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Nestle launching pea-based vegan alternative to tuna

'Vuna' going first to Swiss supermarkets

Zurich | Reuters — Food giant Nestle is launching a new plant-based tuna alternative in Switzerland this month ahead of a global rollout, hoping that consumers eating at home during the COVID-19 pandemic will stay eager to try new products. Known for Maggi soups and bouillon cubes, Nestle has been investing in plant-based food to

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Packaged-food majors see sales spike in pandemic

Big brands may benefit from larger, more secure supply chains

Reuters — General Mills on Monday said it saw record demand for its pantry staples, becoming the latest packaged food maker to see business spike during the COVID-19 pandemic, as homebound shoppers stocked up on comfort foods during lockdowns. The company joins Nomad Foods, Premier Foods, Nestle, Mondelez and other processed food makers, which have


An artists’ rendition of the Merit Functional Foods plant under construction in Winnipeg. Merit also recently picked up support from research “supercluster” Protein Industries Canada to help further develop pea and canola proteins. (Meritfoods.com)

Nestle to source plant proteins from Winnipeg

Winnipeg/Zurich | Reuters — Food company Nestle SA said on Friday it has teamed up with small Canadian plant-based food ingredient makers Burcon and Merit Functional Foods, the second such supply agreement this month that targets Canadian crops. Meat substitutes from plants in burgers, nuggets and many other foods are a fast-growing industry, driving up


The alternative protein market has taken off in part due to the inclusion of such products at global restaurant chains.  Photo: Getty Images

Report says Unilever, Tesco, Nestle ranked top on meat alternatives

London | Reuters – Unilever, Tesco and Nestlé are among the best prepared to capitalise on the trend for plant-based meat substitutes, according to a report from an investor group managing $5 trillion in assets. The report by the Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) coalition showed 25 major retailers and manufacturers were developing


Vanilla farmer Jao Nasaina holds a spear and a handmade gun as he patrols at his plantation, to guard the crop against thieves, in Ambavala, near Andapa in the Sava region of Madagascar on July 14, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Clarel Faniry Rasoanaivo)

Spice maker seeks path to make vanilla milkshakes cheaper

Chicago/Antananarivo, Madagascar | Reuters — A kilo of vanilla beans costs more than a kilo of silver. Cultivated painstakingly over years from an orchid plant, vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, after saffron. In less than five years, the wholesale price has risen nearly 500 per cent, partly because of growing




Nestle’s logo on a bar of Milky Bar chocolate in Manchester, Britain, April 25, 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Phil Noble)

Nestle to buy Canadian nutrition firm Atrium

London | Reuters — Nestle is buying Canadian vitamin and nutritional supplement maker Atrium Innovations for US$2.3 billion, expanding its presence in consumer healthcare as it seeks to offset weakness in packaged foods. The world’s largest packaged food company said on Tuesday it will buy the maker of vitamins, probiotics and meal replacements from a

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Nestle, Coke end Nestea iced tea venture

Zurich/London | Reuters –– Nestle and Coca-Cola have agreed to end their Nestea iced tea joint venture after 16 years and pursue separate strategies in the fast-changing bottled drinks market. The companies formed Beverage Partners Worldwide in 2001 to sell Nestea around the world but the brand has faced fierce competition from Lipton iced tea,