Coronavirus: Your one-stop blog for food industry updates

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Bringing together trusted global food industry coverage from across our universe of B2B titles to provide rolling updates and breaking news on the implications of COVID-19 for the food sector.

2 April 2020

More coronavirus donations announced

Tetra Laval Group, Lactalis Nestlé and Danone have all made contributions in the fight against coronavirus.

EDA ramps up pressure for activating Private Storage Aid

The European Dairy Association (EDA) says it is counting on EU Member States at next Monday’s videoconference of the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) to voice the need for both immediate and European action.

The new norm: How has your job changed under lockdown?

Hastily assembled home offices, dodgy internet connections, and distracting pets... how we work has changed in these unprecedented times. But can you put 'Open for business' on your virtual door and power on? Yes, you can: we talk to people in the beverage industry and find out how they're adapting.

CRN UK highlights why essential nutrients have never been more essential

The ongoing threat of coronavirus could increase the potential for deficiencies in key micronutrients supporting the immune system, according to The Council for Responsible Nutrition UK (CRN UK).

1 April 2020

Tyson Foods to pay $60m ‘thank you’ bonus to staff

US processor Tyson Foods is pay around $60m in bonuses to its 116,000 domestic frontline staff and truckers for their efforts during the coronavirus situation.

Irish government increases support for producers

The Irish government has increased the budget for a support package for producers affected by the coronavirus situation.

COVID-19 and nutrition research: Where does the industry need to focus its scientific endeavours?

What scope is there for new scientific research to examine if nutra products have a role to play in helping tackle the pandemic?

Factory walkouts and social distancing: How can food businesses protect workers from COVID-19?

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has placed how we interact in the spotlight, with phrases like ‘social distancing’ now established in our common vocabulary. But what does this mean for key workers in the food sector? We take a look at operations best practice in the pandemic.

Dairy Dialog podcast 76: Willicroft and Liquid Retail

This week we have two features on the podcast, we spoke with Brad Vanstone, owner and founder of Willicroft, a cheese-alternatives brand and store in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and we also have a chat with Richard Nicoll, chief commerce officer and managing director of Dubai-based consultancy Liquid Retail, about the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting the Middle East and beyond.

Food, laughter and Easter eggs: The bakery and snack brands bringing relief to those in need

PeaTos, Nestlé and Panera are going the extra mile to support people facing hardship and uncertainty to get through the coronavirus outbreak with a welcome meals, some fun for the kiddies and a measure of laughter.

UK millers working around the clock to address flour shortage

Flour was one of the first products to be snapped up by consumers as they prepared for the lockdown – possibly because they knew they now have time to create their best baking sensations.

31 March 2020

Carcase balance issue to come for producers

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has warned that unless retailers reinstate their full range of meat products, there will be an abundance of other cuts leading to falling prices for producers.

JBS USA reduces production at facility over health concerns

Processor JBS USA has temporarily reduced production at its beef facility in Souderton, Pennsylvania following concerns that staff members have become unwell.

Confectionery start-up on COVID-19: 'Am I actually going to try and sell people gourmet marshmallows during a pandemic?'

While the coronavirus outbreak has prompted existential questions for The Marshmallowist, the UK start-up says consumer engagement has increased - as has basket spend.

Roquette, Cargill muck in to ward off coronavirus transmission in Europe

Roquette is producing hydro-alcoholic disinfectant for health institutions in France and Cargill is donating disinfecting alcohol to the Dutch government in response to heightened demand.

Maple Hill Creamery gives food for residents in need

Maple Hill Creamery has partnered with New York State's Department of Agriculture and Markets and nonprofit Feeding America to distribute 200,000 cartons of grass-fed organic milk and grass-fed yogurt to area residents in need.

Vinamilk donates to coronavirus fight

Vietnam's largest dairy producer, Vinamilk, has donated around $430,000 to authorities for the purchase of medical equipment, including test reagents needed for quick coronavirus testing, as well as $43,000 worth of products including milk and probiotics drink to frontline doctors and health workers in Ho Chi Minh City.

