PepsiCo has built its viral Uncle Drew video spot for Pepsi Max into a full-length feature film that's set to hit theaters in June. PepsiCo's Creators League studio partnered with Temple Hill Entertainment and Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment to get the "Uncle Drew" movie, which stars NBA player Kyrie Irving, into theaters.
IOI Loders Croklaan and Kerry Group have partnered with Wild Asia and Fortuna Palm Oil Mill to create a small-grower support program in Malaysia. The three-year program will help participants decrease fresh fruit bunch production costs and increase yields, according to Loders Croklaan Sustainability Director Ben Vreeburg.
Sweet Corner Bakeshop debuted Golden Nutella Hearts for Valentine's Day. Pictures and videos of the $45 heart-shaped chocolates painted with edible gold and filled with two pounds of Nutella proved popular with food influencers on social media.
Cities in Germany are fostering local and organic agriculture by turning former industrial land into community gardens and encouraging residents to grow their own organic produce in public spaces. "Back in 2003, organic initiatives were a fringe topic -- but today we're seeing plenty of support for our work," said Werner Ebert of BioMetropole Nurnberg, which works with the city of Nuremberg on a program to provide certified organic meals in schools.
Pennsylvania-based Gourmet's Finest Mushroom will introduce two varieties of a new product called Mushroom Crumble on Monday. The products are designed to encourage consumers to eat more mushrooms by blending them into burgers and other meat dishes.
Chilean wine is on course to become the UK's second-most imported wine, trailing only Australia, according to Vinexpo and IWSR statistics. It is currently sixth for UK imports, but is expected to reach second place by 2021.
Wine counterfeiting expert Maureen Downey advises buying from a trusted wine merchant to minimize the risk of getting ripped off. Another quick way to avoid fakes: Scrutinize the label, because high-end printing looks sharper under close inspection than something from an inkjet printer, Downey advises.
Greener Fields Together recently announced this year's winners of $75,000 in Cultivating Change grants. Choctaw Fresh Produce, a Mississippi-based venture launched in 2012 by an Indian tribe to build a local food production system, was awarded a $20,000 grant.
A tax cut for craft beverages in the recently enacted federal tax bill is encouraging distillers and brewers to invest more in their businesses. "It's going to allow expansion to be a possibility in the next two to three years, instead of five years," said Heath Clark, who owns Tennessee's H Clark Distillery.