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Nutriati receives $12.7 million in series C funding round

Nutriati, a Virginia-based developer and manufacturer of plant-based ingredients, including protein, flour, and oil, has completed a $12.7 million series C funding round led by Manna Tree Partners, a Colorado-based asset manager that invests growth capital in companies that produce, process, and distribute healthy food.

Conagra Brands adds solar farm at Illinois facility

Conagra Brands has entered into a 15-year service agreement with SolAmerica Energy to place eight acres of solar panels on the company’s St. Elmo, Ill. facility property.

Wind Point Partners invests in Tropicale Foods

Wind Point Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, has partnered with Tropicale Foods, a California-based manufacturer of frozen novelty products under the Helados Mexico brand.

Versus International to open first manufacturing facility

Verus International, a consumer packaged goods company developing branded product lines in the United States, South America, and the Middle East, has announced that it is completing a 10,000-square-foot manufacturing facility located in Houston.

Batory Foods acquires guar gum distributor

Batory Foods, a distributor of commodity and specialty food ingredients to the United States, has acquired the assets of Minneapolis-based Polypro International, a North American distributor of hydrocolloids.

World food prices jump in November

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, world food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils.

PepsiCo launches second Greenhouse program accelerator

PepsiCo has announced the launch of its second PepsiCo Greenhouse program in North America, an initiative designed to support emerging entrepreneurs and brands in the food and beverage industry.

Danone names winners of the sustainable food systems initiative

Danone Institute North America, a not-for-profit established by Danone North America, announced the four winning teams of the One Planet. One Health. Initiative—a new grant program in which transdisciplinary teams from across the United States and Canada were challenged to design, implement, and evaluate actionable community-based projects for sustainable food systems.

EFSA seeks public input on ochratoxin A

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is seeking feedback from interested parties on its scientific opinion about public health risks related to the presence of ochratoxin A (OTA) in food.

Barry Callebaut reports sustainable sourcing achievement

Barry Callebaut has released its Forever Chocolate Progress Report 2018/2019, which notes that of all the agricultural raw materials the company sourced in 2018/2019, 51% were sustainably sourced.

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