Weekly Digest: Univar becomes a signatory of the UNGC, Mars Wrigley & Kellogg announce leadership shake-up

15 Jun 2018 --- This week in business, Univar became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, DuPont Nutrition & Health is working to ensure its products are produced in ways that protect the ecosystems and communities in which the business operates. Mars Wrigley Confectionery has promoted its current Chief Marketing and Customer Officer, Andrew Clarke, to the role of Global President and Kellogg has announced two leadership changes to help drive the company's growth strategy in the North American and European regions. Also this week, Symrise subsidiary Cobell has unveiled an upgraded Beverage Centre of Excellence in Exeter, UK.

“Misleading” labels: BEUC criticizes artisanal marketing, calls for tightened EU rules

14 Jun 2018 --- The European Consumer Organization (BEUC) has accused some food manufacturers of using “misleading tricks” on labels by using certain words and phrases that could be seen as “deceptive practices.” At the same time, the BEUC is calling for stronger regulation from the government on what can and cannot be on the label in a bid to eliminate some of the practices currently going on across Europe. The new report entitled “Food labels: tricks of the trade” highlights three practices that, according to the BEUC, “sugar-coat the actual quality of foods and drinks.”

The flexitarian effect: Sainsbury’s to trial plant-based Naturli’ Foods line in meat aisle

12 Jun 2018 --- UK retailer Sainsbury's is set to trial the stocking of meat alternative products in its meat aisles later this month, as opposed to in their own dedicated sections. As of June 27, Sainsbury's customers will be able to find vegan and vegetarian plant-based products from Naturli’ Foods in the meat aisles at 400 of its stores in the UK.

DSM launches benzoate-free cheese ripening enzyme for clean label dairy

12 Jun 2018 --- DSM has launched Accelerzyme CPG, the company’s new enzyme for accelerated cheese ripening, which is now benzoate-free. With this upgrade, DSM’s core portfolio of cheese enzymes – including Maxiren XDS and Fromase – is now completely benzoate-free, allowing cheesemakers to respond to growing consumer demand for dairy products with a clean and clear label.

Turning whey waste into spirits: Researchers explore “whey-based” vodka

12 Jun 2018 --- A new movement is emerging where whey waste is repurposed and used to make vodka, lessening the environmental impact of dumping whey and giving artisanal companies opportunities to turn a profit. According to studies at Oregon State University, recently published in the Journal of Dairy Science, up to 90 percent of the milk that goes into a cheese-making facility comes out as whey.

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.

Firmenich launches Natural and Clean Label platform as traceability evolution at major flavor houses accelerates

11 Jun 2018 --- Firmenich, the largest privately held flavor and fragrance company in the world, has launched its Natural and Clean Label platform to create “great tasting, natural and traceable food and beverage experiences.” Combining its mastery of taste and naturals, with its world-class science and consumer understanding, Firmenich is focused on creating the most authentic flavors. Committed to full traceability, Firmenich is going far beyond today’s labeling requirements to provide its customers and their consumers with information they can understand and trust.

Almond co-products: Almond Board targets circular economy potential in feed and farming

11 Jun 2018 --- Food waste is an industry issue for consumers and suppliers alike. Everyone is becoming much more conscious of the role they play in the food waste chain, whether they are a consumer, retailer or food supplier. As a result, the Almond Board of California (ABC) is looking into the potential for almond co-products. In 2017, almond farmers in California grew 2.1 billion pounds of the kernels that are sold in stores and another 4.3 billion pounds of hulls. And according to the ABC, there is now a deeper focus on doing more with the hulls, ensuring that they’re put to beneficial use rather than sent to a landfill.

Weekly Digest: Mondelēz commits to sustainable wheat sourcing, Chr. Hansen and FMC extend natural crop protection collaboration

08 Jun 2018 --- This week in business, Mondelēz is expanding its Harmony program, the company’s sustainable wheat sourcing initiative, to cover 100 percent of its biscuit brands in the European Union by 2022 and Nestlé Waters certifying all of its sites to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard by 2025. Chr. Hansen and FMC Corporation announced a five-year extension of their collaboration to develop and commercialize natural solutions for the agricultural industry and Nestlé was named most effective food marketer for the third year running based on the Effie Effectiveness Index 2018. A team of students from the University of Nottingham, UK won the gold prize at Ecotrophelia UK with their spicy BBQ flavored savory snack. Starbucks announced that its chairman Howard Schultz,  is to step down later this month and Pavlos Photiades has been elected for the second term as The Brewers of Europe President.

Spice exploration: Symrise tempts with ethnic flavors

08 Jun 2018 --- Major flavor supplier Symrise claims to have created “previously unexplored ethnic spices and seasonings” that have their roots in Latin America, North Africa and Southeast Asia. Growing consumer trends toward exciting exotic and ethnic spices and seasoning flavors are driving new product development.

