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Covid-19 food industry updates – Friday 14 August (free to read)

14 August 2020 | just-food.com

just-food is providing daily updates on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the world's packaged food sector. ... read more

German bakery group Erlenbacher names Froneri's Matthias Casanova CEO

14 August 2020 | Dean Best

Erlenbacher, the Germany-based bakery-products supplier, has appointed a new chief executive, the company has announced. ... read more

Impossible Foods raises another $200m in latest funding round

14 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

US plant-based manufacturer Impossible Foods has raised a significant amount in its latest funding round, it has announced. ... read more

"We're not trying to take money from farmers" – Nestle defends KitKat Fairtrade decision

14 August 2020 | Ben Cooper

Following the adverse reaction to its decision to cease Fairtrade certification for the KitKat brand, Nestlé speaks to just-food and seeks to defend the controversial move. ... read more

Greencore factory reports hundreds of Covid-19 cases

13 August 2020 | Dean Best

Private-label giant Greencore has seen an outbreak of Covid-19 among employees at one of its manufacturing plants in the UK. ... read more

Ireland to start regular Covid-19 tests at meat plants

13 August 2020 | Dean Best

Ireland has announced a new policy for the testing for Covid-19 among staff working at the country's meat plants. ... read more

New products – Else Nutrition claims plant-based formula "leap forward"; Major listing for animal-free ice cream Brave Robot; Vital Farms launches ready-to-eat Egg Bites

13 August 2020 | just-food.com

The pick of the week's new products include the debut line from fledgling child-nutrition firm Else Nutrition and animal-free ice cream Brave Robot unveiled at its first stockists. ... read more

China to tackle food waste with 'clean plate' campaign

13 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

China is planning to reduce food waste in the country after President Xi Jinping called the amount binned "shocking and distressing". ... read more

Hillandale Farms hits back after egg profiteering claims

13 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

Hillandale Farms has responded after a lawsuit was filed against the US egg producer, alleging the company hiked prices during the height of Covid-19 panic-buying. ... read more

Discontented shareholder group unhappy with Aryzta chairman pick

13 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

A shareholder group agitating for change at Aryzta has reacted to the Swiss-Irish bakery firm's choice of former Barry Callebaut CEO Andreas Schmid as its new chairman. ... read more

US refrains from raising EU, UK tariffs – but tweaks targets

13 August 2020 | Dean Best

The US has held back from increasing its tariffs on EU and UK goods – including on a range of foods – but has made changes to the list of items on which the levy is imposed. ... read more

UAE's Mezzan Holding to make Nathan's Famous hot dogs

12 August 2020 | Verdict Foodservice

US fast-food operator Nathan's Famous has struck a deal with UAE's Mezzan Holding on the manufacture and marketing of hot-dog products. ... read more

McCain Foods moves to support UK potato farmers

12 August 2020 | Dean Best

McCain Foods, the Canada-based potato-products group, has stepped in to try to support farmers in a market hit by volatile weather and now, due to Covid-19, uncertain demand. ... read more

Plukon Food Group to buy Dutch poultry peer Cuparius Food Group

12 August 2020 | Dean Best

Dutch poultry firm Plukon Food Group is to acquire one of its domestic peers supplying foodservice clients including KFC. ... read more

How can insect foods take flight?

12 August 2020 | Lucy Britner

Grocers have stocked bars made from bugs and there's been some investment in the nascent sector but, up against other alternative proteins, what's the outlook for insect foods? ... read more

Buitoni Food Co. appoints Peter Wilson as first CEO

12 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

Buitoni Food Co., formed in June after private-equity firm Brynwood Partners bought the North American Buitoni pasta business from Nestlé, has named its new CEO. ... read more

BellRing Brands playing long game after Q3 stumble – top takeaways

12 August 2020 | Dean Best

BellRing Brands tripped up in its latest quarter, with a sales decline that surprised the market, but the US active nutrition business insists it has the stamina to succeed. ... read more

