Danone, Mars, Ingredion join Givaudan’s new food innovation platform

SWITZERLAND – Global flavors and fragrances leader, Givaudan has launched MISTA, a new innovation platform for the food industry and has received backing from Danone, Mars Inc and Ingredion as its founding members. MISTA is an accelerator and incubator programme that enables start-ups and established corporations to optimise ideas, products, people and investments in the…

Food and beverage majors sign global pact to eradicate plastic waste and pollution

WORLD – Major food and beverage companies, packaging manufacturers, governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are among 250 organisations that have signed a marker pact to eradicate plastic waste and pollution. The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment led by UN Environment and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, aims to eliminate plastic waste at the source in an…

Mars, Nestle and Unilever pledge to join Saudi Arabia’s Healthy Food Strategy

SAUDI ARABIA - Leading global food and beverage manufacturers; Mars, Nestle and Unilever, as well as importers have signed a voluntary pledge with the SFDA that includes reducing sugar, salt and fat content The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) launched its Healthy Food Strategy at a ceremony last week, held under the patronage of…

Mars Australia signs 20-year deal to source 100% solar energy within two years

AUSTRALIA - Mars Australia, one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the beverage, confections and petcare industries, has signed a 20-year deal in the country to source 100% of its electricity from solar energy. According to FoodBev, the company which owns brands such as M&M’s chocolate and Extra chewing gum, has partnered with Total Eren,…

Mars Wrigley to build a US$69.3m chewing gum facility in Kenya

KENYA - Mars Wrigley, the American confectionery manufacturer has announced plans to build a US$69.3 million facility near the Kenyan capital Nairobi as it embarks on a global expansion of its chewing gum subsidiary, Wrigley, reported FoodBev. The facility set to open later this year, will have the capacity to produce 7.8 billion pellets of…

Mondelez, Ferrero, Mars partner in responsible snacking scheme

USA - Confectionery giants Ferrero, Mars Wrigley Confectionery have joined Mondelez international in the ‘Be Treatwise’ scheme, an initiative aimed at enhancing responsible snacking and keep shoppers informed. Ferrero and Mars join the likes of Mondelez by introducing the Be Treatwise label on their dairy and non-dairy confectionery products. As part of the program, the three…

Mars Food completes acquisition of Indian food company

USA - Mars Food has finalized the acquisition of Preferred Brands International, and has officially acquired the Connecticut, US-based, fully integrated manufacturer and marketer of all-natural, ready-to-heat Indian and Asian food products sold primarily under the Tasty Bite brand. The acquisition will put Mars in control of Tasty Bite portfolio that includes a wide range…