The Freshagenda Blog

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

Balancing drought

Balancing drought

Imagery of starving livestock, desperate farmers and cracked barren paddocks from across NSW and Queensland have flooded Australian media in recent weeks. In response to the media blitz the public and corporates mobilized, starting GoFundMe pages, food drives, “parma...

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Navigating war

Navigating war

Recent trade wars have the potential to turn into the real deal if you ask former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd. In an opinion piece, Rudd explains why China may not be so intimidated by US tariffs as President Trump expects, and political psychology plays just...

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Personalised nutrition labelling

Personalised nutrition labelling

Anyone with a special dietary requirement can look forward to an easier life with a new app called Pinto. All US shoppers need to do, is download the app, type in their specific diet and start scanning labels at the supermarket. Diabetics can use Pinto to see if a...

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What’s the alternative?

What’s the alternative?

There’s been lots of discussion lately about alternatives – or non-dairy - milks and whether they should be allowed to use the word “milk” at all. A lot people in the dairy sector are getting pretty excited about the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considering...

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Big 4 tackle policy

Big 4 tackle policy

In the US, four of the world’s biggest food companies want to change food policy. They have joined forces to form The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance to fight for progressive food policies – from conservation programs to prominent nutrition labels. Nestle, Mars, and...

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Stop immigration? Fix climate!

Stop immigration? Fix climate!

Since 2008, 22.5m people have been displaced by climate-related or extreme weather events according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. While there are many culprits when it comes to forced migration, climate change is making it harder for people to make a...

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China leading in sustainability?

China leading in sustainability?

It’s not often we hear a good news story about the environment from China, but a report published in Nature highlights the significant progress the world’s most populous country has made. A review of 16 programs designed to improve the sustainability of the rural...

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Can Africa milk chocolate?

Can Africa milk chocolate?

While Europe has long dominated chocolate, Africa supplies its most vital ingredient - cocoa, producing and exporting more than two-thirds of the world supply. Europe holds a global market share of 70% - the biggest consumer, producer and exporter of the addictive...

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A strategy in Trump’s trade war?

A strategy in Trump’s trade war?

The turbulent regime of US President Donald Trump has overturned virtually every bastion of public administration, in pursuit of delivering on a suite of promises to be a president like no other before. Not only has he attempted to dismantle or reverse almost anything...

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No trace in food poisoning outbreak

No trace in food poisoning outbreak

In the largest US outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) since 2006, five people have died and almost 200 people fell ill, with many requiring hospitalisation, after eating contaminated, pre-cut packaged lettuce. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC)...

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Impossible burger draws fire

Impossible burger draws fire

When biochemist Pat Brown created Impossible Foods in Silicon Valley, he paired science and plants to make a synthetic meat that would tempt the most devoted carnivore. The long-time vegan wanted to create a ‘beef’ patty made from plants that tastes, looks and bleeds...

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Kroger recruits UK firm in online fight

Kroger recruits UK firm in online fight

Amazon’s roll-out of online shopping and subscriptions services as well as it’s purchase of Whole Foods has struck fear into many traditional bricks and mortar supermarket chains. US retailers are now scrambling to offer online services to combat the existential...

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