US egg producer Hillandale Farms sued over alleged Covid price hikes

12 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

The New York Attorney General has sued a major egg producer, alleging that it hiked its prices in March and April when consumers were concerned about Covid-linked food shortages. ... read more

Upfield unveils carbon-labelling commitment

12 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

Plant-based dairy-alternative business Upfield has made an environmental commitment it said will impact up to 100 million product packs. ... read more

US and EU pressed Mexico to delay food packaging health warnings

12 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

Plans by Mexico to introduce health warnings on processed food and drinks from October faced opposition from powerful nations and trading blocs, it is reported. ... read more

VC firm S2G Ventures sets up seafood fund

12 August 2020 | Dean Best

S2G Ventures, the US venture-capital firm that was an early investor in Beyond Meat, has launched a fund targeting a specific part of the food industry. ... read more

Demand for local food to last beyond Covid-19

12 August 2020 | GlobalData Consumer

As lockdowns ease, there are signs consumer demand for local food – which grew during the height of the pandemic – is sticking around, according to GlobalData Consumer. ... read more

Nomad Foods "refines" M&A strategy

11 August 2020 | Dean Best

Nomad Foods, the frozen-food group behind brands including Birds Eye and Iglo, is making changes to its M&A strategy after passing on a number of deals. ... read more

Blue cheese 'sticking point in UK-Japan trade talks'

11 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

Talks aimed at achieving a trade deal between the UK and Japan are reported to be stalling because of a disagreement centred on a food item. ... read more

Thai Union buys control of Russian seafood firm DPR

11 August 2020 | Dean Best

Thai Union Group, the Thailand-based seafood major, has moved to acquire a majority shareholding in an overseas business. ... read more

Thai Union to close domestic plant

11 August 2020 | Dean Best

Thai Union Group has decided to close one of its manufacturing facilities, with the seafood major citing Covid-19 as a factor. ... read more

Schwan's to expand "world's largest pizza plant"

11 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

Schwan's Company, the US frozen foods business majority-owned by South Korea group CJ CheilJedang, is to expand one of its facilities. ... read more

Unifying Unilever eyes proposed Dutch tax law change

11 August 2020 | Dean Best

Unilever is monitoring the passage of a proposal to change tax law in the Netherlands, a move that would affect the company's idea to change its own legal structure. ... read more

A2 Milk Co. names clothing industry executive David Bortolussi new CEO

11 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

New Zealand-based dairy and infant-formula group A2 Milk Co. has named a clothing industry executive as its new CEO. ... read more

German spices firm Ankerkraut sells stake to PE house EMZ Partners

10 August 2020 | Dean Best

Ankerkraut has sold a minority stake in its business to a private-equity firm in a transaction that has also seen the German spices supplier's management become shareholders. ... read more

TreeHouse Foods resumes bid to sell cereal arm

10 August 2020 | Dean Best

TreeHouse Foods has given investors an update on the future of its ready-to-eat cereal business, which the US private-label manufacturer tried to sell last year. ... read more

Premium Brands Holdings on acquisition trail again

10 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

Canada-based manufacturer Premium Brands Holdings, which temporarily suspended acquisition activity in May, has discussed future deals activity. ... read more

JBS-owned Plumrose USA to build new factory

10 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

Packaged meat company Plumrose USA is to spend US$200m on an infrastructural project, it has announced. ... read more

Minerva CFO Edison Ticle on meat giant's new VC arm, e-commerce ambitions and use of AI to drive profits – the just-food interview

10 August 2020 | Simon Harvey

Minerva Foods in Brazil has just rolled out a venture-capital fund and is poised to complete its first investment. Simon Harvey speaks with CFO Edison Ticle. ... read more

Danish Crown to halt operations at Ringsted site after Covid outbreak

10 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

Denmark-based meat giant Danish Crown has announced it is closing a domestic slaughterhouse for a week after a Covid-19 outbreak amongst employees there. ... read more