2 June 2020
Plant extract companies in China are seeing more demand for immune-related raw materials, but most are adopting a cautious stance when it comes to capacity building due to trade uncertainties brought on by COVID-19.
Dustin Boughton, procurement director at Maxum Foods in Australia and New Zealand, says dairy markets turned the corner in May with improving demand as COVID-19 lockdowns started to ease in most regions while milk output slowed in the US and EU.
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is fighting hunger in the Philippines with its vitamin-packed breads it originally produced in the 1970s to be distributed primarily to public elementary school students as a complete meal, in a bid to combat malnutrition.
Coca-Cola is repurposing its Coca-Cola bottle preforms as test tubes for use in COVID-19 kits: with the capacity to produce millions of tubes a week.
April was the worst month on record for sales of beer, wine and spirits, according to Alcohol Beverages Australia.
1 June 2020
US farmers can now sign up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), the direct payments for producers funded by Congress and implemented by the USDA.
UK retailer Waitrose has launched a special “best of British” cheese selection box, to help its smaller British artisan cheese suppliers adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Miriam Ueberall recently joined The Kraft Heinz Company to head up research and development for the group’s international zone. FoodNavigator speaks to her about how innovation and product development is at the heart of Kraft Heinz’s turnaround plans.
29 May 2020
During eight weeks of lockdown, or confinement, over half of French people report having changed their view of the social, economic and ecological value of food production.
The National Association of British and Irish Millers has announced a change in its executive board. Carr’s Flour and Whitworth Bros chairman Roger Butler (59) – previously Nabim’s vice president – is taking over the reins from George Marriage. The management transition comes as the UK flour industry continues to face unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Public health campaigner Action on Sugar and Action on Salt has fleshed out the details on the interventionist measures it wants adopted in the UK to combat obesity and improve the nation’s health.
Dutch nutrition research and innovation firm Nutricia has announced it will support a series of research projects taking place around to world over the following weeks to help define nutrition guidelines to help speed up the recovery of COVID-19 patients.
28 May 2020
Altering the microbiome through diet, probiotics and prebiotics might be an effective supplementary method for tackling COVID-19, according to a research review from India.
Nutricia, part of the food, beverage and nutrition company Danone, has announced it is supporting research by independent medical professionals to define guidelines for nutritional care for COVID-19 patients recovering after ICU discharge.
A new report by WHO, UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) says despite efforts to stop the promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information.
Mitsubishi Electric’s new robot, the MELFA ASSISTA, has been developed to work alongside human operators while meeting requirements for adequate social distancing of workers in manufacturing sites.
The coronavirus pandemic has placed considerable strain on small and medium sized food producers. Many have responded with ‘inspiring, creative and innovative solutions’. REFRAME takes us on a tour of how SMEs in the North Sea region have adjusted their business models.
With the COVID-19 crisis highlighting their vulnerability to external shocks, food and beverage companies are set to increasingly diversify their supply chains and locate production closer to their markets.
27 May 2020
US-based Kemin Industries has received a positive safety assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its algae-sourced beta glucan ingredient, BetaVia. This unlocks the opportunity for ‘innovative product developers to be the first to communicate around the source’ and tap into surging interest in immunity, the group’s European marketing manager, Miguel Martinho, tells FoodNavigator.
Lockdown measures have driven an unprecedented surge in demand for recipe box services. Yet once the dust settles, so too will subscription numbers, suggests Philip Koh, co-founder of London-based brand design agency Without. “Meal kits are unlikely to become the norm,” he told FoodNavigator.
IZEA’s BrandGraph – which measures online influencer content – found Rice Krispies was mentioned organically by influencers in over 11k posts during a 12-month analysis, followed by Pebbles in nearly 8k posts.
Social media ads, posted by UK-based Revival Drinks, has incurred the wrath of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which deems the posts in breach of the rules of use for authorised health claims.
The Federal Trade Commission has sent out another round of warning letters to 50 more marketers nationwide, most of which are labeled as dietary supplements or Chinese herbs.
26 May 2020
UK based Christeyns Food Hygiene, which manufactures specialist hygiene solutions, is stressing the importance of hard surface hygiene in reducing the risks of future coronavirus contamination and protecting staff.
From the coalface: How FMCG brands can - and have - adjusted to the coronavirus pandemic
How have FMCG brands pivoted in the face of coronavirus? What agile and adaptive strategies have they employed?
The makers of the famous English cheese Stilton -- first British cheese to be awarded the protected designation of origin status -- are worried about the future after a sharp drop in sales since the introduction of containment and the closing of borders during the pandemic.
25 May 2020
FrieslandCampina Ingredients has published its latest trend report, its “Extra Summer Edition.”
Higher seasonal temperatures and reduced product demand stemming from the coronavirus crisis will result in cold storage spaces exceeding capacity, according to UK temporary power and temperature solutions company, Aggreko.
22 May 2020
Reports arguing high dose Vitamin D supplementation could treat COVID-19 are based on speculation and are a risk to public health, warns a team of scientists from across the globe.
21 May 2020
Worldwide demand for immunity products is likely to deliver a permanent ‘new norm’ of higher growth for these types of supplements and brands will need to innovate to meet heightened demands, according to the boss of global nutraceutical developer SIRIO Europe.
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said current aid levels will be insufficient to meet the needs of the dairy sector in spite of the USDA’s $16bn agriculture payments plan announced this week.
The IDFA, the NMPF and USDEC have urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to use all tools at his disposal to send US dairy products to neighboring nations struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.
New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra has published its results, and updates on the effects of coronavirus.
The majority of Americans anticipate a very different summer compared to last year due to the coronavirus pandemic – but snacking will remain a constant.
20 May 2020
On the Dairy Dialog podcast this week, we have four guests, with coronavirus being the central theme. We chatted to Borden CEO, Tony Sarsam; Kyle Thygesen, director of milk sourcing for Lactalis US Yogurt; Robin Skailes, chairman of the Stilton Cheese Makers Association and director of Cropwell Bishop Creamery; and Meiky Tollman, newly-appointed CEO of The Collaborative.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for local products in France and could have a positive effect on the development of functional foods, according to Mintel.
Much of plastic recycling labelling is ‘confusing and inconsistent’, according to a global assessment of recycling and sustainability labelling. The UN Environment Programme and Consumers International have set out five global recommendations for change.
19 May 2020
The UK’s most prominent scientists are asking the country’s health secretary Matt Hancock to assess the role of the gut microbiome in coronavirus citing evidence that points to its impact on susceptibility and recovery from the disease.
UK based plant-reliability company AVT Reliability Ltd is using its involvement in thermal imaging – usually employed to detect faults in factory equipment – to help companies protect their workforce.
The £1m ($1.2m) UK campaign to promote dairy kicked off this week with the slogan Milk Your Moments.
ADM and Hospital de Sagunto, one of the largest medical centers in the Valencia region of Spain have partnered on a clinical trial into the effects of using a food supplement containing live microbial strains.
Two events set for Africa have been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.
While many of the UK’s family-owned and run artisanal bakeries have been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak, several have modified their business models to ensure their freshly-baked treats continue to get out to consumers.
