Reb M capacity increase: PureCircle expands production of its Starleaf stevia


16 Jul 2018 --- Producer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle, has expanded its capacity to supply significantly more Reb M to global beverage and food companies. Using beverage sweetening as an equivalized example, PureCircle can now supply enough Reb M to sweeten approximately 500 million cases of zero-calorie carbonated soft drinks. The company continues to build production capacity and estimates that three years from now, it could supply enough Reb M to sweeten 1 billion cases of zero-calorie carbonated soft drinks or the equivalent in beverages and foods using Reb M as the sweetener.

Dual food: Testing protocol compares quality across EU

16 Jul 2018 --- The European Commission has released a new common methodology for comparing the quality of food products across the EU to allow national consumer authorities to test the characteristics of food products sold with similar packaging across the Union. It has been developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's Science and Knowledge service and will help protect European consumers from misleading marketing about the food they eat and the products they buy.

Kaslink & Tetra Pak partnership: Transforming Nordic oats into plant-based dairy alternatives

16 Jul 2018 --- With plant-based dairy drinks trending strongly in Europe, Kaslink and its partner, Tetra Pak are “willing to take risks to stay ahead of the competition.” In the Nordic countries, oat is a common food ingredient. Oat-based drinks and fermented oat-based products are cereal-based products which are common in Asia where many products are based on soy, almond or rice. The global market for alternative dairy drinks is expected to reach US$16.3 billion this year alone, according to Innova Market Insights data, a dramatic increase from US$7.4 billion in 2010.

Barry Callebaut hails volume growth “significantly above global chocolate confectionery market”

16 Jul 2018 --- Barry Callebaut has released its nine-month key sales figures for the fiscal year 2017/18 which has shown good group momentum and volume growth that is significantly above the global chocolate confectionery market, according to the company. In the first nine months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended May 31, 2018), the manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products grew its sales volume by 6.9 percent to 1,512,853 tons.

Sustainable food policies: Major food players launch US alliance which will “shape what people eat”

16 Jul 2018 --- Four of the world's largest food companies have launched the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, a new US organization focused on driving progress in public policies that shape what people eat and how it impacts their health, communities and the planet. Founding member companies include Danone North America, Mars Incorporated, Nestlé USA and Unilever United States. The four founding member companies have made broad updates to their portfolios in recent years, advancing issues like sodium and sugar reduction, responsible marketing, transparency and reducing their impact on the planet.

Weekly Digest: Tetra Pak notes sustainability milestone, Arla Foods & Yeo Valley transaction unconditional

13 Jul 2018 --- This week in business, Tetra Pak has achieved 50 percent renewable electricity consumption in just two years since its RE100 commitment. ADM announced that Kristy Folkwein, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, was recognized by Constellation Research on its 2019 Business Transformation 150 and Campbell Soup appointed Diego Palmieri as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, US Meals & Beverages, effective July 18, 2018.

Advanced sugar reduction: DSM to launch new Reb M sweetener at IFT

13 Jul 2018 ---  DSM is set to showcase its new generation sweetener Avansya Reb M at this year’s IFT, in Chicago. Avansya is DSM’s new brand for sustainably produced, non-artificial sweeteners that answers the need for advanced, flexible sugar reduction in a wide range of foods and beverages. The first product in this range is Avansya Reb M (Rebaudioside M), a calorie-free steviol glycoside with a pure and clean taste, according to the company, which is sustainably produced by fermentation.

Brexit report: Turbocharge exports, invest in innovation & restore productivity, urges FDF

13 Jul 2018 --- The UK food and drink industry needs help to “turbocharge” the sector’s exports and restore productivity levels to avoid falling behind other European countries once Britain has left the EU, that is according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). An industry-wide report highlights the key growth opportunities for the food and drink industry, the UK's largest manufacturing sector which contributes £28.2bn (US$37bn) to the economy annually, employs 400,000 people and is a key part of the nation's £110 billion (US$144bn) farm-to-fork food chain.

Lesaffre acquires bakery ingredients business, Delavau Food Partners

13 Jul 2018 --- Lesaffre has purchased Delavau Food Partners, an innovator in baking ingredients based in North America. The transaction was closed on Wednesday, July 11th. The acquisition will enhance Lesaffre's performance ingredient offering to the baking market, according to the company.

Arla Foods expands premium yogurt offerings to European markets

13 Jul 2018 --- Arla Foods is set to expand its Finnish brand, Ihana, into new markets. The premium yogurt range was launched in Denmark this spring and makes its debut in the UK this week. Made with natural ingredients, Ihana taps into key trends that fit with European consumer lifestyles and provides an authentic and indulgent treat with a thick and creamy texture. 

