US ORGANIC PRODUCE SALES JUMP BY NEARLY 10% IN FIRST QUARTER

Sales of organic fresh produce in the United States increased by 9.3% in the first quarter of this year, with people eating at home more credited with the growth.

OHIO STATE UNI CREATES CONSORTIUM FOR HEALTHIER PROCESSING OF LIQUID FOODS

The Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has established a university-industry consortium to develop and license a new manufacturing technology that preserves foods and beverages using recognisable ingredients – without artificial preservatives, and with reduced heat.…

PHILIPPINES OPENS UP PORK IMPORT MARKET TO ALLEVIATE TIGHT SUPPLIES

African Swine Fever continues to pose significant challenges for the Philippine pig market. While there are conflicting reports on the number of pigs affected, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that production fell by 30% in 2020.

HEINEKEN AIMS FOR CARBON NEUTRAL VALUE CHAIN BY 2040

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26), due to take place this November in Glasgow, Scotland, Heineken has made far-reaching commitments on carbon that will affect its entire business, from barley to bar.

FROZEN MEALS MAKER COOK INVESTS IN PRODUCTION FACILITIES AS IT AIMS TO DOUBLE SALES

British frozen meals retailer COOK has invested in new freezer equipment as it looks to increase its production capacity by 80%. COOK, which also aims to double sales within five years, has bought a custom-made unit that will allow continuous…

FARM-TO-FORK FOCUS: SPAR SHANDONG’S SOURCING SUCCESS

As food quality and safety becomes increasingly top of mind for shoppers around the globe, in China, SPAR Shandong’s farm-to-fork strategy is meeting these demands by raising the bar in direct sourcing.

FOOD SALES STRONG BUT NOT YET STABLE, LATEST REPORTS INDICATE

The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause greater spending on “home centric” categories of spending, including food, according to an update from the UK accountancy firm KPMG and the British Retail Consortium.

GROW-NY’S $3 MILLION START-UP COMPETITION OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

New York State and Cornell University are inviting submissions for their third global food and agriculture start-up competition. The top prize is a million dollars out of this year's $3 million total.

TOTAL PLASTIC WASTE SET TO GROW DESPITE NEW PACKAGING INITIATIVES

Amid pressure to reduce plastic waste from grocery shopping, supermarket groups from around the world have launched initiatives to limit plastic packaging – but industry forecasts suggest demand for some fresh food packaging will grow.

IRISH SEAFOOD SECTOR REMAINED RESILIENT IN 2020

Ireland’s seafood sector remained resilient throughout 2020, despite the ongoing difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a new economic assessment has found.  The Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) report found the sector adapted to the disruption triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak and…

PESTICIDE LEVELS IN MOST EU FOODS IS WITHIN LIMITS, REPORT FINDS

The overwhelming majority of food samples tested in the European Union were within permitted limits for pesticide residues, a new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has revealed.

FLAVOURED GINS IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT TWO UK AIRPORTS

Family-owned Ian Macleod Distillers has installed eye-catching permanent displays at World Duty Free stores at Edinburgh and Stansted airports to showcase its innovations in flavoured gins. The colourful graphics of the Wonder Wall fixture have been designed to highlight Edinburgh…