More schools in the St. Louis area are opening on-campus health clinics. Such clinics provide services, such as immunizations and checkups, chronic disease management and counseling.
School leaders in a Wisconsin district are partnering with a local food bank to provide food for students and families. The My People Food Bank allows those who need support to fill out a form online and pick up food each week at a school.
Teachers estimate that students who come to school without eating breakfast can lose as much as two hours of productivity, according to a recent survey by Kellogg Canada. Educators also assert that hungry students are more disruptive in class.
A study in the journal Child Development found that teens who prioritized close friendships at age 15 had reduced social anxiety and depression symptoms, plus increased self-esteem at age 25. However, the findings showed higher social anxiety in young adulthood among those who prioritized broader popularity in adolescence.
Nestle, Unilever, Dole, Tyson Foods, Driscoll's and McCormick and Co. are among a group of nine food firms working with IBM to develop new ways to improve their supply chain operations using blockchain technology. Participants in the effort believe that blockchain, which brings together data from every step in a food's supply chain, can be used to ship food more efficiently, as well as help ensure the safety of the global food supply.
Beef and poultry producer Cargill has invested in Memphis Meats, a startup that grows "clean meat" from cultured, self-reproducing animal cells. "For people who want a product from an animal welfare perspective, we want this to be there for them," said Sonya Roberts, head of growth ventures in Cargill's meat unit.
Freshpet CEO and GMA board member Billy Cyr shared insights on the challenges facing the CPG industry in his address at the first stop on GMA's nationwide "Grocery Manufacturers Power America" tour. He stressed how improved infrastructure, a skilled labor force, a streamlined permitting process and a transnational regulatory framework could be key to helping CPG producers grow efficiently.
Revenues from Philadelphia's soda tax have fallen 15% short of expected targets, as residents travel outside of the city to purchase sweetened beverages. City officials had projected $46 million in revenues from the levy, but soda purchases in the city have fallen by 55%, leaving only $39.3 million in revenue generated by the taxes since they went into effect on Jan. 1.
Evolution Fresh has seen a three-year pattern of sales increases during August and September for its Defense Up juice line, which includes ingredients that are said to boost immunity. "Our Defense Up is a great juice for back-to-school or overall because it is satiating and nutritious and delicious, can be taken on the go and it is great for immune health," said Evolution Fresh's Anne Williams.
PepsiCo is renewing its agreement with European licensing partner IMG, which has yielded several product launches, including branded clothing, giftware and other merchandise aimed at fashion-forward millennial shoppers.