Weekly Digest: Symrise nominated for Sustainability Award, innovation in cricket protein flours

20 Jul 2018 --- Symrise has been nominated for the German Sustainability Award. Cricket protein brand Seek, has launched a new line of high protein and sustainable baking flours. Michel Burla, Managing Director of the Cereals and Ingredients Division of the Hochdorf Group, is to step down at the end of this year and GEA has been working with Almarai Company in Saudi Arabia to build the nation’s largest and most modern dairy processing facility.

BioData CEO on delivering solutions that solve lab-based problems in food & pharmaceutical industries

19 Jul 2018 --- BioData has appointed Steve Yemm as CEO of the company, following a decade of growth in the adoption of its flagship product, Labguru. The secure, compliant, web and cloud-based Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) is trusted by over 30,000 users worldwide who rely on it to plan and document experiments, track progress, streamline laboratory logistics and share results. Yemm believes the food and pharmaceutical industries can greatly benefit from its features.

Dairy dilemma: Brexit could lead to butter, yogurt and cheese shortages, warns Arla Foods

19 Jul 2018 --- Arla Foods is warning British consumers will likely face restrictions in dairy supplies once the UK leaves the EU – and this could result in “scare supplies” of highly-priced butter, yogurt and cheese which will be considered “luxury items.” The European-wide dairy cooperative says border breakdown could leave UK consumers with less choice and higher prices.

Nestlé strengthens coffee investment with Nescafé Dolce Gusto production in Vietnam

19 Jul 2018 --- Nestlé has inaugurated a new Nescafé Dolce Gusto capsule production line in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam which will ramp up processing to 2,500 tons of coffee per year (equivalent to 130 million capsules), using high-quality coffee beans from Vietnam. And over the next few years, the volume is expected to grow further. 

Cambridge Commodities acquires ingredient business of US wholesaler Earth Circle Organics

19 Jul 2018 --- UK-based ingredient supplier Cambridge Commodities has acquired the ingredient business of US wholesaler Earth Circle Organics LLC, for an undisclosed sum. Following the acquisition, Earth Circle Organics’ raw and organic superfood ingredient business will merge with the US arm of Cambridge Commodities to create a new division, operating as Earth Circle Ingredients.

Ingredion expands processed cheese ingredient offerings with new potato starches

19 Jul 2018 --- Ingredion has added three functional potato starches to its processed cheese ingredient portfolio, giving manufacturers greater functionality and choice. CheeseApp 50, 70 and 80 enable recipe cost savings in processed analogue block cheeses while delivering the appealing texture and sensory qualities consumers crave, according to the company. 

Mosa Meat secures US$8.8m investment to bring lab-grown meat to market by 2021

18 Jul 2018 --- Mosa Meat, a spin-off company from Maastricht University which was behind the world’s first hamburger made directly from cow cells back in 2013, has raised €7.5 million (US$8.8 million) to bring cultured meat to market by 2021. The Dutch food start-up first inspired the emergence of an entirely new industry through pioneering work and proving the concept of cultured meat five years ago and now Mosa Meat is currently developing its first commercial products. This marks the first investment in a European cultured meat company, putting Europe on the map for the next generation of meat production.

US poultry flavors expansion: Diana investment stresses animal welfare goals

18 Jul 2018 --- Diana Food (part of Symrise) has revealed its plans to set up a new facility in Banks Crossing, Georgia, US, dedicated to chicken-based solutions from humanely-raised birds. According to the company, the plant will meet high animal welfare standards and will include a range of chicken fat, broth and powder products. Diana Food plans to open this new plant in October 2018, with ambitions to serve US customers in early 2019 from the facility.

Cost of listeria outbreak: Greenyard estimates €30 million impact

18 Jul 2018 --- Frozen vegetable marketer Greenyard estimates the financial impact of the listeria outbreak that has led to huge product recalls and concerns over the potentially deadly disease, is in the region of €30 million (US$35.1 million). After insurance, Greenyard says this includes estimated costs for the product, transport, handling, storage, destruction, subcontracting, lower cost absorption of the factory and loss of margin. The estimate comes as the fruit and vegetable giant halts production as its Hungarian vegetable plant while an in-depth investigation continues to probe the listeria contamination.

Roha launches Natracol Vibra Yellow, an “innovation for consistency of shades”

18 Jul 2018 --- Roha has launched its Natracol Vibra Yellow product, a water dispersible liquid which imparts a yellow to orange shade to a multitude of food products including candies, gummies and dairy products.

