Sustainability goals 2025: AB InBev commits to smart agriculture and circular packaging

22 Mar 2018 --- Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is committing to 2025 Sustainability Goals in smart agriculture, water stewardship, circular packaging, and climate action. The delivery of the goals will have the wide-reaching impact that includes connecting thousands of farmers to technologies and skills, ensuring water access and quality in high-stress communities, partnering with suppliers to increase recycling content, and adding renewable electricity capacity to regional grids.

Cocoa farming first: Ghana farmers granted ownership of timber trees

22 Mar 2018 --- For the first time in Ghana, cocoa farmers have obtained official ownership of valuable non-cocoa trees on their farms, in a bid to tackle the problems of deforestation and climate change.

Cargill launches de-oiled rapeseed lecithin as consumers demand clean and non-GMO ingredients

21 Mar 2018 --- Cargill has introduced a new range of de-oiled lecithin products to complete its portfolio of GMO and non-GMO lecithin products, in response to the growing demand from consumers for label-friendly ingredients. Cargill’s de-oiled rapeseed lecithin is a first to market in Europe, which is designed to help bakery and snacks manufacturers deliver the ingredient labels that consumers want, at an affordable price.

Cargill starts production of optimized stevia extract

20 Mar 2018 --- Cargill has officially started producing EverSweet,  a zero-calorie, next-generation sweetener made with two of the best tasting sweet compounds found in the stevia leaf, Reb M and Reb D.

Tackling food waste: Ingredients are often the unsung hero, claims IFAC chief

16 Mar 2018 --- Food waste has been an industry concern for some time and there are a multitude of ingredients available that manufacturers can use to both extend shelf-life and fulfill consumer expectations for quality, safety and experience. The European Commission (EC) recently released a study investigating the relationship between date marking on food labels and food waste and according to the International Food Additives Council chief, Robert Rankin, ingredients are often the unsung hero.

Weekly Digest: Arla scores for protein pouch pack, Coca-Cola gains self-supply license

16 Mar 2018 --- This week, Arla Foods scooped an award for its protein pouch format at the fourth annual World Food Innovation Awards and ITS (International Taste Solutions) obtained an AA Grade on BRC Accreditation. Elsewhere, Balchem and the China National Research Institute of Food and Fermentation Industries (CNRIFFI) have partnered up.

Orkla takes a slice of the stake in Danish pizza chain Gorm's

15 Mar 2018 --- Orkla is making a move into the premium pizza space with an investment in Danish pizza restaurant chain Gorm's. Through the agreement, Orkla will acquire a 67 percent interest in Gorm's, with the opportunity to increase its stake to 100 percent ownership after an agreed period.

Landmark decision: Unilever simplifies corporate structure, snubs UK and opts for the Netherlands

15 Mar 2018 --- In a blow to Britain in the runup to Brexit, consumer goods giant Unilever is simplifying the company’s corporate structure into a single legal entity in the Netherlands – chosen as the best location to transform Unilever into a “single, agiler and focused business.” Unilever has been weighing up whether to headquarter in London or Rotterdam for quite some time, sparking debate over the impact that Brexit is having on business decisions – and has now finally reached a decision, choosing the Netherlands over Britain.

UK tax consultation on single-use plastic welcomed by industry bodies amid ongoing pollution debate

14 Mar 2018 --- UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has confirmed plans to launch a public tax consultation with the aim of tackling plastic pollution. Speaking during his Spring Statement, the Chancellor also announced a £20 million innovation fund for businesses and universities to develop new technologies in plastic recycling. The move has received widespread approval in the industry.

Symrise profits jump and solid global growth promised for FY2018

14 Mar 2018 --- Symrise AG achieved profitable growth in the fiscal year 2017, hitting its targets and increasing sales by 3.2  percent to €2,996.3 million, despite volatile exchange rates, the increasing costs of raw materials and investment expansions. This is excluding portfolio and currency effects, according to the company, with organic sales growth amounting to 6.3 percent.

Kemin launches antimicrobial solution for feed in Russia

13 Mar 2018 --- Kemin Industries has launched Sal CURB B liquid in Russia. The powerful antimicrobial solution product brings a special synergistic combination of surface-active agents and powerful antimicrobial compounds in feed.

SIG and Amcor unite in commitment to responsibly sourced aluminum

13 Mar 2018 --- SIG and Amcor – two of the world’s largest packaging companies – have formed a value chain partnership which commits to using 100 percent certified sourcing of aluminum. The pledge aims to meet the performance standards as recommended by the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI). Amcor is one of SIG’s main suppliers of aluminum in Europe.

Meet the start-ups: Chobani unveils latest incubator class

12 Mar 2018 --- The producers of the number one Greek yogurt brand in the US, Chobani has unveiled its third incubator class with nine food start-ups including innovative and disruptive companies that are improving food categories. This will be the third class of its kind from Chobani and this time will include companies reimagining baby food, healthier breakfast, better beverage and snack options and more.

Weekly Digest: Gender equality measures, Former Nestlé chief dies

09 Mar 2018 --- To honor International Women’s Day (March 8) a variety of companies, including FrieslandCampina and Cargill Cocoa, announced that they are bridging the gender gap and committing to equal opportunities to both men and women around the world. Elsewhere, Nestlé is mourning the death of former CEO Helmut Maucher, while Alltech announced the death of its founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons.

Greener milk production: Valio discontinues use of soy in feed

09 Mar 2018 --- Finnish dairy company Valio says it is taking a step towards environmentally friendly milk production by entirely discontinuing the use of soy in feed for cattle and young cattle. A soy-free milk production chain is also an excellent competitive factor in international markets: an increasing number of customers expect dairy companies to reduce the environmental impacts of dairy products actively.

Fair Trade USA and PUR Projet tackle deforestation in Côte d’Ivoire cocoa supply chain

09 Mar 2018 --- Fair Trade USA, the leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, and PUR Projet, a social business working with companies to regenerate ecosystems, have joined forces to develop community-driven agroforestry projects within Fair Trade supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire.

Trade war: EU threatens tariffs on typical US food exports

08 Mar 2018 --- The EU is planning to impose tariffs on orange juice, bourbon, peanut butter and cranberries among other items if the US goes ahead with the levies on steel and aluminum that were announced last week by US president Donald Trump.

Trump’s 10 percent tariff plans on aluminum imports fuels fiery debate

07 Mar 2018 --- The Trump administration announced plans last week to implement a 10 percent and 25 percent tariff on aluminum and steel imports respectively. President Trump claimed that he was delivering on his campaign pledge to protect the interests on American workers and companies from unfair foreign competition.

Sugar-free success: Coca-Cola enjoys 25 percent growth for Sprite on Dutch relaunch, two countries to follow

06 Mar 2018 --- In March 2017, the Netherlands became the very first country in which Coca-Cola revamped Sprite as a completely no-sugar and no-calorie soft drink. According to the company, the target group wants less sugar and more choice in low-calorie and no-calorie soft drinks. In the past year, Sprite played an important role in satisfying this demand. One year after its reintroduction, there is an excellent match between supply and demand. Last year, Sprite realized volume growth of 4.4 percent (Ex-factory week 11 – week 52, 2017).

Wilmar partners with Malaysian palm oil certifiers to attain industry-recognized status for 260 suppliers

05 Mar 2018 --- Wilmar International Limited (Wilmar) and the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC ) are joining forces to help all of Wilmar’s suppliers in Malaysia to obtain certification by the end of 2019 as Asia’s leading agribusiness group continues its drive for a sustainable supply chain. More than 260 mill suppliers covering more than 55 percent of the entirety of mills in Malaysia are expected to benefit from this partnership.