TikTok Shop now sells fresh food in UK
Food content has clocked up over 26 billion views on TikTok, which has become the catalyst for some of the biggest viral food trends over the past year. Now, fresh food companies are able to sell their products via TikTok in the UK. From August, users have been able to purchase fresh food directly from brands like The Veg Box Company via TikTok Shop.
Brits say bye to “best before”
Consumers are asked to use their own judgement on what’s fresh enough as grocers adopt new measures to cut food waste. From September, Asda and Waitrose join the growing chorus of UK supermarkets, including Tesco and Marks & Spencer, removing best-before dates on many fresh foods. Asda will replace all dates with a code guiding staff on quality and freshness.
“Global Gateway will put another brick in the green wall, as a bulwark against food insecurity and climate change.” ― European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaking about the EU’s strategy for more sustainable infrastructure worldwide
Saudis see big future for dragon fruit
Often referred to as one of the world’s most expensive fruits, dragon fruit has been designated one of Saudi Arabia’s most promising crops. Its health and nutritional benefits, and low water need, have seen the tropical fruit included in the first phase of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 initiatives helping Saudi farmers diversify with lucrative products.
Fully compostable bags for salad kits
California’s Fair Earth Farms says it is the first in its category to package organic salad kits and salad blends in plant-based, fully-compostable bags, printed using water-based inks. The company says they meet consumer demand for more sustainable optims amid Earth’s plastic crisis. The line has 4 salad greens blends and 2 salad kits: Superfood Crunch & Honey Coconut Cashew.
French bananas help fuel Tour de France
Over 135,000 bananas from Guadeloupe and Martinique were distributed along the Tour loop in July and were backed by visual displays to inspire banana consumption and healthy eating. The Union of French West Indian Banana Producer Groups (UGPBAN) has been official supplier and official banana for the epic cycling event since 2018 and has renewed its partnership with the Tour de France for 3 more editions (2022-24).
8.8 million tons of fruit (inc. frozen & canned) consumed last year in the EU’s largest fruit consumer – Germany (USDA)
72% is average price rise for key F&V items in Türkiye over Jan-July & the highest out of 94 countries (Picodi/Numbeo)
$2.4b are spent on organic fresh produce in the US in the 2nd quarter of 2022 (+6.7% on Q2/2021) (OPN)