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8/14/2020

Pineapple is the latest flavor in AriZona's fruit juice cocktail line and is available in 20-ounce bottles and packs of 24 from national retailers. The beverage does not have artificial colors or preservatives and contains vitamin C.

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8/14/2020

Lidl's first-place ranking on a list of top 100 retailers topped this week's Top 10 list. General Mills' diversity and inclusion goals also rated with SmartBrief readers this week, as did news of a shifting Halloween game plan among candy producers.

8/14/2020

Sephora has added clean makeup offerings to its in-house line, including foundation, lip products and eyeshadow. The 472-product Sephora Collection will now comprise 25% clean products as the beauty retailer finds customers shifting to the lower-cost private label, according to Brooke Banwart, vice president of Sephora Collection.

8/14/2020

The FDA has finalized "gluten-free" labeling requirements for fermented and hydrolyzed foods, which encompass green olives, pickles, cheese and some beer and wine. Hydrolyzed plant proteins are also used as enhancers in seasonings, sauces and soups.

8/14/2020

Unilever will be the first ice cream company to use recycled plastic in ice cream tubs as it rolls out the new containers in its Magnum ice cream line in Europe, said Magnum vice president Julien Barraux. The material was developed with Saudi Arabia-based chemical manufacturing company Sabic.

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8/14/2020

Versed Skin is using women athletes in its advertising for the brand's new Backup Plan acne control body mist. The clean skin care line, which is available direct-to-consumer and at Target stores, tapped WNBA player Chiney Ogwumike, gymnastics Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin and Olympic gold medal-winning track athlete Natasha Hastings for the campaign.

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8/14/2020

New Zealand officials believe the country's recent COVID-19 outbreak could be traced back to imported frozen food, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus does not spread easily via contaminated surfaces. In China, a similar incident happened earlier in the week with frozen goods from Ecuador and Brazil.

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Business Insider
8/14/2020

Trust Provenance, a South Australian agtech startup, helps track food from start to finish to allow those involved in the process to keep an eye on food safety, as well as assure quality and biosecurity. "We can provide this new level of integrity on data which has a mixture of uses, including product safety, quality optimization, identifying inefficiency in your supply chain, and telling the true story about provenance," said Andrew Grant, co-founder of the company.

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8/14/2020

Moonstruck Chocolate has added two new flavors with package designs inspired by Portland, Ore., artists Skinny Ships and Madeline Kate. The Dark Chocolate Blueberry Passion Fruit Bar and the Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Chai Bar sell for $4 and will be available at the company's store, on its website and at some retailers.

8/14/2020

The coronavirus pandemic may change the way Halloween is celebrated, but two surveys commissioned by the National Confectioners Association show that consumers are still planning celebrations. "Consumers are seeing now in their local retail stores that Halloween chocolate and candy is on full display, which speaks to retailer and manufacturer optimism that Halloween is happening and that it is going to be a great season even if we have to celebrate a little differently this year," said Lauren O'Toole Boland, NCA's director of communications.