18 May 2020
Consumers in the UK are being urged to buy Stilton cheese as sales have declined by up to 30% since the start of the coronavirus crisis.
US organic ice-cream producer Alden’s Organic has responded to the coronavirus lockdown by making its ice cream, novelties and new dairy-free frozen desserts available for purchase on the brand’s website.
Packaging company DS Smith has launched the Essential Solutions online e-commerce range in the UK to address the growing number of companies moving to e-commerce.
15 May 2020
At the beginning of this unprecedented health crisis, Grupo Bimbo set up the ‘Bimbo Contigo’ (Bimbo With You) initiative to assist those affected by the pandemic, including a 270 million pesos pledge to support Mexico’s health sector and other initiatives.
The scientific evidence supporting the use of vitamin D to help fight COVID-19 continues to build as researchers in Dublin call on the Irish government to change its supplement recommendations.
The coronavirus pandemic has touched every part of our lives. With the social and economic consequences still largely to be felt, many commentators suggest it will mark a before and after point for society. In this edition of The FoodNavigator Podcast, we ask what does COVID-19 mean for food businesses and the consumers they serve?
The French company also notes that food manufacturers in Europe are becoming increasingly wary of using ingredients sourced from China owing to the pandemic.
Public health campaigner Action on Salt and Action on Sugar is calling for an advertising ban on unhealthy foods during the lockdown.
The latest barometer analysing effects of the COVID-19 crisis on food and beverage companies in France has revealed a 22% loss in turnover globally.
14 May 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has brought out the inner baker in many of us, with the number of people searching ‘bread’ and ‘cookies’ hitting an all-time high and encouraging big brand names to release their treasured recipes.
The snack manufacturer is teaming its Chips Ahoy! and Sour Patch Kids brands to host an online danceathon for American students who may have missed their much-awaited-for prom due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Borden, a US dairy company founded in 1857, has been awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) largest contract through its new Farmers to Families Food Box Program as part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program (CFAP).
Chinese dairy company Yili Group has collaborated with its Thai subsidiary Chomthana and Thailand Siam Dragon Association to deliver 170,400 face masks and other anti-epidemic supplies to those on the front lines in Thailand.
Smallholder farmers in Africa are particularly at risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Julie Greene, VP, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at agri-food giant Olam.
An outbreak of coronavirus in German slaughterhouses has placed the sector's living and working conditions in the spotlight.
13 May 2020
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is instructing a probiotics firm and aesthetic clinic to revise claims made on its ads that the watchdog says exploits health related anxieties during the current crisis.
Organic Alliance chief executive Lionel Wolberg says that the coronavirus crisis is fundamentally reshaping the French food system. “This epidemic will mark a before and after for society,” he tells FoodNavigator.
Fresh warnings have been issued over the ‘high-risk nature’ of meat and poultry operations after news of fresh cases of COVID-19 – including one death - at meat companies in Northern Ireland emerged this week.
Scottish Bakers has welcomed the four month extension of the UK government’s furlough scheme, which ought to relieve some pressure for small to medium-bakery businesses in Scotland hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
12 May 2020
While they may not be craving crowded trains and buses to get to them, those who are missing travel and face-to-face events might have a bit of good news - Germany says B2B events can take place again.
The Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative in the US have announced their support of the Agriculture Department for awarding $317m in contracts to purchase milk and other dairy foods for struggling Americans.
As the COVID-19 pandemic upends farming and food supply chains and raises concern of widespread shortages and price increases, aeroponics players are hoping their new food production innovations can help strengthen food security.
11 May 2020
The European Milk Board (EMB) coordinated several campaigns last week to promote an EU-wide milk volume reduction scheme and to attack private storage aid measures for butter, milk powder and cheese.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, US company Dairy West has launched Curds + Kindness, a program to direct surplus, nutrient-rich dairy foods to those who are hungry and unable to afford groceries throughout Idaho and Utah.
From contactless ordering to single use menus, BrewDog has set out 10 key initiatives it will use at its bars as and when they’re allowed to reopen.
The coronavirus crisis is causing people to re-evaluate their diets because it has underlined the link between food and health, according to some pundits. However habitual eating patterns are just that – habitual. To what extent has COVID-19 actually changed the way we eat?
With at least 16 departments responsible for food from fark to fork in England, academics are calling for improved government coordination. “This isn’t a new problem, but COVID-19 has really highlighted the lack of coordination,” says Rosalind Sharpe from City, University of London.
8 May 2020
The food industry faces rising pressure to tackle food insecurity in the wake of COVID-19. Rabobank shares six areas it expects to drive innovation in the ‘new normal’.
Interest in wellness and immunity has spiked as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But the questionable health claims made by some botanical brands has put the sector in the spotlight for some of the wrong reasons. Katia Merten-Lentz, partner at international law firm Keller and Heckman, looks at whether the current legal framework is fit for purpose.
Meal planning, snacking and interest in exotic foods are consumer trends that have all risen during the UK’s national lockdown, according to a John Lewis and Waitrose Report.
7 May 2020
Every week, new studies are emerging that highlight the important roles that nutrients like vitamin D and zinc play for our immune systems, but the dietary supplements industry cannot talk about much of it. Eventually, this needs to be rectified.
India’s leading biscuits and confectionery manufacturer has changed the ‘kissing couple’ logo for its iconic Kismi brand to educate people on the need for social distancing to stay safe during the pandemic crisis.
The iconic General Mills brand is praising the heroism of Canadian food bank workers with its ‘Cheer for the food banks frontline’ campaign.
A support package to help English dairy farmers hit by an economic storm caused by the coronavirus pandemic has been announced by government.
This week, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced measures within agriculture programs and an investment of more than C$252m (US$178.8m) to support farmers, food businesses, and food processors who provide essential services to Canadians every day by ensuring a safe and reliable food supply.
The UK dairy sector in partnership with the Government has announced a new joint-funded campaign to highlight the importance of ‘human connections’ during the current coronavirus crisis.
The Tillamook County Creamery Association in Oregon, US, is making donations, and in Indonesia, Yili is contributing with PPE.
The world's largest brewer saw global volumes decline by 32% in April as a result of the closure of the on-premise channel in most markets. But it says it is already learning from its operations in China and South Korea as to how to move forward through different stages of the coronavirus crisis.
Danone has said it is looking at expanding its plant-based category in Europe as it looks to increase plant-based sales worldwide from around €2 billion in 2019 to around €5 billion by 2025.
European Freeze Dry produces long-life ready meals and bulk freeze-dried ingredients. The company’s meals are usually eaten on the side of a mountain. But crises like COVID-19, and Brexit before it, have started to change this.
6 May 2020
This time last year, consumers were seeking out new and exciting brands. But has coronavirus turned this completely on its head - are consumers now turning back towards familiar and trusted brands?
On the podcast this week, we have interviews about ingredients, coronavirus, and legislation on 3-MCPDe. We chatted with Lorraine Kelly, category manager at Synergy Flavours; Stephen Jones, managing director of Somerdale International; and two guests from Bunge Loders Croklaan – Renee Boerefijn, director of innovation, EMEA, and said Feike Swennenhuis, marketing director for EMEA.
