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New fermented foods biz Fermentality opens in California
FDA gives “healthy” a new definition
California passes bill regulating fast food industry
NuttinOrdinary fermented cheese launches crowdfunding
Rick Bayless expands philanthropic efforts
Unionization at Crux Fermentation Project
Fermentation Lab opens second location in SF
Ukraine war causes cooking oil prices to skyrocket
Southern Illinois University food/fermentation/biotech hub
Koji Alchemy nominated for James Beard award
“Natural” or “cruelty-free” — more important than “USDA organic?”
Chr. Hansen’s Vega Culture Kit
Indoor farming to be +$15 billion industry in five years
Molson Coors infringes on Stone
Fermented mushroom producer raises $85 million
Black whiskey maker files discrimination lawsuit
Cleveland Kitchen buys Sonoma Brinery
Fermented rice water for hair care?
Study: music makes wine taste better
Will Russia-Ukraine conflict raise food prices
Plastic pollution worse in soil than ocean
La Fermiere yogurt to build U.S. operations
Tender raises $12 million for plant-based meat
Hankook kimchi recalled in Canada
Wildbrine and Bubbies acquired
Sustainable fermented silk fashion
What to do with coffee grounds?
“Great Resignation” hits restaurants hard
Koji-fermented whiskey arrives stateside
Adrian Martin’s new fermentation-focused Dublin restaurant
TCHO chocolate transitions to plant-based
CiderCon 2022 wraps with record in-person attendance
USDA helps fund new California shipping port
Fermentation lands on NYTimes “Eating Well” lessons
Brown glass shortage hurting imported beers
FDA tightens restrictions on indoor farms
Monster Energy enters alcohol biz
Battle over fermented pet food
Kool-Aid pickles trend on TikTok
Miso becoming an American comfort food
Alt meat dominates food funding in 2021
Copenhagen’s Microbial Foods Conference seeking abstracts
General Mills launches fermented vegan cream cheese
Glass shortage squeezes bev industry before holidays
CPG brands experiment with adaptogens
TCHO chocolate transitions to plant-based
Spanish goat cheese named world’s best
Rachel Dutton joins Arcadia Science
Impossible Foods closes $500 million funding
Charlotte — the next kombucha capital?
Will robot chefs ease restaurant staffing challenges?
Record high prices for organic soy
NYT roasts Eleven Madison’s vegan, fermentation-focused menu
Consumer confusion about microbiome, probiotics
Food & Wine’s best new chefs of 2021
James Beard Awards change to promote diversity
France’s wine output falls to historic low
World’s largest fermented alt protein facility
Hard cider brand releases hot sauces
CPG association asks gov for vaccine clarification
$700 million USDA grant to farms, food workers
UK gov fund invests in kombucha
Should gov define healthy food?
Fermented black garlic makes Shark Tank history
Archaeological find shows Chinese drinking beer 9,000 years ago
Will paper-based yogurt containers work?
FoodFuture’s call for entrepreneurs
Mushroom-based meat alternatives
Judge OKs plant-based “butter”
Restaurants raise wages to attract employees
Locally-famous foods; historic sites
Cleveland Kitchen’s New Pickle Line
“Snickles” – Snickers-stuffed pickles
Miso in Tokyo’s Olympic Village
Alcohol tariffs dropped — at last
Winemakers, weed growers collaborate on new cannabis appellation system
Discrimination lawsuits stall restaurant relief
New fermentation plant for Better Meat
Vegan Polish cookbook shares fermenting traditions
New beers added to style guidelines
Non-alcoholic beer secures $50 million expansion funding
Debt relief for minority farmers
Fair pricing for coffee growers
From pandemic hobby to sourdough bakery
South Korean dairy claims product prevents Covid-19
U.S. says:“Make Every Bite Count”
“Regenerative” the new “organic?”
The confusion over “Use By” dates
Plant-based yogurt & nutrition
Another class-action kombucha lawsuit
Stealing Sauerkraut from Nazis
Restaurant jobs gain as economy re-opens
$3.1 billion into alt proteins
Is Asian culture whitewashed in fermentation?
Burger King’s women empowerment ad implodes
$28.6 billion in COVID-19 relief for small and mid-sized restaurants
Kendall Jenner’s new tequila brand criticized for appropriation
Japanese Koujiya Co., Ltd. launches koji drink in U.S.
Unions fight for hazard pay, vaccination priority for grocery store workers
Can tech age a fine whisky overnight?
