Food and beverage firms are increasingly working to create sustainable packaging for their products, and several companies have found ways to limit waste, such as using plant-based materials, partnering with recycling companies and cutting down on single-use items such as tea bag strings. Honest Tea, Mindful Inc and Numi Organic Teas are among the firms working to create environmentally-friendly packaging options, writes Colton Fagundes.
PepsiCo vets Leslie Starr Keating and Rebecca Fisher have been named to SunOpta's board of directors. Board Chairman Dean Hollis said they "bring diverse perspectives and extensive food industry expertise to our board."
Big Y Foods is cutting single-use plastic bags from its stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut next month, though it was originally slated to do so in 2020. To aid the transition, the retailer will offer discounted reusable bags all month.
Kellogg has added a Birthday Cake flavor to its Froot Loops cereal lineup for a limited time. The cereal has a base flavor of strawberry, and features sprinkles and colors reminiscent of a birthday cake.
Chobani is rolling out a range of Greek yogurt products infused with nut butter, with flavors including Honey Greek Yogurt With Almond Butter and Vanilla Greek Yogurt With Cashew Butter. "We thought it was a really beautiful marriage between the nutrient-density of Greek yogurt and the deliciousness of nut butters," said Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer Peter McGuinness.
McDonald's used Saturday's National French Fry Day to promote its delivery partnership with Uber Eats, with a giveaway of fries to customers who ordered through the app. The move is part of a larger mission to ramp up marketing and advertising of the digital service.
The frozen food category experienced both dollar and unit gains last year, according to a report from FMI and the American Frozen Food Institute, with aging millennials and a focus on healthful foods driving the trend. Ice cream, pizza, vegetables, seafood and entrees make up the largest categories in the segment.
South Dakota's corn-growing season has mostly been destroyed by this year's heavy flooding, agriculture experts say, with standing water still evident in fields throughout much of the state. "Economically, it may be best to plant corn for forage at this point," said agronomist Sara Bauder of South Dakota State University Extension.
The USDA has moved the deadline to July 22 for reporting spring-seeded crops to the Farm Service Agency and crop insurance agents. The change ensures farmers remain eligible for certain federal programs and applies to producers in a dozen states affected by adverse weather conditions.
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