With social distancing in full effect, families have not only found themselves with a lot more time together, but a lot more time in front of their screens.
The dietary supplement industry as a whole is enjoying booming sales as consumer stock up on products to support optimum health. But an industry strategist warns that that sales bump is likely to be ephemeral, and brands that are not strategizing vigorously...
Feeding America estimates that an additional 17.1 million people could face hunger in the next six months because of the pandemic, increasing the urgent need for food assistance. Meanwhile, the outbreak has placed a strain on companies like Aryzta, but boosted business for those like Bakedin.
The global manufacturer of bakery and snack production systems is hosting the RBS Virtual Snack Seminar Series to keep customers in lockdown up-to-date on trends and new technology in the bakery and snacks arenas.
HelloFresh has raised its earnings expectations for the full year after reporting a successful start to 2020 as increased numbers consumers dine at home amid coronavirus restrictions.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to surging demand for organic and sustainable foods, according to a new report. Why is the organic sector getting a ‘coronavirus boost’ and will gains be sustained in the face of an economic downturn?
Cocoa producer Barry Callebaut is delivering 10,000 pieces of soap to customer Unilever’s cocoa farmer cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire.
US meat processing plants hit by the coronavirus could lead to empty shelves, a new report has warned.
5 May 2020
Canadian meat packers and processors have been granted access to federal funding to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
UK levy organisation Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is offering beef and lamb box kits to farmers looking to sell their meat directly to consumers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said it appreciates Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for including $120m of cheese and butter among $470m in Section 32 food purchases announced yesterday.
The European Milk Board (EMB) says several campaigns are planned for May 7 to protest against what it says are misguided measures by the European Commission.
Dustin Boughton, director of procurement at Australian and New Zealand dairy ingredients suppliers Maxum Foods, has published the company's update for May, which is understandably dominated by coronavirus.
‘How do you govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?’, Charles de Gaulle famously quipped. The country is now facing the challenge of getting more consumers to eat cheese as coronavirus impacts demand.
With fewer hours spent in the sun due to COVID-19 lockdown, vitamin D levels are at risk of falling. So what can consumers eat to help ensure sufficient intake? ANSES weighs in.
4 May 2020
Spanish pork industry trade body Interporc has stressed the importance of the hotel, restaurant and café (HORECA) sector to help recovery once the coronavirus pandemic has passed.
NutraIngredients’ teams worldwide are to host the first ever co-ordinated series of webinars looking at immunity, with a focus on the microbiome, active nutrition, clinical research and botanicals.
Given the current torrid pace of sales for some categories, the dietary supplement industry could emerge from the present crisis is a significantly strengthened position. Even categories that are in the doldrums stand to benefit.
Marketers of natural products need to be on their best behavior during this pandemic crisis as regulatory authorities comb through every aspect of a company’s marketing to look for disease claims, an attorney says.
As cheese sales drop by 60% in France during the coronavirus crisis, CNIEL, the French Dairy Interbranch Organization (Centre National Interprofessionnel de l'Economie Laitière), is urging the nation to help out the cheese industry.
More dairy companies around the world are contributing to the continued fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Czarnikow, a global supply chain, pricing and financial services company, said a survey shows the plant-based dairy alternatives industry is estimated to grow from $15.8bn in 2019 to $35.8bn by 2026.
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey says that the company is well-versed in surviving crises over the course of its 134 year history: “Every previous crisis – military, economic or pandemic – the Coca-Cola Company has come out stronger”. So how is it dealing with coronavirus?
PepsiCo: ‘We’re going to identify new habits and consumption patterns – and tailor innovation accordingly’
PepsiCo saw a strong Q1: but as with any business faces a great deal of uncertainly around COVID-19. It says its strategy is to identify and plan for a ‘new normal’ – and tailor innovation accordingly.
Coca-Cola: ‘We’re going to embrace some seismic consumer behavior shifts, especially in e-commerce’
How will the coronavirus pandemic affect consumer and retail trends in the long term? Coca-Cola is predicting three key shifts: a return to known and trusted brands; a huge shift towards ecommerce, and a sleeker and slimmer innovation pipeline.
The world has been building a digital reality for years, but now it will really kick in, according to consumer behaviourist Ken Hughes. Market researcher IRI concurs, noting that engaging with consumers will be more important than ever.
Scientists have identified a link between the outcome of COVID-19 disease and dietary selenium - found in fish, seafood, meat, poultry, and cereals. FoodNavigator hears from lead researcher Margaret Rayman, from the University of Surrey, to find out more.
Gene editing, like genetic modification, is a technology that has attracted a fair amount of skepticism from European regulators and citizens. However, proponents argue that it will be an invaluable tool in the construction of a future-fit food system. FoodNavigator speaks to Dr Oliver Peoples, CEO of Yeild10 Bioscience, about changing attitudes to the science sparked by the stressors of climate change and COVID-19.
30 April 2020
Interim data from the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) survey show more than 1m liters of milk have been discarded since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
More companies in the dairy and dairy-alternatives sectors have been helping during the coronavirus crisis. Here is our round-up of just some of those contributing.
The almost complete closure of food service and hospitality outlets has meant the loss of market for around eight million liters of milk per week in the UK.
The breakfast cereal giant has launched #RaiseYourBowl, a social media campaign aimed to raise awareness of its pledge to donate food to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) staff and other key workers.
29 April 2020
Fresh data reveals that tinned pasta has overtaken toilet paper as the most out of stock product in UK supermarkets
The Cannabis Trades Association has criticised the Food Standards Agency's refusal to postpone its CBD novel foods deadline, describing the move as 'unsympathetic' to businesses in the sector.
Start-up Fiid has witnessed tremendous growth in demand for its plant-based ambient ready meals in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and subsequent lockdown. “There’s potentially a silver lining for our particular category,” founder Shane Ryan tells FoodNavigator.
Probiotic products for immune health are enjoying a surge in online searches – with some brands enjoying a 500% boost, but what can businesses do to turn interest into commercial success? Lumina Intelligence’ online marketing expert reveals her top tips...
It’s not just immune support products that are selling well for dietary supplement firms, with consumers also seeking our adaptogens and products to help manage the stress of living through a pandemic, says the CEO of Herbalist & Alchemist.
Supplement firms need to re-evaluate their attitude towards risk to tap into rising demand and offset some of the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Dairy Dialog podcast this week features four guests: Martin Stephan, CEO of Carbios; Julien Biolley, director of business development and marketing at Chr Hansen; Keith Cosbey, COO and co-founder of Choicelunch; and founder and director of Friend of the Earth, Paolo Bray.
Grupo Bimbo saw increased demand for its baked goods – especially in the last two weeks of March – as consumers stocked up for the coronavirus lockdown.
Mondelēz and PepsiCo have both reported a rise in organic sales in the first three months of the year as consumers rushed to stock up on comforting snacks before lockdown.
28 April 2020
The Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) is calling out the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) failure to support the Cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp industry in meeting the Novel Foods application deadline during the coronavirus crisis.
