Export Savvy E-News – October 28, 2019

Volume 16 – Issue 38


CFEA & Partner News


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Member Highlight

Park Tak International Corporation is one of the largest value-added Canadian food exporters to the Far East region offering a wide range of quality products, such as popcorn, flaxseed, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies, oatmeal, maple syrup, honey, and more.

CFEA Events

February 2-5, 2020 ISM Show, Cologne, Germany (one 9sqm space available)
March 2020 Spinneys In-Store Promotion, UAE
March 31-April 2, 2020 ANTAD Trade Show & Mission, Guadalajara,
Mexico April 20-23, 2020 Alimentaria, Barcelona, Spain (1 space available)

Save the Dates – upcoming events to be launched soon

March 2020 AAHAR, New Delhi, India (exact dates to be confirmed)
March 26-28, 2020 China Food & Drink Fair (CFDF), Chengdu, China
May 13-15, 2020 SIAL Show, Shanghai, China
May 26-27, 2020 PLMA Show, Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 9-12, 2020 alimentec, Bogota, Colombia

Fact Sheet Posts

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Member News

Updated: Edmonton International Airport, in conjunction with the freight forwarding community and Nippon Cargo Airlines, is offering an Air Cargo Flight which will depart Edmonton (YEG) on Tuesday November 12, 2019. They are pleased to offer Air Cargo Flight Service to Narita Japan, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore. EIA / NCA is also planning trial flights for January, February and March 2020. To further discuss the air cargo flight service, please contact Pat McCarthy, Cell +1-780-679-8999, patagrifood@outlook.com


Retail News


US: Health-focused Alltown Fresh moves into New England: Alltown has debuted its Alltown Fresh concept in New England with a handful of convenience stores focused on healthier options. The spinoff targets health-conscious millennials with a mini fresh food market and larger foodservice section. Full story at Supermarket News (free registration) (October 18).

US: Amazon is shipping expired food: at least 40% of food sellers on Amazon had more than five customer complaints about expired goods, according to an analysis from CNBC. Expired items in the Grocery & Gourmet category included hot sauce, beef jerky, granola bars, baby formula and baby food, crackers and coffee creamer. Full story at CNBC (October 20).

UK: Amazon launches its own spirits brand: Amazon has launched its first premium spirits brand in the UK, called Tovess. The new brand debuts with Tovess Single Batch Crafted Dry Gin – a premium dry gin – with more products to be added in the future. Full story at BeverageDaily (October 21).

US: Brookshire to acquire three Cranford’s stores: Brookshire Grocery Co. will acquire three Cranford’s Supermarkets locations in central Arkansas. Brookshire will rebrand the White Hall and Hot Springs Village stores to the Brookshire’s Food Store banner, while the Redfield store will be converted to a Spring Market location. Full story at The Sentinel-Record (October 21).

US: Changing shopper trends fuel discount store growth: consumers are shopping slightly more often and spending less during their shopping trips, said David Gordon, research director at Edge by Ascential. The trend has fueled growth at discount retailers including ALDI and Dollar General, which tend to have smaller stores that lend themselves to quick trips. Full story at Modern Retail (October 21).

US: New Trader Joe’s stores open across 3 states: Trader Joe’s has opened new stores across three states this month. A second Boise, Idaho-area location opened last week, a new Boston store will open Friday and two new Trader Joe’s will enter New Jersey by the end of the month. Full story at AndNowUKnow (October 21).

US: Pod Foods gives smaller brands a chance in NYC, Los Angeles: Pod Foods is expanding its food distribution service to New York City and Los Angeles. “We fill a gap in the market so smaller brands with a lot of potential can access retail and distribution without a lot of up-front capital investment,” says CEO Larissa Russell. Full story at Progressive Grocer (October 21). Learn more about Pod Foods’ service at this link.

Poland:  Supermercato24 acquires Szopi, an on-demand grocery delivery service: Supermercato24 acquired Szopi.pl, an on-demand grocery delivery service in Poland. The two companies will join forces to speed up the growth of Italy-based Supermercato24’s expansion in Poland. Full story at TechCrunch (October 22).