US dairy reacts to CARES Act, pushes government to purchase products

President Donald Trump signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package into law on March 27. Agriculture is earmarked to receive $9.5bn​, and the dairy industry is pushing for the government to make a ‘significant purchase’ of dairy products.

30 March 2020

UK meat businesses adapting to tackle coronavirus situation

Meat businesses in the UK are shifting strategies to meet the increased demand for food as the coronavirus situation intensifies.

Canadian processor shuts doors due to coronavirus

Canadian pork and poultry processor Olymel has had to close its Yamachiche facility in Quebec due to a growing number of coronavirus cases among employees.

Tyson Foods pledges $13m in coronavirus community support

US meat processor Tyson Foods has pledged $13m to support local communities where the company operates in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Regulator issues coronavirus guidance for food businesses: 'Advice on social distancing measures applies to everyone'

New advice for food businesses operating amid the coronavirus outbreak addresses social distancing in food processing plants, supermarkets, restaurants and takeaways in the UK.

Product showcase 2020: Where to find an online snack to fend of that attack while self-isolating

Consumers around the world are self-isolating because of the coronavirus outbreak, but that doesn’t stop them from craving a delicious distraction. Here’s a selection of healthy shelf-stable snacks that are available online from small entrepreneurs who also need support during these uncertain times – many of whom are also giving back.

TINE responding to coronavirus challenges

Norwegian dairy company TINE said it is experiencing increased demand for some goods and is increasing production in selected categories.

Major food shortages possible in Asia says FIA

Food Industry Asia (FIA) and the ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA), the regional associations representing Asia and ASEAN’s food and beverage (F&B) industries respectively, are jointly calling upon governments across the region to ensure the unhindered production and supply of food and beverages as each country tries to contain the outbreak of COVID-19.

Plant-based diet could be 'helpful' to vulnerable during pandemic

The researchers behind a new review of the affects of a plant-based diet on asthma symptoms say that diet interventions could be helpful for those classified as 'vulnerable'.

Craft breweries and cideries find relief in the CARES Act

Last week the US passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package for economic relief from the coronavirus pandemic. Assistance to small businesses will help keep craft alcohol producers operating during the mandated shutdown.

Summer Fancy Food Show: Javits Center turned into makeshift hospital

The Specialty Food Association (SFA) will soon have to make a decision on its Summer Fancy Food Show: with its location - the Javits Center in Manhattan - currently being converted into a makeshift hospital.

27 March 2020

AI key to safeguarding food systems amid coronavirus: tech firm

A UK tech company claims AI holds the key to avoiding the risk of coronavirus destabilising the food system.

Italian online retailer ordered to stop using virus prevention claims

Naples based Carlitashop has made statements about an anti-viral manuka supplement suggesting it can tackling the COVID-19 virus.

Researchers warn faecal transplants can spread coronavirus

FMT donors should be screened to find out their travel history to avoid the risk of spreading the virus through transplants.

Panic buying amid coronavirus fears: How much are we spending...and why is it a problem?

As basket spend increases across the UK, FoodNavigator looks at how hoarding staple food items - as well as hand sanitizer, disinfectant and toilet paper - is affecting consumers' pockets.

What’s happening in the world of coronavirus: Bakers call on UK government for assistance, PepsiCo stops production, Campbell reports soaring sales

PepsiCo has announced the closure of its Frito-Lay site in California, along with some Quaker Oat production lines in Iowa after employees contracted the virus; India’s largest Parle Biscuits is donating biscuits to people in need and Campbell has reported a soar in sales for its snacks.

26 March 2020

Professor's Covid Symptom Tracker app gains 1 million downloads in 48 hours

The entrepreneurial professor behind the infamous TwinsUK study and ZOE personalised nutrition app has led the creation of a COVID Symptom Tracker app to bolster scientific knowledge into how the virus spreads.

