Brexit breakthrough declared: No “hard border” in Ireland

08 Dec 2017 --- After months of negotiations and what looked like a continuing impasse, finally the UK government and EU have declared a “Brexit breakthrough” having reached a last-minute deal on key points, including the fact there will be no “hard border” in Ireland. For food and beverage industries, the Northern Ireland border is one of the key points that could impact trade and so companies have been closely monitoring Brexit talks for months, hoping that a “hard border” will be avoided. 

Hydrosol MD: Sustainability and shelf-life demands present opportunity

08 Dec 2017 --- Hydrosol (a Stern-Wywiol business unit), presented its new Stabifruit line at FiE 2017 in Frankfurt, an offer to the beverage industry, that is a completely new segment for the company. Hydrosol also presented new developments in ingredients for poultry, vegan meat substitutes, and dairy and whey products. With these functional systems, food manufacturers can easily make products that address current international consumer trends. 

Sensient launches new flavors collection including floral and herbal extracts

08 Dec 2017 --- Sensient Flavors has launched it's All Natural Flavor Collections. The new flavors help food and beverage manufacturers to respond successfully to upcoming market trends and reflect current consumer preferences of botanical extracts. 

Gelita CEO: Clean label and collagen among clear pathways for differentiation

07 Dec 2017 --- The clean label trend continues to accelerate, with growing consumer demand for simpler products that contain ingredients with a strong tradition. With this market background, Gelita is looking to highlight its gelatin products on a clean and clear platform, with simplicity being a key strategy. Last week at FiE 2017, FoodIngredientsFirst spoke exclusively to CEO, Dr. Franz Josef Konert on the state of the market and the company’s business strategy for 2018.

Ingredia showcases new “Via Lacta” milk range as demand for sustainably sourced ingredients increases

06 Dec 2017 --- Ingredia were showcasing their new “Via Lacta” milk range at this year's Food ingredients Europe (FiE), held in Frankfurt, last week. The logo symbolizes the milk with a drop of milk, the environment with a tree and man with a smile. As a dairy cooperative, Ingredia is made up of farmers and are very involved in the processes associated with every stage of milk production. In order to meet current consumption trends shifting towards healthier products with sustainable development, Ingredia’s “Via Lacta” range of ingredients, comes from its own responsible milk collection. 

Sensient expands coloring solutions offering, eyes sustainability platforms

06 Dec 2017 --- Meeting the ever-growing global trend for more natural products, Sensient Food Colors Europe brought an enhanced range of coloring solutions, with customer and consumer benefits, to this year's Food ingredients Europe (FiE), held in Frankfurt, last week. 

AB InBev acquires Australian craft brand Pirate Life

05 Dec 2017 --- Brewing giants AB InBev has snapped up “lifestyle” canned beer brand Pirate Life which is based on a carefree and relaxed attitude that founders say will not change despite the acquisition by one of the biggest names in the industry. 

Ingredion switches up leadership with new appointments

05 Dec 2017 --- Ingredion has announced that its board of directors has unanimously approved changes to the company's executive leadership team to fill vacancies created by the promotion of Jim Zallie to president and CEO on January 1, 2018. Zallie is currently executive vice president, global specialties and president, Americas.

UK: Tesco biggest ever meat-free Christmas range

05 Dec 2017 --- Changing UK diets have prompted Tesco to double its vegetarian and vegan centerpiece festive food offering this year to keep pace with demand for meat-free products. 

Algaia and AIDP launches next generation seaweed extract for dessert applications

05 Dec 2017 --- Algaia has launched a new alginate line, Satialgine DVA, which is said to be the next generation of seaweed extract for premium dairy and non-dairy dessert applications. 

Maple Leaf Foods espouses vegan values with US$120m acquisition

05 Dec 2017 --- Major Toronto-based meat company Maple Leaf Foods has again signaled its intention to step outside of its traditional space and strengthen its alternative protein portfolio by buying Field Roast Grain Meat Co.

Tate & Lyle gets Non-GMO Project Verification for starch ingredients, expands China facility

04 Dec 2017 --- Global food ingredients and solutions provider Tate & Lyle Plc. has achieved Non-GMO Project verification for 18 starch ingredients, including its entire line of Claria Functional Clean-Label Starches. This good news for the company comes as it also announces that the expansion of capacity, and process upgrades, at its Sta-Lite Polydextrose facility in Nantong, Jiangsu Province, China, is now complete and online.

Tetra Pak launches industry-first modular portfolio for heating systems

04 Dec 2017 --- Tetra Pak has launched Intelligent Customisation, an industry-first modular portfolio of heating systems that offers tailor-made processing solutions for food and beverage manufacturers. 

Olam Cocoa launches innovative reduced-sodium dark cocoa powder

01 Dec 2017 --- Olam Cocoa has been showcasing its new dark cocoa powder without added sodium during Fi Europe this week – and it’s proving to be a big hit. The experts in cocoa wanted to give clients an excellent tasting, dark-colored cocoa powder but with less sodium. Following a period of research and development, Olam cocoa pioneers came up with the premium cocoa powder deZaan D11BK, which it has been presenting at the trade fair throughout this week.

Plant-based milks: (Part 2) Dairy-free and vegan claims drive NPD

30 Nov 2017 --- Developments in plant-based foods are seeing increased demand from those who do not want to commit to a full vegan or even vegetarian lifestyle but would rather pick and choose to suit their lifestyle, social life or health conditions. Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights told FoodIngredientsFirst: “The category has been further boosted by the growing availability and promotion of plant-based options to traditional dairy lines, particularly beverages, but also cultured products such as yogurt, frozen desserts and ice cream, creamers and cheese.”

Wilmar first palm oil firm to link bank loan to sustainability metrics

29 Nov 2017 --- Wilmar International Limited has partnered with ING to convert a portion of its existing bilateral, committed Revolving Credit Facility of US$150 million with the bank into a sustainability performance-linked loan.

China unilaterally lowers cheese tariffs

29 Nov 2017 --- China is unilaterally lowering its cheese tariffs from 12 percent to 8 percent, effective from December 1, 2017. The move will immediately boost US export competitiveness in China and help US suppliers take a larger role in meeting the nation’s booming cheese demand.

Gastronomy academy ditches vegan focus and switches to “free-from concept

29 Nov 2017 --- Vegan Gastronomy Culinary Academy is moving away from its vegan-only focus and instead embracing a much larger mainstream market of teaching students about religious dietary requirements and food allergy requirements. The cooking academy has been absorbed into Free From That of Las Vegas.

Cost-effective carmine alternative scoops Start-Up Innovation Challenge Award

29 Nov 2017 --- Danish start-up company Chromologics has won the Start-Up Innovation challenge at Fi Europe for their natural red color solution. The biotech company, with just 5 employees, was spun out from the Technical University of Denmark after many years of research and is now looking to find funding in order to cross the lengthy and complex regulatory minefield ahead. 
 

DSM, Ingredion and Arla among FiE Awards winners, but no outright prize

29 Nov 2017 --- Major ingredients suppliers DSM, Ingredion and Arla were among the category winners at this year’s FiE Awards, but there was some surprise at last night’s event as no outright winner was announced. Unlike in previous years, when an overall award was given for true excellence in the ingredients space, this year’s event saw little distinction created between the wide range of category winners that were arguably of varying levels of innovation.

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