Imbibe launches line of clean label flavor masking ingredients

20 Apr 2018 --- Imbibe has launched a line of clean-label flavor masking ingredients for food and beverages, called NonSense. The development of NonSense comes hot on the heels of the success of the company's first proprietary ingredient, SweetSense.

Nestlé sales edge up in Q1, on target to grow by 2-4 percent this year

19 Apr 2018 --- Nestlé has reported a “solid” start to the year with organic growth of 2.8 percent and sales edging up 1.4 percent to CHF 21.3 billion (US$22bn). The Swiss transnational food and drink giant says that excluding the US confectionery business which was divested at the end of March, organic growth was 2.9 percent. RIG (Real Internal Growth) accelerated to 2.6 percent and continued to be at the high end of the food and beverage industry, while pricing was 0.2 percent, largely reflecting lower levels of inflation in emerging markets.

Valio reports net sales increase of 4.3 percent, despite a challenging market

19 Apr 2018 --- For Finnish dairy company Valio, 2017 was a good year from a business development perspective with net sales increasing by 4.3 percent, and Valio was able to pay the co-operatives a steady milk price despite the challenging market situation. Valio introduced more than 100 new products and maintained a positive growth trend in added value products both in Finland and in exports.

Unilever reports strong growth in Q1, maintains outlook

19 Apr 2018 --- Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant, Unilever, has reported its Q1 sales figures that met expectations, boosted mainly by increases in the volume of products sold, and maintained its financial full-year outlook.

Wasteful: Average American wastes 422g of food a day, study finds

19 Apr 2018 --- New food waste research from the US unveils the shocking truths about the amount of food tossed out every day and it is people with healthier diets rich in fresh produce that are among the worst offenders. Fresh fruit and vegetables were the most likely to be thrown out, followed by dairy and then meat, according to the latest insights into the country’s food waste problems, carried out by US Department of Agriculture.

Impossible Foods makes its international debut in Hong Kong

19 Apr 2018 --- The Impossible Foods is launching its award-winning plant-based meat in Hong Kong, at some of the city's most beloved restaurants: Little Bao, Happy Paradise, and Beef & Liberty. Ranked one of the world's top culinary hotspots by Conde Nast Traveler, Hong Kong is the first place outside of the US to feature the Impossible Burger, which cooks, smells and tastes like ground beef from cows, but is made entirely from plants.

Danone Q1 sales beat forecasts, strong infant formula performance in China

18 Apr 2018 --- French food giant Danone has exceeded market expectations in its first-quarter sales growth with a very solid performance in specialized nutrition driven by infant formula products sales in China. Danone report consolidated sales of €6 billion (US$7.5 billion) in the first-quarter, which is a 10.8 percent increase on a reported basis and up 4.9 percent like-for-like.

Blockchain: BASF and arc-net team up to use trailblazing technology for livestock sustainability

18 Apr 2018 --- The world’s largest chemical producer BASF and arc-net are joining forces to use blockchain technology for livestock sustainability. The system captures data to provide an environmental footprint with full transparency and traceability along the entire value chain. The partnership is just the latest example of how the food industry can harness the power of blockchain technology.

FrieslandCampina introduces certified Top Dairy line focusing on animal welfare and biodiversity

17 Apr 2018 --- FrieslandCampina has pledged to strengthen its sustainability strategy by introducing a certified Top Dairy line focusing on animal welfare and biodiversity. The Dutch multinational dairy cooperative is proposing to its members a desire to debut a top dairy line with an extra focus on animals, nature, climate; dairy with a lower CO2 equivalent, as part of its “Nourishing by nature” strategy. And, expectations are that the first dairy products of the top line will be on supermarket shelves in early 2019.

Lighter enjoyment: Trends and innovation in breads & pasta

17 Apr 2018 --- Lightness in alcohol content, sweetness, flavor and texture, as well as portion size, is gaining momentum in food and beverages as consumers continue to look for ways to eat and drink more healthily and light, yet still fully enjoy what they love. Innova Market Insights tipped the no. 2 trend for 2018 as “Lighter enjoyment,” and it’s evident how a less-is-more attitude is trending in a wide range of food and beverage categories. But how does lighter enjoyment translate when it comes to carbs, in particular breads and pasta? 

