Representatives from Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle are working in Nigeria to establish a market for recycled plastic, as less than 10% of rPET waste is collected and recycled there, writes Yinka Ibukun. Challenges include a lack of regulation mandating use of rPET and plants able to process it, she adds.
Pepsi has created a sparkling rose, which is actually a zero-calorie, nonalcoholic soda with a rose flavor, for this weekend's BravoCon, a fan convention for the television network's popular shows. Rose wine is the drink of choice for Bravo fans and several of the network's reality TV stars, so Pepsi is featuring their version of the drink at various BravoCon events, including a branded photo booth, performance stage and bar that will appear on an episode of "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen."
Mars is debuting a range of vegan milk chocolate bars under its Galaxy brand in the UK next week. The launch marks the first plant-based milk chocolate bar produced by a major confectioner, according to the company.
Drone technology and aerial photography can be a useful tool for hemp farmers looking to efficiently monitor crop conditions and tell male from female plants, PrecisionHawk general manager Kevin Lang says. "The way our platform is set up now, we're really working with machine learning-based algorithms and dynamic tools that let customers more quickly create field boundaries; and get on-demand, plant-level statistics," he says.
Washington State University plant ecologist Pete Jacoby has invented a new underground drip irrigation system for vineyards that uses less water and improves the quality of the grapes, he says. The direct root-zone system, also known as DRZ, delivers water directly to the roots, Jacoby says.
The founder of Bhoomi, a range of cane waters, is trying to destigmatize sugar cane as a healthy ingredient as it prepares for a launch in California next year by explaining sugarcane water is a traditional fitness drink in his native India with its low glycemic index, complex carbohydrates and natural electrolytes. Bhoomi is also committed to fair trade with US African American sugarcane farmers and sustainability with a recycled packaging launch set for next year, says CEO Arpit Bhopalkar .
Carnival has announced PepsiCo will serve as its beverage vendor for its North American cruise fleet starting in January. Along with several PepsiCo soda brands, the fleet will offer bubly, Pure Leaf, Naked Juice and Gatorade products.
Cannabidiol product consumers have to navigate significant confusion about product terminology, concentration and the fact science is still learning about CBD's effect on the brain, writes Alexis Keenan, and the confusion was confirmed in a Grocery Manufacturers Association study that found three-quarters of consumers incorrectly believe CBD is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Out of the 140 to 150 known cannabinoids, only one CBD product has received FDA approval.
Clorox is expediting its fulfillment of a 100% renewable energy goal for 2025 by signing a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement with Enel Green Power North America. This deal -- set to begin in 2021 -- allows Clorox to receive about half of its energy supply from renewable sources.
Nestle's efforts to improve digital advertising performance involve team members working with agency staff to develop guarantees platforms must meet, collecting its own data to measure performance versus relying on platform data and using blockchain technology to eliminate underperforming platforms, says Sebastien Szczepaniak, global head of sales and e-business. "The effectiveness and efficiencies of the way this money is spent in the current programmatic media landscape is not as effective as it should be," he says.
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