Ben & Jerry’s slammed by consumer group over “deceptive” dairy advertising

12 Jul 2018 --- US iconic ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s has come under attack from the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) which has filed suit against the Unilever-owned company over deceptive marketing allegations. The OCA is suing Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., for what it calls the "deceptive labeling, marketing and sale of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products." The suit was filed in D.C. Superior Court under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

CHS makes “great strides” to report US$229 million Q3 net income

12 Jul 2018 --- Farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, CHS Inc has reported net income of US$229.3 million for the third quarter of its 2018 fiscal year. This covers the three-month period ending May 31, 2018, and compares to a net loss of US$45.2 million for the same time period a year ago. Results for the quarter were attributed to higher operating margins in the company's Ag and Energy segments compared to previous years, primarily driven by higher margins in feed and farm supplies, crop nutrients, processing & food ingredients and refined fuels.

“No-No Ingredients”: Kerry consumer research highlights meat concerns

12 Jul 2018 --- Consumer knowledge of food and beverage properties has begun to evolve into ingredient curiosity, according to taste and nutrition company Kerry. With increased attention on the origin, sourcing and manufacturing of products, ingredient selection for meat products, has become a priority to consumers. They often want to know more about what they consume. In terms of clean label, consumers are demanding a return to real food and transparency through authenticity. They seek foods that are natural and familiar, with simple ingredients that are easy to recognize, understand and pronounce.

Bunge Loders Croklaan to debut Non-GMO Project Verified sunflower lecithin

12 Jul 2018 --- Customers seeking growth opportunities in the non-GMO food and beverage space now have a versatile new lecithin solution, according to Bunge Loders Croklaan. At IFT18 (July 16-18), Bunge Loders Croklaan will showcase BungeMaxx sunflower lecithin, a Non-GMO Project Verified ingredient with a range of benefits for food and beverages, including emulsification and crystallization control.

Brazzein scale-up: “Nature has the answer to sugar reduction,” says Magellan Life Sciences CEO

11 Jul 2018 --- UK-based Magellan Life Sciences is scaling up their production of brazzein, through its patent-pending fermentation process. The company believes it will be the first to market the natural sweetener on a major scale. Using an FDA-approved microorganism strain and food-grade chemicals, Magellan Life Sciences has developed a unique process that promises commercial quantities of brazzein that are “identical to nature.”

Going gluten-free: Is there a conflict between wheat & gluten?

11 Jul 2018 --- European starch specialist, Kröner-Stärke has declared that there does not have to be a conflict between going gluten-free and still being able to enjoy the taste and functional properties that wheat has to offer. Thanks to the high-quality raw materials, it is possible to produce gluten-free bakery products, sauces, batters and coatings using 100 percent naturally produced wheat starches with the gluten content washed out, according to the company.

HB Natural Ingredients eyes opportunities in stevia and licorice extracts

11 Jul 2018 --- Plant-based ingredients manufacturer HB Natural Ingredients is eyeing opportunities in stevia and licorice extracts to achieve their reformulation and NPD objectives. The company’s next generation, modified stevia extracts are planned for near-term launch. Currently, HB Natural Ingredients’ technology-driven portfolio includes a comprehensive range of stevia extracts, such as Rebaudioside D and licorice root extracts, such as MAG (Mono-Ammonium Glycyrrhizinate).

Lycored: “Start bright, stay bright,” new confectionery colors pass the candy test

11 Jul 2018 --- A new batch of carotenoid-derived colors from Lycored have proved to be “super-stable” in hard coated candy and vitamin-enriched gummies. Research has shown that the use of natural colors does not diminish the appeal of candy to children and actually enhances it for parents. This is according to Lycored’s team which will be presenting its findings on natural colors during the IFT Food Expo in Chicago next week.

Swedish investigation: Frozen strawberries linked to Hepatitis A virus

11 Jul 2018 --- Public health officials in Sweden are probing an outbreak of Hepatitis A in Sweden. Thirteen people are thought to be infected with the virus from a batch of frozen strawberries that were imported from Poland. The Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten), the National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket) and local authorities are involved in the investigation which comes after eleven confirmed cases and two suspected cases were reported.

Sustainable soy: Louis Dreyfus promises to raise the bar

10 Jul 2018 --- Louis Dreyfus, the global merchant firm involved in agriculture and food processing, notes that the soy industry is now growing so rapidly that managing its supply chain sustainably is becoming “increasingly urgent.” That’s why it has just launched a new policy geared towards protecting biodiversity, preserving natural resources and habitats while also generating a fair wage for farmers. 

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