The flavors shake-up: Ethnic, rich and authentic options pushed to the fore

14 Aug 2018 --- The last few months have seen a real shake-up in the flavors space with International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) beginning a new chapter with the combination of Frutarom. The news came as Swiss-headquartered market leader Givaudan completed the acquisition of 40.5 percent of the shares of Naturex for €135 per share, with plans underway to take complete control of the natural ingredients supplier. The acquisition of such a significant shareholding in Naturex fits with Givaudan’s 2020 strategy to expand its offering to deliver natural products to customers.

Ruby chocolate flavor: Synergy launches “sweet yet sour” chocolate profile

13 Aug 2018 --- Synergy Flavours has launched a newly developed Ruby Chocolate flavor to add to its wide range of chocolate flavor profiles. Speaking to FoodIngredientsFirst, Hugh Evans, Marketing Manager for Europe and Asia at Synergy Flavours says: “Our team of flavorists were able to use sensory analysis results directly from Ruby chocolate itself, resulting in them being able to capture the most authentic flavor possible.”

Corbion results impacted by new Algae Ingredients business

09 Aug 2018 --- Corbion reported H1 2018 sales of €439.2 million (US$509.2 million), a decrease of 4.9 percent compared to H1 2017, entirely due to negative currency effects. Organic sales growth was 3.1 percent. EBITDA excluding one-off items in H1 2018 decreased by 19.0 percent to €71.5 million (US$82.9 million) due to negative currency effects and the inclusion of the Algae Ingredients business (which includes the former TerraVia business acquired in 2017). Organic EBITDA excluding one-off items increased by 1.2 percent in H1 2018.

Kerry on Christmas beverage trends for 2018: “Expect indulgence, alternative concepts & premiumization”

09 Aug 2018 --- Dessert-inspired treats, iced drinks, premium ingredients and unexpected flavors will be prominent on beverage menus across Europe this Christmas, according to research from Kerry Taste & Nutrition (Kerry). Most of Europe is still experiencing the effects of a very hot summer and heatwaves throughout, but flavor thoughts are already turning to the festive season, a crucial sales period in the beverage market. Kerry has therefore announced this year’s consumer trends, key flavors and easy-to-make concepts, based on its proprietary research tool to help customers drive footfall.

European Salmonella outbreaks highlight compliance information needs, claims SGS

09 Aug 2018 --- The rise in unexplained European cases of salmonella poisoning linked to the use of cucumbers in ready-to-eat foods reminds manufacturers about the need to stay informed on food compliance matters, according to SGS Digicomply (SGS), a regulatory intelligence network. The company provides tailored data to help businesses mitigate against the risk of non-compliance.

Kerry reports “solid” 4.1 percent growth in Taste & Nutrition, updates full-year guidance

09 Aug 2018 --- Kerry has reported a solid underlying business performance for the half year ended June 30, 2018. Taste & Nutrition was up by 4.1 percent volume growth and Consumer Foods was up by 1.3 percent volume growth in H1. UK and Irish consumer foods markets encountered challenges in the period, however, Kerry’s Consumer Foods division delivered a solid underlying performance. Business Performance Group revenue on a reported basis increased by 1.4 percent to €3.2 billion reflecting strong volume growth and contribution from acquisitions.

A world first: Vegan smoked sausage debuts

08 Aug 2018 --- For the past seven years, Dutch meat alternatives innovator The Vegetarian Butcher has been working on a plant-based smoked sausage with a traditional taste. The aim was to create a product that would taste great, even for typical meat eaters. In addition to creating a good flavor, it was a challenge to create a sausage with a “bang,” according to the company. The product has now made its debut.

Natural and clean label expansion: Firmenich acquires Campus, Italian innovator in protein solutions

08 Aug 2018 --- Firmenich has acquired Italy-based Campus, an innovator in the application of natural functional ingredients for protein applications, specializing in clean label, meat and plant-based foods. This acquisition broadens Firmenich’s capabilities in naturals and protein solutions, cutting across animal and vegan food products. Neither party is disclosing financial details of the deal, which is expected to close by the end of this week.

Bright futures: The evolution of natural colors and a “less is more” approach

07 Aug 2018 --- The trend for natural colors is part of a wider shift in consumer awareness about health and wellbeing and a desire for cleaner and safer food products. Consumers now have access to more information than ever before and, as a result of demand and pressure from health interest groups, the natural ingredients space has been growing steadily for several years now. In light of this, the incentive is now overwhelming for food manufacturers to clean up their products. This is being reflected in the rapid uptake of natural colors in new product launches.

Novel approach: TechAccel awards grant for gene editing, trial to focus on tomato plants

06 Aug 2018 --- TechAccel, the Kansas City-based technology development company, has announced its selection of a grant recipient under the Venture Catalyst Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) Grant program at The University of California (UC). The program will fund a novel method for genome editing and the trial will focus solely on tomato plants. TechAccel earlier committed to an expansion of the Venture Catalyst STAIR grant program, which is in its fifth year. TechAccel was also represented on the STAIR Grant selection committee that reviewed 29 applications from UC Davis researchers for this year’s award. The winning candidate receives funding for proof-of-concept research aimed at demonstrating commercial feasibility. 

