Barry Callebaut expands dairy-free chocolate portfolio

22 May 2018 --- Barry Callebaut has announced the expansion of its dairy-free chocolate product portfolio, the new Pathway range which is set to premiere at this year’s annual Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago, Illinois on May 22-24, 2018. With consumers demanding more dairy-free options across food categories, Pathway offers a range of dairy-free chocolate solutions, that is ready to use for myriad applications, including confectionery, baked goods, cereals and snack products.

LCI acquires Unicorn Grain Specialties, forms European leader in cereal ingredients

22 May 2018 --- Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) has agreed to acquire 100 percent shares of Unicorn Grain Specialties from Nordian Capital. The operation will be effective in a few weeks, according to the company. Financial details of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Unicorn Grain Specialties has a strong presence in Northern Europe in the cereals and pulses ingredients markets, relying on heat treatment technologies for puffed cereals, cooking-extrusion and flaking, for example.

Campbell Soup CEO retires as company sales fall flat

21 May 2018 --- Campbell Soup has announced that its CEO Denise Morrison is retiring immediately and be replaced by board member Keith McLoughlin as interim CEO. It came as shares in Campbell Soup, which recently acquired the Snyder's-Lance snack company, were down 11 percent at US$34.85 in early trading and the company reported a loss of $393 million on sales of $2.13 billion, or US$1.31 per share, in the quarter ended April 29, compared with a profit a year ago. This was mainly due to a US$647 million charge for its Campbell Fresh division, which is now being reviewed.

Weekly Digest: Kemin launches solution for shelf-life extension, 2 Sisters appoints new CEO

18 May 2018 --- This week in business, Kemin launched a new plant extract solution found to provide a shelf-life extension in salad dressings and sauces and Lurpak announced its plans to bring of Lurpak Softest to the market, a new soft blend butter that is spreadable straight from the fridge. Meanwhile, 2 Sisters has appointed Ronald Kers as its new Chief Executive Officer, officially joining on June 1 and the Chairman of Arla Foods amba, declared that he has agreed on the sale of his dairy farm in Ösarp, Sweden. Also, the Brewers of Europe welcomes the decision by the European Court of Justice clarifying the Degrees Plato calculation, a scale widely used to determine excise duty rates for beer.

Convenience factor (Part 2): Plant-based opportunities for easy eating occasions

17 May 2018 --- Health-minded consumers have been particularly keen to embrace a vegan way of life and therefore inspire product development in the prepared meals space. The trend has not gone unnoticed in the UK on the retailer front, the number of those cutting back on animal products and following a plant-based diet is set to increase by 10 percent this year, according to Tesco.

Campaigners urge UK government to legislate on salt reduction

17 May 2018 --- Campaign group, Action on Salt, has criticized a new Food and Drink Federation (FDF) report that highlights the food industry’s reformulation work to reduce sugar but claims cutting salt is not being given enough attention and urges the government to step up legislation.

Millennials take a fresh look at frozen: Inside an unlikely comeback

17 May 2018 --- Frozen foods are making a comeback and millennials are largely responsible for this, spending 9 percent more per shopping trip for frozen foods last year than other groups, according to an RBC Capital Markets report. Reuters quote David Palmer, an analyst at the firm noting that sales volumes have grown for the first time in five years and it’s the convenience of frozen foods that are driving sales in the space.

Major milestone: Kalsec receives rating for sustainably sourced US crops

17 May 2018 --- As a first milestone since joining the SAI (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative) Platform in 2017, Kalsec has worked with its US growers to implement SAI Platform’s FSA 2.0 tool (Farm Sustainability Assessment). The FSA 2.0 tool evaluates sustainable farming practices covering environmental, economic and social aspects and is a widely recognized assessment in the food and beverage industry.

Givaudan completes acquisition of Nutrition Division of Centroflora

15 May 2018 --- Givaudan has announced it has completed the acquisition of the Nutrition Division of Centroflora Group (Centroflora Nutra), a world player in natural extracts.

Webrooming becomes widespread: Ingredion research highlights consumer purchasing decisions

14 May 2018 --- The food industry can no longer afford to ignore the influence of technology on consumer buying habits as ‘webrooming’ becomes widespread, recent Ingredion research has shown. The practice of scrutinizing ingredient lists and verifying nutritional claims online before buying in-store – also known as webrooming – is increasingly common.

