Oatly expands presence in Asia with launch of new oat milk facility in Singapore

SINGAPORE – Swedish alternative dairy company Oatly has partnered with Asian food and beverage company Yeo Hiap Seng Limited (Yeo’s) to open a new oat milk facility in Singapore.  The facility, which started operations in July, is located at Yeo’s Senoko Way site in Singapore and is Oatly’s first production venture outside Europe and North America.   The site will produce Oatly’s oat milk for the Asian market and will support the brand’s growth in the region.   “Despite ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, we are thrilled that the production facility opened in July. Oatly is grateful…

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Health of the planet overtakes personal health priorities in Innova’s Top 10 Trends for 2022

NETHERLANDS – Consumers now rank planetary health as their number one concern, overtaking personal health, which has been the top priority in Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends in recent years.   According to Innova, “Shared Planet” topping the Top Ten Trends for 2022 reflects a reality where today’s consumers are more ethically and environmentally conscious.  “One of the biggest shifts we are seeing is that the health of the planet is now the top concern of consumers,” says Innova’s global insights director, Lu Ann Williams.   “Personal health has been the big concern…

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Mondelēz owned dairy brand Cadbury enters plant-based scene with launch of first vegan chocolate bar

UK – Cadbury, one of the most popular snack brands owned by US snack giant Mondelēz, has announced the launch of its first vegan chocolate bar, with two different flavours to choose from.  According to the company, the new plant-based which takes inspiration from its popular cousin Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, will be launching in UK retailer Sainsbury’s stores from November.  The chocolate maker said the new vegan bars took two years to develop and contain almond paste instead of the Milk that is used to impart a creamy taste to its original Dairy Milk bars. …

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Ingredion expands pulse-based protein capacity, continues investment in future of sugar reduction

CANADA – Plant-based ingredient solutions provider, Ingredion Inc. has cut ribbon to its new production facility for flours and concentrates at its Canadian manufacturing assets in Vanscoy, Saskatchewan. The pulse-based protein facility which was acquired from Verdient Foods in November 2020, currently produces flours and concentrates from pulses such as peas, lentils and fava beans that are sustainably sourced from North American farms. The added capacity, which includes a new production line with proprietary processing technology, will enable food and beverage brands to answer consumer demand for sustainable, plant-based proteins…

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Tolaram eyes Asia’s alternative protein market after success with noodles in Africa

SINGAPORE – Singapore-based multinational conglomerate Tolaram is eyeing Asia’s lucrative alternative proteins market after achieving success in Africa with its instant noodle brand Indomie.  Tolaram New Business Development Manager Avinash Aswani revealed in an interview with Food Navigator that the company had plans to start off its base in Singapore which already has a thriving food innovation ecosystem.  “[The alternative protein space] is developing rapidly in Singapore thanks to strong government support so there are many related companies based here,” said Aswani.   “[The first move we have made here] is…

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Arla Foods faces new pressure to fully transition to plant-based dairy by 2025

UK – Danish multinational dairy giant Arla is under new pressure to abandon animal dairy for plant-based alternatives as part of wider, well-orchestrated efforts by animal activists to rid the world of unsustainable agriculture.  To express their displeasure over the company’s continued dairy operations, a number of activists blockaded Arla’s key milk factory in England demanding Arla to fully plant-based by 2025.  Around 50 activists from Animal Rebellion, a sister group to Extinction Rebellion, stood in protest blocking the gates to the Arla’s distribution center near Aylesbury, UK, erecting bamboo structures and concrete…

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Brazilian plant-based meat brand Future Farm launches in South Africa, adding variety to consumer’s food plate

SOUTH AFRICA – Brazilian meat alternative brand, Future Farm, has brought its cutting-edge plant-based meat products to South Africa, launching a wide array of offerings in Checkers stores across the country. Introducing the brand’s Future Burger, Future Sausage, Future Meatballs and Future Mince, are designed to tempt meat-lovers into eating plant-based meals occasionally, and to satisfy vegetarians and vegans with the eco-friendly, GMO-free, gluten-free and Halaal range made using all-natural ingredients. “By replicating the same satisfaction, we get from eating meat by using plants, we have revolutionised food in a…

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Mountain Dew to enter alcoholic beverage category as Danone sets “plant-based 2.0” strategy in motion

US – Mountain Dew, a beverage brand owned by American beverage and snack giant PepsiCo, is set to enter the alcoholic beverage category with the launch of a new flavored malt beverage with alcohol by volume of 5%.  The new beverage produced in collaboration with Boston Beer Co. will be marketed to adults of legal age and merchandised consistently with other alcoholic beverages, the companies said.  “For 80 years Mtn Dew has challenged the status quo, bringing bold flavors and unmatched beverage innovation to millions of fans,” said Kirk Tanner, chief executive…

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Upfield’s plant-based spreads save 6 million metric tonnes of CO2 annually

NETHERLANDS – Global consumer packaged foods company Upfield has published data revealing that consumers and chefs – using their plant-based butters, margarines and spreads instead of dairy butter – have avoided emitting an estimated six million metric tons of CO2-equivalent within 12 months.  “The Upside” – which can also be referred to as “emissions savings” – is largely due to ingredient production and was measured based on data and product sales over the calendar year of 2020.  It puts into consideration the environmental cost of using plant-based ingredients instead of butter. According to Upfield, the average plant-based margarine…

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Swedish food startup Veg of Lund unveils world’s first potato-based dairy alternative

SWEDEN – Swedish-based food start-up Veg of Lund has unveiled a new dairy alternative made from the humble potato in an effort to minimize the climate impact of the dairy products.   In developing the new alternative touted as the world’s first potato-based dairy alternative, Veg of Lund teamed up with Professor Eva Tornberg of Lund University.  The partners claim the creation, called DUG, tastes delicious, goes perfectly with hot drinks, and is kind to the environment.   Veg of Lund said innovation with the potato allowed it to fulfil its mission to minimise its climate…

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