U.S. East Coast sugar taxes update

For 2019, the sugar tax and other beverage regulations were the big story that wasn't. Instead, the two-cent-per-ounce tax, cup-size limits for food service, labeling requirement, etc. will have to wait till at least the next legislative session. This will shift attention—and intense lobbying [...]

Will meat alternatives lose to EU label literalism?

Just a few days after Nestlé announced the launch of plant-based Incredible Burger—under its Garden Gourmet brand—the European Parliament’s ag committee voted to block meat alternatives from using words like “steak,” “sausage,” “burger,” hamburger,” etc. The full parliament will vote on the ban after [...]

Beer companies have high hopes for canned cocktails

Brewers continue to face challenges in terms of sales volume, with many large companies seeing flat to negative growth. AB InBev sales volume grew less than 1 percent in 2018—but this growth was cause for celebration after declines in 2015 and 2016 and nearly [...]

Chasing cocoa’s rarer—or at least redder—colors

Since its highly publicized 2017 launch, Barry Callebaut’s ruby chocolate has made its appearance in a handful of products, with some high-profile products making their debuts for Valentine’s Day this year, including on Trader Joe’s shelves. Callebaut touts pink chocolate’s fruity notes, “natural” cred, [...]

Updates on beverage & sugar taxes in Latin America & the Caribbean

Sweetened beverage sales in Jamaica, one study suggested, fell by more than 4 percent as a result of a 10 percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, with at least one researcher suggesting that the tax rate should be doubled. Citing rising obesity rates, the Jamaican [...]

Updates on sugar & beverage taxes in North America

In the U.S., Connecticut’s governor is backing a proposed sweetener beverage tax of 1.5 cents per ounce—part of a series of taxes on e-cigarettes and related supplies, some bottled alcoholic beverages, and even plastic bags. The governor’s office estimates revenue for the sweetened beverage [...]

Food prices in most categories down year on year in January

Per FAO, the Food Price Index for January was down 2.2 percent year on year (YOY), marking the eighth consecutive month of YOY declines. January’s Oils Price Index saw a double-digit drop, down 19.6 percent YOY, while the Sugar Price Index was down 9.0 [...]