‘On a run rate basis, we’ll hit $1bn in US retail sales in the next couple of months’

“We​ serve less than 20% of US households, but we know that great tasting, natural foods are relevant to a lot more than 20% of the population,” adds Stokes, who joined Mars in June 2019, moved to KIND (as chief growth officer) in spring 2021, and took the helm of its North American business in … Read more

‘This is a landmark moment but there is more to come’

The Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) was a five-year undertaking by scientists at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US, with support from Mars Inc’s nutrition division, Mars Edge. It is noteworthy for both its scale and scope. Building on a growing body of evidence pointing to the benefits of flavanols on … Read more

GNT launches first organic colours made with safflower

The Netherlands-based company said the organic market is seeing ‘exceptional’ growth as modern consumers pay closer attention to food and drink products’ health and sustainability credentials. In response, GNT has launched two new organic products. ‘Fruit & Veg Yellow’ is made from organic safflower and organic apple, while ‘Veg Green’ is made from organic safflower … Read more

Catalina Snacks CEO… ‘The majority of our audience just want to eat less sugar and fewer carbs’

Catalina Snacks was founded in 2017 by Krishna Kaliannan who as a Type 1 diabetic missed the typical snacks and breakfast foods he once enjoyed (Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Oreos) and was growing tired of an endless cycle of eggs and nuts to maintain his blood sugar levels . Through online research into low-carb baking, … Read more

‘I think COVID shocked our systems in a lot of ways’

“I think COVID shocked our systems in a lot of ways,”​ said Wolf, who noted how as consumers spent more time at home, they tended to seek out familiar comfort foods leading to a spike in sales in Mondelēz’s core business of cookies and crackers. But the tide is shifting towards discovery of new brands … Read more

‘We have the potential to mitigate climate change’

In 2015, signatories of the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change pledged to work towards a target of keeping global warming below 2°C, and ideally 1.5°C. Six years down the road and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released yesterday (4 April), confirmed what climate scientists have been warning us for … Read more

This food price crisis could be worse than in 2011… what are the potential action areas?

Did the Arab Spring contribute Brexit? Perhaps, say some. The theory goes something like this: In 2010, drought in Ukraine and Western Russia led to a shortfall of yields, leading to the 2011 food price spike. This led to many countries enforcing export bans which in turn drove food insecurity in many places, leading to … Read more

Food and beverage companies suspend operations in Ukraine

Finished products companies including Coca-Cola, Grupo Bimbo, Mondelēz International and international ingredient suppliers including ADM and Bunge have sprung to action as the conflict between Ukraine and Russia escalated last week with Russian troops invading Ukraine’s capitol Kyiv and its second largest city Kharkiv over the weekend. Mexican breadmaker Grupo Bimbo announced on Sunday that … Read more

Traditional growing regions for coffee, cashews, and avocados predicted to shift as Earth warms

The most suitable regions for growing coffee arabica, cashews, and avocados will decline in some of the main countries that produce these crops as climate change progresses, predicts new first-of-its-kind analysis. Coffee, cashews, and avocados are important crops for consumers and for tropical small-scale farmers around the world. Extensive research suggests that climate change will … Read more

Stevia framework greenlights 4 technologies to boost supply, encourage innovation that reduces sugar

In the past ten years, product launches featuring stevia have climbed exponentially across categories and regions – reaching a compound annual growth rate of 21.9% between 2011 and 2021, according to data from Innova. While most of these products have occurred in North America, Asia and Western Europe, new product launches featuring the sweetener have … Read more