Food

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Meat processors used ‘baseless’ claims of shortages to keep plants open during COVID-19: report

Dive Brief: Smithfield Foods and Tyson Foods used “baseless” claims of a meat supply shortage resulting from reduced operations and worker absenteeism in order to justify operating meatpacking plants under “dangerous conditions” in the early…

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Consumers ‘laser-focused’ on discounts as food prices hit four-decade high

Dive Brief: Food-at-home prices jumped 10.8% over the past year — the largest 12-month increase in over 40 years — according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index data for April. Meat, poultry,…


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Leftovers: New Goldfish flavor hooks into Old Bay; Real Good Foods introduces chicken shells to the freezer aisle

Leftovers is our look at a few of the product ideas popping up everywhere. Some are intriguing, some sound amazing and some are the kinds of ideas we would never dream of. We can’t write…


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Brightseed raises $68M to accelerate artificial intelligence work

Dive Brief: Brightseed, a five-year-old upstart that uses artificial intelligence to find molecules in plants that could have the biggest health and nutrition benefits in humans, raised $68 million in funding led by food technology investor…


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How Leaft Foods turns green plants into a protein nutritionally similar to beef

John Penno and his wife Maury Leyland Penno realized about six years ago that it was time to dedicate their lives to something that’s better for the environment. It was a major life decision for…


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Ben & Jerry’s launches pilot program to cut dairy farm emissions

Dive Brief: Ben & Jerry’s has announced a pilot program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on 15 of its dairy farms to half of the industry average by 2024. “Project Mootopia” will implement regenerative agricultural practices…


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Beyond Meat shares drop as jerky costs drive $100.5M loss

Dive Brief: Beyond Meat reported another slow quarter, with net revenues of $109.5 million — an increase of 1.2% over the same time last year — and a net loss of $100.5 million, or $1.58…


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Tootsie Roll could pause production lines due to delayed supplier deliveries

Dive Brief: Tootsie Roll said delayed supplier deliveries and other supply chain challenges “could result in the temporary shut-down of one or more manufacturing lines,” according to a Q1 earnings report. “Although we are cautiously…


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WNWN announces world’s first consumer sale of cacao-free chocolate

The process to turn cacao into chocolate is long and complicated. After workers harvest cacaofruit from trees, they cut the fruits open and scoop out the seeds, which undergo several days of fermentation. Then the…


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General Mills to buy frozen pizza crust maker to boost away-from-home business

Dive Brief: General Mills has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TNT Crust, a manufacturer of frozen pizza crusts for regional and national pizza chains, foodservice distributors and retail outlets. TNT Crust is currently…

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