M&S tackles food waste, Heinz unveils chef-inspired line that embraces culinary trends
July 22, 2022 — This week in industry news, M&S targeted food waste by removing best before dates on 300 fruit and vegetable products and encouraging consumers to exercise good judgment before throwing away food. the food. In the same spirit, the Danish company Too Good To Go launched a consumer education campaign called Ofta Bra Efter in Sweden. Among NPD highlights, Heinz launched the chef-inspired line of sauces and spreads, Heinz 57 Collection, which embraces modern cultures. Meanwhile, Nutella’s “Breakfast Across America” pots featuring 16 iconic locations have been rolled out across the United States.
In brief: Food waste
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has removed expiry dates from a range of fresh produce to help reduce food waste in stores and in households across the UK. Best before dates will be removed from the labeling of more than 300 fruit and vegetable products – 85% of M&S’s product offering – including commonly wasted apples, potatoes and broccoli. The dates will be replaced with a new code that M&S store colleagues use to maintain freshness and quality. The change, which is rolling out to all M&S stores this week, is designed to encourage customers to throw away less edible food at home using their judgment.
Too good to leave launched a consumer education campaign in Sweden called Ofta Bra Efter, which means “Often Good After”. The campaign has run under different names in 11 European countries so far and was known as the Look, Smell, Taste, Don’t Waste campaign in the UK in 2020. Products carry a label next to their expiry date, which informs consumers that the product is often good even after this date and that they should test by looking, smelling and tasting the product before throwing it away. Too Good to Go started with an app that allows consumers to buy leftover food from restaurants and retailers at a reduced price. This app is now the world’s largest marketplace for leftover food, and the company is expanding its impact with national campaigns like Ofta Bra Efter.
In short: NDP
Heinz unveiled a new chef-inspired line, Heinz 57 Collection, inspired by food trends and modern cultures. Heinz – a brand of Kraft Heinz Company – relied on the culinary expertise of award-winning chefs Lee Wolen and Joe Frillman to guide the development of the collection. The Heinz 57 collection includes two lines of Infused Honey Sauces (honey sauces in hot pepper and black truffle varieties) and Crunchy Sauces (oil-based sauce with a crunchy texture in flavors of chili, garlic roast and tangerine miso).
Verve Roasters, a Santa Cruz-based specialty coffee company, has launched a line of ready-to-drink (RTD) Flash Brew Oat Milk Lattes. Available in three flavors including The Original, Chocolate and Honey Lavender – a first-to-market flavor in the category – Verve’s Flash Brew Oat Milk Lattes average 40-50 fewer calories per serving and 2-3 g less sugar compared to similar products.
Nutella introduces “Breakfast Across America” collectible jars to give consumers a taste of branded breakfasts enjoyed in different parts of the country. The collection includes 16 iconic landmarks, such as Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley and Niagara Falls, along with corresponding breakfast recipes to transport consumers with every bite. The limited edition line is available nationwide in 13 oz and 26.5 oz jars.
In Brief: Commercial Movers
Publish holdings, a consumer packaged goods holding company, revealed that its Post Consumer Brands business plans to invest up to US$110 million to expand cereal production capacity at its Sparks, Nevada plant. The proposed expansion will provide Post Consumer Brands with additional production volume, addressing capacity constraints to better meet consumer demand and reduce transportation costs to more effectively serve West Coast customers.
PepsiCo closed a new ten-year US$1.25 billion green bond. The company will use an amount equivalent to the net proceeds of the offering to fund eligible green projects, which will focus on its pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) program – the company’s end-to-end sustainability strategy. Investments under PepsiCo’s new green bond will focus on investments to implement key environmental sustainability initiatives under two pillars of its pep+ program: positive agriculture and positive value chain.
M&M’s, part of Mars Inc., has created the M&M’s FUNd Advisory Council, a group of experts who will lead M&M’s brand programming around diversity, inclusivity and belonging around the world. The M&M’s FUNd was announced last January to track the brand’s action against the renewed goal of creating a world where everyone belongs. The M&M’s FUNd provides arts and entertainment resources, mentorship, opportunities and financial support to connect people and ensure they have access to experiences to increase 10 million people’s sense of belonging people in the world by 2025.
The Cosun Nutrition Center officially opened as a knowledge center focusing on nutritional sciences for plant-based food products, under the aegis of the food organization royal cosun. The Cosun Nutrition Center is dedicated to all plant-based products and ingredients within Cosun, with an emphasis on nutrition, health and sustainability. The opening of the Cosun Nutrition Center aligns with the new Cosun Unlock 25 strategy, announced earlier this year.
In brief: Acquisitions
Arva flour mills acquired the Red River cereal brand of Smucker Foods of Canada Corp., a subsidiary of The JM Smucker Company. Officially acquiring the historic cereal brand on June 1, 2022, Arva Flour Mills plans to launch the brand later this month in its on-site retail store and on its website. Further distribution projects of the Red River Cereal brand in other retail outlets are planned later this year.
In Brief: Awards and Recognition
Dolcas BiotechTruOliv organic desert-grown olive leaf and fruit extract has been certified zero carbon. The new seal confirms the company’s commitment to environmental well-being as Dolcas unveils the new liquid granule encapsulation formulation of its olive extract. The new label affirms compliance with PAS-2060 – the only internationally recognized certification for the carbon neutrality of organisations. Formulated in a carbon-neutral factory in Morocco, TruOliv’s raw material is sourced from Moroccan desert olive groves, located in the pristine foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
In brief: Food production
Oxford-based start-up deep planet in partnership with EIT Food and Bordeaux winemaker Bernard Magrez (BM) to demonstrate the benefits of VineSignal – a satellite-based and AI-based solution that reduces vineyard variability, monitors yield and improves harvest quality. EIT Food is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an EU body. VineSignal aims to help winemakers in France and around the world adapt to the growing impacts of climate change, improve grape and wine quality, and increase harvest efficiency.
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group approved $73.5 million to fund a program that will increase Tanzania’s food production by one million metric tons over three years. It aims to build the country’s capacity to achieve self-sufficiency in wheat and edible oil production by 2030. The funds will help improve the supply of improved wheat, sunflower and rice resistant seeds. climate, ensure the availability and affordability of fertilizers, and support policies that improve the regulatory environment for the rapid adoption of certified seeds and fertilizers.
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group also approved an $8.1 million grant to South Sudan to fund its emergency food production program. Allocated through the Transition Support Facility, the grant constitutes additional financing for the ongoing Agricultural Markets, Value Addition and Trade (AMVAT) Development Project. AMVAT seeks to contribute to the reduction of food insecurity, poverty reduction and economic growth.
LCIa global minerals and agri-biotech company PlantArcBio, are scaling a novel biostimulant technology platform aimed at improving crop yields while having minimal impact on the environment. The platform successfully uses RNAi technology to maximize a plant’s natural yield-increasing mechanisms without any genetic modification and is the result of a multi-year research collaboration between the two companies.
By Elizabeth Green
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