[The Connecting Vets] Employer of the Week series features one company each week that has made a commitment to hiring and supporting veterans. This week’s employer is the Kraft Heinz Company.
Kraft Heinz is the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest in the world with a portfolio of more than 200 iconic brands — eight of which are $1 billion-plus brands. With such large-scale products, it might be surprising to hear that Kraft Heinz also focuses on the individual employee — like veterans.
To read this story from Connecting Vets click here
As a teenager, self-described "fat kid" LaForce Baker decided to lose weight. Already at home in the kitchen, where he grew up cooking beside his grandmother, Baker figured out how to make his favorite foods less caloric. He also got serious about exercise. Living on the Far South Side, Baker didn't feel safe running at night, so he did it in the early morning. Hooked on healthy eating and running, he became a marathoner in college.
Read more here from Crain's Chicago
Stereotypes are s h i f t i n g from lazy drug users to engaged, healthy users of a plant that improves well-being, athletic recovery and helps to relieve pain and insomnia without side effects. The recognition of health and wellness as a leading influencer of cannabis consumption is driving of industry sales projections to $80 Billion by 2030.
As cannabis and hemp products enter the mainstream, it’s clear that consumer adoption is aligned to current behavioral and attitudes. Consumers increasingly view the kitchen cabinet as a factor in proactive health management. As consumers re-educate themselves on nutrition, they are making changes to what they eat. We compared results with our recent research study
See the infographic from Aclara Research here
How much do you need to offer to land the best candidate? What’s the standard pay increase job changers can expect in the food & beverage industry?
These are great questions – and ones we encounter nearly every day. Obviously, employers want to know the “magic number” they need to present, to ensure their first choice accepts the offer. Likewise, job seekers want reassurance that the offers they receive are fair – so that they know they’re making the right move.
But without accurate salary increase data, the process of determining “how much is enough” can feel about as scientific as reading tea leaves.
Read the full article and download the full food beverage salary data here
Our members Wells Fargo and The Kellogg Company have been featured in the 2019 Top 50 Diversity Inc Top 50 Companies For Diversity. Congratulations to our members for being recognized for your inclusive efforts. To see the full list of click here.
Seeds of Change Accelerator is a program designed to help early-stage food companies that are shaping the meals of tomorrow fast-track their growth and accelerate their purpose to build a healthier and more sustainable future. 6 U.S. based companies that support the Mars Food purpose, 'Better Food Today. A Better World Tomorrow’, will be selected, specifically driving one or more of the following 5 pillars:
Participants will receive an equity-free grant of up to $50K, undertake a tailored four-month program, and partner with industry leaders including JKR Ventures and MISTA Foods.
To learn more about the Seeds of Change Accelerator click here
It’s a topic of conversation around the country and in every nook and cranny of the food and beverage world. Depending on who you talk to, cannabis is primed to be a golden goose for food and beverage companies – or is a movement rife with risk and regulatory chaos. So, which is it? If you’ve tuned into the topic of cannabis in food and beverage in the last six months it won’t surprise you to know that it’s well, possibly both. But who is the consumer for these products? Where is the real opportunity, and what’s coming next? Let’s dive in.
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and its derivatives, including cannabidiol (CBD). But the FDA has not yet released or implemented new rules for CBD, a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in cannabis. As Sen. Ron Wyden points out to Rolling Stone: “The bill legalized hemp and its derivatives, which means CBD,” Wyden says. “The FDA just hasn’t stepped up to affirmatively update its regulations so they comply with federal law.”
Read the full article from our cornerstone member FONA here
The South Side’s hotly anticipated One Eleven Food Hall will open next week in Pullman. Opening day is on Monday, as the project brings together three restaurants to an underserved part of the city. It’s part of a plan to develop the area around the Pullman National Monument, the state’s first national monument.
The food hall was supposed to open this week, but hit a small delay. Two out of the three restaurants, Laine’s Bake Shop and Exquisite To Go, will open for breakfast. Exquisite is a spinoff of Tiffany Mone’t Williams’s Exquisite Catering. She’ll serve breakfast burritos and sandwiches with sausages she made herself. Soup, brisket and chicken tinga sandwiches, plus macaroni and cheese round out her menu highlights.
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This interview is with Andy Dratt, Chief Commercial Officer at Imbibe, a Beverage Innovation Company and has had past experiences building flavor divisions in Griffith, FONA, and Sensient.
If you want to know all about what it takes to develop an innovative new beverage, this podcast episode is for you! Andy and his team at Imbibe are experts in developing beverages because it’s not just formulating and pay up, but it’s much more than that. It’s a whole system.
Read more & hear the podcast here
Mazars USA has added new cannabis questions to their 2019 survey. Even if you've already taken the survey, these new questions are sure to spark your interest. You can access the new F&B survey here.
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