental effects on…