Tesco targets 300% rise in vegan meat sales

Cluster Hall October 3, 2020

Tesco targets 300% rise in vegan meat sales

Tesco has set a target to sell four times as much meat alternative protein by 2025 as demand for vegan products climbs. The supermarket giant wants a 300% boost in sales compared with 2018 as part of a sustainability drive. It will aim to sell more plant-based sausages and burgers, as well as products designed to emulate meat. The UK market for meat alternatives could be worth more than £1.1bn by 2024, according to analyst firm Mintel. Tesco said meat and dairy production had a “significant impact” on environments such as the Amazon and Cerrado regions of Brazil, and “is acknowledged as a major contributor to climate change”. The UK’s largest retailer aims to introduce more plant-based product lines, as well as selling more of the lines it already stocks, a spokesman said. These include “ready meals, breaded-meat alternatives, plant-based sausages, burgers, quiches, pies, [and] party food”. Tesco said it […]

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Kite Hill Plant-Based Butter Alternative is a Cultured Almond Milk Spread

Cluster Hall October 3, 2020

Kite Hill Plant-Based Butter Alternative is a Cultured Almond Milk Spread

Kite Hill Plant-Based Butter Alternative was supposed to launch in three buttery spread varieties: Original, With Olive Oil, and European Style. With the craziness of 2020, only one variety has been churned out thus far, but we are happy it’s the European Style. True European-style butter is cultured butter that’s been churned long enough to achieve a higher butterfat content. This process isn’t very feasible without dairy, but many vegan brands are still seeking to mimic the sweet cream results. Kite Hill’s formula whips cultured almond milk with a blend of oils and a touch of cocoa butter for richness. Kite Hill Churns Out European-Style Almond Milk Buttery Spread According to the company, this buttery spread is very creamy and spreadable, but it’s also great for baking and cooking.

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Argentina cuts soy export taxes to boost foreign reserves

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Argentina cuts soy export taxes to boost foreign reserves

Reuters reports that the temporary cut comes as Argentina struggles with a recession and scant foreign reserves. The tax cut will last until the end of the year before being restored to 33 percent in January. “We seek to strengthen the country’s international reserves,” Economy Minister Martin Guzman said in a televised address. But farmers and analysts said the move might not be enough to significantly boost selling by growers and generate much-needed export dollars as the government heads into debt renegotiation talks with the International Monetary Fund. Soybeans are the main cash crop of Argentina. The country, also a major exporter of corn and wheat, is the world’s top supplier of soymeal livestock feed used to fatten hogs and poultry from Europe to Southeast Asia. “The reduction of duties will lead to an improvement in producer prices,” said Gustavo Idigoras, head of Argentina’s CIARA-CEC export companies’ chamber. “It is not […]

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Kuwait lifts import ban on Pakistan poultry

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Kuwait lifts import ban on Pakistan poultry

Kuwait has lifted the ban on imports of bird meat and eggs from Pakistan after ascertaining that the products were free from bird flu. The decision came upon a recommendation presented by Kuwait’s higher authority for food and nutrition, a Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) notice quoting the Embassy of Kuwait said. The Embassy of Kuwait informed that ban was lifted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Kuwait on August 25, 2020. It was decided to lift ban on imports of all kind of birds meat (fresh, chilled, frozen, processed), all products, derivatives and eggs from Pakistan, as the country was free of bird flu, TDAP notice said. Maroof Siddiqui of Pakistan Poultry Association said the country was free from bird flu disease, and the Organization of Islamic Conferences (OIC) had also declared Pakistan free from the disease, after which the ban was lifted. He further informed that […]

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Verve Coffee Opens Roastery and Two New Bars In Japan

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Verve Coffee Opens Roastery and Two New Bars In Japan

Santa Cruz, California-based Verve Coffee Roasters has plunged deeper into Japan’s vibrant specialty coffee market, opening a two-story cafe in Tokyo and a roastery cafe in the coastal prefecture of Kanagawa to the south. Yoichiro Iwata, CEO of Verve Coffee Japan, told Daily Coffee News that the previous system of receiving beans via FedEx twice per week has given way to a roasting program based in Kamakura. There, a 25-kilo Probat machine is in view of customers from a warm cafe featuring lightly stained wooden surfaces bathed in natural light. Sunshine also streams through glass walls onto white counters and natural wood surfaces in the new two-story cafe in Tokyo’s bustling entertainment district of Roppongi. The light is enough to sustain plant life around the shop, including a palm tree on the first floor and a Loca Ficas tree on the second floor that the company sourced through Okinawa-based greenery designer Qusamura. Patrons […]

