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Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Students design edible tape for mess-free burritos; Corona uses sunlight to create natural billboard of its beer bottle; aluminum can art installation focuses on recycling at Brazilian subway station

JBS USA to work with OSHA to develop and implement an infectious disease preparedness plan; agreement follows citations at Swift Beef in Greeley, Colorado, and JBS Green Bay in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for failure to protect workers from COVID-19

US restaurant sales growth continues to be positive in April, putting the industry on a 15-month streak of improving sales year-over-year, according to data from Black Box Intelligence; however, April's 5.3% sales growth is the weakest during same period

Nissin Foods Holdings acquires 3.9% stake in Premier Foods from Oasis Investments II Master Fund

Red Bull announces limited-time return of the Red Bull Coconut Edition Sugarfree energy drink, available in 8.4 oz. cans

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December 28, 2021

Industry Roundup
 Packaged Food

Baked Goods

Taco Bell announces limited-time offering of new US$5 Chalupa Cravings Box as part of its value menu; meal includes Chalupa Supreme, Burrito Supreme, Soft Taco, Cinnamon Twists and medium fountain drink
Chew Boom (12/27)

Betty Crocker announces offering of new Dunkaroos Complete Rainbow Sprinkles Pancake Mix; each 16.2 oz. kit contains Dunkaroos Complete Rainbow Sprinkles Pancake Mix plus Dunkaroos rainbow sprinkles frosting
Chew Boom (12/27)

Condiments, Dressings & Sauces

Fries and mustard in short supply worldwide amid combination of drought in Canada's prairies and flooding on its Pacific coast that's causing shipping delays
Agence France-Presse (AFP) (12/27)

Savory Snacks

Executive Perspective: An increased interest in better-for-you snacks and 'shoppable content' in digital advertising rank among Nestle USA's five consumer trends that will emerge for the food and beverage industry in 2022, says chief marketing officer
Food Business News (12/27)

Confectionery & Sweet Snacks

Executive Perspective: While confectionery sales in Mexico are recovering following the industry's decline during the pandemic, chewing gum has not been part of the revival, according to Mars Mexico CEO Gabriel Fernandez
CE Noticias Financieras (12/27)

Ice Cream/Frozen Treats

Aldi announces Australian recall of Indulge Butterscotch Pear Gourmet Ice Cream in 1-liter sizes because of undeclared peanuts
Aldi Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG (12/27)

Illinois board overseeing state employee pension funds votes to bar funds from holding Unilever shares due to sales limits by the company’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream brand in Israel, joining at least five other US states moving to restrict the stock
Indian Oil And Gas News (12/27)

Packaged Foods

Forty-nine percent of Swedish consumers believe that the most important aspect about Christmas food is that it's Swedish-produced, while 41% say it's most important that the food is of extra high quality, survey says
M-Brain Nordic News (12/27)

Australia Patent: Societe des Produits Nestle Files Application for 'Bacon analogue product': Patent Application No. 2020313520
Australian Government (12/27)

Vitamins/ Supplements

US-based direct-selling company Amway to invest over US$300M globally through 2024 to boost innovation, digital technology, with growth strategy focused on health/wellness, entrepreneurship; nutrition category to drive 65% of Amway's business by 2024
Financial Services Monitor Worldwide (12/27)


Milk/Milk Alternatives

Vinamilk announces plans to build new dairy plant in My Hao Town, Vietnam, says the 25-hectare facility--which will have a total capacity of 400 million liters/year--will be the country's largest dairy plant
ForeignAffairs.co.nz (12/27)

 Pet Care

Pet Food

Hy-Vee launches ship-to-home services through Hy-VeeDeals.com, ShopPetship.com to boost e-commerce offerings; Hy-VeeDeals.com will offer bulk products in addition to digital coupons, weekly ads, whereas ShopPetShip will offer pet food, treats, supplies
Hy-Vee Inc. (12/27)

Pet Care Products

Wahl Animal announces new line of premium dog grooming tools, including brushes such as: medium slicker head brush; double-sided bath pin brush; double-sided flex slicker brush; tools aim to bring ease and comfort to dog grooming
Pet Business Magazine (12/27)

 Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Carbonated Soft Drinks

Mexican government to raise taxes on soft drinks from 1.3036 pesos/liter to 1.3996 pesos/liter, effective in January
CE Noticias Financieras (12/27)

Fruit/Vegetable Juices

Hitchcock Juice Collection bottle from Ardagh wins ‘Product Innovation in Glass’ award from Federal Assn. of the German Glass Industry; the dark royal blue glass bottle reflects the premium quality of the juices
Ardagh Group SA (12/27)

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

FrieslandCampina weighing the future of its Friso infant nutrition business, with company reportedly planning to kick off a sale of Friso in the coming weeks in a deal valued at as much as €2.2B
just-food.com (12/27)

Vinamilk recognized by both the Global CSR Summit and Awards 2021 and the Asian Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards 2021 for commitment to sustainability and community
PR Newswire (12/27)

 Alcoholic Beverages


Great Divide Brewing sells its 65,000-sq.-ft. packaging facility and bar in Denver’s RiNo district to real estate firm McWhinney; brewer will move its packaging operations back to Ballpark district, but will keep using part of the RiNo space for storage
The Denver Post (12/27)

Mexico exports 3.14 billion liters of beer in first nine months of 2021, making it the alcoholic beverage it sells most to the world, according to government statistics; tequila in second place at 177 million liters through the first eight months of 2021
CE Noticias Financieras (12/27)


Wine consumption in Mexico up from 450ml to 950ml per capita over the last five years--representing 0.5% of global consumption--but domestic production is only enough to meet 30% of domestic demand, according to the Mexican Wine Council
CE Noticias Financieras (12/27)


New law in Ireland will increase the price of alcohol in all stores, including supermarkets, restaurants and pubs; law takes effect Jan. 4
Big News Network (12/27)

Sixty percent of off-premise alcohol operators in US say they are earmarking more shelf space for ready-to-drink products, with 57% saying craft beers will be given more priority than last year, according to new data from alcohol delivery service Drizly
just-drinks.com (12/27)

Alcoholic Beverages

Kirin Brewery, a group company of Kirin Holdings, announces it will introduce large-scale solar power generation equipment at all nine of its factories in Japan
Kirin Holdings Co. (12/27)

Kirin Holdings named an 'A list' company for climate change and water security for the third consecutive year by CDP, a global non-profit organization that provides environmental information disclosure systems
ENP Newswire (12/27)


Retail Beverage Packaging

Ambev reportedly plans to set up a glass bottles plant in Parana, Brazil, via investments of 870M Brazilian reais to meet its domestic demand from 2025 onwards; capacity would be 500 million bottles/year
O Estado do São Paulo (SABI English Language Abstracts) (12/27)

Foodservice Packaging

Reusable food packaging startup InfinityBox partnering with food delivery company Swiggy on its third food delivery pilot in Bengaluru, India; restaurant customers can opt for reusable containers, which are washed, sanitized by InfinityBox after use
Indian Business Insight (12/27)

Packaging Design

Wisconsin-based Colbert Packaging wins three awards at Paperboard Packaging Council’s North American Paperboard Packaging Competition; company wins for paperboard tray for Carmex Minis Multi-Pack and for a folding carton for Blue Sept Lens Care Solution
Colbert Packaging Corp. (12/27)

Food & Beverage Labeling

New York-based Macaran Printed Products adds Gallus LabelMaster 17-inch, 14-color combination printing press to create variety of labels for beverage, spirits, beer, food, health and beauty markets using rotary screen, flexo, cold foil, lamination
Macaran Printed Products Inc. (12/27)

UK food retailers facing 'massive amount' of challenges when labeling food, from messaging hierarchy to space on-pack and data availability, says Sainsbury's director of product and innovation
FoodNavigator.com (12/27)


Regenerative Agriculture

Nebraska Community Federation announces launch of new fund dedicated to promoting soil health and regenerative agriculture, including but not limited to no-till farming, water conservation, tree conservation and planting cover crops
Delta Farm Press (12/27)

