Labeling challenges and regulation: Label opportunities post-Brexit, PHO eradication & GMO delays

22 May 2018 --- In an ever-changing regulatory environment, it can be extremely difficult for suppliers and food manufacturers to keep up with the challenges of what can and can’t go on the label. In both the US and UK there are a number of labeling issues of concern right now; the impact Brexit will have on food and beverage labels once Britain pulls out of the EU officially next March to GMO labeling delays in the US as well as America’s final determination regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils, i.e., removing trans fat from the supply chain.

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.

Insect farming collaboration: Roundtable welcomes certification efforts for transparency

21 May 2018 --- The 2nd International conference “Insect to Feed the World” held from May 15-18, 2018 in Wuhan (China), marked the official occasion to lay the foundation for the international collaboration between 4 regional insect associations: IPIFF, AFFIA, IPAA & NACIA. Representing respectively European, Asian, Australian and American insect producers, these associations decided to organize a roundtable to make a step toward the development of the insect industry by agreeing on priority topics to work on: Codex Alimentarius, certification, education and good hygiene practices.

German court bans “bekoemmlich” beer marketing health claims

21 May 2018 --- A German court has ruled that beer can’t be described as “wholesome” or imply that drinking it is beneficial to health after a consumer rights group challenged a brewer which has been using a specific German term in its advertising since around 1900.

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.

Convenience factor (Part 2): Plant-based opportunities for easy eating occasions

17 May 2018 --- Health-minded consumers have been particularly keen to embrace a vegan way of life and therefore inspire product development in the prepared meals space. The trend has not gone unnoticed in the UK on the retailer front, the number of those cutting back on animal products and following a plant-based diet is set to increase by 10 percent this year, according to Tesco.

Campaigners urge UK government to legislate on salt reduction

17 May 2018 --- Campaign group, Action on Salt, has criticized a new Food and Drink Federation (FDF) report that highlights the food industry’s reformulation work to reduce sugar but claims cutting salt is not being given enough attention and urges the government to step up legislation.

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.

PepsiCo’s start-up program nurtures nutrition brands of the future

16 May 2018 --- Soft drinks giant PepsiCo is running the second year of its Nutrition Greenhouse incubator program, an initiative designed to discover and nurture breakthrough brands in the food and beverage sector, with up to ten nutrition-focused start-ups sharing €300,000 (US$355,292) grant and prize money.

Givaudan completes acquisition of Nutrition Division of Centroflora

15 May 2018 --- Givaudan has announced it has completed the acquisition of the Nutrition Division of Centroflora Group (Centroflora Nutra), a world player in natural extracts.

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. 

Kraft Heinz reports lackluster Q1 sales

15 May 2018 --- Kraft Heinz has reported its first-quarter 2018 results which show net sales dropped 0.3 percent to US$6.3bn in the three months to the end of March, while organic net sales fell 1.5 percent overall.

Webrooming becomes widespread: Ingredion research highlights consumer purchasing decisions

14 May 2018 --- The food industry can no longer afford to ignore the influence of technology on consumer buying habits as ‘webrooming’ becomes widespread, recent Ingredion research has shown. The practice of scrutinizing ingredient lists and verifying nutritional claims online before buying in-store – also known as webrooming – is increasingly common.

Kerry launches Great Culinary Taste to meet changing consumer needs in prepared meals

14 May 2018 --- Consumers are consistently seeking authentic, delicious restaurant quality prepared meals made from ingredients they know and trust. Taste, convenience, nutrition and traceability need to coexist; and while all four are intrinsically linked to consumer demand, delivering it all at scale and for a profit, is not easy, according to Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition company.

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.

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.

House of Lords Brexit report: Poorer households forced into below-par imports as food prices skyrocket

11 May 2018 --- A new House of Lords report warns that food prices will rise in the event of a hard Brexit and if the UK doesn’t secure a free trade deal with the European Union, poorer people will be forced to eat lower quality imported food. The upper chamber of British Parliament has painted a rather grim picture of what post-Brexit Britain could look like in terms of affordability of food.

Natural bliss: Nestlé launches cold-brew coffee

11 May 2018 --- Nestlé has launched a new cold-brew coffee that is all-natural with high-quality ingredients that have been crafted into a ready-to-drink coffee beverage, tapping into the growing trend of bringing the coffeehouse experience into the fridge.

Weekly Digest: Unilever celebrates sustainable living brands, Carlsberg launches alcohol-free beer

11 May 2018 --- This week in business, Unilever revealed its fourth consecutive year of growth for its ‘sustainable living’ brands and Nestlé Waters invested CHF 25 million (US$24.9 million) modernization of its bottling site at Henniez, Switzerland. Meanwhile, Solina has announced the completion of the acquisition of Essential Cuisine Limited. Univar has appointed David Jukes as the Company's president and CEO and Chr. Hansen has agreed with Klaus Bjerrum to take up the position as Executive Vice President of Natural Colors Division. Brewing giant Carlsberg launched a new alcohol-free beer brand Birell, as a response to increasing consumer demand in the category and both ADM and Kemin Nutrisurance are expanding in pet health and nutrition.

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