Supplements containing vitamins C and D and other micronutrients, are an effective and low-cost means of helping your immune system fight off COVID-19 and should be added to government advice in order to tackle coronavirus, according to a new article...
Vitamin D deficiency may play an important role in the severity of COVID-19 infections so supplementation should be strongly advised at this time, according to researchers after studying the mortality rates across the globe.
Heura is one of Europe’s fastest growing plant-based brands. We spoke to CEO Marc Coloma, founder of Heura maker Foods for Tomorrow, about what is propelling the company’s success, the impact of COVID-19 and the future of plant-based innovation.
According to Philip Bull, MD of Eurostar Commodities, the company is expecting to see shortages of certain types of rice in the European market in the future, which, in turn, could lead to shortages of rice flour.
Canadian pork farmers are being pushed to the brink by the coronavirus pandemic and are in need of government support, the industry trade body has warned.
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) online learning scheme, the Meat Education Programme, has seen a rise in demand during the coronavirus lockdown.
27 April 2020
The extent of the impact of the coronavirus on US meat processing facilities has been highlighted by a workers’ union.
In the US, Chobani has launched Chobani Pantry – a new way to help local food banks, while in Vietnam, Vinamilk has been distributing products and face masks.
In general, those working at home due to the coronavirus crisis are eating a bit more and exercising a bit less.
During the coronavirus crisis, donkey milk producer Eurolactis Italia Srl is seeing a growing demand for bulk donkey milk powder for the nutrition industry as well as for a raw cosmetic ingredient, mainly from soap manufacturers.
New research by packaging company Amcor shows there are differences in European consumer attitudes to buying grocery products online.
Proteus Insight, a UK-based market research company that focuses on dairy in emerging markets, began tracking sales of dairy products across Chinese e-commerce online platforms in 2019.
Last week’s announcement by EU Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski that exceptional measures would finally be opened by the EU Commission to support the dairy sector in Europe have been met with approval by the EDA.
Nuritas once again harnesses Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in the fight against the coronavirus as its platform is put to work identifying therapeutic peptides that modify the inflammatory response.
NutraIngredients Awards Startup 2019 winner, Nutrinovate, has seen a huge surge in sales of its 'anti-virus' products and has helped to tackle the global shortage of personal protection equipment.
Companies are taking a number of different tacks to be of service during— and potentially to profit from — the current pandemic crisis.
25 April 2020
US processor Smithfield Foods has published a detailed response to the recent allegations that it was not protecting its staff during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
24 April 2020
In the era of the COVID-19 crisis, industry must avoid 'business as usual' practices, think outside the box, and accelerate efforts to develop sustainable and modern food systems, says food waste expert.
How can food and drink brands reach consumers during the COVID-19 lockdown? Experiential brand activity will have to be taken directly to consumers in their homes, Liz Richardson, managing director and partner at HeyHuman, suggests.
The professor behind the COVID Symptom Tracker app - said to be the biggest ever citizen science project in health - predicts that diet and nutrition will soon be recognised as an essential element of immunity and a big modifiable risk factor in the fight...
A curcumin and artemisinin-based oral spray has been proposed as a treatment for COVID-19 patients and a clinical trial will be conducted, ASX-listed phytocannabinoid firm MGC Pharmaceuticals has revealed.
GLOBAL INDUSTRY NEWS
23 April 2020
A cardiologist has blamed the food industry for ‘normalising’ ultra-processed junk food as more evidence emerges suggesting poor diet is the root cause behind increased mortality from Covid-19.
Public Health England (PHE) has updated its long-standing advice about vitamin D, stating that everyone should supplement with 10 micrograms daily, not just ‘at-risk’ groups.
Skyrocketing consumer interest in dietary supplements is placing increasing demands on a supply chain straining under national and international efforts to contain the novel Coronavirus, but could this be creating artificial demand?
The Coca-Cola Company’s worldwide volumes have declined around 25% since the beginning of April, with almost all that decline coming from away-from-home channels.
Craft brewer BrewDog says it will give everyone a Punk IPA on the house when its bars reopen.
Irish headquartered global nutrition company Glanbia plc has issued an interim management statement for the three-month period ending April 4, 2020, with coronavirus concerns causing the company to withdraw its 2020 full-year financial guidance.
Britain's specialist cheesemakers and retailers have joined forces to urge the public to 'support small cheesemakers' as the coronavirus crisis threatens to wipe out the industry.
The American Dairy Coalition (ADC), a farmer-led US lobbying organization, is asking Congress to quickly add significant additional funds for struggling dairy farmers.
The UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has addressed concerns raised by bakers of the potential for temporary unavailability of personal protective equipment (PPEs) used to protect workers from food ingredient dusts.
The Coeliac Society of Ireland has launched the ‘Drive to Care’ initiative to deliver gluten-free care packages to coeliacs during lockdown.
Collagen producer Devro has reported an increase in sales driven by the ongoing coronavirus situation.
22 April 2020
The European Commission has unveiled a raft of measures designed to support the agri-food sector that is under pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic emphasises the importance of local food production, but are such food systems able to fulfil global demand?
On this week’s Dairy Dialog podcast, two of the four guests speak on topics related to coronavirus. We feature Morten Boesen, global product line manager, fresh dairy, at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences; Rudi Raskin, vice president sales, DW Reusables; Mary Quicke, managing director of Quicke’s; and David Yanez, founder and CEO of Andonix. And there is the weekly look at the global dairy markets with Liam Fenton, from INTL FCStone.
21 April 2020
The US United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) international union, which represents more than 250,000 meatpacking and food processing workers, has called on the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to better protect the workforce.
US processor Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, has resumed limited operations at its pork plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa.
The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) has revealed its sobering estimation of the financial impact of coronavirus on the domestic cattle industry.
FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, DFA, ADM, JoYo's, Bel Group and Two Good are among the companies making a difference during the coronavirus lockdown.
Danone has issued its first quarter results, which show consolidated sales of €6.24bn ($6.77bn), up 1.7% on a reported basis.
Appeals for urgent government action to save the UK dairy industry during the coronavirus crisis have been backed by the entire supply chain, including UK farming unions, Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), Dairy UK and the Provision Trade Federation.
French authorities are warning of turmeric-containing food supplements that could disrupt the immune system by interfering with inflammatory defence mechanisms that fight infections such as the coronavirus.
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority is echoing the advice from other European regulators and industry groups, which emphasise that supplements do little to stop coronavirus.
The environmental impact is unlikely to be at the forefront of some consumers’ minds at the moment, but the pandemic has had a huge impact on food waste in the UK. According to packaging experts We Seal, paper bags for bread will execerbate the situation.
20 April 2020
The European Union is holding steadfast to its single-use directive deadline, despite pressure from industry to postpone.
The National Milk Producers Federation expressed appreciation to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for including dairy in the US $19bn agriculture disaster assistance package, while noting that more will be needed to stem steep losses in the dairy sector.
The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) has revealed its sobering estimation of the financial impact of coronavirus on the domestic cattle industry.
Brazilian chicken meat exports grew 2.6% year-on-year in volume terms during March, despite the global impact of coronavirus.
