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  • A red and yellow M&Ms Classic Mix bag and a light blue Crispy Cookie M&Ms bag on a grocery store shelf.
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    Candy industry met 5-year calorie reduction and labeling goals

    Half of offerings from large brands including Mars Wrigley have 200 calories or less, and almost 95% have front-of-pack calorie information, meeting a target set by the National Confectioners Association and Partnership for a Healthier America. 

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    Keurig’s new brewer aims to replicate coffeehouse experience at home

    The K-Café Smart machine is Keurig Dr Pepper’s biggest step yet to stoke future demand for the popular coffee platform responsible for more than a third of the company’s annual sales.

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    Bird flu hits turkey supply ahead of Thanksgiving

    More than 600,000 of the birds have been affected since mid-July as farmers start raising turkeys for the November holiday.

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    Good Catch acquired by Wicked Kitchen

    The all-stock deal brings the plant-based brands created by brothers Derek and Chad Sarno under one company, while the seafood alternative maker’s previous owner Gathered Foods will concentrate on the development space.

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    Egg and turkey prices likely to remain high due to avian influenza: report

    Factors like high labor and feed costs will make it difficult for producers who have had to cull millions of birds to bounce back, according to CoBank.

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    Riviana invests $80.6M to expand ready-to-serve rice facility

    The Memphis plant will gain 65,000 square feet and production capacity for Minute microwaveable cups, as well as new lines for pouches of its Tilda, Carolina and Mahatma brands.

  • Overhead view of several sacks and bowls of various plant-based ingredients and legumes, some with scoops, grouped together on a wooden surface.
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    Blendtek partners with Bunge on plant protein ingredients

    The Canadian formulation company now offers the commodity giant’s soy, pea, faba, lentil and mung bean proteins — including concentrates, isolates, powders and textures.

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    Coca-Cola and Constellation Brands launch Fresca cocktails

    The pre-mixed drinks, which contain real spirits and zero sugar, are available in two varieties: Vodka Spritz and Tequila Paloma. 

    Updated Sept. 8, 2022
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    Seth Goldman’s Eat the Change announces flavors for new tea brand

    Varieties of Just Ice Tea, which are expected to hit shelves later this year, include a few of the most popular extensions under the Honest tea line being discontinued by Coca-Cola.

  • Plant-based meat at a Target in Washington, D.C.
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    Plant Based Foods Institute will promote the segment’s policy and business aims

    The new nonprofit, a sister organization to the Plant Based Foods Association, will use sourcing agreements, lobbying, research and foodservice to empower “broadscale change.”

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    Opinion

    Why addressing methane from meat is the fastest way to reverse climate change

    Both incremental and transformative innovation are needed to help the world hit net zero emissions by 2050, writes Aleph Farms’ Didier Toubia and Karen Hopper of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

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    How Mondelēz boosts impulse buys

    With consumers shopping differently after the pandemic, the snacking giant has retooled its efforts to trigger last-minute purchases on e-commerce and in stores.

  • The USDA Organic seal and Non-GMO Project Verified seal on a white food package
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    Non-GMO Project Verified products saw steep sales growth, study finds

    The certification group and SPINS found that products with the butterfly seal posted bigger increases from 2019 to 2021 than items that billed themselves as non-GMO or had no indication whether they contained bioengineered ingredients.

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    Chobani pulls planned IPO

    A spokesperson with the Greek yogurt maker cited “current market conditions” as the reason for the delay and said the company remains focused on “execution and driving profitable growth.”

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    Gatorade debuts its first-ever caffeinated energy drink Fast Twitch

    The beverage, which has no sugar or carbonation, contains 200 milligrams of caffeine and B vitamins. It will hit store shelves in February.

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    Column

    Leftovers: Kidfresh makes wine to take the edge off mealtime whining; Old El Paso pockets tortilla mishaps

    The frozen meal company partnered with Ancestry Cellars to give a more adult dimension to those bites kids didn’t eat, and Evil Genius Beer Company worked with Auntie Anne’s to make a buttery Oktoberfest brew.

  • General Mills' Wellston, Ohio, pizza plant.
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    General Mills invests $100M to expand Totino’s pizza plant

    The project will add 30 new jobs to the Southeast Ohio facility, which is one of the CPG’s largest in the United States.

  • Boxes of Simulate's plant-based chicken Nuggs, Tenders, Crispy Cutlet and Strips arranged on a white background.
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    Simulate launches Strips and Cutlets with an eye on foodservice

    The new plant-based chicken products are produced using high moisture extrusion, which can create a fibrous texture more similar to actual meat.

  • Impossible Foods' Chili Mac on a white plate, sitting on a yellow tiled countertop with the branded box in the lower left corner.
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    Impossible Foods launches frozen meals

    The plant-based meat company’s new bowls feature different cuisines with its beef, chicken and pork alternatives as the main focus.

  • An array of four baking ingredients in silver bowls sitting on a checked kitchen towel with a partial stick of butter, a wire whisk and a measuring spoon sitting near the middle.
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    Puratos partners with Shiru on egg replacements for bakery

    Through this agreement, the legacy ingredients company will be able to get functional proteins found by the food tech startup to market faster.

  • Nestle, Kit Kat, vegan
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    Nestlé launches vegan KitKat in 15 European countries

    The bar, which uses a rice-based substitute in place of dairy, is getting an expanded rollout as products from Hershey and Mondelēz remain in testing or debut in a limited release.

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    Walmart acquires minority stake in processor Sustainable Beef

    The retailer, which has been building out an end-to-end supply chain for Angus beef, will help the rancher-owned company open a processing facility in Nebraska. 

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    How CPGs are using M&A to boost manufacturing amid supply disruptions

    While dealmaking often focuses on food or beverage brands, more companies are buying plants to ramp up production, widen an offering’s reach and lessen dependence on outside manufacturers.

  • A bowl of granola cereal is next to a lying-down carton of Neutral Foods' Organic 2% Milk on a blue background.
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    Neutral Foods gets $12M for zero-carbon dairy expansion

    The sustainable milk brand backed by Bill Gates, Mark Cuban and LeBron James plans to double the number of stores in which it is sold by the end of the year.

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    Kraft Heinz opens new California distribution center

    The facility will focus on operational speed and help reduce the CPG’s carbon footprint.