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KETTLE Chips’ Thai Sweet Chilli over-delivers on volumes and sales targets

KETTLE Chips’ most recent seasoning – Thai Sweet Chilli – has overdelivered on volume, profit and sales since its launch in April 2020, demonstrating that it is already a firm favourite amongst consumers despite hitting shelves in the midst of a national lockdown. read more

Organic Food Iberia postponed until September 2021

Organic Food Iberia and co-located Eco Living Iberia – Spain and Portugal’s biggest trade event dedicated to organic food and sustainable products – has been rescheduled from June to September this year. read more

Africa is now trading under new rules – what does this mean for the F&B sector?

The trading phase under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), signed by 54 of the 55 countries in Africa, was launched on 1st January 2021. The deal unites an estimated US$3 trillion market and could help to realise more than US$84 billion in untapped intra-African exports, according to the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank). But what does this mean for the food & beverage industry? read more

Good Catch launches plant-based tuna products, as demand for vegan seafood rises

Vegan seafood is becoming a fast-moving trend all over the world, although better quality attempts at plant-based ‘fruits of the sea’ are now starting to emerge in earnest, with greater attention to health and natural ingredients. Enter ‘Good Catch’ – a chef-driven innovative food company developing flavourful, plant-based tuna. read more

Vegan food sales soar in the wholesale and catering sectors

Vegan food sales aren’t just a boom segment for brands and high-street chains, it seems: In the lead-up to Veganuary 2021, wholesale and catering businesses are busy filling orders for vegan products and preparing their new Veganuary menu offerings as the popularity of vegan dishes soars in these industries. read more

DalterFood Group launches exclusive Italian Simmental breed Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

DalterFood Group is adding a new speciality to its product portfolio: PDO Parmigiano Reggiano made only using organic milk from the highly prized Italian Simmental-breed cows. read more

Al Islami Foods enters vegan market with new plant-based burger

The UAE-based halal food giant has made its first foray into the vegan market with a plant-based burger based on sunflower protein. reads more

Veganuary 2021 is already biggest yet – and growing every 3 seconds

As Veganuary 2021 gets underway, this year’s cohort is already the biggest since the pledge began in 2014. More than 440,000 people have already signed-up for the 31-day vegan challenge – surpassing 2020’s total of 400,000 – and sign-ups are continuing at a rate of one person every three seconds. read more

Plant-based bottles: Finnish researchers technology transforms citrus peel into recyclable bottles

New technology developed at VTT enables the use of pectin-containing agricultural waste – such as citrus peel and sugar beet pulp – as raw material for bio-based PEF-plastics for replacing fossil-based PET. read more

Whole Foods Market and Infarm tie-up brings ‘vertical farms’ in-store

Whole Foods Market has become the third major retailer in the UK to install vertical farms, as it looks to grow produce in store and offer its customers a more sustainable way to shop. read more

Singapore’s landmark approval of ‘cultured meat’ is a major step forward for the sector

On Wednesday, December 2nd, the Singapore Food Agency said that the cultured chicken produced by San Francisco-based start-up Eat Just met the safety standards for use in nuggets. In so doing, Singapore becomes the first country on Earth to approve cultured meat for commercial sale. read more

Join leading F&B players in January to explore fermentation – the next big thing in alternative protein

Join Clara Foods, The Good Food Institute, Perfect Day, Quorn and many more at the REFORMULATE: Fermentation-Enabled Alternative Protein Innovation Digital Summit – held online from 28–28 January 2021. read more

UFlex to double capacity at its aseptic liquid packaging plant

UFlex Limited – India's largest multinational flexible packaging and polymer science company, and the country’s first manufacturer of aseptic liquid packaging – has announced it will double the production capacity at its aseptic plant to reach seven billion packs per annum. The expansion project at Uflex’s Asepto facility in Sanand, Gujarat, is slated for completion within the next 10 months. read more

Hospitality Gin’s Bartender Series kicks off with ‘Pineapple + Pepper’

Charity gin brand Hospitality Gin has unveiled an exciting new addition to its range. The new Pineapple + Pepper Gin also marks the introduction of the brand’s new Bartender Series of gins that showcase unconventional flavour combinations, improving drinks and inspiring creativity in the process. read more

Fancy Plants launches chilled vegan pudding range

New vegan brand, Fancy Plants®, has launched a range of chilled plant-based snacks in the UK. The innovative products arrive at a time of increased consumer demand for functional products, with the promise of “delicious taste and texture, as well as additional nutritional benefits”. read more

Sipful Drinks partners with Every Can Counts recycling programme

Premium canned wine and cocktails brand Sipful Drinks is partnering with leading recycling communications programme Every Can Counts to inspire and encourage more people to recycle their empty drink cans.  The partnership will see Sipful Drinks become the first UK brand to carry the Every Can Counts logo on its range of canned products. read more

Cafedirect scoops ‘Branding Project of the Year’ award

British coffee brand Cafédirect has won the Packaging News ‘Branding Project of the Year’ award for its bespoke, small-batch London Fields Roastery range. read more

UK’s fresh produce industry to receive boost with new $3m one-stop hub in northeast

The UK’s North East is set to welcome a pioneering new initiative in the fresh food market – one that will act as a one-stop ‘hub’ for fresh produce growers, traders, and customers in the region. read more

Jimmy Joy launches the ‘Plenny Pot’, its first nutritionally complete instant hot meal

Jimmy Joy – a leading provider of nutritionally complete, plant-based, and affordable meals – has today launched its first nutritionally complete instant hot meal, the Plenny Pot. read more

ChickP launches non-GMO chickpea starch

FoodTech start-up ChickP Protein Ltd has launched a next-gen native starch developed from chickpea for food and beverage applications. It is non-GMO and a co-product of ChickP protein process using proprietary technology. read more