Israeli start-up to launch alcohol-free spring water infused with grape extract

08 Jun 2018 --- Israeli-based start-up, Wine Water Ltd., is set to launch O.Vine, the world's first non-alcoholic spring water infusion with the spirit of wine. According to the company, O.Vine brings an intoxicating aroma and refreshing taste to the palette.

Stern-Wywiol Gruppe achieves record sales, drives company ambition for far-sighted growth

07 Jun 2018 --- Hamburg-based food and feed ingredients supplier, Stern-Wywiol Gruppe, increased its sales by €56 million (US$66 million) to €520 million (US$613 million) in 2017. With this figure, the company achieved 12 percent growth last year. The development of the group is mainly due to the expansion of its international presence and intensive applications research, according to Stern-Wywiol Gruppe.

Firmenich and Nelixia form partnership for natural oils in Central America

07 Jun 2018 --- Firmenich and Nelixia have announced a strategic partnership to accelerate their footprint in natural ingredients across Central America. With Firmenich’s investment, they will significantly expand Nelixia’s high-quality and ethically-sourced raw materials portfolio. Founded in Guatemala nearly a decade ago, Nelixia is renowned for producing the highest quality Cardamom, Peru Balsam and Styrax essential oils, which are also 100 percent carbon neutral and traceable.

Firmenich attains gold sustainability ranking from EcoVadis

06 Jun 2018 --- For the third consecutive year, Firmenich has received a gold rating from EcoVadis, establishing the company among the top 1 percent of all suppliers. Raising the bar across its environmental and social performance, Firmenich has improved its score from 75 to 82 points in the Gold category this year, leading the pack, among the 45,000 companies rated by EcoVadis.

Givaudan completes acquisition of 40.5 percent stake in Naturex, confirms intention to go for outstanding shares

05 Jun 2018 --- Global flavors and fragrance company, Givaudan, has completed the acquisition of 40.5 percent of the share capital of Naturex at a price of €135 per share as announced on March 26, 2018 for a total consideration of €522 million. As a result, Givaudan has confirmed its intention to file a mandatory cash tender offer with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers for all remaining outstanding shares of Naturex.

Start-up focus: Israeli-based Rafaels’ innovates in clean snacking

04 Jun 2018 --- Israeli-based startup, Rafael’s, is on a mission to transform snacking occasions by producing nutritious and healthy foods to consumers in Israel and beyond. Located in Haderah, Rafael’s was launched in 2013, as a food startup company and was self-funded by Rafael and his family, who started their journey to produce real, clean food. According to the company, today’s consumers are looking for foods and ingredients that are minimally processed and are much more concerned about the products that they consume.

Weekly Digest: Nestlé Waters and WWE partner on water campaign, Tate & Lyle plant awarded for energy efficiency

01 Jun 2018 ---  This week in business, Nestlé Waters North America and WWE announced a joint campaign that encourages consumers to live a healthy lifestyle and “choose water.” In the same week, Nestlé also announced changes that will further strengthen its R&D operations and take Nestlé’s research work to a new level. Meanwhile, SVZ International was named best performer in the food and beverage sector in Ecovadis’s 2018 Sustainability Leadership awards for the second consecutive year. Tate & Lyle announced that its wet corn mill in Lafayette, Indiana, earned an ENERGY STAR certification by the US Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of its superior energy efficiency performance. Also this week, Ajinomoto is set to open a Client Innovation Center in Japan and US Secretary of Agriculture has announced that the Trump Administration has requested that the World Trade Organization establish a dispute settlement panel to examine regulations governing the sale of wine in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC).

Protein power: Quest Nutrition launches high-protein tortilla chips

01 Jun 2018 --- Quest Nutrition has launched their latest innovation – Tortilla Style Protein Chips. The savory snacks feature at least nine times the protein of conventional chips, according to the company and approximately 75 percent lower net carbs.

Frutarom completes acquisition of majority stake in Bremil

31 May 2018 --- Frutarom is continuing its momentum of acquisitions this year, with the announcement that it has completed the transaction for the purchase of 51 percent of the shares of the Brazilian company Bremil Indústria Ltda. Bremil is a Brazilian producer of savory solutions and the deal is worth approximately US$30 million (BRL111 million) which includes estimated asset adjustments before the date of completion.

Ingredion launches cost-effective nature-based plating agent

31 May 2018 --- Ingredion has unveiled a new plating agent to the Asia Pacific market. N-ZORBIT 2144 is positioned as a high-capacity carrier that allows manufacturers to economically and cost-effectively transform a wide variety of both oil and water-soluble liquids into powdered ingredients.

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