Two Oregon State University Extension Service Small Farms program projects awarded USDA grants totaling more than US$800,000 to build an inclusive regional food system based on equity, regenerative agriculture and fair labor practices
Argus Observer (12/27)

Fruit Farming

European apple crop estimated at 11,619 tons for 2021-2022 marketing year, up 5% from preceding five-year average and 10% above the 'small' crop of the past marketing year, according to European Commission forecast
Fresh Plaza (12/27)

Fresh citrus production in China expected to rise in 2021-2022 marketing year across all categories--oranges, tangerines and mandarins--according to USDA forecast; tangerine and mandarin production forecast to reach 28 million tonnes
Fresh Plaza (12/27)

Plant Extracts/Plant-Based

H-E-B launches eco-friendly household, personal-care private brand, Field & Future by H-E-B, with cleaners, dish soaps, baby wipes, tissue products, feminine care products, toothpaste, made with plant-based, biodegradable ingredients, recyclable packaging
Drug Store News (12/27)

Agricultural ministers of France and Austria urging European Commission to develop an EU-wide plant-based protein strategy, which they say will contribute to more sustainable and diversified agriculture
FoodNavigator.com (12/27)



Amazon Fresh, Aldi, Livoti's Old World Market, Corrado's Market among grocers planning New Jersey locations in 2022 near Jersey Shore; Target also plans to add two locations in the area
Asbury Park Press (12/27)

New Jersey-based Saker ShopRites completes purchase of fellow ShopRite operator Perlmart, becoming largest ShopRite owner with 39 stores; company had opened two New Jersey locations earlier in 2021
Asbury Park Press (12/27)

E-Commerce Trends & Statistics

Retail sales of cosmetics in China hits record lows in Q3, with year-over-year growth rates of 2.8% in July, 0% in August, but overall growth during first three quarters of 2021 reaches 17.9%, driven by new ingredients, online shopping, premium brands
Household & Personal Products Industry (HAPPI) (12/27)


Zacks: Ulta Beauty among stocks to buy for likely US wedding boom in 2022 after two years affected by pandemic; Ulta benefiting from omnichannel strength thanks to efficient store and digital operations, with earnings growth rate of 5% expected in 2022
Zacks Equity Research (12/27)


Latest: Dec, 27 2021

Latest Value Prev Chg YOY Chg
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ABI) :EBR 53.24 53.66 -0.78% -8.60%
Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. (25020) :TYO 4,524.00 4,561.00 -0.81% 5.43%
Campbell Soup (CPB) 42.18 41.96 0.52% -13.12%
Coca-Cola Company (KO) 58.65 58.22 0.74% 9.75%
Conagra Foods (CAG) 33.42 33.33 0.27% -8.14%
Constellation Brands (STZ) 246.80 244.04 1.13% 14.36%
Danone SA (BN) :EPA 53.56 53.79 -0.43% -0.15%
Diageo plc (DGE) :LON 4,015.00 4,037.00 -0.54% 37.78%
General Mills (GIS) 66.06 65.99 0.11% 11.72%
Heineken NV (HEIA) :AMS 98.40 97.22 1.21% 10.96%
Hershey Company (HSY) 189.88 188.46 0.75% 26.63%
JBS SA (JBSS3) :BVMF 37.72 37.26 1.23% 58.62%
Kellogg Company (K) 63.26 62.87 0.62% 2.40%
Mondelez International Inc. (MDLZ) 65.52 64.94 0.89% 13.26%
Monster Beverage (MNST) 94.80 93.84 1.02% 5.56%
Nestle SA (NESN) :VTX 127.04 126.94 0.08% 25.48%
Pepsico (PEP) 171.47 169.78 1.00% 18.21%
Pernod Ricard (RI) :EPA 211.10 212.10 -0.47% 33.82%
Suntory Holdings Ltd. (25870) :TYO 4,235.00 4,285.00 -1.17% 13.24%
The Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC) 35.43 35.25 0.51% 1.29%
Unilever plc (ULVR) :LON 3,952.50 3,953.00 -0.01% -8.29%