‘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

Cacao-free chocolate alternative mimics the real thing, with 80% fewer CO2 emissions

Chocolate is one of the most consumed food products on the planet. Estimated to reach a total market size of $180bn by 2025, according to ResearchAndMarkets, chocolate is big business. But the chocolate industry has a ‘truly dark side’, according to London-based start-up WNWN (pronounced ‘win-win’) Food Labs. “People don’t really know about the problems … 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

Impulse purchases evolve to meet new consumer demands, shopping habits post COVID

Once limited mostly to individually-wrapped items corralled by the checkout stand to be consumed within seconds of leaving the store or on-go, impulse purchases today are more likely to be sharing sizes and larger multi- or variety-packs – reflecting the Shift to working and snacking at home, and the desire to balance the demands of … 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

‘This is how supply chains need to be’

The cocoa sector faces several sustainability challenges, not least that many smallholder farmers struggle to earn a living wage. According to data from Wageningen University & Research, 75% of smallholder cocoa farmers in Ghana and Ivory Coast – where 70% of the world’s cocoa is produced – are earning well below the living income benchmark. … 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

The highs and lows of transforming a narcotic landscape

Colombia is notorious for its links to coca cultivation and cocaine production. Producing more than any other country, the South American nation cultivated more than 600,000 acres of coca in 2020, with cocaine production capacity rising to over 1,000 metric tons. In competition with this illicit crop is an emerging palm oil industry, which experts … Read more

Has palm oil become a deforestation scapegoat? ‘We need to stop focusing just on oil palm and look across all deforestation drivers’

Deforestation is a hot topic. Feeding into conversations on climate change and biodiversity loss, deforestation is responsible for the drastic reduction of primary forest coverage – down 80m hectares – over the last 30 years. Palm oil production is a major contributor. The FAO estimates the commodity, which is the most consumed vegetable oil in … Read more

What are the challenges and ‘unintended consequences’ of government action?

Deforestation is a key driver of biodiversity loss and climate change. While rates appear to be slowing – between 2015 and 2020 the rate of deforestation was estimated at 10m hectares per year, down from 16m per year in the 1990s – it is far from coming to a standstill. Worldwide, the area of ​​primary … Read more