Corporate Operations: Page 2


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    'Keurig for cocktails' abruptly decides to shutter operations

    Drinkworks, a partnership between Anheuser-Busch and Keurig Dr Pepper, had recently expedited its expansion efforts and debuted a new machine. No details on the closure were provided.

    By Dec. 17, 2021
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    Grocery budgets set to climb nearly 15% in 2022

    Shoppers are cooking 64% of their meals at home, according to research conducted by accounting firm KPMG.

    By Sam Silverstein • Dec. 17, 2021
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    Labor crisis roils the food industry

    Kellogg strike ends after workers vote to approve latest contract offer

    About 1,400 unionized employees are set to return to work Monday after ratifying a deal that provides a path to full benefits for lower-tier workers and an agreement not to close any plants through October 2026.

    By Updated Dec. 21, 2021
  • JM Smucker sells juice and grains businesses, and will shut down plant

    Nexus Capital Management will buy R.W. Knudsen juices and TruRoots easy-to-cook ancient grains for $110 million, and a Wisconsin facility that makes jams, jellies and ice cream toppings will close its doors in 2022. 

    By Dec. 16, 2021
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    Anheuser-Busch wades into hard soda with new seltzer launch

    The offering, which is set to hit shelves in January, further blurs the line between traditional alcohol companies like AB InBev and soda makers like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

    By Dec. 16, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Who wins in food industry class action cases?

    Litigation can be long and expensive and relief can be hard to come by, as consumers find themselves with small rewards and brands struggle with keeping their reputations intact. 

    By Dec. 16, 2021
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    José Andrés joins board for Eat Just's cell-based meat

    The celebrity chef pledged to serve cultured Good Meat chicken at one of his restaurants once the U.S. grants regulatory approval. He also will be a culinary advisor to the company.

    By Dec. 15, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Why are so many class action lawsuits filed against the food industry?

    In 2020, the number of court cases from consumers claiming that food and drink companies deceived them hit an all-time high, according to statistics compiled by law firm Perkins Coie.

    By Dec. 15, 2021
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    Clif Bar launches incubator to pursue disruptive innovation

    The first product from the better-for-you company's Trailblazers program is a line of plant-based dog snacks, but there are plans to also develop new items for humans.

    By Dec. 14, 2021
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    Tyson to conduct racial equity audit

    In response to a petition outlining accusations of discrimination, a third party will review the meat giant's business practices and compose a report that will be available to the public.

    By Dec. 14, 2021
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    Coolhaus acquired by Perfect Day-affiliated The Urgent Company

    The premium ice cream maker, which is being purchased for an undisclosed price, will eventually make all of its dairy products with animal-free proteins.

    By Dec. 13, 2021
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    Labor crisis roils the food industry

    Biden denounces Kellogg's plan to replace striking workers

    In a statement, the president offered support for legislation that would prevent permanent replacement hiring, while also urging the company and workers’ union to settle their differences.

    By Dec. 13, 2021
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    Wildtype agreement will bring cell-based sushi to grocery stores and restaurants

    The partnership with Snowfox and Pokéworks could eventually bring cultivated salmon to more than 1,300 accessible locations.

    By Dec. 13, 2021
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    Motif FoodWorks launches heme ingredient and announces new production facility

    Hemami, made through precision fermentation, can give plant-based meat a more authentic taste, the company said. It will be one of the components made in the planned 65,000-square-foot center set to open in 2022.

    By Dec. 9, 2021
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    Beyond Meat hires Tyson veterans in push to boost production and lower costs

    By placing seasoned executives from the poultry giant in charge of operations and supply chain, the plant-based company looks to overcome issues that have hampered faster expansion.

    By Dec. 9, 2021
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    Post Holdings to spend $86M on new Ohio facility, creating 200 jobs

    The plant is expected to manufacture products for Post's majority-owned BellRing Brands, which makes Premier Protein shakes and powders.

    By Dec. 9, 2021
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    McCain invests $55M in plant-based frozen brand Strong Roots

    The global potato giant adds the Irish company known for Cauliflower Hash Browns and veggie burgers to its portfolio of partners in the trendy better-for-you space.

    By Dec. 8, 2021
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    Oatly plans 3 new facilities by 2023 to combat supply shortages

    The oat milk producer looks to self-manufacture as much as 60% of its total volume as it works to build inventory and control costs. 

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 7, 2021
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    Bakery giant Grupo Bimbo investing in superfood maker LiveKuna

    The owner of Sara Lee and Thomas' English Muffins also will partner with the upstart to expand distribution in North America of its products made from ingredients like quinoa and chia.

    By Dec. 6, 2021
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    Cutting meat, produce and cereal waste would have greatest environmental impact: EPA

    In a new report, the agency said households and restaurants account for half of all waste, while food processing is responsible for 34 million metric tons per year.

    By Dec. 6, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Where the dollars go: Lobbying a big business for large food and beverage CPGs

    Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, AB InBev and 27 other companies spend close to $40 million a year on issues including trade and taxes in an effort to make their voices heard by lawmakers and regulators.

    By Dec. 6, 2021
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    Q&A

    Can Kraft Heinz cut the mustard on diversity and inclusion goals?

    The company's 2025 aspirations include gender parity, proportional racial representation and a culture where all employees “truly feel included.”

    By Caroline Colvin • Dec. 3, 2021
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    Kellogg strike continues as workers vote 'overwhelmingly' to reject latest contract offer

    With the walkout set to expand beyond nine weeks, the cereal maker said it has no choice but to hire permanent replacements for employees on the picket line.

    By Updated Dec. 7, 2021
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    Meati hires General Mills exec to smooth its path to market in 2022

    Scott Tassani will bring 30 years' experience to the maker of mycelium-based meat alternatives, which aims to begin direct-to-consumer sales next year.

    By Dec. 1, 2021
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    Kraft Heinz, Tyson among 9 companies to receive FTC order for supply chain data

    The information the agency will solicit is at the forefront of supply chain managers' day-to-day operations, such as the disruptions to obtaining and transporting products.

    By Shefali Kapadia • Nov. 30, 2021