Dairy-free, freeze-dried Space Ice Kream set to make its debut in US

23 May 2018 --- Space Ice Kream, promoted as the world’s first dairy-free, freeze-dried ice cream is set to hit grocery store shelves and online stores later this year. According to Seva Foods, the first and only manufacturer of plant-based, freeze-dried ice cream, Space Ice Kream has the rich flavor of traditional ice cream, but with the convenience of a snack. Inspired by the nostalgic treat originally created for the Apollo space missions in the 1960s, Space Ice Kream comes in cashew-coconut based bite-sized nuggets, minimally processed, organic and freeze-dried.

Aluminum packaging adapts and diversifies for a sustainable future

23 May 2018 --- Demand for increasingly higher levels of sustainability and cost-effectiveness in product packaging is a challenge the aluminum industry is able to embrace because of the innate qualities of the material. In theory, aluminum can be recycled countless times without loss of quality and has excellent barrier properties capable of extending shelf life, thereby countering food waste.

IFF CEO on Frutarom buy: Access to a broader middle market minimizes supplier exposure

22 May 2018 --- Andreas Fibig, CEO of International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), has identified the broad base of small and medium-sized customers as a key benefit in acquiring Frutarom in a “transformational move” for the company. A base of 30,000 customers from the legacy Frutarom business compared to just 3,000 for the much larger New York-headquartered company, could provide an opportunity to replicate IFF’s Tastepoint model that has proved to be successful in meeting the needs of small and medium businesses in the US since its inception last summer.

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.

Dairy groups applaud defeat of raw milk amendment

21 May 2018 --- Opposition from a strong coalition of dairy farmers, processors, consumer groups, food safety advocates, federal and state public health regulators, the medical community and other key stakeholders has led to the defeat of an amendment to the 2018 House Farm Bill that would have allowed the interstate sale of unpasteurized milk in the US.

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.

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.

Valio China establishes new business units for a growing market

18 May 2018 --- Finnish dairy company, Valio has held an unveiling ceremony for its China head office in Shanghai. The newly established head office will focus on serving the growing Chinese market. Besides the Ingredient business units, Valio China has also established the new business units of Retail and Food Service. By carrying on the century-honored Finnish heritage in innovation and high quality, Valio China will stand side-by-side with Chinese consumers to create a better life together.

Plant-based breakthrough: Vivera brings vegan steaks to European market

15 May 2018 --- Dutch manufacturer Vivera has announced that it, as the first company in the world, will bring 100 percent plant-based steak to the European market. Vivera has already started production and expects to produce several million pieces in 2018 alone. The company currently has an output of more than 1 million meat replacements a week, making it one of the three largest producers in Europe. Vivera sees a strong growing international demand for plant-based products and has been one of the founders of meat alternatives in Western Europe since its foundation in 1990. 

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.

Prolupin’s new financing to boost plant-based growth

14 May 2018 --- Plant-based protein company Prolupin has announced the first closing of a double-digit growth financing round which will enable the German-based company to reach profitability.

Olam reports Q1 profit growth but confectionery & beverage revenue drops 10.5 percent

14 May 2018 --- Commodities trader Olam International says its first-quarter results 2018 were strong with PATMI (Profit After Tax and Minority Interest) increasing 9.8 percent year-on-year to S$157.9 million (Q1 2017: S$143.9 million) on reduced net finance costs and lower taxation.

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.

Sidel: Liquid dairy packaging should turn to PET

10 May 2018 --- Liquid packaging specialist Sidel have advocated for the liquid dairy industry to switch to PET packaging at this year’s Global Dairy Innovation Summit. FoodIngredientsFirst speaks to Naima Boutroy, Global Packaging Technical support leader at Sidel, about the suggested switch regarding marketing, cost-effectiveness, flexible production and response from the liquid dairy community.

Beyond the coffeehouse: FrieslandCampina Kievit taps into premium trends

09 May 2018 --- FrieslandCampina Kievit’s foaming creamer range has been created to cater to consumer demand for premium Italian coffee from a sachet. The foaming creamers Vana-Cappa 25W, Vana-Cappa 40V, Vana-Cappa 26W and Vana-Cappa 23W promise new heights in indulgence based on a high, creamy froth, a lasting, spoonable foam, a premium mouthfeel and superior taste, according to the company. 

DuPont moves to rBST-free sources for dairy culture production in response to consumer preference

09 May 2018 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health has announced that all the dairy components for producing cultures will be obtained from rBST-free sources moving forward. The company has identified reliable local sources and backup supply for rBST-free ingredients, as well as ensuring certification from all suppliers. The move was in response to consumer preference, according to DuPont. 

Vying for the top spot: IFF’s takeover of Frutarom shakes up flavors industry

09 May 2018 --- As the dust settles on the International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) and Frutarom US$7.1bn deal, all eyes are on the flavors and fragrances industry as the takeover is expected to shake up the sector when the company goes up against current market leader Givaudan.

Symrise reports strong organic growth of 7.5 percent in Q1

08 May 2018 --- Symrise AG remains on track for strong growth in the fiscal year 2018 and achieved a healthy 7.5 percent organic increase in sales in Q1. Taking into account portfolio and exchange rate effects, sales in the first quarter were up 1.5 percent to €776.9 million (US$925.4 million) (Q1 2017: €765.2 million (US$911 million)). Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to €155.8 million (US$185.5 million). Due to negative currency effects and higher raw material costs, the EBITDA came in lower than in the prior-year period (Q1 2017: €165.5 million (US$197 million)). The EBITDA margin reached 20.1 percent and was within the medium-term target corridor of 19–22 percent.

Survey shows Dutch companies processing more certified sustainable cocoa

07 May 2018 --- An increasingly large proportion of cocoa purchased by Dutch cocoa processing companies is certified sustainable, according to the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. However, the share only inched up from 21 percent in 2014 to 30 percent two years later in 2016. 

Plant-based cultures: DuPont boosts innovation in fermented food space

07 May 2018 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health is launching its Danisco VEGE Cultures, a new portfolio of cultures specially formulated for the fermented plant-based products market.

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