30 March 2020
Last week the US passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package for economic relief from the coronavirus pandemic. Assistance to small businesses will help keep craft alcohol producers operating during the mandated shutdown.
The Specialty Food Association (SFA) will soon have to make a decision on its Summer Fancy Food Show: with its location - the Javits Center in Manhattan - currently being converted into a makeshift hospital.
27 March 2020
Naples based Carlitashop has made statements about an anti-viral manuka supplement suggesting it can tackling the COVID-19 virus.
FMT donors should be screened to find out their travel history to avoid the risk of spreading the virus through transplants.
As basket spend increases across the UK, FoodNavigator looks at how hoarding staple food items - as well as hand sanitizer, disinfectant and toilet paper - is affecting consumers' pockets.
PepsiCo has announced the closure of its Frito-Lay site in California, along with some Quaker Oat production lines in Iowa after employees contracted the virus; India’s largest Parle Biscuits is donating biscuits to people in need and Campbell has reported a soar in sales for its snacks.
26 March 2020
The entrepreneurial professor behind the infamous TwinsUK study and ZOE personalised nutrition app has led the creation of a COVID Symptom Tracker app to bolster scientific knowledge into how the virus spreads.
A hospital has reportedly turned to vitamin C as a treatment for the coronavirus, after reports emerged from China that doses well in excess of daily Dietary Reference Values (DRV) showed promise.
Unprecedented demand for home-delivered recipe boxes is putting strain on Gousto, Mindful Chef, and Pasta Evangelists in the UK as they work to meet demand.
Food industry giants Nestlé and Unilever have unveiled how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to support their suppliers and the communities in which they operate globally.
GlobalData says the current pandemic will drive future sales of probiotics due to increased attention on healthy foods.
In New Zealand, Keytone is ramping up production to meet increased demand.
In the US, Danone North America and Chobani are making contributions to help out during the crisis.
Nestlé is making a donation to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as part of its response to the crisis.
In the UK, Müller UK & Ireland is ramping up deliveries as dairy products are selling well during the current crisis.
The US government has injected a huge stimulus into the economy to tackle coronavirus, with $9.5bn earmarked for agriculture.
The coronavirus crisis is a massive blow to many small businesses. But some start-ups have quickly adjusted to the new reality: ramping up online sales or swiftly making new marketing strategies. We talk to four beverage entrepreneurs who may have had to throw their 2020 business plans out of the window – but are keeping their chins up just the same.
Spirits companies around the world are donating alcohol and production facilities to make hand sanitizer. In the US, the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (DSCUS) is coordinating efforts via a dedicated portal to connect suppliers, producers and medical professionals.
25 March 2020
Small and medium sized food brands who have benefited from the diversification of the grocery aisle in recent years are now feeling the squeeze as the unprecedented coronavirus crisis sweeps Europe – and the world.
Butcher shops in New Zealand have been deemed non-essential by the government and must remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Mexican meat industry has made a joint appeal to the public to shop responsibly during the coronavirus situation.
The World Meat Congress 2020, due to take place in Mexico this June, has been postponed by organisers due to the coronavirus situation.
Danish Crown Beef has reported steady production in its slaughterhouses during the coronavirus pandemic.
While the coronavirus situation in Europe is 'alarming', World Food Programme Acting Director of Supply Chain, John Crisci, tells FoodNavigator his 'greatest fear' is for Africa.
The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is to join the European Food Forum (EFF) as part of ongoing efforts to promote healthy ageing and nutrition, especially during the coronavirus situation as well as Brexit.
This week's Dairy Dialog podcast includes an interview with Christeyns Food Hygiene on disinfection for food companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Beverage brands are donating drinks to health workers; switching production to hand sanitizer; and supporting out-of-work bartenders. Here's just some of the initatives that have emerged this week.
Namib Mills Groups – one of Namibia’s biggest food producers – is concerned about the effect that coronavirus is having on the purchasing power of the Namibian dollar, just days after it inaugurated its N$135m ($7.8m) state-of-the-art bread factory.
24 March 2020
The coronavirus pandemic should give the food industry increased impetus to make healthier products, according to experts, after an NHS audit in the UK revealed over three quarters (76.5%) of critically ill coronavirus patients are overweight.
As the coronavirus crisis deepens in Europe Bo Zhou, CEO of supply chain software specialist FuturMaster, shares insights into managing the crisis and lessons learnt from keeping the cogs turning in China. “Everything that seems normal everyday becomes totally impossible.”
A lack of trust among consumers has prompted stockpiling efforts across the UK, according to Mintel retail expert Nick Carroll, who says supermarkets must 'flatten the curve' to ensure supply.
Representatives from the Australian red meat industry have pledged to keep shelves stocked during the coronavirus pandemic.