Despite pandemic and heavy lobbying, tariffs on wine, food from Europe remain
Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha using industry growth trends to propel brand
Chi Kitchen launches two new fermented products
Greenleaf Foods building Indianapolis food processing plant to ramp up production of their Lightlife tempeh products
Cleveland Kitchen Adds Kimchi to their Lineup
Petra and the Beast sous chef launches Native Ferments shop
2,000-old Pompeii Wine Bar will “reopen” in spring
French vegan restaurant becomes first to win Michelin Star
New labor law: restaurants can require tip pooling
America’s court of master sommeliers elects new board amid scandals
Specialty Food Association launches “Infinite Aisle” program
Biden picks Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary
CDC recommends food workers next in line for COVID-19 vaccine
New Dietary Guidelines for Americans published, does not recommend lower sugar intake
Danone cuts 2,000 jobs, tries to save company $1.2 billion
Microbial contamination forces Guinness to recall non-alcoholic stout
Hersheys begins buying cocoa through futures market
Pandemic boosts popularity of natural ingredients
More states add restaurant dine-in restrictions as COVID cases spike
Home food consumption to decline in 2021 as normal spending returns
Could pent-up demand for dining help the restaurant industry rebound?
Grocery spending will increase around holidays as Americans plan COVID holidays without extended family
Consumer advocacy group petitions congress to add cancer warning label on alcoholic drinks
Cabbage shortage depletes kimchi ingredients in South Korea
Study: As cocoa production increases, so does child labor
Pabts Labs launches cannabis drink, first alcoholic beverage co to allow its name on THC-infused drink
General Mills considers selling Yoplait brand as yogurt space becomes more crowded
Squirrel beer, ant gin, poop wine part of fermented creations at Disgusting Food Museum’s new exhibit
Tea prices rising as demand runs high and pandemic supply runs short
200 of world’s biggest food suppliers set goal to cut food waste in half by 2030
USDA issues another $13 billion in farm aid
Restaurant serving pickles only opens in Michigan
Gin and Juice: Snoop Dogg launches gin line, INDOGGO GIN
Partake Brewing raises $4 million in funding for non-alcoholic beer brand
Tillamook launches yogurt line
Blue Hill at Stone Barns will not reopen in current formats, pivots to chef-in-residence program
James Beard Chef & Restaurant Awards Cancelled Until 2022
Coronavirus causes can shortage, hitting hard for beer and hard-seltzer brands
Better Booch expands nationally, canned kombucha grows 320%
Diageo, one of world’s largest alcohol producers, acquires Ryan Reynolds-backed Aviation Gin for $610 million
New federal standards seek to prevent organic food fraud, requiring more certification and regulation
Singapore’s Business Times highlights “The rise of gourmet kimchi makers”
Chobani releases Chobani Probiotic beverage, made with fermented probiotic cultures and organic fruit juice
Budweiser releases first non-alcoholic beer, Budweiser Zero, in collab with former NBA player Dwayne Wade
USDA releases new dietary guidelines: more fruits, veggies and less sugar, red meat, alcohol
7 ways COVD-19 has changed the way we eat; more sourdough, more health food, more food waste
North Carolina-based Arbiom creates SylPro, a meat substitute made of fermented wood
Scientific Panel on New Dietary Guidelines Draws Criticism From Health Advocates
Dinosaur stomach fossils show dinosaurs were fermenting ferns in their stomach before digestion
Chobani launches PB&J yogurt with sales benefiting those hurt by coronavirus
Grocery prices will rise by a higher-than-average 3% this year, due largely to the coronavirus-propelled surge in the cost of meat, poultry and fish at the supermarket
Coca-Cola discontinues Odwalla Juice, as functional beverages take over refrigerated juice case
Organizers cancel Expo East due to COVID-19 crisis
Organic food sales hit a record $50.1 billion in 2019, up 4.6% from the prior year
Rowdy Mermaid, kombucha startup in Boulder, raises $3.5 million to close out $7 million Series A investment round
Coca-Cola, Mondelez cut SKUs as CPGs battle pandemic woes
How Health-Ade Kombucha is avoiding layoffs during the pandemic
Sales of snack items soar as snack time becomes anytime in quarantine
Danone hires new CEO, announces plans for new Essential Dairy and Plant-Based (EDP) business
FDA announces temporary rule allowing companies to make minor formulation and ingredient changes to products without label change because of scarcity during the pandemic
The Upcycled Food Association creates task force of academic, nonprofit and industry leaders, release first official definition for “upcycled food”
Ferment Brewing Co. launches line of 16-ounce cans; Top Ferment (seasonal, one-off ales) and Bottom Ferment (subtle lagers)
CDC: Spread of foodborne pathogens continues to climb
Frozen food will remain “heavyweight” category, even after pandemic
Cleveland Kitchen releases world’s first fermented, gut healthy dressing line at Whole Foods
Canadian columnist encourages public to embrace fermentation for food security
