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The Weekly for December 4, 2019


Top Stories

Trump administration finalizes rule to tighten food stamp restrictions
According to The New York Times, the Trump administration gave final approval on December 4 to a rule that will remove nearly 700,000 people from the U.S. federal food-stamp program by strictly enforcing federal work requirements.

Japan approves U.S. trade deal
According to the Financial Times, the Japanese government has approved a U.S. trade deal that will slash Japanese tariffs on U.S. beef just 10 weeks after it was first agreed and less than nine months since the start of negotiations.


Research Briefs

IFT seeks candidates for editor in chief of scientific journals
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is currently seeking qualified individuals through an open call for candidates for the position of Editor in Chief for IFT’s three Scientific Journals—Journal of Food Science, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, and Journal of Food Science Education.

Nielsen’s breakthrough innovation winners include 15 food, beverage products
Nielsen Global Connect has released its Top 25 Breakthrough Innovation winners for 2019. For close to a decade, this list has been the gold standard in recognizing innovation and global success within the consumer packaged goods (CPG) space.

Online grocery shopping leaves food deserts
In a study published in JAMA Network Open, researchers examined the availability of grocery delivery in USDA-designated food deserts, defined as low-income communities with limited vehicular access and grocer availability.

18% of U.S. adolescents is prediabetic
A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study suggests that nearly one in five (18%) American adolescents aged 12–18 and one in four (24%) young adults aged 19–34 are living with prediabetes.

One-third of California produce may never make it off the farm
A study published in Resources, Conservation and Recycling suggests that approximately one-third of edible California produce is left in the fields to rot.


Company News

PepsiCo to acquire maker of PopCorners
PepsiCo has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BFY Brands, the maker of PopCorners snacks.

Coca-Cola Sweden to switch all bottles to 100% recycled plastic in 2020
Coca-Cola Sweden has announced that it will make all its plastic bottles from 100% recycled material, becoming the first country worldwide to do so.

Hostess Brands agrees to buy Voortman for $320 million
Hostess Brands has entered an agreement to acquire Voortman, a manufacturer of premium, branded wafers as well as sugar-free and specialty cookies, from Swander Pace Capital for approximately $320 million in cash.

Givaudan doubles flavor production capacity in China; signs emissions reduction pledge
Givaudan, a flavor and fragrances company, has inaugurated a new extension to its Nantong, China manufacturing facility. In other news, the company has signed the pledge “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” proposed by the United Nations to aim for net-zero value chain emissions by 2050.

IFF grows Tastepoint to serve middle-market customers
IFF has announced its intention to expand its Tastepoint by IFF model in multiple geographies around the world and provide localized service to the middle-market customers in a variety of locations.

Royal DSM announces CEO succession
Royal DSM has announced that after 20 years on the managing board and almost 13 years as CEO, Feike Sijbesma has decided to step down as CEO and hand over the company’s leadership, as he seeks to pursue other business and personal roles.

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.

Regulatory News

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.

EU authorizes seven GM products for food, feed uses
The European Commission has authorized seven genetically modified organisms (GMOs), all for food/feed uses.

Hodgson Mill recalls all-purpose flour due to possible E. coli contamination
Hodgson Mill has announced a voluntary national recall of specific lots of its Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour (5 lb).


IFT News

IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ competition for startups
Emerging and investment-ready food related companies don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain visibility and make strategic connections for your rising company. Competition finalists participate in a live pitch competition at IFT’s Annual Event and Food Expo in Chicago July 14, 2020, to compete for the $25,000 grand prize. Competition application is open December 3 through Jan. 9, 2020.

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