The European Dairy Association is looking to the EU to help keep essential dairy products flowing.
Craft brewer BrewDog will open 102 bars online this Friday, with the new virtual bars offering beer tastings, homebrewing masterclasses, pub quizzes, live music and comedy.
Spirits giant Diageo has pledged to provide more than eight million bottles of hand sanitiser – through donating two million litres of alcohol to manufacturing partners – in the fight against COVID-19.
The National Milk Producers Federation in the US has set up a designated website for those in the dairy industry to utilize during the health crisis.
The North American bakery and snacks industries are hiring more workers to keep up with demand as consumers stockpile comfort foods like bread and snacks to get them through the coronavirus outbreak.
The founder of global sports nutrition brand Grenade has revealed how he is working to keep his staff safe and ensuring the survival of his business during this extraordinary pandemic.
Omega-3 businesses have been warned about the dangers of making immunity claims during this Coronavirus crisis.
A healthy gut microbiome is crucial in mounting a response to the coronavirus, a public health expert says, who also details its role in preventing immune over-reactions that can damage the lungs.
23 March 2020
The beverage industry is keeping a close eye on the rippling effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. And in the US, there have been a few positives mixed in with the negatives, such as a boom for ecommerce.
The UK seafood industry – witnessing a severe fall in demand from export markets amid Covid-19 – is eager that the crisis might spur more British people to eat home-caught seafood.
The industry group has called on Brussels to take urgent action to ease pressure on supply chains during the pandemic.
Academics say it is the Government’s responsibility – and not retailers’ – to implement a national rationing scheme based on nutritional guidance.
Brazil’s Marfrig pledges to keep all it meats plants operating; Mercado Libre cuts commission for non-perishable food products; Ambev brewery is now producing hand gel. We take a look at how the food industry is responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Guatemalan Sugar Association (ASAZGUA) announced a donation of 7.64 million quetzals ($1 million) for one of five new mobile hospitals in the country.
Christeyns Food Hygiene, based in Warrington in the UK, which manufactures and install food, dairy and beverage hygiene solutions, is stressing the importance of reducing the risks of contamination from hard surfaces as combating coronavirus continues to be top priority throughout the food chain.
Cocoa Association of Asia conference postponed for second time while governments scramble to maintain food supplies as COVID-19 coronavirus crisis deepens.
The European Milk Board (EMB) says all key indicators for the dairy sector are in a strong downward spiral.
Catalina Marketing, a company that specializes in shopper intelligence and personalized digital media for CPG brands and retailers, has continued to mine its Buyer Intelligence Database for the fourth consecutive week to track sales in those categories experiencing either spikes or declines as the US population pays closer attention to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of EUROPEN, (European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment) and FEFCO (European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers) have spoken out in support of their customers during the coronavirus outbreak.
SnackSafely is launching an online campaign called #SnackSafelyAtHome to help consumers with food allergies while they are confined to their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The members of EUROPEN, the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment, say the European Commission needs to recognize packaging and its raw materials are essential during the current crisis.
The American Bakers Association (ABA) has issued a shout-out to the thousands of workers in the bakery supply chain who continue to supply safe products for citizens, despite today’s unprecedented lifestyle caused by coronavirus.
20 March 2020
FoodNavigator’s regular roundup of news from across Europe looks at the EU’s response to coronavirus – from advise on boarder management measures to concerns over disruption to the food supply chain.
Lobby groups in France are backing the government’s prioritisation of the agri-food chain as part of its nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
The UK Government has softened competition laws to enable supermarket retailer collaboration in helping meet boosted demand.
A dietitian and founder of a 'good mood food' startup has shared her tips for maintaining good mental health during the uncertain times of this COVID-19 pandemic.
Dietary supplement manufacturers and the natural channel stores that sell the products play an important role in supporting consumers health during this challenging time and should be counted as ‘essential’ businesses, stakeholders say.
The UK government has designated food production staff, including those in the meat industry, as key workers as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Poultry processor Moy Park has announced hundreds of temporary jobs at its Northern Ireland and UK sites to help maintain supply during the coronavirus pandemic.
The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) has assured consumers that meat and poultry producers are continuing efforts to meet the growing demand for meat during the coronavirus pandemic.
While COVID-19 is forcing numerous layoffs and closures around the country – and indeed, around the world – the breakfast cereal giant has issued an urgent call out for additional workers at its Manchester plant to keep up with demand.
Kellogg Company has braced for the coronavirus outbreak, while potentially benefiting from consumers stocking up.
19 March 2020
The UK government unveiled its Coronavirus Emergency Bill, legislation that would give it sweeping new powers to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The legislation aims to minimise disruption and safeguard key industries, including ‘supporting the food industry to maintain supplies’.