17 April 2020
The cultured meat sector is set to eventually be buoyed by the coronavirus crisis as consumers become more interested in food solutions seen as sustainable and safe, believes the co-founder and managing director of cultured meat supplier Peace of Meat.
Baking has become one of the nation’s biggest boredom breakers to fill the days in lockdown – but this has resulted in shortages of flour and yeast – leading the Real Bread Campaign to weigh in with recipes and tips.
Mondelēz, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Original Biscuit Bakers, Fairfield Farm and General Mills have stepped up efforts, as the world faces a mounting food insecurity crisis amid the spread of novel coronavirus.
16 April 2020
China accounts for about 80% of the global biotin supply, making it the largest biotin production country in the world.
The European Milk Board (EMB) says that as the demand of milk and milk products has significantly dropped because of the coronavirus crisis, produced milk volumes can no longer be absorbed.
Following a dairy crisis meeting yesterday, the dairy industry has united behind the need for meaningful action to avoid a national catastrophe in UK dairying.
More companies and organizations are helping with donations and product in order to help in the face of challenges created by the global covid-19 pandemic.
During the lockdown in India due to the coronavirus crisis, dairy startup MilkLane has started home delivery of its products in Bengaluru.
US processor Smithfield Foods has revealed it will close two more of its pork facilities due to the spread of coronavirus.
Thai processor Charoen Pokphand Foods has implemented a series of health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
15 April 2020
New Zealand producers have been warned that the delays in meat processing due to the coronavirus could be lengthened by as much as a week.
Are those already on the verge of food insecurity now more likely to experience hunger and malnutrition? FoodNavigator investigates.
Emmanuel Macron, France’s bastion of liberal globalisation and defender of the EU single-market, has said that French agriculture needs to become more ‘independent’ in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Could this signal a more protectionist approach to food production in Europe?
Analysts for the customer insights firm FMCG Gurus have predicted the short and long term impacts of COVID-19 on consumer attitudes and how food, drink and supplement brands can remain front of mind after customers’ purchasing decisions have been transformed by this pandemic.
Backed by two-time world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, Lucozade Sport is keeping the fitness community active by offering coaches £1 rewards for their online training sessions.
Many dietary supplement companies are experiencing surging sales as consumers seek out health-promoting products, and Chicago-based NOW is no different.
The US flour miller and ingredients provider has been deemed part of the nation’s critical infrastructure in providing food and has a crisis team that kicked into gear to cope with the pandemic to ensure that product continues to appear on grocery shelves.
The US craft beer category grew 4% in 2019, against the backdrop of a 2% fall in the total beer market. But while small and independent brewers entered 2020 on a strong foundation, they now face a number of challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, says the Brewers Association.
The ‘status spirits’ market – brands that retail for $100 or more – is growing ahead of the total spirits market: representing more than $8bn in global value. And while the long-term impact of COVID-19 on beverage alcohol is yet to be fully known, status spirits historically tend to be resistant to economic uncertainty, according to the IWSR.
14 April 2020
Civil society networks, NGOs, and professional organisations are disgruntled at farmers association COPA-COGECA's bid to further delay the new EU food policy.
As people are staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants are closed, and baking has become a way to not only make food for the family, but also to relieve boredom.
Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, one of the largest dairy coops in the US, is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to act to help farmers and people struggling to afford food during the coronavirus crisis.
As demand for dietary supplements continues to surge, immune products, including probiotics, are among the most in-demand. We spoke to some leading probiotic players to find out how supply is being impacted by the novel coronavirus.
Vitamin D supplements may aid in the resistance of respiratory infections such as the coronavirus or limit the severity of the illness in those infected, according to researchers.
13 April 2020
US processor Smithfield Foods has extended the coronavirus-led closure of its Sioux Falls pork facility in South Dakota ‘until further notice’.
Brazil has reported a strong March in export terms, increasing presence in eight countries during the month, driven by falling trade barriers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Levy board Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has launched a new campaign to promote eating steak at home to replace eating out.
10 April 2020
Globally, the home baking trend has seen a revival as the sudden explosion of stress, boredom and need for comfort has changed consumer habits. So, how better to embrace your inner baker than with a batch of warm chocolate chip cookies?
Most people won’t be spending this Easter with important family and friends – thanks to the coronavirus crisis – but that’s not going to stop them from being more tempted than usual to bake up an aromatic batch of steaming hot cross buns, says Mintel.
To help UK microbakers and home bakers get beyond the frustration of staring at empty shelves, The Real Bread Campaign has posted comments from millers, along with tips of where to find the essential bakery ingredient on its website.
9 April 2020
Could school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic worsen obesity rates? Or is such thinking 'extremely simplistic'? FoodNavigator investigates.
US poultry processor Foster Farms is to provide more than two million meals to families affected by coronavirus.
Australian red meat exports during March have managed to remain stable in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, driven by demand from the Japanese market.
Young Foodies, a community for small and medium-sized food brands, is launching a new direct-to-consumer sales channel, Mighty Small. It is hoped the innovation will help smaller brands who have seen their shelf space squeezed during the COVID-19 crisis.
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the largest organization of US dairy farmers, and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), have submitted a request for assistance – The Milk Crisis Plan – to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.
The North American RaboResearch team has issued an update report focusing on how the processing and distribution segments of the food supply chain are responding to the dislocation in food demand due to the coronavirus crisis.
The survival of many British dairy farming businesses hit by the coronavirus depends on urgent action from the government, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said.
The milk supply chain has seen major disruptions that are preventing dairy farmers from getting their products to market due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of dairy products, has published its operating and financial results for year ended 2019.
Social engagement with alcohol brands has risen far more than other sectors during the coronavirus pandemic. And people are particularly keen to engage with brands that are donating money or resources to coronavirus relief efforts.
8 April 2020
The confusion over New Zealand butchers not being allowed to open their shops has taken another twist with the Prime Minister clarifying the situation.
The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to broaden the remit of its investigation into beef prices has been welcomed by cattle producers.
Holland & Barrett staff have set up a petition, signed by thousands of staff and customers, begging the company to close its stores during the coronavirus pandemic as they argue their lives and the lives of customers are being put at risk.
A coalition of dietary supplement industry trade associations have come out in support of FDA actions against fraudulent coronavirus treatment claims and have urged retailers to not stock products with such claims on their labels.
The huge spike in sales of vitamin c supplements has left many brands without stock.
On this podcast we chatted with Brad Tripp, sales manager at Green Source Automation, about automation in the age of pandemics; Are Traasdahl, co-founder and CEO of Crisp, about how retailers can predict demand during the crisis; and John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting cheese production and consumption in the US.
Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider warns that the business must ‘get ready for the storm’ as supply chain challenges are expected to intensify amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Turmeric, pumpkin seeds and probiotics will be the new ingredient kids on the block – especially during these uncertain times when focus is on health and snacking has become more prevalent than ever – according to Cargill’s research to find out consumer preferences in choosing a snack.
7 April 2020
All of Tyson Foods’ meat and poultry plants are experiencing some impact due to the coronavirus, the company has disclosed.
