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Period: August 19, 2018 to August 26, 2018
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Retailers Back The New Zealand Government’s Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

New Zealand retail companies have added their support to Government plans to ban single-use plastic bags. The Countdown chain was the first to commit to stopping by the end of this year, and more chains have joined the list of those making similar commitments. Foodstuffs, which includes a number of supermarket banners, such as Pak'nSave and Liquorland, will stop providing single-use bags from January 2019. Steve Anderson, managing director, said the Government’s plans level the playing field, but the company will ensure every customer is offered an affordable alternative.

"Saying bye to plastic: What Kiwi shops say about Government's plan to ban single-use plastic bags",, August 10, 2018

Aldi In Australia Justifies Its Use Of Fruit And Veg Packaging

With more and more attention being focused on single-use plastic, Aldi in Australia has been forced to explain its use of plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables. The company says its down to its focus on cost efficiency, by making the checkout process easier, but it is working to minimize the use of plastics. However, some shoppers have responded by removing the packaging at the tills. Aldo also said it keeos the items fresher and avoids customers handling the food. It added that “over the coming years our customers can expect to see changes in our stores that reflect our commitment to protecting the environment.” 

"Revealed: The reason why Aldi wraps its fruit and vegetables in plastic – and it's all to do with speeding things up at the checkouts", Daily Mail Australia, August 09, 2018

Kraft Heinz Commits To Environmentally-Friendlier Packaging By 2025

The Kraft Heinz Company has committed to making its packaging 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025, and it will also work towards reducing the amount of packaging. The CEO, Bernardo Hees, said that the company needs to look at how its greenhouse emissions are generated throughout the supply chain, and not just from direct operations. The initiatives are a part of its ‘Growing a Better World’ program it announced in 2017.

"Kraft Heinz announces 100 percent of packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025", Fox News, August 01, 2018

Companies, Organizations  

Campbell Expands Vegetable Juice Line With Functional Hydration Product

Campbell Soup Company announced it is adding another variant in its line of vegetable- and fruit-based beverages, to be introduced solely on Amazon and on August 23. V8 +Hydrate will reach store shelves in November at a suggested retail price of $4.99 for a six-pack of 8-ounce cans. According to one report, Campbell’s V8 +Hydrate is targeting both the sports drink market and flavored waters, while tapping into several trends, including the growing popularity of functional and plant-based products, which account for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. food and beverage dollars. The new drink gets natural electrolytes from sweet potato juice, and is blended with natural fruit flavors (strawberry cucumber, coconut watermelon, and orange grapefruit). It is vegan-friendly, non-GMO, gluten-free, has no artificial sweeteners or added sugar, and delivers 45 calories per 8-ounce can. 

"V8 +Hydrate Is Campbell's First All-Online Launch", MediaPost, August 21, 2018

Natalie’s Now Offers Functional Sports-Recovery Drink With Capsaicin

Florida-based juice company Natalie’s Orchid Island has debuted a functional sports-recovery formulation containing juice from cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, apples, and lemons. Cucumber Jalapeno Juice is low in sugar, and contains 60 calories per eight-ounce serving and no added sugars or artificial ingredients. According to the company, the beverage contains capsaicin from jalapenos, associated with weight loss, boosted immunity, and pain relief. Cucumbers are said to be a detoxifying agent. In addition to its sports-recovery benefits, the drink is also “a great tasting, low calorie, post-workout cocktail mixer.” 

"Natalie’s Juice Company Releases Cucumber Jalapeno Juice",, August 16, 2018

Deals, M&A, JVs, Licensing  

Coca-Cola FEMSA Backs Out Of Bottling Operations In The Philippines

Coca-Cola’s Bottling Investments Group (BIG) announced it is taking control of bottling operations in the Philippines after Mexico’s Coca-Cola FEMSA said it would divest its 51 percent stake in Coca-Cola Philippines after a five-year stint. FEMSA has been dealing with labor problems in the Philippines since late 2016, and there are unconfirmed reports that the company has had a tough time complying with a new tax reform law that increased levies on sugar-sweetened beverages. BIG works to ensure that global bottling operations receive the appropriate investments and expertise to succeed. According to Coca-Cola, the takeover would ensure a smooth transition of the Philippine bottling operations for customers, business partners, consumers and workers.

"Coca-Cola FEMSA sells 51 percent stake to U.S. bottler", Manila Standard , August 17, 2018

Legal, Legislation, Regulation, Policy  

China Grants Organic Certification To Sneakz Powders, Milkshakes

Florida-based Sneakz Organic has hurdled a major obstacle to doing business in China. The company, a maker of vegan protein powders and vegetable-based milkshakes, has obtained organic certification from the Chinese government, and will begin shipping its milkshakes there in September. The company will begin shipping its milkshakes, Meal2Go nutrition powder, Kids Vegan Daily Nutrition Smoothie, Meal Replacement Shake, Vitamins On The Go, and Vegan Protein to China in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. Sneakz products contain no GMOs antibiotics or synthetic hormones, and no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, or gluten. Sneakz is also targeting Malaysia by end of 2018 and Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, India and Korea by Q2 2019.

"First U.S. firm to obtain China organic label for veggie-infused milk drinks will ship in September", Food Navigator Asia, August 21, 2018

Market News  

Perrier Launches Mineral Water & Juice Drinks In L.A.

Stamford, Conn.-based Nestlé Waters announced that carbonated mineral water brand Perrier has introduced a line of Perrier & Juice drinks in the Los Angeles area. The new products feature Perrier mineral water mixed with fruit juices and a “touch of sugar.” Three flavor combinations – strawberry & kiwi, peach & cherry, and pineapple & mango – are available, all enhanced with apple and lemon juices. The beverages are being sold in 8.45 fl oz slim can four-packs and 11.15 fl oz sleek cans at select retailers in the Los Angeles area. On August 18, the company sponsored what it called a Perrier Gym & Juice pop-up at The Americana, a shopping, dining, entertainment and residential complex in Glendale, California, featuring five “hyped-up Y7 Vinyasa sessions,” a Perrier & Juice drink bar, live DJs, swag giveaways, and “photo experiences.”

"Perrier Brings Bold and Tasty Refreshment to Los Angeles with the Launch of Perrier & Juice Drink", PR Newswire, August 17, 2018

Products & Brands  

BiPro Sports Drinks Adds Line Of Protein Waters

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur’s biPro brand of sports nutrition drinks has added a protein water line for the Canadian market. A 500ml bottle in the biPro Protein Water range contains 90 calories and 20 g of protein, and is available in three flavors: lemon, berry and orange + caffeine. The sugar-free beverages are flavored with stevia and other natural flavors and are lactose-free and gluten-free. The protein is sourced from whey protein isolate. Though individual 500 ml bottles (C$3.49) are available now, cases of 12 will be available soon.

"Agropur’s biPro brand releases new protein water range", FoodBev , August 17, 2018

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