Nuts for nuts: Market value for macadamias grows by 72 percent

18 Jul 2018 --- Nuts and their health benefits are widely understood. Green & Gold Macadamias has reported a 60 percent rise in global tree nut consumption, which is a testament to the fact that people are eating more and more of them. As a result of this, the market value for macadamias is up by 72 percent, according to Green & Gold Macadamias, who believe that macadamias will be seen more predominantly in milk, butters, nut-based beverages and vegan cheeses, as well as a host of other new products.

Nuts, grains & pulses: Plant-based eating trends boost alternative proteins

17 Jul 2018 --- Consumers’ quest for alternative protein is driving innovation across several categories involving nuts, seeds, grains and pulses, backed-up by a rise in vegan and vegetarian trends and an overall growth in meat-free food. People want products with alternative sources of protein as they turn away from traditional meat sources and one of the categories where plant-based inspired eating is driving innovation in snacking. Plant proteins fit some of today’s most significant trends in food and beverage product development – non-GMO, organic, sustainable, vegan, big 8-free, allergen-free and label-friendly. They’re also versatile and functional and that combination of attributes is why we see plant proteins in everything from beverages to bakery products.

Flavor trends 2018: Innova Market Insights tips overseas influences, plant goodness & indulgence as key drivers

17 Jul 2018 --- Today’s connected world creates an opportunity for new ethnic flavors, street food inspired meals and the revival of culinary classics. Innova Market Insights has reported an average annual growth of 20 percent in food and beverage launches with global flavors (Global, 2013-2017), with growth in platforms such as chili, herb and floral flavors. With the plant-based trend still going strong, consumers are looking for innovative ways to take the benefits of plants into their daily lives. Meanwhile, innovation relying on decadent flavor application, from desserts to alcohol or flavors that evoke indulgence, will continue to grow and remain paramount in the industry. 

Sundogs: Hydrosol launches vegan compound for sausages with sunflower & pea protein

17 Jul 2018 --- Plant-based claims are dominating the food industry and the trend for plant-based foods is not slowing down. Not only addressing health megatrends as well as the growing expectations of consumers, regarding animal protection, plant-based foods also appeal to flexitarian, vegetarian lifestyles to vegan alternatives for fish, meat and dairy. In response to these trends, Hydrosol has launched Sundogs, all-in compound, which the company believes are an ideal fit.

Gelita joins Animal Welfare Initiative as sponsoring member

17 Jul 2018 --- Gelita AG is joining the Animal Welfare Initiative as a sponsoring member. As of August 1, 2018, the company will support the Animal Welfare Initiative with a financial contribution. By becoming sponsoring members, companies that do not directly sell meat and meat products can help improve animal welfare in livestock farming.

Sustainable palm oil body reinstates Nestlé’s membership

17 Jul 2018 --- Three weeks after Nestlé was suspended from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for breaching its code of conduct, the food giant has been reinstated after submitting its action plan to achieve 100 percent RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil by 2023. The reinstatement of Nestlé's certificates and membership status came yesterday (July 16) in a joint announcement from the Swiss food giant and the palm oil industry watchdog. 

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.

Reb M capacity increase: PureCircle expands production of its Starleaf stevia

16 Jul 2018 --- Producer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle, has expanded its capacity to supply significantly more Reb M to global beverage and food companies. Using beverage sweetening as an equivalized example, PureCircle can now supply enough Reb M to sweeten approximately 500 million cases of zero-calorie carbonated soft drinks. The company continues to build production capacity and estimates that three years from now, it could supply enough Reb M to sweeten 1 billion cases of zero-calorie carbonated soft drinks or the equivalent in beverages and foods using Reb M as the sweetener.

Dual food: Testing protocol compares quality across EU

16 Jul 2018 --- The European Commission has released a new common methodology for comparing the quality of food products across the EU to allow national consumer authorities to test the characteristics of food products sold with similar packaging across the Union. It has been developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's Science and Knowledge service and will help protect European consumers from misleading marketing about the food they eat and the products they buy.

Kaslink & Tetra Pak partnership: Transforming Nordic oats into plant-based dairy alternatives

16 Jul 2018 --- With plant-based dairy drinks trending strongly in Europe, Kaslink and its partner, Tetra Pak are “willing to take risks to stay ahead of the competition.” In the Nordic countries, oat is a common food ingredient. Oat-based drinks and fermented oat-based products are cereal-based products which are common in Asia where many products are based on soy, almond or rice. The global market for alternative dairy drinks is expected to reach US$16.3 billion this year alone, according to Innova Market Insights data, a dramatic increase from US$7.4 billion in 2010.

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