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TERRY’S CHOCOLATE ORANGES DOUBLE IN PRICE SINCE LAST CHRISTMAS

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TERRY’S CHOCOLATE ORANGES DOUBLE IN PRICE SINCE LAST CHRISTMAS

The price of festive favourite Terry’s Chocolate has almost doubled in price since last Christmas. While the confectionery industry has a history of “shrinkflation”, where prices remain the same as portion sizes get smaller, this year has been particular hard-hitting for sweet-toothed shoppers. Despite research from The Grocer – a British magazine devoted to grocery sales – showing that average prices for chocolates have dipped by 4 per cent on year, some of the nation’s favourite festive treats have seen price hikes. One of the worst hit is the Terry’s Chocolate Orange, which is now a shocking 36.2 per cent more expensive than last year. On average, shoppers have to pay £1.34 but those spending at Sainsbury’s will have to fork out £1.95, compared to just £1 this time last year. Morrisons shoppers however will save the most with the supermarket charging just 90p, while Asda are just behind them charging £1. […]

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Purina brings allergen-reducing LiveClear cat food to Canada

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Purina brings allergen-reducing LiveClear cat food to Canada

Purina Pro Plan’s LiveClear allergen-reducing cat food is now available throughout Canada starting this month. The diet was first launched in the United States in February after the company developed the diet with a specific egg-based protein that inhibits Fel d1, the major cat allergen originating in feline saliva that causes allergic reactions in humans. “Cat-owning households are trying a variety of ways to manage cat allergens – but ultimately 62% say their current methods are only somewhat effective or not effective at all,” said Kurt Venator, DVM, Ph.D., chief veterinary officer at Purina. “Pro Plan LiveClear offers a revolutionary new approach to managing cat allergens, with the power to help cat owners be closer to the cats they love.” A study [Satyaraj, E., Gardner, C., Filipi, I., Cramer, K., & Sherrill, S. (2019). Reduction of active Fel d1 from cats using an antiFel d1 egg IgY antibody. Immunity, inflammation and […]

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Honey is one of the most faked foods in the world, and the US government isn’t doing much to fix it

Cluster Hall October 3, 2020

Honey is one of the most faked foods in the world, and the US government isn’t doing much to fix it

In February 2013, the Justice Department charged two major honey importers in “Operation Honeygate.” The importers — Honey Solutions and Groeb Farms — shipped fake or adulterated Chinese honey through other countries in Asia and Europe before sending them to the US. The honey-laundering scheme, which helped the companies avoid $180 million in shipping duties, hid the honey’s true origin, leaving few to suspect that it wasn’t real. It was the biggest incident of food fraud in US history. More than seven years later, a lot of our honey is still fake. According to the Food Fraud Database maintained by the compliance management company Decernis, it’s the third-most-faked food behind milk and olive oil. There’s no reason to think that fake or adulterated honey is a threat to public health, but it’s still a problem. The manufacturers either dilute real honey with syrup derived from plants, like high-fructose corn syrup or beet syrup. Or they can chemically […]

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Bangladesh Govt allots 10,566 tons of rice for fishermen

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Bangladesh Govt allots 10,566 tons of rice for fishermen

Bangladesh government has allocated 10,566.84 tons of VGF rice for fishermen during the upcoming ilish fishing ban from October 14 to November 4. The food aid is being provided under the government’s Humanitarian Food Assistance Programme. Altogether, 528,342 families in 152 upazilas of 36 districts will get 20kg rice each before the start of the main breeding season of ilish. During this 22-day period, catching, selling, and transporting of ilish is prohibited. This season, food aid is being provided to an additional 120,263 families.   File photo: Hilsa fish at a wholesale market Dhaka Tribune Catching, selling, and transporting of ilish is prohibited from October 14 to November 4 The government has allocated 10,566.84 tons of VGF rice for fishermen during the upcoming ilish fishing ban from October 14 to November 4. The food aid is being provided under the government’s Humanitarian Food Assistance Programme. Altogether, 528,342 families in 152 upazilas […]

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China Restricts Russian Seafood Imports After Coronavirus Found on Packaging

Cluster Hall October 3, 2020

China Restricts Russian Seafood Imports After Coronavirus Found on Packaging

Chinese authorities have restricted seafood imports from Russia after finding traces of the coronavirus on the seafood’s outer packaging. China, the destination for 60% of Russia’s seafood exports, has so far placed restrictions on four Russian companies, Russian Fishery Industries Association president German Zverev told Vedomosti.   China previously sent several warnings to Russia’s phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, including after two Chinese stevedores contracted the virus, the watchdog’s press service quoted its deputy head Konstantin Savenkov as saying. While no traces of the coronavirus were found during the initial screening of Russian vessels, Chinese authorities linked the infections to packages that arrived from Russia, Savenkov was quoted as saying. Russian fish exporters view China’s actions as part of an “undeclared trade war” rather than a safety precaution, Zverev said, as they come amid increasing attempts by Chinese traders to lower the price they pay for Russian seafood. The price of Russian […]

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