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SIAL Paris 2024 to celebrate its 60th anniversary

SIAL Paris promises an exceptional edition in 2024 as the world's largest trade show in the food industry celebrates its 60th anniversary. There will be lots of surprises in store for visitors! Poster of the inaugural international food show (Photo: www.sialparis.com/en/the-show/our-story) It was a major event in 1964: the first Salon International de l'Alimentation (International…

9# Food Industry: Approaching a Bright New Chapter?

In this episode of Food for Thought, Bryn discusses the subtleties with CEO of The Food Institute, Brian Choi. Brian speaks about the food industry trends and consumer behavior over the years.  The food industry is at a crossroads so what choices do we have to make?  Time-stamped show notes 00:00 ➡️ 04:30: industry news…

Seafood ‘a leading driver’ in grocery sales in 2020 says FMI report

Seafood generated more than $16.6 billion in sales for food retailers in 2020 and outperformed other fresh food categories according to a new report from US-based FMI—The Food Industry Association. The Power of Seafood 2021 study was released at the end of February and claims that seafood sales – which include fresh, frozen, canned and…

MERGER TO CREATE THE WORLD’S LARGEST FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE COMPANY

US manufacturer Dole Foods is to merge with Irish business Total Produce to create the world’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable supply business with annual sales of €8.2 billion. The deal, which is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, will create a new entity – Dole Plc – which analysts have said will make it…

ONLINE SALES IN EUROPE & THE US DRIVE BUSINESS AT AHOLD DELHAIZE

Netherlands-based supermarket chain Ahold Delhaize has reported better than expected fourth quarter sales, driven by a surge of online orders due to COVID-19. The retailer, which operates chains in the United States and Europe, said its sales rose 18% to €19.6 billion. Underlying operating income in the period was €811m; net consumer online sales jumped…

POULTRY & EGG EXPORTS FROM THE US SOARED IN 2020

In a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, poultry and egg exports from the United States soared in 2020, setting records in several key markets. The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service said that broiler and egg exports increased in both volume and value last year, and records were set in China, Mexico, and Taiwan.  The value…

Redefine Meat a step closer to market launch after raising $29 million

Tech innovator in the meat alternatives sector, Redefine Meat, has completed a US$29 million Series A funding round that will be used to expand the company’s product portfolio and support its launch and international growth this year. Redefine, founded in 2018, uses proprietary industrial 3D printers that replicate the texture, flavour, and eating experience of…

Energy ratings for refrigerated vending machines coming soon

Energy inefficient refrigerated food and drink vending machines will soon be banned from sale in the EU and UK as new regulations come in from 1 March. According to the European Vending & Coffee Service Association (EVA), the new Ecodesign & Energy Labelling Regulations mean that refrigerated vending units will have an official energy rating…

CARREFOUR KEEN TO RESTART TAKEOVER TALKS

Grocery retailer Carrefour has said that it is open to takeover opportunities, despite the French government blocking talks between the retailer and Canadian group Couche-Tard. Alexandre Bompard, Carrefour’s Chief Executive and Chairman, said: “We were only at the beginning of the discussions [with Couche-Tard]. There was opposition from the French government, at a time when…

Lockdowns help Nomad Foods achieve near double-digit sales growth

Nomad Foods, one of Europe’s largest frozen food manufacturers, has announced near double-digit sales growth in 2020, but more modest increases are expected this year.Lockdowns have hit restaurant and cafe sales across the continent, leading consumers to spend more on meals prepared at home, including those made from frozen foods.In preliminary results announced earlier this…

Sweden leads its neighbours in promoting organic food within the public sector

Sweden leads its neighbours in the amount of organic food served in hospitals, kindergartens and other public-sector canteens, according to a new study.Research from the University of Copenhagen found that organic food had a 39% market share in the Swedish public sector, compared to 22% in Denmark and just 1% in Norway.Academics say the findings,…

UK GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES €26.5 MILLION SEAFOOD DISRUPTION SUPPORT SCHEME

A new fund, launched by the UK Government, will cover up to €115,351 of losses per business caused by delays related to the export of fresh or live fish and shellfish to the European Union during January 2021. The UK-wide Seafood Disruption Support Scheme will provide up to €26.5 million of financial assistance. The fund…

LOCKDOWN DISRUPTS THE UK’S CHRISTMAS MEAT TRADITIONS

Fresh beef, fish and pork all prospered in the four weeks to December 27 as UK consumers celebrated Christmas under tight restrictions – up collectively by £70 million (€80.9m) compared with the same period last year.  The latest retail figures from Kantar for the 12 weeks to December 27, showed that meat sales were up…

UK ORGANIC MARKET HITS HIGHEST GROWTH LEVEL IN 15 YEARS

The UK’s organic market is now worth £2.79 billion (€3.2bn), after a 12.6% growth in sales in 2020, according to data from the Soil Association Certification’s Organic Market Report 202. The market has now reached its highest growth rate in 15 years, outperforming growth in the non-organic sector. During 2020, more than £50 million (€57.7m)…
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