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Beware of ‘woke washing’: Ethical branding must reflect an ethical business

Beware of ‘woke washing’: Ethical branding must reflect an ethical business

31 Aug 2020

Spanish chocolate manufacturer Lacasa is under pressure to change the name and logo of its Conguitos brand with a consumer-led petition - but experts warn against empty ‘cause marketing’.

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Coca-Cola introduces recyclable paperboard rings on its multi-packs

Coca-Cola introduces recyclable paperboard rings on its multi-packs

31 Aug 2020

As a result of its effort to remove all unnecessary hard to recycle plastic from its portfolio in Western Europe, Coca-Cola is introducing a paperboard packaging alternative called CanCollar in Spain.

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Thanks to the pandemic, foodtech booms during Q2

Thanks to the pandemic, foodtech booms during Q2

28 Aug 2020

The foodtech ecosystem was already evolving rapidly, but when the pandemic shifted business across the globe, technology-driven growth became even more vital to the CPG ecosystem. Plant-based products, cellular agriculture, online grocery and VC invest...

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Beyond Meat launches new e-commerce platform

Beyond Meat launches new e-commerce platform

27 Aug 2020

The next battleground for the plant-based protein movement is shaping up to be e-commerce. Today, Beyond Meat announced its very own online shop where consumers can order a variety of Beyond Meat products, including burgers, sausages, crumbles and brea...

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Scientists discover the key to garlicy-ness

Scientists discover the key to garlicy-ness

26 Aug 2020

Researchers from Virginia Tech have discovered a biological process in garlic that creates allicin and that may lead to the creation of bulbs with differing levels of pungency. The scientists also said this discovery can contribute to farmers having be...

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Germany working to impose human rights and environmental supply chain protections by 2021

Germany working to impose human rights and environmental supply chain protections by 2021

25 Aug 2020

Germany is taking the lead on human rights and environmental protections in the European Union. The country plans to pass a Supply Chain Law that will oblige companies to analyze whether their business activities have an adverse effect on recognized hu...

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Adaptogenic coffee raises $2.7 million to reimagine coffee

Adaptogenic coffee raises $2.7 million to reimagine coffee

24 Aug 2020

Coffee company, Taika, raised $2.7M in seed funding for its adaptogen-infused, ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages. The investment round was led by Kindred Ventures with participation from Obvious Ventures and World Champion Barista James Hoffman. In the co...

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Federal lawsuit challenges US rules on ‘misleading’ GM labelling

Federal lawsuit challenges US rules on ‘misleading’ GM labelling

24 Aug 2020

The Center for Food Safety has filed a federal lawsuit challenging USDA rules that mean genetic modification (GM) foods are labelled as ‘bioengineered’ – a move it says reduces transparency and causes consumer confusion.

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Australia is converting stale beer into electricity

Australia is converting stale beer into electricity

21 Aug 2020

When lockdowns closed pubs, watering holes around Australia found themselves saddled with kegs of ales and lagers that were slowly passing their expiration date. However, instead of dumping them down the drain – which would require additional disposal ...

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The British Meat Processors Association calls for a shelf life extension for fresh meat

The British Meat Processors Association calls for a shelf life extension for fresh meat

20 Aug 2020

Current UK food regulations limit the shelf-life of fresh meat to 10 days when stored at 3-8 degrees Celsius. However, the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is aiming to persuade the UK’s Food Standards Agency to extend those guidelines to all...

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Facebook steps into agriculture with artificial intelligence

Facebook steps into agriculture with artificial intelligence

19 Aug 2020

Facebook has gotten into agriculture through its partnership with California-based Blue River Technology, a subsidiary of John Deere. The Silicon Valley social network company is using its open source PyTorch machine learning library that was developed...

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Lemon water brand gets celebrity investment

Lemon water brand gets celebrity investment

18 Aug 2020

Cold-pressed lemon water beverage, Lemon Perfect, closed a $6.6 million funding round led by Beechwood Capital, The Big Squeeze, Goat Rodeo Capital, LivWell Ventures, Melitas Ventures, R3 Venture Partners, the RCV Frontline Fund, the Stage 1 Fund, and...

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