Hospital turns to high-dose vitamin C in fight against coronavirus

A hospital has reportedly turned to vitamin C as a treatment for the coronavirus, after reports emerged from China that doses well in excess of daily Dietary Reference Values (DRV) showed promise.

Coronavirus: How are Gousto, Mindful Chef, and Pasta Evangelists coping with recipe box boom?

Unprecedented demand for home-delivered recipe boxes is putting strain on Gousto, Mindful Chef, and Pasta Evangelists in the UK as they work to meet demand.

Nestlé, Unilever respond to coronavirus pandemic

Food industry giants Nestlé and Unilever have unveiled how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to support their suppliers and the communities in which they operate globally.

Coronavirus will drive sales of probiotic products

GlobalData says the current pandemic will drive future sales of probiotics due to increased attention on healthy foods.

Keytone ups production in response to coronavirus outbreak

In New Zealand, Keytone is ramping up production to meet increased demand.

Dairy donates time, money and food to the coronavirus pandemic

In the US, Danone North America and Chobani are making contributions to help out during the crisis.

Nestlé steps up global response to coronavirus pandemic

Nestlé is making a donation to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as part of its response to the crisis.

Müller launches major recruitment drive in UK

In the UK, Müller UK & Ireland is ramping up deliveries as dairy products are selling well during the current crisis.

US Congress passes $2 trillion stimulus package, with $9.5bn for agriculture

The US government has injected a huge stimulus into the economy to tackle coronavirus, with $9.5bn earmarked for agriculture.

Entrepreneurs knuckle down to keep their start-ups thriving: ‘It's all hands on deck!'

The coronavirus crisis is a massive blow to many small businesses. But some start-ups have quickly adjusted to the new reality: ramping up online sales or swiftly making new marketing strategies. We talk to four beverage entrepreneurs who may have had to throw their 2020 business plans out of the window – but are keeping their chins up just the same.

US distillers work together to produce hand sanitizer on mass: 'We are in this together'

Spirits companies around the world are donating alcohol and production facilities to make hand sanitizer. In the US, the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (DSCUS) is coordinating efforts via a dedicated portal to connect suppliers, producers and medical professionals.

25 March 2020

SMEs fight for their lives in face of coronavirus: ‘It is a nerve-wracking time’

Small and medium sized food brands who have benefited from the diversification of the grocery aisle in recent years are now feeling the squeeze as the unprecedented coronavirus crisis sweeps Europe – and the world.

New Zealand butcher shops deemed ‘non-essential’

Butcher shops in New Zealand have been deemed non-essential by the government and must remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mexican meat supply chain urges responsible shopping

The Mexican meat industry has made a joint appeal to the public to shop responsibly during the coronavirus situation.

World Meat Congress postponed due to coronavirus

The World Meat Congress 2020, due to take place in Mexico this June, has been postponed by organisers due to the coronavirus situation.

‘Business as usual’ for Danish Crown Beef

Danish Crown Beef has reported steady production in its slaughterhouses during the coronavirus pandemic.

WFP supply chain chief on COVID-19 challenges: 'Every country we're operating in is affected by the virus'

While the coronavirus situation in Europe is 'alarming', World Food Programme Acting Director of Supply Chain, John Crisci, tells FoodNavigator his 'greatest fear' is for Africa.

New ESSNA-EFF pact looks to push nutrition in ‘challenging times’

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is to join the European Food Forum (EFF) as part of ongoing efforts to promote healthy ageing and nutrition, especially during the coronavirus situation as well as Brexit.

Dairy Dialog podcast 75: NZMP, Christeyns Food Hygiene, Salon du fromage

This week's Dairy Dialog podcast includes an interview with Christeyns Food Hygiene on disinfection for food companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Beverage gives back: How brands are helping out during the coronavirus crisis

Beverage brands are donating drinks to health workers; switching production to hand sanitizer; and supporting out-of-work bartenders. Here's just some of the initatives that have emerged this week.