Ella’s Kitchen CEO urges UK firms to not lose sight of sustainability initiatives amidst pandemic

A new study reveals that a shocking 70 per cent of UK business leaders admit they have paused on sustainability initiatives in 2020 due to the pandemic. In contrast, Mark Cuddigan – CEO of leading baby food brand Ella's Kitchen – says that UK businesses should be putting climate change at the heart of their Covid-19 recovery strategy. read more

Height-boosting protein drink for kids hits Asia-Pacific’s shelves

Tel-Aviv-headquartered Nutritional Growth Solutions Ltd (NGS) has introduced to the Asia-Pacific market its pediatrician-developed and tested Healthy Height® protein shake, clinically shown to improve children’s height. read more

Five Guys launches ‘Curbside Pickup’ collection service across UK

American burger chain Five Guys has announced the introduction of Curbside, a personalised and precise-location food pick-up order service, at a number of its restaurants across the UK. read more

TINE debuts packaging to drive down plastic consumption by 7,000tpa

Norwegian dairy giant TINE has debuted a number of new packaging solutions aimed at reducing the company’s plastic consumption by more than 7,000 tonnes per annum. read more

Altia to launch world’s first vodka made from regeneratively farmed barley

Koskenkorva Vodka Climate Action – the first product developed in the long-time collaboration between leading Nordic drinks brand company Altia, farmer Jari Eerola and the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) – is on course to become the world’s most sustainable vodka when it launches next year, as the first vodka made entirely from regeneratively farmed barley. read more

Cham Foods launches instant pulse and grain solutions for RTE meals

Israel-headquartered Cham Foods Ltd has launched a line of dry, ready-to-eat (RTE) pulses and grains for instant meals and soups, to fill the demand for a quick, nutritious meal at home or on-the-go. read more

Italy’s VOG Products completes purée production modernisation

The careful handling of raw goods alongside adherence to top-quality standards have long been priorities at VOG Products – established back in 1967, and today processing and refining around 300,000 tonnes of raw fruit per annum in the heart of the Dolomite Alps. To continue upholding such standards in future, the company has made significant investments in the modernisation of purée production lines. read more

New date for Alimentec trade show: 8–11 June 2021

Organisers of Alimentec – the leading food & beverage industry event, held in Bogota, Colombia – have announced the premier trade show will be rescheduled from 8–11 June 2021. read more

TopGum secures investment to accelerate growth in ‘functional gummy’ sales

TopGum Industries Ltd, an innovative functional gummy supplement manufacturer for nutraceutical marketers, has secured investment from Tel Aviv-based AP Partners Fund. The new funding is expected to accelerate the firm’s growth and expand production capacity, R&D and marketing activities to North America and Europe in 2021. read more

Dalterfood Group pioneers innovation in the PDO Parmigiano Reggiano supply chain

Animal welfare certification and digitised milk collection via implementation of a ‘Milk Trace’ app on the Android OS platform – these are just a few innovations to have recently come out of DalterFood Group, which continues to invest in the certification of its PDO Parmigiano Reggiano supply chain to ensure that high standards prevail. read more

Isobar MENA awarded creative brief for Papa John’s Pizza UAE

Papa Johns Pizza (PJP) has selected Isobar – a global experience design agency and part of dentsu Aegis Network – as its creative agency of record. read more

Food systems academics in north of England join forces with industry, gov and charities to have real-world impact

Food systems academics and policy experts from the North of England’s eight most research-intensive universities – known as ‘N8 AgriFood’ – have teamed up with the food and drink industry, central and local government, and charities to develop a week of webinars (9–13 November) aimed at considering how such parties can work together to tackle some of the biggest challenges our food system currently faces. read more

A new partnership: ‘New Food Conference’ @Anuga 2021

The New Food Conference – Europe's largest conference on alternative proteins – will be joining Anuga, the world’s leading food trade fair, in October 2021, with ‘cultivated proteins’ set to be the focus topic of discussion. read more

Kingsland Drinks expands portfolio with RTD pre-mix cocktail range

Manchester-based Kingsland Drinks – one of the UK’s leading independent drinks companies – has launched a range of gin and vodka pre-mixed cocktails. read more

Coca-Cola FEMSA announces 4% drop in revenues for Q3

Coca-Cola FEMSA – the largest Coca-Cola franchise bottler in the world by sales volume – has announced results for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2020. The Mexico-City-headquartered firm recorded a four-per-cent drop in its total revenues for Q3. read more

New Brixton micro-distillery launches Market Row Botanical Rum

Handcrafted by former Pernod Ricard execs in the heart of Brixton and infused with flavours from Brixton’s historic Market Row, the new super-premium ‘Market Row Botanical Rum’ is steeped in Caribbean soul yet with a distinctly London spirit. read more

Sorma Group introduces new eco-friendly pack with ‘breathable’ window

Sorma Group – a leading provider of packaging, packaging materials and packaging equipment for the fruit and vegetable sector – is to introduce 100-per-cent paper packs featuring a cellulose mesh window to enable the product inside to ‘breathe’, thus prolonging shelf-life and ensuring visibility. read more

New gin created during lockdown to raise funds for the UK hospitality industry

A new not-for-profit gin brand – Hospitality Gin – has been created to support the UK hospitality industry throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. read more

Innova Identifies top 10 food & bev trends set to drive innovation in 2021

Transparency emerges as a clear winner in Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends for 2021, with brands upping their game to meet evolving ethical, environmental and clean label consumer demands. read more

Dorset Tea launches new fully-sustainable packaging

UK tea blender Dorset Tea has announced the launch of its new fully sustainable packaging – from removing the gold lettering on the outer packaging so that it is 100-per-cent recyclable, through to sift-proof outer packaging that does not require inner foil bags. read more

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