Brexit breakthrough declared: No “hard border” in Ireland

08 Dec 2017 --- After months of negotiations and what looked like a continuing impasse, finally the UK government and EU have declared a “Brexit breakthrough” having reached a last-minute deal on key points, including the fact there will be no “hard border” in Ireland. For food and beverage industries, the Northern Ireland border is one of the key points that could impact trade and so companies have been closely monitoring Brexit talks for months, hoping that a “hard border” will be avoided. 

Almond Board of California envisions farm of the future with $4.8m investment into research

08 Dec 2017 --- The Almond Board of California (ABC) has announced an investment of US$4.8 million in 64 independent, third-party research projects exploring next-generation farming practices. Additionally, ABC released the first annual Almond Sustainability Publication, entitled Growing Good, which highlights the California Almond community’s commitment to sustainability.

Hydrosol MD: Sustainability and shelf-life demands present opportunity

08 Dec 2017 --- Hydrosol (a Stern-Wywiol business unit), presented its new Stabifruit line at FiE 2017 in Frankfurt, an offer to the beverage industry, that is a completely new segment for the company. Hydrosol also presented new developments in ingredients for poultry, vegan meat substitutes, and dairy and whey products. With these functional systems, food manufacturers can easily make products that address current international consumer trends. 

Symrise launches authentic food program

07 Dec 2017 --- The Symrise Global Culinary Team has launched the Joy of Authentic Food Initiative which helps food manufacturers create the unique food experiences their customers demand by capturing the best of science and nature. Noah Michaels, Senior Chef and Culinary Team Leader, stated that the global Joy of Authentic Food program is part of a natural evolution that is taking place in the culinary arena.

Gelita CEO: Clean label and collagen among clear pathways for differentiation

07 Dec 2017 --- The clean label trend continues to accelerate, with growing consumer demand for simpler products that contain ingredients with a strong tradition. With this market background, Gelita is looking to highlight its gelatin products on a clean and clear platform, with simplicity being a key strategy. Last week at FiE 2017, FoodIngredientsFirst spoke exclusively to CEO, Dr. Franz Josef Konert on the state of the market and the company’s business strategy for 2018.

Barry Callebaut publishes first-ever Forever Chocolate progress report

07 Dec 2017 --- Barry Callebaut has published the first Forever Chocolate progress report. It details both the progress as well as the learnings of the journey kicked off a year ago when Barry Callebaut launched its new sustainability strategy “Forever Chocolate” with the ambition of moving sustainable chocolate from niche to norm by 2025. The plan is based on four ambitious targets to be achieved by 2025 that address the largest sustainability challenges in the chocolate supply chain.

Ingredia showcases new “Via Lacta” milk range as demand for sustainably sourced ingredients increases

06 Dec 2017 --- Ingredia were showcasing their new “Via Lacta” milk range at this year's Food ingredients Europe (FiE), held in Frankfurt, last week. The logo symbolizes the milk with a drop of milk, the environment with a tree and man with a smile. As a dairy cooperative, Ingredia is made up of farmers and are very involved in the processes associated with every stage of milk production. In order to meet current consumption trends shifting towards healthier products with sustainable development, Ingredia’s “Via Lacta” range of ingredients, comes from its own responsible milk collection. 

Musgrave acquires Aryzta’s La Rousse Foods

06 Dec 2017 --- Shortly after posting a 5.5 percent drop in revenue, troubled Swiss-Irish baked goods group Aryzta is raising funds through the sale of its foodservice supplier La Rousse Foods to Irish wholesaler Musgrave.

Excessive salt levels found in popular branded UK sausages

06 Dec 2017 --- The “shocking and excessively high” amounts of salt in certain UK sausage brands has been flagged by the consumer lobby group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH). New research conducted by Queen Mary University of London points out that by starting the day with a sausage sandwich, UK residents could be eating nearly two-thirds of an adult’s maximum daily recommended intake (6g salt) – more salt than a double cheeseburger and large fries.

