THE UK’S 3 TOP LOCKDOWN DRINKING TRENDS REVEALED

Wines from Argentinian, the ready-to-drink (RTD) category, and rosé wine saw huge uplifts in retail sales during UK lockdowns and other restrictions in 2020. According to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s latest market report, released on Monday, consumers used…

INDIA’S FROZEN SECTOR SET FOR TRIPLE VALUE GROWTH

India’s frozen food sector is forecast to almost triple in value over the next five years, according to a report released by Research and Markets.

KARANA BENEFITS FROM ASIA’S GROWING MEAT-FREE MARKET

Karana, the Singaporean meat-alternative start-up, is expanding into new Asian markets amid near double-digit increases in sales of plant-based-meats on the continent.

CALL FOR GREATER EFFORTS TO CUT SALT AS WHO BENCHMARKS ANNOUNCED

Campaigners have called for greater efforts to be made to cut salt levels in food after the World Health Organisation released its first ever sodium benchmarks.

MEMPHIS MEATS BECOMES UPSIDE FOODS AHEAD OF CHICKEN LAUNCH

Memphis Meats, the cell-cultured meat, poultry and seafood start-up, has been rebranded as Upside Foods, a more consumer-friendly name prior to the launch of its first product: chicken. Based in Berkeley California, the company says that, pending regulatory review, its…

SIAL CHINA SET TO WELCOME 120,000+ VISITORS

Organisers of next week’s SIAL China exhibition [18-20 May], in Shanghai, have announced that more than 120,000 visitors are expected over the three-day event.

PANDEMIC ACCELERATES SHIFTS IN CHINA’S SEAFOOD MARKET

China’s central government has realigned its strategy in response to pressures related to Covid-19.

BAIN CAPITAL SNAPS UP VALEO FOODS GROUP

Valeo Foods Group, the Dublin-headquartered company that owns Kettle Chips and Batchelors Beans, has been bought by Bain Capital, the American private investment firm.

FENTIMANS RESPONDS TO MARKET SHIFT WITH NEW 200ML MIXER RANGE

The growing popularity of long mixed drinks has encouraged UK independent premium soft drinks brand Fentimans to launch a range of 200ml mixers and tonics from May, with a gradual phase-out of older 125ml sizes.

UK MEAT SALES SLOW, WHILE FISH GOES AGAINST THE CURRENT

Fresh meat and poultry growth rates slowed down in the UK in the 12 weeks to March 21, with fresh primary meat growing 11.6% and fresh processed 5.8%, in comparison to figures from the start of lockdown restrictions in March…

ORGANIC AND HEALTHY FOODS ARE SEEING THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT AGAIN

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Butterfly Equity has stepped up its investment focus on the food sector again this year following a string of pre-pandemic acquisitions spanning the entire food value chain from ‘seed to fork’.

ALDI AUSTRALIA SETS TARGET OF ZERO FOOD WASTE TO LANDFILL BY 2023

Aldi Australia is launching multiple initiatives to help it reduce the amount of food waste it sends to landfill to zero by 2023.