Namibia’s largest grain processor warns of staple food price hikes amid coronavirus outbreak

Namib Mills Groups – one of Namibia’s biggest food producers – is concerned about the effect that coronavirus is having on the purchasing power of the Namibian dollar, just days after it inaugurated its N$135m ($7.8m) state-of-the-art bread factory.

24 March 2020

Coronavirus and obesity: industry urged to act post-crisis

The coronavirus pandemic should give the food industry increased impetus to make healthier products, according to experts, after an NHS audit in the UK revealed over three quarters (76.5%) of critically ill coronavirus patients are overweight. 

Coronavirus supply chain management: Lessons from China

As the coronavirus crisis deepens in Europe Bo Zhou, CEO of supply chain software specialist FuturMaster, shares insights into managing the crisis and lessons learnt from keeping the cogs turning in China. “Everything that seems normal everyday becomes totally impossible.”

Coronavirus: Supermarkets also must 'flatten the curve' to meet demand

A lack of trust among consumers has prompted stockpiling efforts across the UK, according to Mintel retail expert Nick Carroll, who says supermarkets must 'flatten the curve' to ensure supply.

Australian red meat industry vows to 'rise to the challenge of coronavirus'

Representatives from the Australian red meat industry have pledged to keep shelves stocked during the coronavirus pandemic.

EDA looks to keep dairy open despite coronavirus challenges

The European Dairy Association is looking to the EU to help keep essential dairy products flowing.

Going for a (virtual) pint: BrewDog takes its bars online

Craft brewer BrewDog will open 102 bars online this Friday, with the new virtual bars offering beer tastings, homebrewing masterclasses, pub quizzes, live music and comedy.

Diageo pledges eight million bottles of hand sanitiser worldwide

Spirits giant Diageo has pledged to provide more than eight million bottles of hand sanitiser – through donating two million litres of alcohol to manufacturing partners – in the fight against COVID-19.

NMPF beefs up coronavirus resource website for dairy

The National Milk Producers Federation in the US has set up a designated website for those in the dairy industry to utilize during the health crisis.

Hope on the horizon: Bakery, snack companies hiring workers displaced by coronavirus

The North American bakery and snacks industries are hiring more workers to keep up with demand as consumers stockpile comfort foods like bread and snacks to get them through the coronavirus outbreak.

Grenade boss reveals business priorities during pandemic

The founder of global sports nutrition brand Grenade has revealed how he is working to keep his staff safe and ensuring the survival of his business during this extraordinary pandemic.

Coronavirus immunity claim warning for Omega-3 industry

Omega-3 businesses have been warned about the dangers of making immunity claims during this Coronavirus crisis.

Microbiome maintenance: How good gut health could tackle COVID-19

A healthy gut microbiome is crucial in mounting a response to the coronavirus, a public health expert says, who also details its role in preventing immune over-reactions that can damage the lungs.

23 March 2020

Opportunities for ecommerce? Rabobank assesses the impact of coronavirus on the drinks industry

The beverage industry is keeping a close eye on the rippling effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. And in the US, there have been a few positives mixed in with the negatives, such as a boom for ecommerce.

UK seafood hopes Brits will catch taste for fish amid coronavirus shock

The UK seafood industry – witnessing a severe fall in demand from export markets amid Covid-19 – is eager that the crisis might spur more British people to eat home-caught seafood.

FoodDrinkEurope demands EU action to relieve supply chains

The industry group has called on Brussels to take urgent action to ease pressure on supply chains during the pandemic.

Food rationing: UK urged to adopt health-based scheme, ‘not ad hoc led by retailers’

Academics say it is the Government’s responsibility – and not retailers’ – to implement a national rationing scheme based on nutritional guidance.

