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.

Making agricultural sustainability mainstream: Olam launches AtSource

18 Apr 2018 --- Global agri-business, Olam International, has launched AtSource – a sustainable and traceable sourcing solution that provides unrivaled environmental and social insights into the journey of agricultural raw materials and food ingredients from the farm to manufacturing and retail customers. AtSource will also enhance Olam’s ability to assess and positively influence the environmental footprint of the 4.7 million farmers in the company’s supply chain, the vast majority of whom are smallholders growing crops such as cocoa, coffee and cashew in emerging markets.

Bühler expands into natural hazelnut market with Turkish launch

18 Apr 2018 --- Bühler has expanded into the natural hazelnut market with the Turkish launch of its innovative combination of sorting technologies. This commitment is set to transform the industry and help increase yield and efficiency, similar to levels already achieved by US almond, pistachio and walnut processors.

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.

New EU acrylamide legislation comes into force

11 Apr 2018 --- New European Union legislation comes into force today (April 11) concerning the amount of acrylamide in foods with “benchmark” levels being set for various products. Passed by the EU last year, today marks the beginning of the law which limits the amount of acrylamide allowed in packaged foods and forces manufacturers to closely examine and reduce acrylamide levels in products.

Barry Callebaut sales volumes rise 8 percent, boosted by European and US performance

11 Apr 2018 --- Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has reported a sales volumes increase of 8.0 percent in the first half of the company’s fiscal year 2017/18 results, which is significantly above the global chocolate market growth rate of +2.5 percent, helped by a strong performance in Europe and accelerating growth in the Americas.

FAO: World food prices rise for second consecutive month

06 Apr 2018 --- The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 172.8 points last month, up 1.1 percent from February. World food prices rose in March from the month before, driven by increases in grains and dairy costs, according to the FAO.

Northern hemisphere peak milk flows unlikely to overwhelm the market, says Rabobank

05 Apr 2018 --- A robust import program by Chinese buyers, combined with a weather-impacted New Zealand season, were the perfect ingredients for the short-term rally in the first-quarter 2018, according to the latest Rabobank Global Dairy Quarterly.

Ajinomoto: Does information about ingredients affect the foods we eat?

04 Apr 2018 --- For years, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. has been disseminating information about umami, monosodium glutamate (MSG), food and nutrition to help people, not only in Japan but throughout the world to eat well and live well. People typically use the words “taste” and “flavor” interchangeably, but according to Ajinomoto, they’re completely different.

PureCircle innovation efforts help boost stevia production

03 Apr 2018 --- PureCircle has announced that its recent advances now enable it to significantly boost production of the stevia sweeteners which it says "have the most sugar-like taste and which are most sought after by beverage and food companies."

Glanbia adds quinoa and oat ingredients to beverage line

28 Mar 2018 --- Global nutrition group Glanbia Nutritionals has added oat and quinoa ingredients to its super-finely milled BevGrad line. The addition aims to keep pace with demand for products with whole grains, proteins and high fiber, for health-conscious consumers with busy lifestyles looking to pack in more nutrition

Sustainability goals 2025: AB InBev commits to smart agriculture and circular packaging

22 Mar 2018 --- Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is committing to 2025 Sustainability Goals in smart agriculture, water stewardship, circular packaging, and climate action. The delivery of the goals will have the wide-reaching impact that includes connecting thousands of farmers to technologies and skills, ensuring water access and quality in high-stress communities, partnering with suppliers to increase recycling content, and adding renewable electricity capacity to regional grids.

Nestlé launches new nitrogen-infused coffee range in the UK

21 Mar 2018 --- Nestlé continues to innovate, meeting fast-moving consumer trends in the UK and Ireland with the launch of nitrogen-infused coffee drink “Nescafé Azera Nitro.” The food and beverage giant has unveiled the new Nescafé range of nitrogen-infused cans, available across Britain’s retail sector and in the foodservice arena.

Beverage innovation: “Lighter enjoyment,” botanicals and cold brew NPD

20 Mar 2018 --- Current innovation across the beverage category is centered around health and wellbeing, as sugar reformulation and the broader idea of “lighter enjoyment” continues to dominate new product development. Globally, producers are tapping into the growing consumer demand for enjoyable soft and alcoholic drinks that have been given a clean and clear label makeover as innovators continue to dump sugar and reformulate with more natural alternatives.

Culture capacity: DuPont lays foundation for deep-freeze warehouse

15 Mar 2018 --- Earlier this week, (March 12), the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new deep-freeze warehouse took place at the site of the DuPont Nutrition & Health (Danisco Deutschland GmbH) in Niebüll, Germany. The new storage center is part of a joint project, which reflects the cooperative efforts of the sites of Epernon, France and Niebüll, Germany to secure additional capacity in cultures.

UK tax consultation on single-use plastic welcomed by industry bodies amid ongoing pollution debate

14 Mar 2018 --- UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has confirmed plans to launch a public tax consultation with the aim of tackling plastic pollution. Speaking during his Spring Statement, the Chancellor also announced a £20 million innovation fund for businesses and universities to develop new technologies in plastic recycling. The move has received widespread approval in the industry.

Next-generation stevia: A new wave of extracts

13 Mar 2018 --- Natural sweeteners, including stevia, have been trending amid the clean label boom. With 2018 set to be a big year for sugar reduction and with sugar taxes coming into effect in the UK and Ireland, many ingredients suppliers are looking to innovate even further in the space of sugar reduction with new and emerging sweeteners, including stevia extracts.

EU alcohol sector plans to broaden nutritional and ingredient information

13 Mar 2018 --- Spirits are running high in the EU alcohol debate as the European alcoholic beverages sectors have come up with a self-regulatory, voluntary proposal on the list of ingredients and nutrition information and have submitted this draft to the European Commission for consideration. Currently, there is no EU legal obligation in place for alcoholic drinks above 1.2 percent (ABV) to show nutritional and ingredients information. This means that some alcoholic drinks are sold without on-label reference to aspects like sugar content, which is different to regulations for soft drinks, for instance.

Sweet findings: Comax study reveals consumer attitudes towards baked goods

13 Mar 2018 --- Comax Flavors has released new primary research on consumers’ behavior, usage and attitudes towards sweet baked products, primarily focusing on cakes, cookies, donuts, muffins and pies. The seventh study of the company’s primary market research program, named “The Sweet Baked Goods Study” was fielded in August 2017 with 1,000 US respondents aged 18-70+; half were female and the other half were male.

Nielsen-Massey targets new vanilla applications as raw material prices hit record levels

12 Mar 2018 --- For more than 110 years, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has been a purveyor of high-quality pure and natural vanillas and flavors. With their experience in creating and perfecting custom blends and flavors, the family company uses a cold extraction process to ensure more than 300 flavors are preserved in its vanilla extracts, even during times when vanilla supply is experiencing difficulties. Recently, the company launched "No-Sugar Added" and organic additions to its range of extracts, to an industry where these trends are gaining momentum.

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