January 18, 2019

Today's News Summary:

Headlining our news today, China's ministry of Science and Technology has announced that the country is looking to develop a vaccine for African swine fever. China has set up a project that will also study the origins of the virus and the way that it spreads, along with researchers in other countries also working on a vaccine against the disease. However, research has been hindered by gaps in knowledge on the virus and the variation of strains.

Walmart has announced the addition of four delivery companies to its team to help expand the retailer's popular online grocery delivery option. Point Pickup, Skipcart, AxleHire, and Roadie will help power the delivery service in metro areas across four states with further expansion planned later in the year. With the help of Walmart’s personal shoppers and the delivery networks of these four companies, along with other key partners, thousands of customers will be able to shop for and have fresh groceries delivered to their doorsteps.

Also, Technomic has released four key trends that the company predicts will be showcased within restaurant menus, service strategies, and best practices in 2019. The trends include plant based menus, functionality, sustainability, and experimentation with traditional food items. Read more about Technomic's four global trends for 2019 here.

Cargill has renewed its longstanding commitment to Pakistan by announcing plans to invest more than $200 million in the next few years. Cargill aims to partner in Pakistan’s growth by bringing its global expertise and investment into the country. The company’s strategy includes expansion across its agricultural trading and supply chain, edible oils, dairy, meat, and animal feed businesses while ensuring safety and food traceability.

Finally, Perdue Foods is recalling approximately 68,244 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically wood, and were produced on October 25. Find out which products are subject to recall here.

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