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12/2/2021

Agricultural innovation on earth, and potentially someday in space, has been a hot topic at several recent conferences, giving writer Willie Vogt the chance to tell the industry's stories to the wider world. At CES in January, John Deere and other companies will be recognized for their innovations in the area of agtech.

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12/2/2021

McCormick Australia plans to leverage insights gained from its foodservice business to develop new products for retail after McCormick's new Australian headquarters opens next year, said Paris Golden, managing director. McCormick also studies emerging flavors across the world to spur innovation in local markets, said Golden.

12/2/2021

Procter & Gamble has partnered with European and Asian health and beauty retailer A.S. Watson to develop aio, a skin care line featuring clean ingredients and 100% recyclable packaging. The line will be available online in Greater China and A.S. Watson stores.

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More beauty brands should leverage the fact younger consumers use Snapchat as a virtual mirror throughout the day by creating artificial reality-enabled try-on campaigns, said Lee Roberts, Snap's head of client partnerships in the UK. "And the way the camera works on Snap, as a tool for conversation, means they're engaged with AR and then sharing that with friends," said Roberts.​

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12/2/2021

The National Confectioners Association has unveiled Winter Holidays Central for 2021, an online portal with information about how candy enhances the holiday season and helps people "celebrate special moments and create heartwarming memories during the winter holidays," said John Downs, CEO and president. The site also provides insights regarding America's moderate approach to candy consumption.

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12/2/2021

John Downs, National Confectioners Association president and CEO, and Brian McKeon, NCA senior vice president of public policy, rank among the top association lobbyists for 2021, according to The Hill. "The ranks of policy experts, influencers and advocates run deep in Washington, but these are the people who stand out for delivering results for their clients in the halls of Congress and the administration," according to a statement from The Hill.

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12/2/2021

Spiral Sun Ventures is relaunching the Slice soda brand, originally introduced in 1984 by PepsiCo but eventually discontinued, next year with a cleaner formulation and four flavors, said CEO Evan Holod. The brand was purchased and relaunched by Spiral in 2018 as a sparkling water but is now positioned as "a love letter to soda and to the 90s," said Holod.

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12/2/2021

The pandemic has spurred consumers to seek beverages infused with vitamins and minerals from multiple categories, from water and fitness drinks to teas and soda, said Carla Saunders, Cargill's senior marketing manager for high intensity sweeteners. Brands should explore a variety of vitamins and minerals to meet specific consumer health needs, such as brain, gut, energy and immunity support, according to industry experts.

12/2/2021

Startups working on agricultural robotics and mechanization won $491 million in investments in the first half of this year, according to an analysis of AgFunder data. The biggest deal was a $157 million in green energy company BayoTech, but much of the funding went to ventures focused on practical solutions to automate routine farm tasks typically done by humans, including weeding, harvesting and picking rocks out of the soil.

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12/2/2021

India's agtech startups attracted about $1 billion from investors from 2017 to 2020, according to management consultancy Bain & Company, and the market is on track to rise as high as $35 billion by 2025. "The emergence of new agri-trading platforms, more efficient market linkages, as well as the use of big data and [internet of things] in driving farm input has and will help the entire agricultural sector," Avaana Capital founder Anjali Bansal said.

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