UK: Meet the ‘supermarket rebel’ shaking up retail: ‘It’s important we are copied. So copied that we ignite a food revolution’: alternative supermarket HISBE is balancing purpose and profit to ‘set a new course’ for conventional retail. “Now is the time for supermarkets to evolve and we are here to help show the way,” says executive director Ruth Anslow. Full story at FoodNavigator (October 22).

US: Costco, Trader Joe’s shoppers driven by private labels: the 33.2% of Costco customers who buy the retailer’s rotisserie chicken shop there 1.7 times more often and spend 6.9% more of their grocery wallet at the retailer than those who don’t, according to Numerator. Just over 6% of Trader Joe’s shoppers purchase its private-label cauliflower gnocchi, and they visit 2.2 times more frequently and spend 6% more of their grocery dollars at the grocer than other customers. Full story at Grocery Dive (October 22).

Middle East: Waitrose to grow add more stores this year: UK-based supermarket Waitrose has opened a store in The Galleria Mall in Abu Dhabi, as part of a plan to have 10 locations in the Middle East by the end of December. The next store is slated to open in Dubai. Full story at RetailGazette.co.uk (October 22).

US: Kroger opens Fry’s store in Phoenix amid urban push: Kroger is continuing to invest in urban centers with a new Fry’s Food Stores in downtown Phoenix, which comes shortly after opening its newest downtown Cincinnati location. The 67,000-square-foot store marks the first full-service supermarket to serve Phoenix’s downtown area. Full story at Winsight Grocery Business (October 23).

China: Cheap and good? JD launches new social commerce platform to capture group buying in low tiered cities: China’s e-commerce giant JD.com has launched a new social commerce platform for selling low priced products, including health foods, in a bid to capture the market in low tiered city markets. Full story at NutraIngredients (October 24).

US: Amazon to overtake Walmart by 2022: Amazon is set to become the largest retailer in the US, surpassing Walmart by 2022, according to Packaged Facts. It estimates Amazon’s US gross merchandise sales will comprise 43% of US e-commerce sales in 2019, up from 28% in 2015, and by 2022, it will contribute almost half. Full story at Packaged Facts (October 24).

US: Known for shipping container grocery stores, Link Market to open brick-and-mortar in St. Lo: St. Louis Housing Authority is partnering with Link Market to open its first brick and mortar grocery store. Link currently operates two shipping container kiosks but now wants a store that offers a Whole Foods aesthetic with Aldi prices. If the venture is successful, the Housing Authority plans to take the business model and expand it into housing developments, with a second store possibly opening in mid-2020. Full story at St. Louis Dispatch (October 24).

US: Wegmans opens first NYC store: Wegmans will open its first New York City location. The 74,000-square-foot store is in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and will mark Wegmans 101st store overall and the 47th within the US. Full story at Specialty Food (October 25).


Foodservice News


US: SAGA restaurant will transform 4 floors of NYC skyscraper: Chef James Kent, formerly of Eleven Madison Park and NoMad, is teaming with restaurateur Jeff Katz to open a restaurant called SAGA that will feature a fine dining restaurant, private dining rooms and a bar on four floors of of a New York City skyscraper. “We want to be on the cusp and inform what fine dining is, but it has to make sense for Manhattan,” Kent said of the project, expected to open early next year. Full story at Michelin Guide (October 17).

US/Canada: by CHLOE. opens inaugural Canadian location: after successful restaurant openings in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Providence, and London, by CHLOE. introduces its popular eatery to Canadians as the demand for nutritious and sustainable options made from whole ingredients are on the rise. Full story at PR Newswire (October 18).

Canada: David Chang to open Momofuku restaurant in Vancouver: David Chang will open a Momofuku Noodle Bar in Vancouver next year. The restaurant will be opening in the Vancouver House on Howe Street. Chang says the restaurant’s main focus will be on noodles and steam buns but will also be inspired by local ingredients. Full story at Specialty Food (October 21).

