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1/24/2022

Mondelez's latest State of Snacking report finds snack consumers are embracing a "broader consciousness" of how brands interact with the environment and people, with 85% opting for brands that are trying to shrink their environmental footprint. Consumers' top concern is packaging sustainability, followed by animal welfare, fair labor practices and other environmental concerns, according to the report.

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Food Dive
1/24/2022

Researchers in Norway are advocating for a new approach to combating parasitological risks after discovering Cyclospora, Toxoplasma and Cryptosporidium in berries. Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries were the foods studied.

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Food Safety News
1/24/2022

Danone North America aims to attract dairy milk consumers with the release of the plant-based Silk Nextmilk line that offers six nutrients found in dairy milk and 30% fewer calories. "We deconstructed dairy to create this revolutionary product that delivers the taste and texture we think dairy drinkers will love," said John Starkey, Danone North America's president of plant-based food and beverages.

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FoodBev
1/24/2022

Hostess Brands is thanking its roughly 2,000 production and distribution employees "for their hard work, tenure and passion" with bonuses of up to $750 each. "They have shown tremendous commitment, passion, strength and resilience in these challenging times," said Andy Callahan, Hostess' president and CEO.

1/24/2022

Kraft Heinz's chief financial officer, Paulo Basilio, is departing on March 1, when Andre Maciel, currently the company's digital transformation and US financial chief, will assume the role. Basilio is credited with leading a successful portfolio optimization strategy and "developing key talent within the finance team, including Andre Maciel," Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio said in a statement.

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1/24/2022

FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas highlights the agency's progress on food safety with prevention, modernization and transparency, optimistically noting the continuous headway being made into a more secure future. "I believe that, working together, we WILL bend the curve of foodborne illnesses in this decade so that consumers in this country, and around the world, can lead better lives," Yiannas writes.

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1/24/2022

Required nutrition label information was uniformly displayed for online food items about 36% of the time, according to a study of nine major online grocery retailers published in Public Health Nutrition. Researchers found about 11% of products included potential allergens, and nutrition facts and ingredients were displayed about 50% of the time.

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Healthline
1/24/2022

Saudi Arabia-based Almarai, the largest dairy company in the Middle East, reported a 14.7% drop in net profit for the fourth quarter of 2021. Contributing to the decrease were subsidy reductions and the rising costs of feed imports and farm and dairy commodities, but the company said it expects a market rebound will help make 2022 a "positive" year.

1/24/2022

Health Via Modern Nutrition, also known as H.V.M.N., has partnered with the Department of Defense to develop what is described as "world's first drinkable ketone" with the new Ketone-IQ beverage, which is said to boost energy-producing ketones for six hours. Dash Water has added the mango flavor to its zero-calorie sparkling line infused with upcycled fruit while Indonesian drink-inspired Jamulogy has debuted on Amazon with a juice line featuring four flavors.

1/24/2022

Pepsi has partnered with Inglewood, Calif.-based Randy's Donuts to create the Pepsi ColaCream Donut. The limited-edition donuts will be available through Feb. 20 at the original Randy's location in branded boxed sets that also feature codes consumers can scan for the chance to win prizes.