Kerry launches Great Culinary Taste to meet changing consumer needs in prepared meals

14 May 2018 --- Consumers are consistently seeking authentic, delicious restaurant quality prepared meals made from ingredients they know and trust. Taste, convenience, nutrition and traceability need to coexist; and while all four are intrinsically linked to consumer demand, delivering it all at scale and for a profit, is not easy, according to Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition company.

Start-up incubation: Fermented kraut and egg-white chips among Kraft Heinz Springboard choices

14 May 2018 --- Springboard, a platform launched by Kraft Heinz in March 2018 to nurture, scale, and accelerate the growth of disruptive brands, has announced its inaugural Incubator Program class. The program was created to help nurture and develop the next generation of food and beverage brands, nurturing and being close to entrepreneurs, new ideas and consumer trends.

Kalsec CEO: Antioxidants, transparency and natural ingredients at the heart of innovation

14 May 2018 --- Founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1958, the “Kalamazoo Spice Extraction Company,” more commonly known as Kalsec, began as a producer and marketer of natural herbs and spices for food manufacturers. Earlier this year, in January 2018, Dr. Scott Nykaza was promoted to CEO of Kalsec. Before joining the company in 1999, Nykaza worked for the DeKalb Seed Company and Monsanto. While at Monsanto he earned his M.B.A. from Michigan State University.

House of Lords Brexit report: Poorer households forced into below-par imports as food prices skyrocket

11 May 2018 --- A new House of Lords report warns that food prices will rise in the event of a hard Brexit and if the UK doesn’t secure a free trade deal with the European Union, poorer people will be forced to eat lower quality imported food. The upper chamber of British Parliament has painted a rather grim picture of what post-Brexit Britain could look like in terms of affordability of food.

Natural bliss: Nestlé launches cold-brew coffee

11 May 2018 --- Nestlé has launched a new cold-brew coffee that is all-natural with high-quality ingredients that have been crafted into a ready-to-drink coffee beverage, tapping into the growing trend of bringing the coffeehouse experience into the fridge.

Weekly Digest: Unilever celebrates sustainable living brands, Carlsberg launches alcohol-free beer

11 May 2018 --- This week in business, Unilever revealed its fourth consecutive year of growth for its ‘sustainable living’ brands and Nestlé Waters invested CHF 25 million (US$24.9 million) modernization of its bottling site at Henniez, Switzerland. Meanwhile, Solina has announced the completion of the acquisition of Essential Cuisine Limited. Univar has appointed David Jukes as the Company's president and CEO and Chr. Hansen has agreed with Klaus Bjerrum to take up the position as Executive Vice President of Natural Colors Division. Brewing giant Carlsberg launched a new alcohol-free beer brand Birell, as a response to increasing consumer demand in the category and both ADM and Kemin Nutrisurance are expanding in pet health and nutrition.

Imbibe & Ball Corp. collaborate on nitro-infused beverages

10 May 2018 --- Beverage development company, Imbibe, and Ball Corporation, a beverage can supplier, have announced a new partnership intended to leverage Ball’s Widget Inside can technology and increase the development of innovative, nitrogen-infused beverages.

Nestlé and Starbucks form “global coffee alliance” in US$7.15bn distribution deal

08 May 2018 --- Nestlé has agreed to pay Starbucks US$7.15 billion in a distribution deal that sees two of the most iconic coffee brands join forces to form a “global coffee alliance.” The world’s largest food and beverage company has entered into an agreement for the global license of Starbucks consumer and foodservice products allowing it to market them outside of the company’s coffee shops.

Mondelēz set to acquire Tate’s Bake Shop, expands offerings in premium cookie segment

08 May 2018 --- Mondelēz International has announced an agreement with The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm, and other shareholders, including Founder Kathleen King, to acquire Tate’s Bake Shop for approximately US$500 million. Known for its signature thin-and-crispy cookies with simple, authentic, high-quality ingredients, Tate’s is a fast-growing, premium cookie and baked goods brand.

Plant-based potential: Kerry’s joint venture with Ojah & Korys set to boost plant protein innovation

08 May 2018 --- As part of Kerry’s ambition to become a market leader in the supply of innovative plant proteins, the Taste and Nutrition company recently announced a joint venture with Ojah BV, a market-leading pioneer in the production of plant-based meat alternatives based in the Netherlands.

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