US: Ghost kitchens feed consumers’ craving for off-premises dining: delivery and takeout now account for about 60% of US restaurant meals, according to the National Restaurant Association, a trend that’s driving the growth of ghost kitchens, Emily Crowe writes. The setups give restaurants and chefs a chance to try out new concepts and build sales without the overhead that comes with launching and running a full-service eatery. Full story at SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (October 21).

US: Blue Hill at Stone Barns wins first 2 Michelin stars: Michelin expanded its 2020 New York City Guide to include Westchester County and awarded Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns its first two Michelin stars. The list, released on Monday, features 24 restaurants including five that won three stars. Full story at Eater/New York (October 21).

US: Husband-and-wife team builds a concept based on pizza: Emily and Matt Hyland launched a growing restaurant empire with a pizza concept that’s still at the heart of the business, but the couple has also expanded the menu with the growing Emmy Squared concept. Signature burgers, wings and other dishes will be available alongside the brand’s Detroit-style pizza when Emmy Squared opens new locations in New York City and Washington, DC. Full story at Restaurant Business (October 24).


Trend Watch


UK: When the 2% is a threat: What are the next big opportunities for plant-based foods: with so many drivers bolstering the meat-free movement in 2019, it’s a diet choice brimming with business opportunity, according to experts speaking at the Future Food Tech Summit in London last week. Learn more at FoodNavigator (October 21).

US: What will food consumers want in 2020: consumers will continue to choose healthier food options in 2020, extending the plant-based and clean-label trends, says Tom Vierhile, vice president of strategic insights for Innova Market Insights. They will seek unique flavors, including regional and international ones, as well as trends that are “share-worthy” for social media, such as the online #freakshake craze, he predicts. Full story at Food Business News (free registration) (October 21).

US: Whole Foods reveals 2020 food trend predictions: sugar alternatives, blended meats, nonalcoholic cocktail ingredients and plant-based alternatives sans soy are expected to gain traction in 2020, according to a Whole Foods Market report. The report also lists West African foods like moringa and fonio, fruit and vegetable flours, and regenerative agriculture as likely standouts of the new year. Full story at Progressive Grocer (October 21).

EU: Which food sectors are ‘ripe for innovation’: innovation plays a major role in igniting ‘systemic’ change in the food system, EIT Food chief Andy Zynga tells FoodNavigator. So which areas are in the most need of attention. Learn more at FoodNavigator (October 23).

Global: Glass packaging is making a comeback: glass container packaging is expected to increase in use as 90% of food and beverage consumers prefer it for preserving flavor and freshness, according to EcoFocus Worldwide. Learn more at SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (October 23).

US: Coffee consumers won’t give up indulgence, though cold brew still grows: coffee brands have leaned into the cold brew trend in recent years: offering canned nitro cold brew, pre-mixed lattes and other versions of chilled RTD coffee. But consumers still haven’t abandoned their indulgent drinks. Learn more at BeverageDaily (October 23).

MEASEA: Manufacturers who meet rising demand for sustainability will gain competitive edge: demand for sustainably produced food products is on the rise in the MEASA (Middle East, Africa and South Asia) region. Learn more at FoodNavigator (October 24).


Health Watch


New Zealand: Beef boost? Wagyu consumption ‘not detrimental’ to heart health: a new study from New Zealand argues that the consumption of beef is ‘not detrimental’ to cardiovascular health, amidst recent controversy surrounding red meat consumption guidelines. Full story at FoodNavigator (October 17).

US: Food can help control some chronic health conditions: people suffering from chronic health conditions can use food to help manage their issues. Chronic conditions like hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes or prediabetes can be at least partially managed by good eating habits, with the possibility of reducing the need for medications. However, many people pay little heed to how food can improve health. Full story at The Washington Post (October 19).

Portugal: Plant-based, Mediterranean diet good for gut microbiome: plant-based and Mediterranean diets can provide protection for the gut by helping bacteria with anti-inflammatory properties to thrive, according to a study presented at the UEG Week Barcelona 2019. Dietary patterns rich in bread, legumes, fish and nuts, were associated with a decrease in potentially harmful, aerobic bacteria, while a higher intake of meat, fast foods or refined sugar was associated with a decrease in beneficial bacterial functions and an increase in inflammatory markers. Full story at Gulf News (October 21).

