Kimberly-Clark said this week it plans to raise prices by the "mid-to-high single digits" on brands such as Kleenex, Viva and Huggies to mitigate the impact of higher hardwood pulp costs. The price increases are expected to go into effect by the fourth quarter of this year.
As demand for protein grows worldwide, Tyson Foods is working to improve animal welfare, introduce plant-based proteins into its offerings and invest in lab-created meats -- with the possibility of eventually creating them in-house. "If we can grow the meat without the animal, why wouldn't we?" said CEO Tom Hayes.
Musician Bryce Vine has signed on to work with PepsiCo on the firm's revived Sound Drop music platform. The project, which has generated 1.6 billion impressions and 43 million video views since launching, aims to support emerging artists, said Emma Quigley, PepsiCo's head of music.
Drink Simple is rolling out its Original Maple Water in a domed, paperboard carton that contains approximately 75% paperboard. "We set out to bring this delicious, better-for-you beverage option to consumers everywhere, and we strived to do so sustainably," said CEO Kate Weiler.
Anheuser-Busch is now the largest brewer of craft beer in the US based on dollar sales, according to data from IRI Worldwide. Since 2011, the company has acquired 10 craft brewers, including Blue Point, Goose Island and Wicked Weed.
Freight costs are up nearly 20% due to a trucking shortage in the US, posing pricing and distribution challenges to food manufacturers. Some food businesses are raising prices to mitigate the issue, while others are bringing shipping operations in-house.
Plastic is expected to remain the most popular beverage packaging option, despite corporate commitments to reduce plastic use, according to a survey from the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. Aluminum and glass bottles are expected to see the most design innovation, while glass packaging for ready-to-drink, non-alcoholic beverages is projected to grow 40% over the next 10 years and more wine will be packaged in plastic containers, the survey said.
Ardagh Group plans to increase the amount of recycled materials used in its North American glass packaging business, similar to its efforts in Europe, where 75% of its materials come from recycled glass. Currently the input of recyclables in North America is "a bit more than half," CEO Paul Coulson said.
Terre Haute, Ind., residents can no longer recycle at the curb, but consumers can drop off items such as glass at the Indiana State University Recycling Center. The announcement by Wallace Brothers Disposal and Recycling follows an earlier move by Republic Services to discontinue accepting glass in the region.
Cities across the US are struggling to adapt to the Chinese ban on most recycled materials, but the change is also producing hope that US recyclers, manufacturers and cities will find new innovative solutions for the materials. For example, recycled glass is being utilized as an additive to concrete in some markets.
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