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    Manufacturers shift tactics to stay ahead of edible oil turmoil

    From substitutions to diversifying suppliers, food companies have to stay flexible as war, weather and export bans pressure ingredient supplies and prices.

    By May 19, 2022
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    Cargill to build soybean processing facility to meet rising oilseed demand

    The company plans to break ground on the plant early next year and expects it to be operational in 2026. Once completed, the new structure will create about 45 full-time positions.

    By May 19, 2022
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    The Food Dive Outlook on 2022

    Inflation, labor woes, sustainability concerns and demand for even more functional foods: The pandemic is continuing to shape and spoil CPG manufacturers' plans for the year ahead.  

    By Food Dive staff
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    ADM partners with Eat Just on cell-based meat growth medium and product development

    This is the ingredient powerhouse's first agreement in the cultivated meat space, and the company says it fits in with its strategic focus on alternative proteins.

    By May 17, 2022
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    Meat processors used 'baseless' claims of shortages to keep plants open during COVID-19: report

    A congressional investigation said Tyson and others influenced a Trump order to ensure facilities would continue operating despite local and state health measures.

    By Updated May 17, 2022
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    Beyond Meat shares drop as jerky costs drive $100.5M loss

    President and CEO Ethan Brown said the internal costs the company incurred will pay off in the long run, but analysts seem to be skeptical of the strategy.

    By May 12, 2022
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    Fix these structural flaws to prevent the next global food price crisis, report advises

    An overreliance on staple crops and commodity speculation are partly responsible for huge price spikes after the Ukraine invasion and earlier crises, according to IPES-Food.

    By May 6, 2022
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    Meatpackers push back against lawmakers' price-fixing charges

    At a recent Congressional hearing this week, leaders of Tyson, JBS and Cargill argued that market forces, not consolidation, were to blame for higher meat prices.

    By April 29, 2022
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    McCormick's diverse supplier network helps shield it from Ukraine impacts

    No single raw material makes up more than 5% of the company's total cost of goods sold, according to CFO Mike Smith.

    By Alejandra Salgado • April 28, 2022
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    FDA investigating illness linked to Lucky Charms

    Over 231 consumers have told the agency that the General Mills cereal made them sick, with thousands more reporting illness online, though the source remains unclear.

    By April 25, 2022
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    General Mills reformulates products to combat ingredient shortages

    Materials including starch, fats and oils were "particularly challenging" to find, an executive said.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • April 21, 2022
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    Upside Foods gets $400M investment for commercial-scale facility

    The largest single funding round in the cultivated meat space to date included money from Tyson, Cargill and Givaudan, and will help the company bring cell-based animal products to market. 

    By April 21, 2022
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    Beyond the blue: Interest in spirulina shifts to new applications

    The microalgae can provide a desirable natural color, but it's also sustainable and nutritious — and finding its way into a wider assortment of uses.

    By April 14, 2022
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    ADM investing $300M to boost production of alternative proteins

    The ingredients giant is nearly doubling capacity at its Decatur, Illinois, plant for soy protein concentrate and building an innovation center that will develop new products and processes.

    By April 14, 2022
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    Kosherization: How one food factory transitions for Passover

    Every January, whipped topping and creamer maker Hanan Products undergoes the rigorous process — and unyielding rabbinic scrutiny — to make items that observant Jews can enjoy during the eight-day holiday.

    By April 14, 2022
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    Conagra's Evol brand to introduce carbon-neutral frozen meals

    The CPG giant said eight single-serve offerings will reach store shelves starting in June and be verified by the Carbonfree Product Certification Program.

    By April 13, 2022
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    The 'silent salesman': How kosher certification went mainstream

    While the seal signifies that items meet Jewish dietary laws, it increasingly represents purity, good practices and trustworthiness to non-observant consumers.

    By April 13, 2022
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    What's next for Bumble Bee's sustainable packaging push

    New paperboard sleeves for the seafood giant's tuna cans demonstrate the potential for fully recyclable materials.

    By April 12, 2022
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    Mars Wrigley investing $175M to expand chocolate candy plant in Kansas

    The money will go toward scaling up production of Snickers and adding Milky Way and 3 Musketeers, while improving packaging efficiencies.

    By April 7, 2022
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    AB InBev to invest $50M in St. Louis brewery to boost seltzer production

    Despite slowing seltzer sales, the category remains lucrative for beer giants with brands such as Bud Light Seltzer competing with White Claw and Truly.

    By April 1, 2022
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    Plant-based food sales hit $7.4B in 2021

    Statistics from SPINS, the Good Food Institute and the Plant Based Foods Association showed the segment's growth moderated last year, but continued to increase at a rate three times larger than food in general.

    By March 30, 2022
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    Ynsect expands to the US with mealworm farm addition

    This gives the France-based company a foothold toward making ingredients for human food in America, which are likely to be targeted to the sports nutrition and health markets.

    By March 29, 2022
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    Hershey workers at Virginia plant vote against unionization

    The decision bucks what has been a broader trend across the U.S. where some workers have decided to join a union or used their increased clout to strike.

    By March 28, 2022
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    Strained oat supply pushes Oatly to raise prices, expand sourcing

    The plant-based milk brand's latest moves come after oat production reached near-record low levels following drought conditions across the U.S. and Canada.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • March 25, 2022
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    Taste testing taps into the modernized speed of artificial intelligence

    From cutting sugar to discovering new flavors, manufacturers such as Conagra and Danone are turning to the technology to get products to market faster and gain a competitive advantage.

    By March 24, 2022
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    How the Ukraine conflict and supply chain chaos could play out in food prices

    Wells Fargo chief agricultural economist Michael Swanson is already seeing improvements in inflationary pressures such as labor and transportation, even as "the next wave" of increases takes hold.

    By March 21, 2022