Netherlands: Many common drugs messing with our microbiomes: many commonly used drugs significantly impair our microbiome health and increase our risk of intestinal infections, obesity and other serious conditions, according to a new study. Learn more at NutraIngredients (October 23).

US: High-salt diet promotes cognitive impairment through the Alzheimer-linked protein tau: a high-salt diet may negatively affect cognitive function, according to a study from Weill Cornell Medicine. The researchers concluded that lowering salt intake and maintaining healthy blood vessels in the brain may help prevent dementia. Full story at ScienceDaily (October 23).

US: Dairy products associated with higher risk of prostate cancer: a high consumption of dairy products, like milk and cheese, appears to be associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, according to research published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Full story at FoodNavigator (October 23).

US: Banned trans fats linked to higher dementia risk: a diet high in trans fats could increase the risk of developing dementia, according to a study published in Neurology. The study determined dementia risk was 52% more likely among those with the highest levels of trans fats in their blood. Although most trans fats were banned in the US in 2018, foods with less than a half-gram of trans fats can be labeled as containing zero, so some foods may still contain them. Full story at HealthDay (October 23).

UK: IBD prevalence study reveals ‘alarming’ stats: the number of people suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is three times higher than previous estimates, with sufferers also at a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC), according to new research. Learn more at NutraIngredients (October 24).

Europe: ‘Plant-based’, ‘vegan’, or ‘vegetarian’? Consumers reveal attitudes to diet descriptions: European consumer attitudes towards, and knowledge of, plant-based diets have been analysed by researchers in Denmark, who found that awareness of diet descriptions differ in Belgium, Spain, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Learn more at FoodNavigator (October 25).

Ireland: Vitamin D deficiency linked to poor muscle function in older adults: low vitamin D levels are an important determinant of skeletal muscle function in adults aged 60 years and over, warn Irish researchers calling for more action to tackle deficiency. Learn more at NutraIngredients (October 25).


Food Safety Watch


UK: Chance of negative food standards impact from Brexit rises: the likelihood of a negative impact on food standards from Brexit has increased, according to a report from Public Health Wales. The document looks at evidence since January about the possible real-life effects Brexit could have on people’s health and well-being in Wales. The United Kingdom held a referendum on June 2016 and voted to leave the European Union, a move that became known as Brexit. Learn more at Food Safety News (October 19).

Canada/US: More beef recalled for E. coli risk; this time it’s Whole Foods Market: Whole Foods Market brand beef products are the subject of the 14th E. coli related recall of such products since Oct. 3. The recall posted Oct. 19 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency lists numerous beef and veal products. Full story at Food Safety News (October 19). Two more beef recalls in Canada for E. coli risk; US warning remains in place. Full story at Food Safety News (October 23).

Global: Decline in food safety incidents monitored by INFOSAN: the number of food safety incidents involving an international network declined based on figures from the most recent quarter. Learn more at Food Safety News (October 21).

India: Government prosecutes 31 for adulteration after just 54% of samples found to be safe: the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has prosecuted 31 food and beverage manufacturers for adulteration under the National Security Act (NSA), following test results that revealed just 54% of all food samples tested so far to be safe for consumption. Full story at FoodNavigator (October 21).

EU: Consumer group finds decline in food safety controls, funding: there is a declining trend in food controls and the resources allocated to them across Europe, according to a consumer group. Learn more at Food Safety News (October 24).


Labelling News


Latin America: Mercosur draft bill proposes harmonized nutrition labeling: the Mercosur parliament will study a draft bill proposing harmonized front-of-pack nutrition labeling and other measures to halt rising obesity rates in the bloc. Full story at FoodNavigator (October 21).