Latin America’s food industry reacts to COVID-19 crisis: ‘Our operations are indispensable to food security’

Brazil’s Marfrig pledges to keep all it meats plants operating; Mercado Libre cuts commission for non-perishable food products; Ambev brewery is now producing hand gel. We take a look at how the food industry is responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

Guatemalan sugar industry donates $1 million to equip mobile hospital

The Guatemalan Sugar Association (ASAZGUA) announced a donation of 7.64 million quetzals ($1 million) for one of five new mobile hospitals in the country.

Hard surface disinfection even more crucial for dairy industry in light of coronavirus

Christeyns Food Hygiene, based in Warrington in the UK, which manufactures and install food, dairy and beverage hygiene solutions, is stressing the importance of reducing the risks of contamination from hard surfaces as combating coronavirus continues to be top priority throughout the food chain.

Coronavirus: NCA calls on Trump to support candy industry, UK government hires former Nestlé executive to take control of food security

Cocoa Association of Asia conference postponed for second time while governments scramble to maintain food supplies as COVID-19 coronavirus crisis deepens.

EMB says coronavirus has potential to be worst crisis yet for dairy

The European Milk Board (EMB) says all key indicators for the dairy sector are in a strong downward spiral.

Milk powder sales rocket during coronavirus crisis

Catalina Marketing, a company that specializes in shopper intelligence and personalized digital media for CPG brands and retailers, has continued to mine its Buyer Intelligence Database for the fourth consecutive week to track sales in those categories experiencing either spikes or declines as the US population pays closer attention to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EUROPEN & FEFCO call for open ‘green lanes’ to support F&B manufacturers during coronavirus crisis

Members of EUROPEN, (European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment) and FEFCO (European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers) have spoken out in support of their customers during the coronavirus outbreak.

SnackSafely launches campaign to help consumers with food allergies while self-isolating from coronavirus

SnackSafely is launching an online campaign called #SnackSafelyAtHome to help consumers with food allergies while they are confined to their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak.

EUROPEN says packaging essential during coronavirus measures

The members of EUROPEN, the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment, say the European Commission needs to recognize packaging and its raw materials are essential during the current crisis.

Stop panic buying: ABA assures Americans the sector is still #BakingStrong

The American Bakers Association (ABA) has issued a shout-out to the thousands of workers in the bakery supply chain who continue to supply safe products for citizens, despite today’s unprecedented lifestyle caused by coronavirus.

20 March 2020

EU mobilises 'all means at our disposal' to tackle COVID-19

FoodNavigator’s regular roundup of news from across Europe looks at the EU’s response to coronavirus – from advise on boarder management measures to concerns over disruption to the food supply chain.

French agri-food sector responds to COVID-19 lockdown: ‘Our food industry is strong and resilient’

Lobby groups in France are backing the government’s prioritisation of the agri-food chain as part of its nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

COVID-19: Competition laws relaxed to keep ‘shops staffed, shelves stocked, and the nation fed’

The UK Government has softened competition laws to enable supermarket retailer collaboration in helping meet boosted demand.

COVID-19: How to use diet and supplements to maintain immunity... and sanity

A dietitian and founder of a 'good mood food' startup has shared her tips for maintaining good mental health during the uncertain times of this COVID-19 pandemic.

Dietary supplement manufacturers, sales channels must remain open during COVID-19 shutdowns, stakeholders say

Dietary supplement manufacturers and the natural channel stores that sell the products play an important role in supporting consumers health during this challenging time and should be counted as ‘essential’ businesses, stakeholders say.

Food production workers designated key personnel by UK government

The UK government has designated food production staff, including those in the meat industry, as key workers as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Moy Park makes staffing appeal to cope with coronavirus demand

Poultry processor Moy Park has announced hundreds of temporary jobs at its Northern Ireland and UK sites to help maintain supply during the coronavirus pandemic.

