The Freshagenda Blog

Freshagenda’s blogs offer insights from our team of specialist consultants with extensive expertise in interpreting trends in the food industry

Biermi up Scotty!

Biermi up Scotty!

There have been plenty of distressing stories of businesses going to the wall as COVID-19 lockdowns hit most countries around the world. True Respite Brewing Company in the US state of Maryland is the story of one business that saw the writing on the wall in the early...

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Reimagining food supply

Reimagining food supply

Food security is not a thing many people in developed countries have ever had to worry about. Highly productive, integrated and specialised supply chains have delivered abundant supplies of food to consumers through increasingly concentrated retailers at cheap prices....

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EU: Let’s stick together

EU: Let’s stick together

EU leaders have managed to reach an agreement on a €750bn package that will provide a post-COVID stimulus to member states. It took 100 hours of negotiation as northern member states – the “fiscal frugals” resisted some of the largesse on grants for countries most...

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Supply chains snap

Supply chains snap

COVID-19 has exposed supply chain shortcomings in the US where the rise in unemployment and sudden shuttering of foodservice caused a spike in demand for US food banks. But of filling the supply gap, US farmers were left with food rotting in the fields. In the first...

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Online fail

Online fail

Working from home and limiting movement has pushed a lot of shopping online in many countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. The question that is starting to rise as economies tentatively open, is will some of these changes become...

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A message for the times

A message for the times

Thankfully for most Australians the impact of COVID-19 has been in the abstract, at least in terms of health. With case numbers still low at the time of writing, the financial impacts have been highlighted in expanding queues outside Centrelink Office as government...

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Much to learn about humankind

Much to learn about humankind

The world is still in the early days of the COVID-19 experience but there is already much to learn from the 70-odd days since news of the virus broke in China. There isn’t a lot of hindsight to work with just yet. The apparent reluctance of Western governments to act...

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Drought policy runs dry

Drought policy runs dry

In the midst of an historic dry period and calls for the federal government to “do something” Professor in Australian politics at the University of Canberra, Linda Botterill has examined the question of why there is no drought policy in Australia.  Australia...

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Red meat confusion

Red meat confusion

A new study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine raised some uncomfortable questions about dietary advice and nutritional research. NutriRECS researchers published their findings concluding that there was only “low- or very low-certainty” evidence...

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The end of animal ag?

The end of animal ag?

Think tank RethinkX paints a grim picture for the future of animal agriculture in a recent report, predicting that ‘precision fermentation’ will be the most profound disruption in food and agriculture for 1,000 years. The change will be driven by economics, with...

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GM laws in the news

GM laws in the news

There have been reviews of the last remaining state GM moratoriums in Australia carried out almost simultaneously in recent months. In South Australia the government has announced it will lift its GM ban, allowing for GM food crops to be grown on the mainland from...

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The Fed reaches far

The Fed reaches far

The spectacle of US President Trump, attacking his own hand-picked Federal Reserve head Jerome Powell might seem to be just another sideshow. However, the President’s brazen attempts to influence Fed interest rate policy to save the US economy is more than alarming...

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