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The Weekly for October 16, 2019


Top Stories

FAO: 14% of food is lost after harvesting
According to the State of Food and Agriculture 2019, globally around 14% of the world’s food is lost after harvesting and before reaching the retail level, including through on-farm activities, storage, and transportation.

FDA approves cottonseed for human, animal consumption
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to ultra-low gossypol cottonseed, ULGCS, to be utilized as human food and in animal feed.

U.S. childhood obesity rates remain steady
According to new data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. obesity rate for youth aged 10–17 in 2017–2018 was 15.3%, compared with 16.1% in 2016.

Research Briefs

Drinking more sugary beverages of any type may increase type 2 diabetes risk
People who increase their consumption of sugary beverages—whether they contain added or naturally occurring sugar—may face moderately higher risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in Diabetes Care.

European innovators target ‘chocoisseurs’
A new report from Innova Market Insights highlights the growing sophistication of many of Europe’s chocolate shoppers, with a push towards premium and indulgent products clearly reflected in new product development.

Organic poultry may be less likely to harbor drug-resistant Salmonella
Meat from conventionally raised poultry was twice as likely to contain multidrug-resistant Salmonella as poultry labeled antibiotic-free or organic, according to study presented at IDWeek 2019 earlier this month.

QuikTrip is the No. 1 c-store in America
According to a new report published by dunnhumby, a leader in customer data science, QuikTrip, Wawa, and Sheetz are the top retailers in the $654.3 billion U.S. convenience market.

Leading with flavor encourages vegetable consumption
How dining halls describe vegetables could make a big difference in whether people actually eat them, Stanford researchers report in a new study published in Psychological Science.

Company News

Hershey elects Michele Buck chairman
Hershey has announced that its board of directors has elected Michele Buck as chairman of the board of directors of The Hershey Company, effective immediately.

McCain Foods breaks ground on expansion in Washington
McCain Foods USA, a U.S. supplier of frozen potato and snack food products, has broken ground on construction of a 170,000-sq-ft expansion at its Othello, Wash., potato processing facility.

Nestlé joins forces in Switzerland to enhance innovation in food and nutrition
The Swiss Canton of Vaud, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the Swiss Hospitality Management School in Lausanne (EHL Group), and Nestlé have joined forces to develop and promote a global innovation ecosystem on food and nutrition.

KIND acquires Creative Snacks
KIND Healthy Snacks has announced the acquisition of Creative Snacks, a better-for-you snack manufacturer based in North Carolina.

Pipeline Foods names Sepich CEO
Pipeline Foods, the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on organic, non-GMO, and regenerative food and feed, has appointed Anthony Sepich as chief executive officer.

Future Meat Technologies raises $14 million in series A funding
Future Meat Technologies has closed a $14 million series A funding round led by S2G Ventures, a Chicago-based venture capital firm, and Emerald Technology Ventures, a Swiss-based venture capital firm.

Milk startups compete for $250,000 in Real California Milk Accelerator competition
Milk-based beverages for active kids and ready-to-drink lattes with collagen are among the nine finalists announced in the California Milk Advisory Board’s (CMAB) Real California Milk Accelerator dairy startup competition designed to inspire ideas integrating the values of fluid milk into contemporary products and provide resources to help bring them to market.

Regulatory News

Meat group challenges California’s Proposition 12 in court
The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 12: The Farm Animal Confinement Initiative.

FDA publishes food safety standard revisions
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued revised food safety standards for state regulatory programs that oversee food facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods.

Taco Bell supplier recalls 2.3 million lb of beef due to possible metal shavings
Kenosha Beef International is recalling an undetermined amount of seasoned beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal shavings.


IFT News

Students: Apply now for Ingredion internship and scholarship
Feeding Tomorrow, the IFT Foundation, has partnered with Ingredion to identify exceptional students pursuing a degree in food science or engineering. Through Feeding Tomorrow’s Intern+ Program, the company will award one candidate a paid internship for the summer of 2020, as well as an academic scholarship. Open to members and non-members. Applications close November 15.

IFT20 Call for Proposals closes October 31
Enlighten and inspire your colleagues while sharing your expertise! IFT20 is where the most talented and creative minds in the science of food will come together to collaborate, share, learn, and network. Submit a session, poster, IFTNEXT, or scientific program proposal for IFT20, July 12–15, in Chicago.

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