Global flavors & fragrances market to reach US$36 billion in 2022

06 Aug 2018 --- The global flavors and fragrances market continues to show good rates of growth across the various regions, according to IAL Consultants. The company has published the 11th edition of its report on the global markets for Flavors & Fragrances. The total global market reached US$28.2 billion in 2017, an increase of 4.6 percent compared to the previous year and is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 4.9 percent p.a. to reach approximately US$36 billion in 2022. Of the total world market, flavors account for approximately 56 percent and fragrances for the remaining 44 percent.

Clean label: Ulrick & Short launches cold swelling starches

03 Aug 2018 --- Ulrick & Short has expanded their clean label ingredient range which, according to the company, promises to solve problems for manufacturers in achieving stability and thickening in gentle factory processes. The innovative ingredients provide the same functional properties and performance as a pregelatinized starch, without requiring high shear mixing.

Weekly Roundup: Kellogg raises revenue forecast, Solvay’s natural vanillin receives GRAS approval

03 Aug 2018 --- This week, in business results, Bunge sustained a loss of US$21 million in the second quarter and Kellogg and raised its revenue forecast for the year. In the same week, the company announced the launch of its joyböl brand in the UK, targeting millennials with an all-in-one packaged smoothie bowl. Essentia Protein Solutions has been reaccredited to the highest grade AA by the BRC (British Retail Consortium) Global Standard for Food Safety at its Tipton, UK manufacturing site. Dairygold has won eight prestigious awards at the recent International Cheese Awards which was held in Nantwich, England and Grupo Lala, has named Mauricio Leyva as its new Chief Executive.

Street food reigns supreme: Schwartz launches seasonings inspired by global cuisines

02 Aug 2018 --- Schwartz has launched a new Street Food Seasonings range in response to the growing consumer trend for world foods. The UK, in particular, has seen a rise in popularity of street food markets, where consumers enjoy on-the-go, versatile and authentic world flavors. Matched with their audience’s desires to recreate recipes from scratch at home, this new series of seasonings is the perfect fix for adventurous millennials seeking quick, easy and tasty meal ideas.

Fermentation factor: Lallemand & Veripan develop solutions for artisan-style bread

01 Aug 2018 --- One of today’s key trends is the industrial production of artisan-style bakery products. In response to these trends for fermented ingredients, Lallemand and Veripan have formed a “collaboration which will combine Lallemand’s knowledge and expertise in yeasts, cultures and enzymes with Veripan’s proprietary fermentation technologies, creating strong synergies between both companies.”

The Vegan Society: “UK rail companies should provide more vegan food options onboard”

01 Aug 2018 --- The Vegan Society is targeting rail companies in the UK with their latest campaign to improve catering for vegans in the travel sector this summer. The company's “Vegan on the Go” campaign encourages supporters of veganism to contact rail companies asking them to offer vegan food and drink options onboard trains.

Evolving flavor demands: Sensient targets vegan, organic and reduced sugar platforms

01 Aug 2018 --- Clean label is now a global standard. People investigate their food and beverage choices more closely now, and they are very specific about what they want to see. According to recent Sensient primary research, authenticity and natural ingredients are key drivers when it comes to making food choices. Sensient analysts have found that in the clean label world, the words “natural” and “extract” carry significant weight. Consumers see it as the closest to nature that they can get. At IFT 2018, just last month, Sensient were exhibiting their latest product innovations, developed in response to these consumer needs.

Kepak Group acquires 2 Sisters Red Meat business for an undisclosed sum

31 Jul 2018 --- Kepak Group has acquired the Red Meat business of 2 Sisters Food Group (trading as 2 Sisters Red Meat Limited) from Boparan Holdings for an undisclosed fee, as 2 Sisters aims to restructure its operations following a tumultuous year. Kepak Group is set to acquire the business and assets of 2 Sisters Red Meat including four UK-based production facilities and a storage facility in Truro, Cornwall.

DouxMatok & Südzucker commercialize “breakthrough” sugar reduction technology in Europe

31 Jul 2018 --- European sugar producer, Südzucker, and DouxMatok, a developer of targeted flavor delivery technology, have announced a partnership to commercialize DouxMatok’s “breakthrough” sugar reduction solution across Europe to support the food industry’s efforts to reduce sugar content. According to the company, DouxMatok sugar, which is compliant with European and US regulations, can reduce up to 40 percent of the sugar content in various food products while maintaining the same sugar sensory profile.

Rabobank reveals Global Dairy Top 20 companies, Nestlé reigns supreme

30 Jul 2018 --- Dairy price recovery in 2017 has positively affected the combined turnover of the top 20 companies, which, in 2017, was up 7.2 percent on the year in US dollar terms, according to RaboResearch’s latest Global Dairy Top 20 – A Shuffling of the Deck Chairs report.

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