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Consumers rank planetary health over population health

FoodBusinessNews
ARNHEM, THE NETHERLANDS — Issues related to transparency and building consumer trust have led Innova Market Insights’ trend reports for several years. Now those trends are zeroing in on sustainability with a shift in key consumer concerns about the environment. “For the first time ever, more consumers surveyed globally for......

F.D.A. Says Next Covid Boosters Should Target Omicron Subvariants

New York Times
Pfizer and Moderna are expected to accept the F.D.A. recommendation and start producing reformulated doses this summer, looking to have them ready by fall if federal regulators authorize them for a new booster campaign. Before the expert committee’s vote on Tuesday, Pfizer said that a shot aimed at the chosen......

FDA backs changing Covid booster shots to target most recent omicron subvariants

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here There hasn’t been enough research on how much protection a fourth dose can offer, medical professionals told CNBC. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said vaccine manufacturers should update their Covid-19 booster shots to......

Why blood makes up over 2.5% of all U.S. exports

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here In America, blood means big business. The North American blood market was valued at $3.3 billion in 2021, according to Global Market Insights Inc. Blood makes up 2.69% of U.S. exports, according to the Census Bureau. Since there is no substitute......

The emerging science around immune health

FoodBusinessNews
CHICAGO – Many new phrases have entered the mainstream vernacular since the pandemic began, like curbside pickup, supply chain and contactless payment. But for many, immune health has led the conversation. In response to growing interest in this topic, food and beverage formulators have been exploring ingredient options available to......

FDA panel recommends changing Covid shots to fight omicron this fall

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A healthcare worker prepares a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site operated by SOMOS Community Care during the COVID-19 pandemic in Manhattan in New York City, January 29, 2021. Mike Segar | Reuters The Food......

U.S. FDA classifies recall of GE’s ventilator batteries as most serious

Reuters
June 28 (Reuters) – U.S. health regulators on Tuesday classified the recall of some backup batteries of GE Healthcare’s ventilators, which the company had initiated in mid-April, as the most serious type, saying that their use could lead to injuries or death. The CARESCAPE R860 ventilator’s backup batteries, including replacement......

F.D.A. advisers meet for discussion on the options for updating Covid vaccines in anticipation of possible surges.

New York Times
An independent panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration is meeting on Tuesday as the members consider options for updating the coronavirus vaccines for a booster campaign aimed at warding off fall or winter surges. The experts will vote at the end of the daylong meeting on whether......

Rouleau to head of sustainability at Ciranda

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HUDSON, WIS. — Joe Rouleau has been named head of sustainability at Ciranda, a supplier of certified organic, non-GMO and fair trade food ingredients. In his new role he will leverage more than 17 years of industry experience to oversee the company’s environmental, social and governance initiatives, and communicate progress......

Kroger to invest $70 million in aseptic milk line

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NEWARK, OHIO — The Kroger Co. said it will invest $70 million on a 35,000-square-foot expansion of its Tamarack Farms Dairy that will include the retailer’s first aseptic milk line in the Midwest. The new line will be capable of manufacturing half and half, heavy whipping cream, coffee creamers and......

Survey shows top ice cream flavors

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WASHINGTON – The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), in association with Research America, Inc. has released a survey about Ice cream and frozen desserts trends in the United States. This year’s survey, which comes just ahead of National Ice Cream Month, which is recognized each July, polled major national and regional......

Gold Standard Baking finds new owner

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CHICAGO — 37 Baking Holdings, LLC, a consortium of North American family offices, has agreed to acquire Gold Standard Baking, LLC, North America’s largest maker of croissants and a leading manufacturer of dough-based sweet baked goods. According to the companies, 37 Baking is partnering in the acquisition with the Gold......

Kellogg breakup plan fails to impress

FoodBusinessNews
BATTLE CREEK, MICH. — Analysts gave mixed reviews to the Kellogg Co.’s plan to split into three companies: global snacks, North American cereal and plant-based. Credit Suisse maintained its target price for the Kellogg business while Morningstar lowered its value estimate per share. The announcement came on June 21. That......

U.S. FDA halts sales of Juul e-cigarettes in nicotine crackdown

Reuters
June 23 (Reuters) – The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday blocked Juul Labs Inc from selling its e-cigarettes in the United States, potentially dealing a fatal blow to the once high-flying San Francisco company. Following a nearly two-year-long review of scientific and public health data submitted by the company,......

Snack makers embrace digitization

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CHICAGO — Inflation, ongoing supply chain challenges and other factors are likely to impact consumer purchasing and create headwinds for the snack category in the coming months. “A big challenge for snack players is to add value to products so that consumers are willing to pay higher prices for them,”......

Coca-Cola wants to fill the space between beer and soft drinks

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PARIS – With more consumers buying flavored alcoholic beverages, the Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, is seeking to gain a foothold in the category. Topo Chico Hard Seltzer, Simply Mixed and the recent launch of ready-to-drink Jack and Coke are meant to fit in the space between beers and soft drinks, said......

Whole Foods sees five flavor trends disrupting the condiments category

FoodBusinessNews
AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Whole Foods Market Trends Council has identified five flavor trends it sees driving change in the condiments category. Noting that the market researcher Mintel forecasts sales of condiments, marinades and dressings will reach $2.9 billion by 2024, the council said consumer desire to experiment will support......

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