• 12 Mar
    Naked Juice will change labels after accusation that they’re misleading

    Naked Juice will change labels after accusation that they’re misleading

    Following a lawsuit claiming that the labels on Pepsico’s Naked Juice brand bottles misled consumers about the product’s real ingredients Pepsico have agreed to update the labels. For some disputed flavors like “Kale Blazer,” Pepsico were alleged to have used misleading imagery and did not accurately convey the juice’s main ingredient — orange juice. PepsiCo and Naked Juice have denied these allegations, but will however proceed with label changes which will include more accurate imagery, a list of the drink’s ingredients in order of prominence, text that states whether the product is a “Fruit Juice,” “Fruit & Veggie Juice,” or a smoothie and reduced text font for the bottles’ “100% Juice” and “No Sugar Added” claims plus an asterisked statement saying that the product is “not a low-calorie food.”

    Source: Fortune

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 12 Mar
    HPP cold-pressed fresh fruit and vegetable juices from Vegesentials are now available on amazon.com 

    HPP cold-pressed fresh fruit and vegetable juices from Vegesentials are now available on amazon.com 

    The multiple international award-winning high-pressure pasteurized (HPP) cold-pressed fruit and vegetable drink brand Vegesentials is now available on Amazon.com. In 2016, the UK-based Vegesentials Ltd. partnered with Michigan-based Vegesentials USA, LLC to manufacture and distribute the Vegesentials line of juices throughout North America.

    “Our biggest concern as a company is customer health,” said Daniel Hoops, Vegesentials USA co-founder. “When you look at the vast array of cold-pressed juices sold on the Internet, few use the HPP technology. In addition to our juices having longer shelf life, we know that there is little to no risk of salmonella, ecoli, and other food-borne bacteria because we use HPP.”

    Source: PRWEB/Vegesentials

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 12 Mar
    Giving wonky fruit a chance: How two young entrepreneurs have turned food waste into a business model

    Giving wonky fruit a chance: How two young entrepreneurs have turned food waste into a business model

    A pair of young entrepreneurs Maciek Kacprzyk, and Karina Sudenyte based in Cardiff in Wales, have set up a natural juice business in order to tackle what they see as the growing problem of waste and inefficiency in food and drink production. Get Wonky produce a variety of juices made from hand-picked fruit, regardless of its shape or size and the juices are predominantly available as catering options for events. The pair also plan to branch out into the major UK retail outlets. Flavours include Strawberry & Apple, Blackcurrant & Apple and Carrot & Apple among others. Maciek said: “Get Wonky was born out of a desire to combat the massive problem of food waste in Europe. Recycling waste is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and we want to change that reality.”

     

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 12 Mar
    Britvic reports strong start to the year 

    Britvic reports strong start to the year 

    First quarter (October to December 2016) revenue was £351.0m, an increase of 4.3% on the prior year. The strong start to the year was underpinned by volume growth of 3.9%.

    Britvic GB (Great Britain) Stills revenue declined by 3.8%. Whilst both Robinsons and Fruit Shoot continued to decline, both brands showed signs of an improving trend. J20 grew with a strong Christmas performance led by the Spritz and Glitter Berry variants. Britvic France revenue increased 6.3% led by strong growth from Fruit Shoot and Pressade. The International division reported a 19.8% increase in revenue, compared to a 13.8% decline in Q1 2015 and was largely as a result of a 14.1% increase in volume. The majority of the growth came from Fruit Shoot in the US.

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 12 Mar
    Croatian juice brand expanding in Middle East & North Africa

    Croatian juice brand expanding in Middle East & North Africa

    Stanić Beverages Hrvatska, owners of the Croatian fruit juice brand Juicy presented their  products at the recent Gulfood fair held at the Dubai Trade Centre. The company’s products – Juicy 100% juice (orange, apple and pineapple ) and Juicy Nectar Cranberry – have been available on the market in the United Arab Emirates since 2015. Juicy’s drinks are available at a number of well known spots in Dubai, including Cipriani, Blue Marlin Ibiza, The Act, Roberto’s and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. In an interview with agrobiz.hr, Svjetlan Stanić, CEO of Stanić Beverages Hrvatska said:  “Our aim is to cover the entire MENA region (Middle East & Africa) and achieve our mid-term plan of exporting 10,000,000 litres a year.”

    Source: Croatia Week

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 12 Mar
    The battle against citrus greening given new hope by latest discovery

    The battle against citrus greening given new hope by latest discovery

    Researchers are hoping that the “blue belly” of the Asian citrus psyllid, the carrier of citrus greening disease could provide a link to how they can fight this dangerous disease that threatens the global citrus market. Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute, New York, have been looking at a protein that makes the bellies of citrus psyllids blue and studying the possible connection it may have with the natural process of spreading the devastating bacterium in the first place. By blocking bacterial transmission by the psyllid rather than killing it the approach may provide a longer lasting solution because the insect isn’t under pressure to evolve to survive the treatment, which commonly occurs with pesticide usage.

    Source: South West Farm Press

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 12 Mar
    USDA funds team of UCR scientists to fight citrus greening disease

    USDA funds team of UCR scientists to fight citrus greening disease

    A team led by University of California Riverside (UCR) plant scientists has been given a five-year USD5.1 million grant to find an effective treatment for citrus greening disease, officially known as huanglongbing.

    The disease attacks citrus crops with devastating results and is carried by a tiny winged insect, the Asian citrus psyllid, with the bacteria causing the leaves on citrus plants to appear mottled and misshapen. The fruit has a bitter flavour and remains green. Infected trees usually die within three to five years.

    Caroline Roper, a bacteriologist and plant pathologist, is heading a team of six UCR scientists, as well as five other researchers from other universities. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and UCR will receive USD3.1 million of the total grant package.

    Source: San Bernardino County Sun

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 12 Mar
    Innocent – New ‘Super Juices’ launch

    Innocent – New ‘Super Juices’ launch

    Leading smoothie brand Innocent are launching a new range of ‘Super Juices’ made from fruit, vegetables and vitamins. Three new flavours will be on the market this spring and will include vitamins C and E, as well as B2, B3 and B6, which Innocent claim will help consumers reduce tiredness and fatigue and help them hit their ‘five a day’ target.

    The three new flavours are: Wonder Green with apple, pear, cucumber and a hint of ginger; Super Juice with raspberry, cherry and goji berries; Super Juice with oranges, blood oranges and Acerola cherries.

    Source: Innocent

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 12 Mar
    Limoneira buys majority stake in Chilean citrus grower

    Limoneira buys majority stake in Chilean citrus grower

    California-based fruit company Limoneira has acquired a majority holding in the northern Chilean citrus producer Pan de Azucar (PDA) for US$5.8 million to further expand its Chilean operation. PDA has lemon and orange orchards covering 210 acres in the La Serena area and with the majority of the trees in the orchard being young Limoneira are expecting to grow annual production as a result of the trees increasing output as they mature.

    “Along with expanding our participation in the growing global lemon business, this enables Limoneira to provide citrus on a year-round basis to our customers around the world and evaluate future potential investment opportunities in Chile’s vast, productive agricultural properties.” Limoneira senior vice president Alex Teague said.

    Source: FreshFruitPortal.com

    By Caroline Calder News