Sustainable Bioproducts rebrands, raises $80 million for protein fermentation tech
Coronavirus spread to West African countries could hurt cocoa output
Farmers and nonprofits sue USDA over organic soil-less loophole
More meat plants close as employee coronavirus outbreak grows
U.S. judge dismisses sugar claim against Safeway-owned O Organics kombucha but allows alcohol content claim to proceed
FDA addresses food safety and the coronavirus
Canceled Expo West organizers now look at enhanced Expo East
USDA expands guidelines for healthy products
South Dakota lawmakers approve bill allowing fermentation clubs on college campuses
Boise Fermentation Co. opens in Idaho
Non-alcoholic beer co Athletic Brewing raises $17.5 million
Humm releases first sugar-free, shelf-stable kombucha
Nancy’s Probiotic Foods launches organic whole milk yogurt line and expands non-dairy yogurt
Despite insufficient safety data, FDA chief says “fool’s game” to try and shut down CBD markets
New Roberts’ Ultimate Cross Buns snack made with upcycled bread ferment
Fermented Sciences, Inc., maker of Flying Embers Hard Kombucha, patents technology for world’s first shelf-stable probiotic hard kombucha
Fermented hummus new dish at Brooklyn restaurant
George Clooney introduces mezcal (fermented agave) under Casamigos brand
Study: 70% of Americans feel “best version of selves” when eating healthy, but find it stressful
Bill pushing for dairy labeling on milk products only advances, but faces tough future
Capitalizing on no- and low-alcohol trend, Anheuser-Busch releases four low-alcohol beers
GT’s Living Foods celebrates 25th anniversary with limited edition kombucha flavor: Sacred Life
Bakery manufacturer and ingredients supplies Dawn Foods launches first sourdough doughnut mix
Real Kombucha taps into fine dining, competes with wine pairing during dinner
Mexican lawmakers draft bill prohibiting plant-based alternatives using dairy terms
Women’s Health highlights low-sugar wines, made with longer fermentation times
Apple predicted as top flavor of 2020, especially in form of cider and apple spirits
Schlafly releases Boomerang mead spritzer with fermented honey
New book on fermentation in Nova Scotia released, “Adventures in Bubbles and Brine”
Will Smith makes sushi and tries natto with Japanese YouTuber
Anheuser-Busch invests $100 million in hard seltzer, the new drink craze
Chobani releases new lineup of oat-based yogurts and milk
Hard kombucha brand Flying Embers closes $25 million in funding as company expands nationally
Fermented plant-based, non-dairy brand Miyoko’s Creamery partners to turn dairy farms into plant-based farms
Brew Dr. Kombucha faces 2nd class action lawsuit over probiotic bacteria labeling
New Wine Fermentation Laboratory opens at Texas A&M University
MN-based BlackStack Brewery begins brewing beer in wine Foeders, hires head of fermentation lab
Millenials driving hard cider industry
RayZyn creates raisins out of wine grapes as next superfood snack
Health Ade Kombucha settles sugar and alcohol level lawsuit for $4 million
Cove Kombucha raises $1.2 million to expand team, produce new packaging and launch CBD-infused flavor
Marketing to growing pickle popularity, Slim Jim set to release dill pickle-flavored meat stick
7-Eleven aims to become launch pad for new, emerging brands
Is the biggest risk to the alcohol industry CBD?
CNet features home fermentation kit as key kitchen gadget to eliminate food waste
Kraft Heinz and Baileys release non-alcoholic line of coffee drinks
Study: U.S. consumers want more international flavors in their snack food
Danone releases caffeinated cultured dairy drink, Oikos Pro Fuel
Beverage makers flock to CBD-infused drinks
Chobani exec appointed CFO at Campbell Soup Co.
New brewery in Hillsdale can get fermenting with arrival of ‘brewhouse’
How three brothers turned a fermenting hobby into a thriving business
Boochman opens the first kombucha bar in the Bay Area
How CPG companies use price increases to bolster their bottom lines and reputations
Chobani opens 71,000-square-feet innovation and community center in Idaho, world’s largest yogurt production facility
New study finds steep rise in sugar levels in UK chocolate bars
Groundbreaking GOfermenter technology ferments grapes to wine in single-use plastic liner
Woman in kombucha reaction meme on going viral: ‘It’s blowing my mind’
Humm Kombucha names former Red Bull executive as new president
7 entrepreneurs shaking up the food industry
Farm Spirit opens fermentation-centric restaurant called Fermenter in Portland, selling house-fermented veggies and vinegars
Danone launches oat milk yogurt, part of Danone’s growing dairy alternatives
Sonoma County wineries launch innovative student program to train future wine industry employees
Anheuser-Busch acquires Babe Wine, wine brand sees sales increase
Jillian Michaels tells Cooking Light her latest health tip: consume fermented foods and probiotics daily
Kellogg Co. suffers as consumers focus on healthier startup brands; Kellogg cuts 150 jobs and takes $35 million hit
Researchers: junk food may be responsible for kid’s food allergy epidemic
FDA says honey and maple syrup can stay on Nutrition Facts panel without declaring added sugars
How can food companies unlock future trends?