US meat industry moves to maintain supply as consumer demand grows during coronavirus

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) has assured consumers that meat and poultry producers are continuing efforts to meet the growing demand for meat during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kellogg UK’s call out for additional workers to cope with coronavirus demand

While COVID-19 is forcing numerous layoffs and closures around the country – and indeed, around the world – the breakfast cereal giant has issued an urgent call out for additional workers at its Manchester plant to keep up with demand.

Kellogg’s value soars during COVID-19 crisis

Kellogg Company has braced for the coronavirus outbreak, while potentially benefiting from consumers stocking up.

19 March 2020

UK Coronavirus Emergency Bill looks to 'keep food supply flowing'

The UK government unveiled its Coronavirus Emergency Bill, legislation that would give it sweeping new powers to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The legislation aims to minimise disruption and safeguard key industries, including ‘supporting the food industry to maintain supplies’.

Online food delivery ‘one of the only winners’ in coronavirus outbreak

As the UK Prime Minister warns against eating in restaurants and pubs, and an increasing number of people enter self-isolation, online food delivery may be one of the only sectors that stands to gain.

How are beverage brands coping in the face of COVID-19?

Amid quarantines, lockdowns and cancellations, beverage companies are doing what they can to stay afloat as well as help out in the community. BeverageDaily rounds-up the latest news from brands dealing with the crisis.

COVID-19: Nutrition startups fear huge sales hit as Amazon bans non-essential goods

Nutrition startups have voiced fears for their businesses after Amazon announced it is prohibiting shipments of any non-essential goods from its warehouses until at least April 5th in an aim to meet spiralling demand caused by COVID-19.

Holland and Barrett imposes limits on immunity products amid COVID-19 panic buying

Global health food chain Holland and Barrett has brought in sales limits to reduce panic buying and introduced a dedicated one-hour shopping window for the elderly and vulnerable as well as a new call centre to keep up with soaring demand 

Confectionery industry looks to stay relevant as grocery sector re-allocates stock

Confectionery, along with crisps, snacks & nuts, and soft drinks, has been earmarked as a risk category in the food sector for deprioritisation, as supermarkets re-allocate stock priorities towards staples and essential supplies due to the coronavirus outbreak.

‘The change in consumer behaviour are the likes of which we have never seen’: Coronavirus-demand toys with General Mills’ bottom line

The Cheerios and Nature’s Valley maker has raised its forecast for 2020, as social distancing efforts aimed at slowing the rapid spread of COVID-19 is causing consumers to stockpile, boosting demand for eat-at-home products like cereals and boredom-busting treats like snack bars.

Not all doom and gloom in the year of the virus: Bakery and snack players weigh in

The coronavirus pandemic – which has infected more than 220,000 people and killed more than 9,000 globally at the time of writing – is toying with global economy. But staple food categories are positioned to weather the economic storm. 

18 March 2020

Coronavirus impact on labour supply fuels food shortage fears

European shoppers are finding themselves faced with empty shelves as coronavirus panic buying places the food supply under short-term pressure. But could longer-term impact on the agri-food labour force actually have more significant implications? FoodNagivator investigates.

Coronavirus sparks ‘staggering growth’ in online searches for foods with functional benefits

What foods are consumers looking to during coronavirus? Functional foods like kombucha and elderberries are the potential 

Disease crisis turns up pressure on analytical labs

The COVID-19 crisis is placing an additional burden on testing labs as companies scramble to meet consumer demand for immune health products.

European Commission calls on startups & SMEs to help with coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission is calling on startups and SMEs with technologies and innovations that could help in treating, testing and monitoring the coronavirus outbreak to apply for the next round of funding from the European Innovation Council (EIC).

17 March 2020

‘Potential supply chain impact of COVID-19 coronavirus is immense and unpredictable’

INX International, which produces inks and coatings for commercial packaging and digital applications, has spoken out about the impact of COVID-19 coronavirus, saying 'the potential supply chain impact of this pandemic is immense and unpredictable’.