The coronavirus outbreak is driving fluctuations in demand for the UK's ready-meal sector, with certain channels, and businesses, faring better than others.
Video gaming has exploded during the coronavirus pandemic as consumers shelter in place. Will more brands pivot and what do they need to know?
The Chinese authorities have named and shamed a string of fake advertisement, mostly surrounding unproven COVID-19 health claims.
New Zealand’s Westland Milk Products has been registered as an essential service with only operational staff required at its Hokitika and Rolleston plants operating under strict New Zealand Government guidelines to keep themselves and the community safe.
With the outbreak of Covid-19, organizations are faced with travel restrictions and quarantine challenges, which also requires them to reduce direct contact between employees and service providers.
Dairy markets continue to experience deep impacts from COVID-19 through lockdowns of people in many major countries, disrupting trade and shutting large segments of the food market to consumers.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) is calling on the UK Government to help fund a short-term financial support scheme for dairy farmers whose businesses have been severely affected as a result of coronavirus and to avert a larger crisis in the industry.
How will the coronavirus pandemic change the wine world? Wine Intelligence looks at how consumer trends are likely to shift: from a dramatic shift towards off-premise sales to a new awareness and emphasis on local origin products.
6 April 2020
The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has called on retail chain Supervalu to clarify its beef purchasing policy as produce labelled as being from Azerbaijan was found in a store.
Amid tales of furloughing, cash flow problems, and shuttered doors, Minor Figures is getting creative. CEO Stuart Forsyth tells us how the oat m*lk brand is doing its bit to keep small businesses afloat.
The Wisconsin Dairy Alliance says dairy farmers are dumping milk into fields and down drains, retailers are limiting consumers dairy purchases, and farmers are left questioning if the milk they produce will be get picked up or if they will even get paid.
Canadian dairy company Agropur has eliminated 60 jobs and temporarily laid off another 200 as the company said its priority is to maintain its dairy manufacturing and distribution operations, which constitute an essential public service.
With a quarter of the world's population on lockdown, the way we work has changed. But can your beverage business power on? Yes, it can: we talk to people in the industry and find out how they're adapting.
3 April 2020
Red meat processor ABP has responded to claims of a lack of support for Irish farmers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus highlights how much the world depends on China for key ingredients.
The US Food and Drug Administration has issued another warning letter on COVID-19 claims. This one was issued to a Nevada company marketing CBD products.
UK shoppers have not heeded government advice to shop as ‘infrequently as possible’ to slow the transmission of novel coronavirus, with new data revealing that top-up shops remain the number one grocery mission.
Snack-to-soda giant PepsiCo has unveiled a US$45m support package to provide relief to communities ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, including US$7.7m to be donated to European countries.
Determined not to let the ongoing COVID-19 crisis shelve plans, BakeryandSnacks virtually hosted the debate on snackification, originally scheduled to take place on stage at The Ingredients Show in Birmingham, UK.
2 April 2020
Tetra Laval Group, Lactalis Nestlé and Danone have all made contributions in the fight against coronavirus.
The European Dairy Association (EDA) says it is counting on EU Member States at next Monday’s videoconference of the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) to voice the need for both immediate and European action.
Hastily assembled home offices, dodgy internet connections, and distracting pets... how we work has changed in these unprecedented times. But can you put 'Open for business' on your virtual door and power on? Yes, you can: we talk to people in the beverage industry and find out how they're adapting.
The ongoing threat of coronavirus could increase the potential for deficiencies in key micronutrients supporting the immune system, according to The Council for Responsible Nutrition UK (CRN UK).
1 April 2020
US processor Tyson Foods is pay around $60m in bonuses to its 116,000 domestic frontline staff and truckers for their efforts during the coronavirus situation.
The Irish government has increased the budget for a support package for producers affected by the coronavirus situation.
What scope is there for new scientific research to examine if nutra products have a role to play in helping tackle the pandemic?
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has placed how we interact in the spotlight, with phrases like ‘social distancing’ now established in our common vocabulary. But what does this mean for key workers in the food sector? We take a look at operations best practice in the pandemic.
This week we have two features on the podcast, we spoke with Brad Vanstone, owner and founder of Willicroft, a cheese-alternatives brand and store in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and we also have a chat with Richard Nicoll, chief commerce officer and managing director of Dubai-based consultancy Liquid Retail, about the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting the Middle East and beyond.
PeaTos, Nestlé and Panera are going the extra mile to support people facing hardship and uncertainty to get through the coronavirus outbreak with a welcome meals, some fun for the kiddies and a measure of laughter.
Flour was one of the first products to be snapped up by consumers as they prepared for the lockdown – possibly because they knew they now have time to create their best baking sensations.
31 March 2020
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has warned that unless retailers reinstate their full range of meat products, there will be an abundance of other cuts leading to falling prices for producers.
Processor JBS USA has temporarily reduced production at its beef facility in Souderton, Pennsylvania following concerns that staff members have become unwell.
While the coronavirus outbreak has prompted existential questions for The Marshmallowist, the UK start-up says consumer engagement has increased - as has basket spend.
Roquette is producing hydro-alcoholic disinfectant for health institutions in France and Cargill is donating disinfecting alcohol to the Dutch government in response to heightened demand.
Maple Hill Creamery has partnered with New York State's Department of Agriculture and Markets and nonprofit Feeding America to distribute 200,000 cartons of grass-fed organic milk and grass-fed yogurt to area residents in need.
Vietnam's largest dairy producer, Vinamilk, has donated around $430,000 to authorities for the purchase of medical equipment, including test reagents needed for quick coronavirus testing, as well as $43,000 worth of products including milk and probiotics drink to frontline doctors and health workers in Ho Chi Minh City.
President Donald Trump signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package into law on March 27. Agriculture is earmarked to receive $9.5bn, and the dairy industry is pushing for the government to make a ‘significant purchase’ of dairy products.
30 March 2020
Meat businesses in the UK are shifting strategies to meet the increased demand for food as the coronavirus situation intensifies.
Canadian pork and poultry processor Olymel has had to close its Yamachiche facility in Quebec due to a growing number of coronavirus cases among employees.
US meat processor Tyson Foods has pledged $13m to support local communities where the company operates in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
New advice for food businesses operating amid the coronavirus outbreak addresses social distancing in food processing plants, supermarkets, restaurants and takeaways in the UK.
Consumers around the world are self-isolating because of the coronavirus outbreak, but that doesn’t stop them from craving a delicious distraction. Here’s a selection of healthy shelf-stable snacks that are available online from small entrepreneurs who also need support during these uncertain times – many of whom are also giving back.
Norwegian dairy company TINE said it is experiencing increased demand for some goods and is increasing production in selected categories.
Food Industry Asia (FIA) and the ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA), the regional associations representing Asia and ASEAN’s food and beverage (F&B) industries respectively, are jointly calling upon governments across the region to ensure the unhindered production and supply of food and beverages as each country tries to contain the outbreak of COVID-19.
The researchers behind a new review of the affects of a plant-based diet on asthma symptoms say that diet interventions could be helpful for those classified as 'vulnerable'.
