Pardue Grain breaks ground on US$6.5m pulse processing facility in Montana, US

16 Jul 2018 --- Pardue Grain has broken ground on a new US$6.5 million pulse crop processing facility in Great Falls, Montana, US. The company's new 32,000 square-foot building will create a dozen jobs and expand its pulse processing operation including sorting, sizing, cleaning and bagging capabilities. Pardue's existing storage and transloading facility is located in Cut Bank, Montana. The expansion is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to the company.

Nestlé pledges improved chicken welfare across Buitoni, Wagner and Maggi brands

02 Jul 2018 --- Nestlé is pushing up animal welfare standards for millions of chickens used in its food products across Europe as part of a broader initiative to use traceable and responsibly-sourced ingredients. The food giant will work with supply chain partners and stakeholders to improve living conditions for chickens, ensure the use of more humane practices and reduce stocking density.

Weekly Digest: Nestlé UK distribution center to feature XPO technology prototypes, ADM opens high-tech feed facility in Nebraska

22 Jun 2018 --- This week in business, Nestlé and XPO Logistics announced its plans to co-create a 638,000-square-foot distribution center in Leicestershire, UK. SVZ International is celebrating sustainability success, having been named best performer in the food and beverage sector in Ecovadis’s 2018 Sustainability Leadership awards for the second consecutive year. Salt of the Earth has implemented an extensive program to protect waterfowl in its salt pools.

New protein sources: Valio eyes opportunity for meat substitutes using Finnish milk

21 Jun 2018 --- The popularity of meat substitute products has grown significantly in recent years and consumers, particularly millennials, have been keen to try out new ingredients and foods that answer the modern needs of flexitarian or vegetarian consumers. In response to these key trends, Valio has launched a protein source that is promoted as ideal for food preparation at home. Valio MiFU is a Finnish food innovation made from milk and can be used in recipes that call for meat or chicken.

FarmLogix launches logistics platform to accelerate sustainable sourcing in the US

21 Jun 2018 --- Provider of local and sustainable food technology solutions, FarmLogix, has announced the launch of Open Fields, a trailblazing software platform that allows foodservice operations at colleges, schools, hospitals, sports and leisure facilities and businesses of all kinds to more efficiently source and report on sustainable ingredients.

Allergen & free from claims in a plant-based world

12 Jun 2018 ---  The need for free-from foods is driving innovation across many food sectors. There has been an unprecedented growth in the egg free and vegan sectors as both manufacturers and consumers alike exercise more caution when purchasing products containing eggs. The free-from industry has grown significantly over the last few years and foods without dairy, gluten or animal products are becoming much more mainstream and readily available on supermarket shelves and in the foodservice sector.

Arla Foods Ingredients launches online egg calculator, as market volatility drives the demand for replacements

04 Jun 2018 --- Arla Foods Ingredients has launched a new online egg calculator to assist bakery companies in determining how much they could save by using egg replacers in their cake recipes. Egg prices are going through an extended period of volatility, with a number of events in the global egg production industry having impacted on market conditions.

Chobani incubator program eyes potential of food technology

01 Jun 2018 --- US yogurt company Chobani has launched an incubator program which eyes the potential of food technology and start-up companies that are steering their way through the food value chain. The program is Chobani’s fourth incubator initiative; earlier this year it revealed its third-generation brands, which are said to be disrupting and improving high-potential food categories.

Chemical giants “disappointed” after EU court backs neonicotinoids ban

18 May 2018 --- An EU court has backed a partial ban on neonicotinoids saying that the European Commission was correct five years ago when it restricted their use in a bid to protect bee populations. The General Court of the European Union confirmed on Thursday the validity of the restrictions introduced at EU level in 2013 against the insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid because of the risks those substances pose to bees.

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.

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.

Gluten-free NPD: Ulrick & Short expands portfolio

03 May 2018 --- In the last few years, the gluten-free sector has grown from a fringe sector to one of the fastest growing in the western world. In 2015, no fewer than 12 percent of global product launches carried the claim “gluten-free” according to Innova Market Insights, up from just 5 percent in 2010 and this continues to expand. This consumer trend has been reflected in NPD, specifically in the bakery sector which has seen exponential growth.

Bell launches new range of certified organic flavors

27 Apr 2018 --- Bell Flavors & Fragrances has announced the launch of its newly expanded range of certified organic and organic compliant flavors within its HQ location in Northbrook, Illinois, US. Bell currently offers a broad range of organic compliant flavors and recently launched a variety of certified organic flavors, certified through Quality Assurance International (QAI).

ADM debuts new yeast protein for pets and opens US enzyme lab

24 Apr 2018 --- ADM Animal Nutrition is launching a versatile yeast protein for dogs and cats with an amino acid profile similar to an egg, making it an ideal complementary or replacement protein source for pets: Versity.

Wasteful: Average American wastes 422g of food a day, study finds

19 Apr 2018 --- New food waste research from the US unveils the shocking truths about the amount of food tossed out every day and it is people with healthier diets rich in fresh produce that are among the worst offenders. Fresh fruit and vegetables were the most likely to be thrown out, followed by dairy and then meat, according to the latest insights into the country’s food waste problems, carried out by US Department of Agriculture.

Blockchain: BASF and arc-net team up to use trailblazing technology for livestock sustainability

18 Apr 2018 --- The world’s largest chemical producer BASF and arc-net are joining forces to use blockchain technology for livestock sustainability. The system captures data to provide an environmental footprint with full transparency and traceability along the entire value chain. The partnership is just the latest example of how the food industry can harness the power of blockchain technology.

Cargill invests US$20m in egg processing facility

13 Apr 2018 --- Cargill is investing US$20 million to expand its Big Lake, Minnesota, egg processing facility. The Big Lake expansion includes capabilities to pasteurize, mix and cook a number of additional egg products for foodservice and protein ingredient customers, to meet increasing customer and consumer demand for a greater variety of cooked egg products.

Cargill posts earnings drop off, performance gains for cocoa, chocolate and edible oils

09 Apr 2018 --- Global commodities trader Cargill has reported the key financial results for the fiscal 2018 third quarter and first nine months ended Feb. 28, 2018. Adjusted operating earnings were US$559 million, a 22 percent decrease from last year’s US$715 million. Nine-month earnings totaled US$2.4 billion, down 7 percent from US$2.58 billion a year ago.

Ulrick & Short cleans up packaging declarations with innovative glazing systems

29 Mar 2018 --- Consumer and retailer pressure is mounting to clear up label declarations and to embrace new diet trends. Ulrick & Short is responding to these pressures by launching clean label, allergen free and vegan-friendly glazing systems, called eziglaze, that provide solutions for manufacturers.

Start-up focus: JUST’s innovation journey evolves beyond mayo

28 Mar 2018 --- Bay Area food start-up, JUST, is an innovator in the plant-based foods space. The company was founded in December 2011 by Josh Balk and CEO Joshua Tetrick, under the name Hampton Creek Foods, Inc. and is best known for its vegan mayonnaise and early work into the cultured meat space. The company, which recently changed its name to JUST, believes its brand of mayo shows it’s possible to produce plant-based foods that consumers love at prices they can afford, without relying on the egg, meat and dairy products that take a toll on the planet.

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