Kombucha makes nutritionist’s list of best current health trends
How did Americans turn into chronic snackers, killing home cooking?
Barrel + Brine fermented foods restaurant and store opens in June in Buffalo, NY
Food brands targeting marketing and portion sizes to the 28% of American households that live alone
Florida Food Products’ releases new line of liquid and powdered lactic acid fermented vegetable products
Litehouse acquires Sky Valley Foods, natural brand specializing in organic dressings, condiments, marinades and sauces
Salt of the Earth announces clean-label, natural mac and cheese made with Mediterranean Umami
Health-Ade kombucha, Whole Foods reach $4 million settlement in class action lawsuit
Kraft’s new CEO faces struggles to appeal to modern consumer, who wants healthier fare and favor startups
Thanks to government shutdown, food recalls down significantly in first quarter of 2019
Biggest things today’s consumers look for on nutrition facts panel: calories and sugar
Sam Adams beer buys second largest craft brewer Dogfish Head for $300 million
“World’s Slowest Pizza Delivery” Sargento unveils cheese that ages for 18 months
N.J. restaurant replaces bread with pickles in sandwiches
Bishop Cider Co. launches new line of canned, low-ABV wines called Uncommon Wine geared toward women
First Pickle Fest Coming to Cleveland in Fall
New Chinese hot spot Tai 2 Chinese Sauerkraut Fish opens in California
California-based Lost Spirits Distillery opens a tasting room on a pirate ship
Chr. Hansen develops fermentation-produced coagulant that boosts cheese yields by up to 1%
Milwaukee Brat House selling CBD-infused sauerkraut, brats and beer mustard.
Andy Ricker of Pok Pok restaurant in Oregon creates line of cordials, his spin on Asian-style drinking vinegars
Amazon slashes prices at Whole Foods, aims to change grocer’s high-end image
Older shoppers leading kefir boom; 40% of kefir purchases by age 65+
Author of “Korean BBQ” highlights gochujang, a spicy Korean chile paste that ferments for months
Are more college students experimenting with dorm room veggie pickling and fermentation?
Wildbrine unveils new fermented cashew-based vegan cheese and butter products
Canada’s largest kombucha brand, RISE, opens U.S. production facility
Fermented dough, fermented sauce, fermented toppings – Kentucky chef calls his fermented pizza “art”
Chef creates vegan Danish cheese from fermented oats
Blind Horse Restaurant and Winery debuts ice wine, opens new bar
Carlsberg buys stake in Chinese craft Brewery Jing A
Hormel Foods “hungry for acquisitions;” brand expanding value-based products
Philly family makes homegrown sauerkraut as side hustle.
Flying Embers expands hard kombucha line, with ABV of 4.5%.
University of Akron in Ohio launches Beer 101 class – The Science of Brewing and Fermentation.
Kvass, Russia’s probiotic drink, becoming more popular in America.
Craft beer co Aslin Beer Co. opening new production facility and taproom to Alexandria, Va.
Pennsylvania ice cream shop sells sauerkraut-flavored ice cream.
Sales of kombucha starter kit climb after Kate Field’s The Kombucha Shop featured on “Shark Tank.”
Portland ranked best city for beer drinkers; Baltimore the worst; amount of breweries and bars key factor.
More kombucha brands upping alcohol content to more than 5 percent, touting drink’s health benefits.
Korean American chef David Chang fires back at Chrissy Teigen’s haters after the model and author is criticized for making kimchi with her bare hands.
The Fermentation Bar in Northern Cali. serves 36 different fermented drinks, from wine to brews to kombucha.
Kombucha brand Frog Juice began as a hangover cure brewed by a Tenn. bartender; now it’s sold throughout Knoxville.
Glamour Mag: Fermented beauty will transform your skincare as fermented ingredients replace preservatives.
The owner of DC restaurant, Bresca, opens new restaurant, Jont, that features vinegars, miso and lacto-fermented fruits.
“Demand has been out the door” for pickle juice soda made in the Midwest.
Every drink has a fermented component at new MN bar Colita that features drinks made with the pre-Zapotec Aztec and Mayan tradition of fermenting ingredients.
Maritime Express Cider opens a craft cider brewery and taproom, brewing with apples from their backyard.
Founder of Local Matters in Ohio launches Krazy Kraut, artisanal sauerkraut brand.
Michigan-based Cold Brew Coffee acquires Bloom Ferments Kombucha, another local startup beverage company.
All-Wise Meadery — the mead brewery of Dylan Sprouse, star of “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” — officially launches their label.
Founders of British fermented foods biz Eaten Alive share their new fermented creations and “divorce” from traditional food culture.
Startup company Borgla, a Slovenia-based Borgla kefir producer, was featured for their “homemade probiotics.”