Popular food trends are also extending to pet food, with a jump in spending of 30% per household between 2006 and 2010, according to Nielsen. Fresh offerings, vegan options and clean-label ingredients are becoming more important to pet owners.
Honest Tea founder Seth Goldman took a post-college job teaching English in China and says the experience of having to navigate unfamiliar territory and build networks from scratch informed his entrepreneurial appetite. "I think a big mistake people make is that they assume the only way to become an entrepreneur is to work for an entrepreneurial company. But that's not the case," he said.
Godiva plans to open 2,000 cafes with a full menu during the next six years, with the first opening this week in New York City. Godiva's cafes will have similar core menus, but each will be tailored to the taste of the international region they're located in, said Thierry Muret, Godiva's executive chef chocolatier.
The Wonderful Company teamed with nutritionist Sharon Palmer for the Plant-Based Nutrition Leadership Symposium, which took place this week in Los Angeles. The event was intended to help attendees use pistachios and other ingredients to create new plant-based snacks.
One-third of Barry Callebaut's global cocoa volume is now traceable. The company is working to make its Ghanaian and Ivory Coast supply chains completely traceable as part of its goal to source only sustainable ingredients by 2025.
Sales of beer on-site at breweries reached a record 3.1 million barrels in 2018, the Brewers Association reports. Taprooms grew by just over 40% last year, representing 24% of all craft beer growth in 2018.
Waste Management will acquire Advanced Disposal Services as part of a $4.9 billion deal. Advanced Disposal Services, based in Florida, mainly serves the eastern US.
The US is now home to a new organization, the Glass Recycling Foundation, which was created this week in Michigan to fund glass recycling programs throughout the country. "Glass bottles and containers are endlessly recyclable," said GRF Board President Lynn Bragg. "The Glass Recycling Foundation will impact communities by funding projects to recover more and higher quality glass."