Last week the US passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package for economic relief from the coronavirus pandemic. Assistance to small businesses will help keep craft alcohol producers operating during the mandated shutdown.
The Specialty Food Association (SFA) will soon have to make a decision on its Summer Fancy Food Show: with its location - the Javits Center in Manhattan - currently being converted into a makeshift hospital.
27 March 2020
A UK tech company claims AI holds the key to avoiding the risk of coronavirus destabilising the food system.
Naples based Carlitashop has made statements about an anti-viral manuka supplement suggesting it can tackling the COVID-19 virus.
FMT donors should be screened to find out their travel history to avoid the risk of spreading the virus through transplants.
As basket spend increases across the UK, FoodNavigator looks at how hoarding staple food items - as well as hand sanitizer, disinfectant and toilet paper - is affecting consumers' pockets.
PepsiCo has announced the closure of its Frito-Lay site in California, along with some Quaker Oat production lines in Iowa after employees contracted the virus; India’s largest Parle Biscuits is donating biscuits to people in need and Campbell has reported a soar in sales for its snacks.
26 March 2020
The entrepreneurial professor behind the infamous TwinsUK study and ZOE personalised nutrition app has led the creation of a COVID Symptom Tracker app to bolster scientific knowledge into how the virus spreads.
A hospital has reportedly turned to vitamin C as a treatment for the coronavirus, after reports emerged from China that doses well in excess of daily Dietary Reference Values (DRV) showed promise.
Unprecedented demand for home-delivered recipe boxes is putting strain on Gousto, Mindful Chef, and Pasta Evangelists in the UK as they work to meet demand.
Food industry giants Nestlé and Unilever have unveiled how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to support their suppliers and the communities in which they operate globally.
GlobalData says the current pandemic will drive future sales of probiotics due to increased attention on healthy foods.
In New Zealand, Keytone is ramping up production to meet increased demand.
In the US, Danone North America and Chobani are making contributions to help out during the crisis.
Nestlé is making a donation to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as part of its response to the crisis.
In the UK, Müller UK & Ireland is ramping up deliveries as dairy products are selling well during the current crisis.
The US government has injected a huge stimulus into the economy to tackle coronavirus, with $9.5bn earmarked for agriculture.
The coronavirus crisis is a massive blow to many small businesses. But some start-ups have quickly adjusted to the new reality: ramping up online sales or swiftly making new marketing strategies. We talk to four beverage entrepreneurs who may have had to throw their 2020 business plans out of the window – but are keeping their chins up just the same.
Spirits companies around the world are donating alcohol and production facilities to make hand sanitizer. In the US, the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (DSCUS) is coordinating efforts via a dedicated portal to connect suppliers, producers and medical professionals.
25 March 2020
Small and medium sized food brands who have benefited from the diversification of the grocery aisle in recent years are now feeling the squeeze as the unprecedented coronavirus crisis sweeps Europe – and the world.
Butcher shops in New Zealand have been deemed non-essential by the government and must remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Mexican meat industry has made a joint appeal to the public to shop responsibly during the coronavirus situation.
The World Meat Congress 2020, due to take place in Mexico this June, has been postponed by organisers due to the coronavirus situation.
Danish Crown Beef has reported steady production in its slaughterhouses during the coronavirus pandemic.
While the coronavirus situation in Europe is 'alarming', World Food Programme Acting Director of Supply Chain, John Crisci, tells FoodNavigator his 'greatest fear' is for Africa.
The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is to join the European Food Forum (EFF) as part of ongoing efforts to promote healthy ageing and nutrition, especially during the coronavirus situation as well as Brexit.
This week's Dairy Dialog podcast includes an interview with Christeyns Food Hygiene on disinfection for food companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Beverage brands are donating drinks to health workers; switching production to hand sanitizer; and supporting out-of-work bartenders. Here's just some of the initatives that have emerged this week.
Namib Mills Groups – one of Namibia’s biggest food producers – is concerned about the effect that coronavirus is having on the purchasing power of the Namibian dollar, just days after it inaugurated its N$135m ($7.8m) state-of-the-art bread factory.
24 March 2020
The coronavirus pandemic should give the food industry increased impetus to make healthier products, according to experts, after an NHS audit in the UK revealed over three quarters (76.5%) of critically ill coronavirus patients are overweight.
As the coronavirus crisis deepens in Europe Bo Zhou, CEO of supply chain software specialist FuturMaster, shares insights into managing the crisis and lessons learnt from keeping the cogs turning in China. “Everything that seems normal everyday becomes totally impossible.”
A lack of trust among consumers has prompted stockpiling efforts across the UK, according to Mintel retail expert Nick Carroll, who says supermarkets must 'flatten the curve' to ensure supply.
Representatives from the Australian red meat industry have pledged to keep shelves stocked during the coronavirus pandemic.
The European Dairy Association is looking to the EU to help keep essential dairy products flowing.
Craft brewer BrewDog will open 102 bars online this Friday, with the new virtual bars offering beer tastings, homebrewing masterclasses, pub quizzes, live music and comedy.
Spirits giant Diageo has pledged to provide more than eight million bottles of hand sanitiser – through donating two million litres of alcohol to manufacturing partners – in the fight against COVID-19.
The National Milk Producers Federation in the US has set up a designated website for those in the dairy industry to utilize during the health crisis.
The North American bakery and snacks industries are hiring more workers to keep up with demand as consumers stockpile comfort foods like bread and snacks to get them through the coronavirus outbreak.
The founder of global sports nutrition brand Grenade has revealed how he is working to keep his staff safe and ensuring the survival of his business during this extraordinary pandemic.
Omega-3 businesses have been warned about the dangers of making immunity claims during this Coronavirus crisis.
A healthy gut microbiome is crucial in mounting a response to the coronavirus, a public health expert says, who also details its role in preventing immune over-reactions that can damage the lungs.
23 March 2020
The beverage industry is keeping a close eye on the rippling effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. And in the US, there have been a few positives mixed in with the negatives, such as a boom for ecommerce.
The UK seafood industry – witnessing a severe fall in demand from export markets amid Covid-19 – is eager that the crisis might spur more British people to eat home-caught seafood.
The industry group has called on Brussels to take urgent action to ease pressure on supply chains during the pandemic.
Academics say it is the Government’s responsibility – and not retailers’ – to implement a national rationing scheme based on nutritional guidance.
Brazil’s Marfrig pledges to keep all it meats plants operating; Mercado Libre cuts commission for non-perishable food products; Ambev brewery is now producing hand gel. We take a look at how the food industry is responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Guatemalan Sugar Association (ASAZGUA) announced a donation of 7.64 million quetzals ($1 million) for one of five new mobile hospitals in the country.
Christeyns Food Hygiene, based in Warrington in the UK, which manufactures and install food, dairy and beverage hygiene solutions, is stressing the importance of reducing the risks of contamination from hard surfaces as combating coronavirus continues to be top priority throughout the food chain.
Cocoa Association of Asia conference postponed for second time while governments scramble to maintain food supplies as COVID-19 coronavirus crisis deepens.
The European Milk Board (EMB) says all key indicators for the dairy sector are in a strong downward spiral.
