SIAL PARIS 2022 – THE COUNTDOWN STARTS NOW!

It is now almost exactly one year until SIAL PARIS 2022 begins and we can once again welcome visitors to the French capital for the world's largest food industry trade fair, which is taking place from Saturday 15 to Wednesday…

JOW SECURES $20M FUNDING AS IT ROLLS OUT RECIPE-BASED SERVICE TO UNITED STATES

Jow, the French grocery shopping app, has announced that it has raised $20 million in its latest round of funding – and is now aiming to conquer the US market.

BOLT DEBUTS FOOD DELIVERY SERVICES IN AFRICA AS SECTOR CONTINUES RAPID GROWTH

Bolt, the ride-sharing platform based in Europe, has launched food delivery services in several African countries as part of its continuing global expansion.

MOLSON COORS AND COCA-COLA TO LAUNCH THIRD HARD SELTZER INTO CANADA IN SUMMER 2022

Following the initial sales success of the hard seltzer Topo Chico in the US market, beer company Molson Coors and soft drinks maker Coca-Cola will debut the brand in Canada from summer 2022.

ACM STUDY SAYS ACTION IS NEEDED NOW IF NETHERLANDS IS TO REACH 25% ORGANIC FARMING BY 2030

A study by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has found that the biggest obstacle to sustainable, organic agricultural practices is Dutch consumer’s unwillingness to pay a premium for organically grown, sustainable produce, while cheaper alternatives remain available.

CARREFOUR ENDS DEAL TALKS WITH AUCHAN AFTER €21.50 PER SHARE OFFER IS DECLINED

Carrefour has ended negotiations over a deal with Auchan, a smaller privately held French food retailer owned by the billionaire Mulliez family, after the two sides failed to agree to terms.

NESTLÉ ADDS VRIMP TO ITS ALT-SEAFOOD LINE-UP AMID RAPID SALES GROWTH

Nestlé is strengthening its offerings in the alternative seafood market with the launch of Vrimp – a vegan shrimp substitute.

SHEEP NUMBERS RISE TO 70 MILLION IN AUSTRALIA AND HEAD FOR A 16-YEAR HIGH

A wet spring in sheep-rearing regions of Australia – particularly eastern states – is expected to push sheep numbers past 70 million in 2021 according to Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

FOUNDATION EARTH LAUNCH NEW FOOD LABEL TO HELP UK CONSUMERS MAKE MORE ECO-FRIENDLY CHOICES

A new information label by Foundation Earth which scores food products based on their environmental impact is due to be launched in the UK for a pilot programme this autumn.

AMUL EXTENDS FROZEN AND READY-TO-EAT RANGES, WHICH COULD ACCOUNT FOR 30% OF TURNOVER

Amul, the Indian food retailer, is expanding its frozen and ready-to-eat food offerings, Indian media reports have said.

DRINKS GROUPS URGE EU TO CONSIDER DEPOSIT REFUNDS AS PART OF 2030 CIRCULAR ECONOMY AIMS

European non-alcoholic drinks associations have come together to push for Deposit Refund Systems* to have a higher priority on the European Union’s sustainability agenda as the bloc looks to revise its 1994 Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.

IMPOSSIBLE FOODS HOLDS MIDDLE EAST LAUNCH AT DUBAI EXPO

Impossible Foods, the American alternative meat producer, has begun selling its products in the Middle East – and it chose Expo 2020 Dubai for the launch.