Mexico: Government passes reforms aimed at combatting obesity: Mexico’s Senate passed measures requiring warning labels on processed foods high in sugar, saturated fat, sodium and calories. The government is close to presenting new rules for food labeling and the changes are aimed at addressing the country’s obesity crisis. Full story at St. Louis Post-Dispatch (October 22).

UK: Illegal influencers: ASA rules social media posts broke health claims rules: UK advertising authorities have slammed Instagram messages by two companies and three celebrity influencers after they posted adverts for products that broke health claims rules. Learn more at NutraIngredients (October 23).

US: Study urges clearer labeling and packaging in kids’ drinks as sweetened drinks make up 62% of total category sales: according to researchers, common nutrition-related claims and images of fruit on packagers of sugary fruit drinks and flavoured waters make it difficult for parents to easily identify the healthier drinks for their children. Learn more at FoodNavigator (October 23).

Australia/New Zealand: ‘Lifelong harm’? FSANZ debates impact of pregnancy warning labels for alcoholic beverages: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a statement calling for public comment on the draft pregnancy warning label, which is to be included as a mandatory requirement on packaged alcoholic drinks with 1.15% alcohol by volume or more. Full story at FoodNavigator (October 23).

US: FDA grants 6-month period of enforcement discretion for Nutrition Facts label changes: the FDA has granted food manufacturers a six-month period of enforcement discretion as they implement the new Nutrition Facts Labeling rules. Learn more at FoodNavigator (October 25).


Trade & Regulatory News


EU/US: US and EU spirits groups call for end to tariffs: ‘There are no winners in a trade war’: beverage alcohol associations from both the US and EU are calling for an immediate end to tariffs on spirits and wine: “We are united in our opposition to tariffs and clear in our view that there are no winners in a trade war.” Full story at BeverageDaily (October 21).

China/US: China seeks $2.4 billion in penalties against US at WTO: China asked the WTO for the right to enact $2.4 billion in annual penalties against the US regarding a case focused on Chinese subsidies unrelated to the current tariff dispute. The country asked WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body to consider the matter by Oct. 28. Full story at Yakima Herald-Republic (October 21).

US: NPA says poll confirms consumers’ desire for CBD regulations: a new poll shows many consumers would stop using CBD products if they knew FDA has not yet set regulations around them. The poll was commissioned by the Natural Products Association. Learn more at NutraIngredients (October 22).

China: Agricultural markets to be opened up: China will further open up its markets to overseas agricultural businesses, offering shortcuts for the express import of fresh produce and hosting fairs and exhibitions. It will roll out a consultation system to facilitate exchanges of farm technologies in key areas and step up technological assistance for developing countries in order to bolster their production capacities. Full story at China Daily (October 22).

Global: Bullish GOAL forecast has 2020 shrimp production passing 5m metric tons: global shrimp production is expected to increase 5% to 5 million-metric tons in 2020, according to the Global Outlook on Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) conference’s survey. The GOAL survey found shrimp production would increase 11% in 2021 when compared to 2018, reaching 5.3 million-metric tons. Full story at Undercurrent News (October 22).

US: Chicago mayor proposes new tax on food, beverage: Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot will propose a new tax on all food and drink sold in Chicago restaurants in order to help a shortfall in the 2020 budget. The proposal, if approved by the city’s aldermen, would double the current tax of 0.25% on food and drinks starting January 1, 2020. Full story at Specialty Food (October 23).

US: Rabobank anticipates bigger volume to soften blueberry prices: new research from Rabobank indicates increasing supplies of imported blueberries will weaken prices in 2019-20, particularly in the spring and fall seasons. Learn more at The Packer (October 23).

EU: CBD and hemp: ‘We’re at the beginning of this cycle of disruption’: hemp and CBD have caught the public’s imagination as ingredients offering a host of health benefits. But, from regulatory ambiguity to consumer confusion, uncertainty remains. Learn more at FoodNavigator (October 24).

US/China: Tariffs starting to inflict real pain, trade association exec says: a vast and growing majority of American companies doing business in China have been negatively affected by the US-China trade war, an expert on the matter said at a recent meeting. Learn more at FoodNavigator (October 24).