Initiative lets Niman Ranch, Petaluma Creamery, McKaskle Family Farm and Meister Cheese sell excess inventory DTC due to coronavirus slowdowns in foodservice.
June 30, 2020
Chipotle Mexican Grill announces the Chipotle Virtual Farmers’ Market through Shopify, allowing farmers in the Chipotle supply chain to launch improved versions of their own eCommerce websites. Through individualized online marketplaces, Chipotle suppliers will be able to sell meat, dairy and grain products, and other items directly to consumers across the country. As a digital innovator known for seeking long-term solutions, Chipotle is assisting in the development of each supplier’s site, covering hosting fees on Shopify for two years and supporting the design and development of the direct-to-consumer storefronts.
GT’s Living Foods announces the kick-off of its summer campaign, #LetYourLightShine and the launch of its new Synergy flavor, Golden Pineapple, now available nationwide. For 25 years, GT’s Living Foods has been guiding people on their health and wellness journeys. With the #LetYourLightShine campaign, GT’s continues that mission by sharing a message that health is defined by choices; when health is prioritized, one radiates and glows from the inside-out.
Fully cooked whole bird is slowly smoked over real hardwood in small batches.
June 29, 2020
Ready to serve in only one to one and half hours, this fully cooked, premium turkey cooks up juicy and decadent. It’s crafted with care from thoughtfully raised, no antibiotics ever, 100% vegetarian fed turkeys and is completely free of artificial ingredients, preservatives, added nitrates or nitrites, growth stimulants and hormones, gluten, casein, carrageenan, phosphates, and MSG.
As healthcare workers across the country continue to face shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), Smithfield Foods is supporting local communities by donating excess face shields to healthcare workers at nursing homes and local hospitals as part of their COVID-19 relief efforts.
Alpha Foods has made their plant-based Chik’n Nuggets accessible worldwide through a new partnership with KFC in Hong Kong. As part of KFC’s “New Era” plant-based series (which also includes Gardein's New Era chicken burger) the popular Alpha Nuggets are now available to carnivores and flexitarians alike at select locations across Hong Kong.
Gemstone Foods, a growing protein supplier, has appointed Jeff L. Power as President and Chief Operating Officer. “I am extremely pleased to rejoin Gemstone, a great company with so much opportunity,” says Power. “Gemstone’s established organization is prepared to further expand the business by offering innovative, cost effective products and solutions while ensuring quality and service for all of our customers.”
Pioneering plant-based brand Follow Your Heart has changed the dairy-free cheese market with the introduction of its Dairy-Free Feta Crumbles Cheese Alternative, the first-to-market crumbled feta cheese alternative to hit retail shelves on June 30. Coconut oil-based, this product is allergen-free, non-GMO and vegan. It is also free of dairy, soy, casein, gluten, lactose and preservatives.
California Dairies, Inc. (CDI), today announced it will cease operations at its Artesia, California, manufacturing facility, effective immediately. The entire facility will close, affecting approximately 49 employees.
Employee conservation initiatives generate nearly $30 million in company savings.
June 29, 2020
Conagra Brands announced the winners of its annual Sustainable Development Awards, celebrating the company's commitment to sustainability. Conagra's awards program encourages employees from across its organization to develop, implement and submit for consideration sustainability-focused initiatives which conserve water, reduce waste and save energy.
On our latest From the Cold Corner Podcast, I discuss the state of frozen foods and COVID-19’s effect on the entire industry with Alison Bodor, president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI).
The July 2020 issue of Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine takes a mid-year snapshot of the cold chain in our annual State of the Industry Report, plus our 2020 Best New Retail Products Contest winners, women in cold chain logistics, the latest innovations in palletizers and refrigeration controls, plus much more—just click below to start reading.