Catalina Marketing, a company that specializes in shopper intelligence and personalized digital media for CPG brands and retailers, has continued to mine its Buyer Intelligence Database for the fourth consecutive week to track sales in those categories experiencing either spikes or declines as the US population pays closer attention to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of EUROPEN, (European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment) and FEFCO (European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers) have spoken out in support of their customers during the coronavirus outbreak.
SnackSafely is launching an online campaign called #SnackSafelyAtHome to help consumers with food allergies while they are confined to their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The members of EUROPEN, the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment, say the European Commission needs to recognize packaging and its raw materials are essential during the current crisis.
The American Bakers Association (ABA) has issued a shout-out to the thousands of workers in the bakery supply chain who continue to supply safe products for citizens, despite today’s unprecedented lifestyle caused by coronavirus.
20 March 2020
FoodNavigator’s regular roundup of news from across Europe looks at the EU’s response to coronavirus – from advise on boarder management measures to concerns over disruption to the food supply chain.
Lobby groups in France are backing the government’s prioritisation of the agri-food chain as part of its nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
The UK Government has softened competition laws to enable supermarket retailer collaboration in helping meet boosted demand.
A dietitian and founder of a 'good mood food' startup has shared her tips for maintaining good mental health during the uncertain times of this COVID-19 pandemic.
Dietary supplement manufacturers and the natural channel stores that sell the products play an important role in supporting consumers health during this challenging time and should be counted as ‘essential’ businesses, stakeholders say.
The UK government has designated food production staff, including those in the meat industry, as key workers as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Poultry processor Moy Park has announced hundreds of temporary jobs at its Northern Ireland and UK sites to help maintain supply during the coronavirus pandemic.
The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) has assured consumers that meat and poultry producers are continuing efforts to meet the growing demand for meat during the coronavirus pandemic.
While COVID-19 is forcing numerous layoffs and closures around the country – and indeed, around the world – the breakfast cereal giant has issued an urgent call out for additional workers at its Manchester plant to keep up with demand.
Kellogg Company has braced for the coronavirus outbreak, while potentially benefiting from consumers stocking up.
19 March 2020
The UK government unveiled its Coronavirus Emergency Bill, legislation that would give it sweeping new powers to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The legislation aims to minimise disruption and safeguard key industries, including ‘supporting the food industry to maintain supplies’.
As the UK Prime Minister warns against eating in restaurants and pubs, and an increasing number of people enter self-isolation, online food delivery may be one of the only sectors that stands to gain.
Amid quarantines, lockdowns and cancellations, beverage companies are doing what they can to stay afloat as well as help out in the community. BeverageDaily rounds-up the latest news from brands dealing with the crisis.
Nutrition startups have voiced fears for their businesses after Amazon announced it is prohibiting shipments of any non-essential goods from its warehouses until at least April 5th in an aim to meet spiralling demand caused by COVID-19.
Global health food chain Holland and Barrett has brought in sales limits to reduce panic buying and introduced a dedicated one-hour shopping window for the elderly and vulnerable as well as a new call centre to keep up with soaring demand
Confectionery, along with crisps, snacks & nuts, and soft drinks, has been earmarked as a risk category in the food sector for deprioritisation, as supermarkets re-allocate stock priorities towards staples and essential supplies due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Cheerios and Nature’s Valley maker has raised its forecast for 2020, as social distancing efforts aimed at slowing the rapid spread of COVID-19 is causing consumers to stockpile, boosting demand for eat-at-home products like cereals and boredom-busting treats like snack bars.
The coronavirus pandemic – which has infected more than 220,000 people and killed more than 9,000 globally at the time of writing – is toying with global economy. But staple food categories are positioned to weather the economic storm.
18 March 2020
European shoppers are finding themselves faced with empty shelves as coronavirus panic buying places the food supply under short-term pressure. But could longer-term impact on the agri-food labour force actually have more significant implications? FoodNagivator investigates.
What foods are consumers looking to during coronavirus? Functional foods like kombucha and elderberries are the potential
The COVID-19 crisis is placing an additional burden on testing labs as companies scramble to meet consumer demand for immune health products.
The European Commission is calling on startups and SMEs with technologies and innovations that could help in treating, testing and monitoring the coronavirus outbreak to apply for the next round of funding from the European Innovation Council (EIC).
17 March 2020
INX International, which produces inks and coatings for commercial packaging and digital applications, has spoken out about the impact of COVID-19 coronavirus, saying 'the potential supply chain impact of this pandemic is immense and unpredictable’.
The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) has issued guidance to its members as it feels the effect of the coronavirus.
The Canadian red meat industry has made a $50,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross to support work with the Red Cross Society of China and its efforts in responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
The head of the Spanish pork industry’s main trade body has pledged the sector will maintain regular activity despite the coronavirus’ impact on the country.
The Dutch meat industry has reassured customers that its companies are working hard to continue to serve consumers at home and abroad, despite the coronavirus measures.
It’s positive to note the bakery and snack industries are not buckling under the coronavirus outbreak.
16 March 2020
European governments and representatives of the food industry are seeking to reassure shoppers that the food supply is secure as the region becomes the ‘epicentre’ for the COVID-19 outbreak.
French food agency ANSES says heat treatment can reduce contamination of a food product by a factor of 10,000.
A pulse of supply and production issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis is making its way through the dietary supplement industry. Inventories of botanical ingredients continue to hold up, but unprecedented demand for immunity boosting products is causing some strain.
The international meat industry has moved to try and maintain production as the coronavirus spreads throughout the world.
‘During risk-off periods in markets, the prices of all products tend to move lower. When price carnage hits markets, rationality takes a holiday,’ said analyst Andrew Hecht.
13 March 2020
Google Trends data has revealed interest in cuisines from China and Italy – the two hardest hit countries of the COV-19 outbreak – has plummeted. FoodNavigator looks at what this means for the industry.
We've seen a run on toilet rolls, hand sanitizer and pasta. What about other foods and ingredients? Which might be set to be boosted by coronavirus?
12 March 2020
EFSA says there is no evidence that food is a likely source of transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Pork processor Danish Crown has reassured customers that its slaughter and production will continue as normal until Friday at the very least.
10 March 2020
The UK government has extended delivery hours for supermarkets to support the industry response to booming demand in the wake of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, with further action to minimise disruption to supply chains under consideration.
9 March 2020
Coronavirus: One-third of UK shoppers stockpiling food, HIM & MCA research finds
New consumer research finds that one-third of consumers are stockpiling food in preparation for a major coronavirus outbreak.
3 March 2020
Coronavirus and Brexit are today’s biggest challenges for food makers, while online shopping continues to open the door for disruptive brands in grocery, Mission Ventures co-founder Paddy Willis tells FoodNavigator.
25 February 2020
As Italian authorities struggle to bring the coronavirus outbreak under control and put together a support package for business, Italian industry associations and food sector representatives warn of the potential impact on the food sector.
5 February 2020
Novel coronavirus has claimed 425 lives in China to date, prompting concerns that food imported to Europe from Hubei Province and affected regions could be infected. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) assesses whether this is a likely transmission route.