As the UK Prime Minister warns against eating in restaurants and pubs, and an increasing number of people enter self-isolation, online food delivery may be one of the only sectors that stands to gain.
Amid quarantines, lockdowns and cancellations, beverage companies are doing what they can to stay afloat as well as help out in the community. BeverageDaily rounds-up the latest news from brands dealing with the crisis.
Nutrition startups have voiced fears for their businesses after Amazon announced it is prohibiting shipments of any non-essential goods from its warehouses until at least April 5th in an aim to meet spiralling demand caused by COVID-19.
Global health food chain Holland and Barrett has brought in sales limits to reduce panic buying and introduced a dedicated one-hour shopping window for the elderly and vulnerable as well as a new call centre to keep up with soaring demand
Confectionery, along with crisps, snacks & nuts, and soft drinks, has been earmarked as a risk category in the food sector for deprioritisation, as supermarkets re-allocate stock priorities towards staples and essential supplies due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Cheerios and Nature’s Valley maker has raised its forecast for 2020, as social distancing efforts aimed at slowing the rapid spread of COVID-19 is causing consumers to stockpile, boosting demand for eat-at-home products like cereals and boredom-busting treats like snack bars.
The coronavirus pandemic – which has infected more than 220,000 people and killed more than 9,000 globally at the time of writing – is toying with global economy. But staple food categories are positioned to weather the economic storm.
18 March 2020
European shoppers are finding themselves faced with empty shelves as coronavirus panic buying places the food supply under short-term pressure. But could longer-term impact on the agri-food labour force actually have more significant implications? FoodNagivator investigates.
What foods are consumers looking to during coronavirus? Functional foods like kombucha and elderberries are the potential
The COVID-19 crisis is placing an additional burden on testing labs as companies scramble to meet consumer demand for immune health products.
The European Commission is calling on startups and SMEs with technologies and innovations that could help in treating, testing and monitoring the coronavirus outbreak to apply for the next round of funding from the European Innovation Council (EIC).
17 March 2020
INX International, which produces inks and coatings for commercial packaging and digital applications, has spoken out about the impact of COVID-19 coronavirus, saying 'the potential supply chain impact of this pandemic is immense and unpredictable’.
The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) has issued guidance to its members as it feels the effect of the coronavirus.
The Canadian red meat industry has made a $50,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross to support work with the Red Cross Society of China and its efforts in responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
The head of the Spanish pork industry’s main trade body has pledged the sector will maintain regular activity despite the coronavirus’ impact on the country.
The Dutch meat industry has reassured customers that its companies are working hard to continue to serve consumers at home and abroad, despite the coronavirus measures.
It’s positive to note the bakery and snack industries are not buckling under the coronavirus outbreak.
16 March 2020
European governments and representatives of the food industry are seeking to reassure shoppers that the food supply is secure as the region becomes the ‘epicentre’ for the COVID-19 outbreak.
French food agency ANSES says heat treatment can reduce contamination of a food product by a factor of 10,000.
A pulse of supply and production issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis is making its way through the dietary supplement industry. Inventories of botanical ingredients continue to hold up, but unprecedented demand for immunity boosting products is causing some strain.
The international meat industry has moved to try and maintain production as the coronavirus spreads throughout the world.
‘During risk-off periods in markets, the prices of all products tend to move lower. When price carnage hits markets, rationality takes a holiday,’ said analyst Andrew Hecht.
13 March 2020
Google Trends data has revealed interest in cuisines from China and Italy – the two hardest hit countries of the COV-19 outbreak – has plummeted. FoodNavigator looks at what this means for the industry.
We've seen a run on toilet rolls, hand sanitizer and pasta. What about other foods and ingredients? Which might be set to be boosted by coronavirus?
12 March 2020
EFSA says there is no evidence that food is a likely source of transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Pork processor Danish Crown has reassured customers that its slaughter and production will continue as normal until Friday at the very least.
10 March 2020
The UK government has extended delivery hours for supermarkets to support the industry response to booming demand in the wake of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, with further action to minimise disruption to supply chains under consideration.
9 March 2020
Coronavirus: One-third of UK shoppers stockpiling food, HIM & MCA research finds
New consumer research finds that one-third of consumers are stockpiling food in preparation for a major coronavirus outbreak.
3 March 2020
Coronavirus and Brexit are today’s biggest challenges for food makers, while online shopping continues to open the door for disruptive brands in grocery, Mission Ventures co-founder Paddy Willis tells FoodNavigator.
25 February 2020
As Italian authorities struggle to bring the coronavirus outbreak under control and put together a support package for business, Italian industry associations and food sector representatives warn of the potential impact on the food sector.
5 February 2020
Novel coronavirus has claimed 425 lives in China to date, prompting concerns that food imported to Europe from Hubei Province and affected regions could be infected. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) assesses whether this is a likely transmission route.