AAMP offers coronavirus guidance to members

The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) has issued guidance to its members as it feels the effect of the coronavirus.

Canadian red meat industry donates $50,000 to coronavirus effort in China

The Canadian red meat industry has made a $50,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross to support work with the Red Cross Society of China and its efforts in responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

Spanish pork industry pledges regular supply

The head of the Spanish pork industry’s main trade body has pledged the sector will maintain regular activity despite the coronavirus’ impact on the country.

‘Business as usual’ for the Dutch meat industry during coronavirus

The Dutch meat industry has reassured customers that its companies are working hard to continue to serve consumers at home and abroad, despite the coronavirus measures.

Product showcase 2020: Snack and bakery brands stay vibrant and many launch virtually to beat COVID-19

It’s positive to note the bakery and snack industries are not buckling under the coronavirus outbreak.

16 March 2020

Coronavirus: Europe calls for calm as food shortage fears spark panic buying

European governments and representatives of the food industry are seeking to reassure shoppers that the food supply is secure as the region becomes the ‘epicentre’ for the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 and food: ‘This virus is sensitive to cooking temperatures’

French food agency ANSES says heat treatment can reduce contamination of a food product by a factor of 10,000.

Panic buying of immune products causes shortfalls; greater supply gaps loom in months ahead

A pulse of supply and production issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis is making its way through the dietary supplement industry. Inventories of botanical ingredients continue to hold up, but unprecedented demand for immunity boosting products is causing some strain.

Global meat industry reacts to coronavirus pandemic

The international meat industry has moved to try and maintain production as the coronavirus spreads throughout the world.

Cocoa disruption expected on markets as coronavirus continues to spread

‘During risk-off periods in markets, the prices of all products tend to move lower. When price carnage hits markets, rationality takes a holiday,’ said analyst Andrew Hecht.

13 March 2020

Coronavirus: ‘Dramatic decline’ in taste for Chinese and Italian cuisines

Google Trends data has revealed interest in cuisines from China and Italy – the two hardest hit countries of the COV-19 outbreak – has plummeted. FoodNavigator looks at what this means for the industry.

Could coronavirus hasten high times for CBD?

We've seen a run on toilet rolls, hand sanitizer and pasta. What about other foods and ingredients? Which might be set to be boosted by coronavirus?

12 March 2020

Spreading coronavirus: ‘There have been no reports of transmission through food’

EFSA says there is no evidence that food is a likely source of transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Danish Crown fights off Coronavirus concerns for now

Pork processor Danish Crown has reassured customers that its slaughter and production will continue as normal until Friday at the very least.

10 March 2020

Coronavirus: UK relaxes supermarket restrictions to keep shelves stocked

The UK government has extended delivery hours for supermarkets to support the industry response to booming demand in the wake of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, with further action to minimise disruption to supply chains under consideration.

9 March 2020

Coronavirus: One-third of UK shoppers stockpiling food, HIM & MCA research finds
New consumer research finds that one-third of consumers are stockpiling food in preparation for a major coronavirus outbreak.

3 March 2020

Coronavirus and Brexit ‘biggest challenges’ facing food sector: Mission Ventures founder Paddy Willis

Coronavirus and Brexit are today’s biggest challenges for food makers, while online shopping continues to open the door for disruptive brands in grocery, Mission Ventures co-founder Paddy Willis tells FoodNavigator.

25 February 2020

Coronavirus: ‘Food excellence could fall into the eye of the hurricane’ Italian food sector warns

As Italian authorities struggle to bring the coronavirus outbreak under control and put together a support package for business, Italian industry associations and food sector representatives warn of the potential impact on the food sector.

5 February 2020

Can coronavirus be transmitted via imported food?

Novel coronavirus has claimed 425 lives in China to date, prompting concerns that food imported to Europe from Hubei Province and affected regions could be infected. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) assesses whether this is a likely transmission route. 

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