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    A taste of Food Dive’s best stories

    From the struggles of plant-based meat to Kellogg’s proposed split, Food Dive writes about the news that moves the CPG industry.

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    Perfect Day expands its reach with gelatin company purchase

    With the acquisition of India’s Sterling Biotech Limited, the animal-free dairy company doubles its manufacturing capacity and has a path to widen its precision fermentation portfolio.

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    McDonald’s sues meat companies for accusations of pork price-fixing

    Smithfield, Tyson, JBS and Hormel are among the processors the fast food giant claims have worked together since 2008 to inflate the price of pork.

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    Tyson managers fired for COVID-19 betting pool sue for incentive pay

    The former supervisors at the plant in Waterloo, Iowa demand a total of $300,000, saying they deserve bonuses from when the facility met production targets.

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    Nestlé scales back meal delivery presence through Freshly deal

    The CPG giant and private equity firm L Catterton are creating an entity bringing together the business it bought two years ago and Kettle Cuisine. Nestlé will retain a 41% stake in the partnership.

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    Biden and food industry groups call on Congress to prevent rail shutdown

    The president said he’s been advised that “there is no path to resolve the dispute at the bargaining table” before the Dec. 9 deadline.

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    Dippin’ Dots could come to retail, new owner says

    The ice cream, which J&J Snack Foods recently purchased for $222 million, has a large presence in outlets including movie theaters, stadiums and amusement parks, but not grocery stores.

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    Hain Celestial names seasoned CPG exec as new CEO

    Wendy Davidson, who has experience at Glanbia, Kellogg and Tyson, will replace outgoing head Mark Schiller on Jan. 1. He will remain on the organic and natural food maker’s board.

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    Once a ‘sleepy category,’ the pretzel grabs its fill of the $106B snacking space

    Long mocked as an unloved staple of bars and airplanes, brands such as Hershey’s Dot’s have turned to bold flavors to attract snack-obsessed consumers.

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    Cove debuts biodegradable water bottles

    The Los Angeles-based startup will launch the containers, which it says are the first of their kind, on Thursday in Southern California.

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    Meat companies conspired to set wages low, lawsuit claims

    The proposed class action case says red meat firms had secret meetings to keep employee pay and benefits the same, while pork processors used a service to get compensation information.

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    Most food companies have weak or no water management programs, report says

    After reviewing 114 businesses, Morningstar urged stakeholders involved with these firms to push for a more comprehensive approach to water use amid ongoing shortages.

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    Post is on lookout for M&A deals, CEO says

    Rob Vitale said the manufacturer of Peter Pan peanut butter and Pebbles cereal has a cash-rich balance sheet that could be beneficial as it considers whether to add to its portfolio.

  • U.S. President Joe Biden stands on stage and speaks into a microphone at COP27 with the blue and white event logo and location on the screen behind him.
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    For food industry to reach climate goals, COP27 highlights areas of improvement

    As companies work to improve sustainability goals, activist groups and world leaders call for more reductions in emissions and waste.

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    Molson Coors to exit CBD business venture in US, end La Colombe partnership

    The beverage giant said uncertainty over federal legalization for cannabis and a desire by the coffee maker to combine product segments were behind the decisions.

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    Nestlé’s Nespresso to debut paper-based compostable capsules

    The new pods will be piloted in France and Switzerland in spring 2023, and will complement the brand’s existing aluminum option.

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    Hummus leader Sabra regaining swagger after ‘difficult’ move to halt production

    Several months after temporarily shutting down its Virginia plant for repairs, CEO Joey Bergstein said the brand, co-owned by PepsiCo, is experiencing a sharp rebound in sales and recouping lost market share.

  • A Cargill meatpacking plant is pictured on April 17, 2020 in Fort Morgan, Colorado.
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    Cargill names insider as new CEO

    COO Brian Sikes will become the 10th leader of the global protein and ingredients giant on Jan. 1. Current chief executive David MacLennen will transition to executive chairman.

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    Leftovers: Sipping lasagna with Stouffer’s Bloody Mary Mix; Spam brings figgy pudding across the pond

    The Nestlé brand brings savory flavors to a cocktail glass, and Stuffed Puffs coats its new marshmallow snack with crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

  • A small white dish of plain yogurt made from cell-cultured dairy sits in front of a larger glass bowl of the yogurt. A spoon lies in front and a cutting board of fruit is in the background.
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    Wilk makes yogurt using milk from cultivated cells

    The Israeli company is the first to create a finished dairy product that has been produced by cells grown outside of an animal. 

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    Deep Dive

    How can plant-based meat get back to growth?

    As business indicators have worsened, Beyond Meat and other companies in the space have tried new strategies — but analysts say they may have forgotten consumers along the way.

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    PepsiCo brings Doritos into dip category

    The new snacks, which come in Spicy Nacho and Cool Ranch Jalapeno varieties, are meant to be used with foods other than chips, including pizza, wings and veggies.

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    HowGood launches platform for food companies to track scope 3 emissions

    The tool records indirect greenhouse gas emissions — which make up roughly 87% of a manufacturer’s total carbon footprint — for over 33,000 ingredients.

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    Race for regulation of cell-based meat

    Upside Foods gets FDA greenlight for cultivated chicken

    The California company received the first U.S. regulatory approval of any kind for meat grown from cells. It awaits a decision from the USDA before it can serve its products to consumers.

    Updated Nov. 16, 2022
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    FDA publishes final food traceability rule

    New recordkeeping requirements as items such as produce, cheeses and eggs move through production and supply chain will go into effect in 2026.