Ederna’s coffee concentrate innovation perks up cold brew category

16 Apr 2018 --- In the US, over a five year period between 2011 and 2016, cold brew coffee consumption soared by more than 500 percent – and now it’s growing rapidly across Europe. Tapping into the cold-brew coffee trend, which is tipped to be even bigger this year, is France-based cold concentrations expert Ederna.

Pur Natur-Kaneka Corporation tie-up enters Japan’s dairy products market

16 Apr 2018 --- Tokyo-headquartered Kaneka Corporation has signaled its entrance into the dairy products business as its affiliate food sales company, Kaneka Shokuhin Co., Ltd begins to sell “Milk for Bread” at bakeries around the city.

Plant power: Brabender eyes protein extrusion technology for a better future

16 Apr 2018 --- Protein, soy and vegetarian-friendly meat substitutes have a promising future. Between August 2016 and July 2017, these trends showed the highest average volume changes in the food markets — still at a comparatively low level regarding value, but with the largest percentage increases. This presents a challenge for every company that wishes to involve its product development department in these markets of the future, according to Brabender.

Tate & Lyle expands food application lab in Mexico City

13 Apr 2018 --- Tate & Lyle has completed a major expansion of its food application laboratory and customer-facing facilities in Mexico City, to help manufacturers develop products that meet increasing consumer preferences for healthier, tastier food and beverages in Central America.

Weekly Digest: Symrise reaffirmed as a sustainable company, Givaudan launches digital campaign which “engages the senses”

13 Apr 2018 --- This week in business, the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Europe has reaffirmed Symrise as a sustainable company and IFF announced its newly published 2017 sustainability report that it has already surpassed its 2020 goals for water and greenhouse gas emissions amongst other achievements. Olam International has launched the Olam Living Landscapes Policy (OLLP) which supports a Net-Positive approach to agricultural supply chains and landscape management.

EC calls for new rules to eliminate unfair trading – but do they go far enough?

13 Apr 2018 --- The European Commission plans to ban unfair trade practices in the food supply chain in a bid to help farmers and small and medium-sized businesses get fairer treatment.
The Commission is targeting the more damaging unfair trading practices and wants to see sanctions imposed by authorities if any new rules are breached. 

Goat’s meat is starting to make culinary waves in UK

12 Apr 2018 --- Goat’s meat is being tipped as an ethical and sustainable alternative to lamb as celebrity chefs and the foodservice industry tap into the health benefits of this full-flavored meat. Goat’s meat has long been served by many ethnic restaurants and is central to cooking elsewhere in the world, but has never seemed to make it mainstream in Britain – but that could be about to change, according to a recent article in The Guardian.

Acrylamide regulation: Frutarom’s new solution, DSM steps up mitigation measures

12 Apr 2018 --- The introduction of the new EU regulation concerning acrylamide levels in food has given added impetus for manufacturers to mitigate the substance in their products. Coming into force yesterday (April 11), the benchmark levels that have been set for various products and several key companies are coming forward with acrylamide reducing solutions.

Chr. Hansen performance boosted by cultures and enzymes, expands in US natural colors

12 Apr 2018 --- Danish food ingredients producer, Chr. Hansen has reported solid organic revenue growth of 9 percent in the first half of 2017/18, bolstered mainly by Food Cultures & Enzymes (12 percent) and Health & Nutrition (8 percent.) According to the company, the development from Q1 continues into Q2 and they are satisfied with the progress in the first half year.

Fruit fillings: Puratos highlights growing need for natural ingredients

11 Apr 2018 --- Consumer demand for natural products is increasing continually. The latest “Taste Tomorrow” survey, from Puratos, has revealed a distinct consumer preference for fruit because it is both natural and tasty. Not only did the Taste Tomorrow survey reveal a preference for fruit on the part of the consumer and the customers; demand for cleaner label products was also clearly expressed, including products without artificial preservatives, colorings and flavorings.

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