Sensient expands coloring solutions offering, eyes sustainability platforms

06 Dec 2017 --- Meeting the ever-growing global trend for more natural products, Sensient Food Colors Europe brought an enhanced range of coloring solutions, with customer and consumer benefits, to this year's Food ingredients Europe (FiE), held in Frankfurt, last week. 

AB InBev acquires Australian craft brand Pirate Life

05 Dec 2017 --- Brewing giants AB InBev has snapped up “lifestyle” canned beer brand Pirate Life which is based on a carefree and relaxed attitude that founders say will not change despite the acquisition by one of the biggest names in the industry. 

FiE 2017: Javelin world champion calls for more natural nutrition options

05 Dec 2017 --- Elite athletes are calling for the development of natural sports nutrition solutions, where they can eat less and keep more of the benefits that are in the food inside. This was a key learning from an interview with Germany’s javelin world champion and European Men’s Athlete of the Year 2017, Johannes Vetter, who would like to be able to add more solutions to his intense dietary regimen.

UK: Tesco biggest ever meat-free Christmas range

05 Dec 2017 --- Changing UK diets have prompted Tesco to double its vegetarian and vegan centerpiece festive food offering this year to keep pace with demand for meat-free products. 

Hain Celestial acquires natural sweeteners brand Clarks UK

05 Dec 2017 --- The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. has announced that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has acquired Clarks UK Ltd., The Natural Sweeteners Company, a leading maple syrup and natural sweetener brand, in the United Kingdom.  

Moments do matter: Breakfast behaviors and the growth of snacking

05 Dec 2017 --- Different moments require different foods. Consumers ask themselves “Do I need an on-the-go yogurt for a busy morning at work?”, “What do I need to buy for a relaxing brunch at home with the family?” and “What shall I eat and drink after my workout?” Exploring trends related to the where, when and how of eating and drinking can help companies position their products in the right type of occasion to capitalize on consumer questions like these. 

EU phosphate objection causes kebab stir

04 Dec 2017 --- The future use of phosphate as a food additive is hanging in the balance as European politicians debate whether it should continue to be used with a full Parliament vote due to take place in Strasbourg later this month.

Tate & Lyle gets Non-GMO Project Verification for starch ingredients, expands China facility

04 Dec 2017 --- Global food ingredients and solutions provider Tate & Lyle Plc. has achieved Non-GMO Project verification for 18 starch ingredients, including its entire line of Claria Functional Clean-Label Starches. This good news for the company comes as it also announces that the expansion of capacity, and process upgrades, at its Sta-Lite Polydextrose facility in Nantong, Jiangsu Province, China, is now complete and online.

Fonterra: Resurgence of butter in Asia is down to understanding health foods and demand for premium products

04 Dec 2017 --- Globally, annual butter consumption has increased 1.7 million MT over the last 10 years. In recent years we’ve seen the world adopt a better understanding of the health benefits of butter. While historically experts advised people to reduce their fat intake, they now agree that some fats are actually beneficial for people’s health – especially natural dairy fats. 

Aryzta beset by revenue difficulties

01 Dec 2017 --- Swiss-Irish food group Aryzta has experienced a 5.5 percent fall in revenue to €909.7m in the three months to 31 October. According to the group’s revenue update, Group organic revenue declined by 2.6 percent in the period. Currency had a 2.9 percent negative impact on revenue.

Olam Cocoa launches innovative reduced-sodium dark cocoa powder

01 Dec 2017 --- Olam Cocoa has been showcasing its new dark cocoa powder without added sodium during Fi Europe this week – and it’s proving to be a big hit. The experts in cocoa wanted to give clients an excellent tasting, dark-colored cocoa powder but with less sodium. Following a period of research and development, Olam cocoa pioneers came up with the premium cocoa powder deZaan D11BK, which it has been presenting at the trade fair throughout this week.

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