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General Mills takes stake in UK dessert brand


General Mills’ investment arm 301 Inc. is investing up to $20 million in the UK-based Pots & Co. The company offers premium desserts in reusable pots and plans to use the funding to expand its US presence.

Danone North America improves B Corp score


Danone North America has increased its Certified B Corp score by 11 points since receiving certification three years ago. The food and beverage company’s specialized nutrition division Nutricia North America has also received certification, and Danone is aiming to have all divisions certified by 2025.

Keurig Dr Pepper sets new virgin plastic goal


Keurig Dr Pepper is responding to a shareholder proposal from nonprofit As You Sow by pledging to reduce virgin plastic use by 25% by 2025. The move aligns with the company’s long-term mission to transition to 100% recyclable or compostable packaging.

Bimbo Bakeries gains 4th Energy Star award in a row


Bimbo Bakeries USA has earned the 2021 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award from the EPA and Department of Energy for the fourth consecutive year. The EPA also awarded Bimbo Bakeries its Sustained Excellence designation due to the company’s consistent track record in energy conservation.

Cardona: Re-imagine education after the pandemic


Education should be redesigned after the coronavirus pandemic ends, said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. In a recent interview, he discussed how federal funding, including the proposed infrastructure package, could help make improvements in education during the health crisis.

United expands schedule to outdoor destinations


United Airlines has further expanded its summer schedule to vacation destinations in Montana, Colorado and Wyoming, as well as Key West, Fla. Some routes will get more frequent flights and some seasonal service will be extended.

Aircraft cabin design award taps productivity space


The Crystal Cabin Awards for innovative aircraft cabin designs recognized designs that include exercise space, swivel chairs, seat gadgets and workspace. The latter design includes a long worktable with facing chairs and laptop space, which is perfect for productivity or meetings.

Unilever joins UK program to cut CPG carbon footprint


Unilever is partnering with the UK government to support research at two UK universities focused on producing materials for consumer packaged goods from waste via carbon capture and other methods. The project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the CPG global supply chain.

Tyson to unveil $425M poultry center in Tenn.


Tyson Foods plans to start production this month at its new poultry complex in Humboldt, Tenn. The $425 million project includes a hatchery, feed mill and processing plant.

CPG brands debut seasonal items for Easter


A study by the National Confectioners Association finds 87% of people who celebrate Easter consume seasonal chocolates and candy, and new arrivals this year include Swedish Fish Jelly Beans and Sour Patch Kids Watermelon Jelly Beans from Mondelez. The Tastykake brand from Flowers Foods has released several seasonal items, including Easter Snowballs and Hippity Hop Kandy Kakes.

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