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Frito-Lay releases its new U.S. Snack Index, shows summer trends

Frito-Lay releases its new U.S. Snack Index, shows summer trends

29 May 2020

Frito-Lay’s annual snacking index reveals that 86% of Americans believe their summertime activities, and consequently their snacking habits, will be different this year due to COVID-19. Typical snacking occasions like group gatherings are not anticipat...

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Nestlé plans $100M plant-based manufacturing facility in China

Nestlé plans $100M plant-based manufacturing facility in China

27 May 2020

Swiss food giant Nestlé recently announced that it will invest 100 million Swiss francs ($103 million USD) to open a plant-based food manufacturing facility in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), which is 72 miles outside of Bei...

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Malaysian firm develops package-less packaging

Malaysian firm develops package-less packaging

26 May 2020

A group of Malaysian Ph.D. students won the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Save our Seas global engineering challenge with their new bagless approach to food packaging called the PICAS block. The competition is hosted in partnership wi...

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UPDATED Timeline: Impacts of COVID-19 on the global food industry

UPDATED Timeline: Impacts of COVID-19 on the global food industry

25 May 2020

The number of people affected by Covid-19 continues to climb, with confirmed cases surpassing 5.5 million and the number of deaths at nearly 347,000 worldwide as of May 25.

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Mintel: coronavirus spurred French consumer toward local and functional foods

Mintel: coronavirus spurred French consumer toward local and functional foods

25 May 2020

After two months of strict confinement in France, market insights firm Mintel discovered that French consumer preferences have shifted to favor both local products and functional foods in a more pronounced manner than before the government enacted quar...

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Sustainable palm oil: Tackling the consumer awareness challenge

Sustainable palm oil: Tackling the consumer awareness challenge

24 May 2020

Palm oil has some major image problems, but its production is essential to the livelihoods of many smallholders and processors in Southeast Asia and elsewhere. How can western consumers be convinced that sustainably produced palm oil is an ingredient w...

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Upcycling opportunities in a post-pandemic world

Upcycling opportunities in a post-pandemic world

23 May 2020

The food industry has made strides in reducing food waste in recent years – and a growing number of consumers has embraced a ‘zero waste’ goal – but it has re-emerged as a major problem during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 may permanently change how we buy alcohol

COVID-19 may permanently change how we buy alcohol

21 May 2020

Online sales of alcohol are skyrocketing due to restrictions on movement that inhibit consumers from enjoying their favorite cocktails outside the confines of their house and deter in-person trips to the supermarket. According to data from Nielsen, e-c...

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U.S. online grocery sales surge 37% in April

U.S. online grocery sales surge 37% in April

21 May 2020

April was another record-breaking month for online grocery sales with shoppers surpassing March’s record-breaking $4 billion in sales to spend $5.3 billion for grocery delivery and pickup. This is a 37% increase over March, according to data from Brick...

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Report: Frozen Food sales to remain strong post-COVID 19

Report: Frozen Food sales to remain strong post-COVID 19

21 May 2020

March represented the peak for all frozen food sales in the U.S. with dollar figures rocketing 94% above the levels for the same time last year. However, things cooled off in April where volume sales were 30% to 35% above the same period last year. Ove...

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Ethanol shortages may affect the shelf life of packaged foods

Ethanol shortages may affect the shelf life of packaged foods

20 May 2020

As demand for fuel has collapsed during the pandemic, so too has ethanol production – which is blended into gasoline – and its byproduct CO2. Due to CO2’s integral role in food production, fears about a shortage of carbon dioxide have spurred predicti...

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Innovative Grinding Systems for the Food Industry

Innovative Grinding Systems for the Food Industry

20 May 2020

The area of fine-grinding has a special role within the process chain in food production, as here the product determines the technology to be used as in no other processing step. 

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