Europe’s carbon dioxide shortage: drinks industry concern as CO2 runs low

22 Jun 2018 --- The closure of carbon dioxide production sites in Europe has led to a shortage of CO2 and concerns over the possibility of low stocks of soft drinks and beer during one of the busiest times of the year. Despite the fact that most retailers and drinks manufacturers hold high volumes of soft drinks, there are growing concerns that stocks could run low during the height of summer, a high-demand period for carbonated drinks and beer.

Weekly Digest: Nestlé UK distribution center to feature XPO technology prototypes, ADM opens high-tech feed facility in Nebraska

22 Jun 2018 --- This week in business, Nestlé and XPO Logistics announced its plans to co-create a 638,000-square-foot distribution center in Leicestershire, UK. SVZ International is celebrating sustainability success, having been named best performer in the food and beverage sector in Ecovadis’s 2018 Sustainability Leadership awards for the second consecutive year. Salt of the Earth has implemented an extensive program to protect waterfowl in its salt pools.

FarmLogix launches logistics platform to accelerate sustainable sourcing in the US

21 Jun 2018 --- Provider of local and sustainable food technology solutions, FarmLogix, has announced the launch of Open Fields, a trailblazing software platform that allows foodservice operations at colleges, schools, hospitals, sports and leisure facilities and businesses of all kinds to more efficiently source and report on sustainable ingredients.

Cosucra finalizes investment project for pea protein expansion in the US

20 Jun 2018 --- Cosucra, originally active in sugar production, has undergone a profound transformation over the last twenty years to become a pioneer in the production of healthy ingredients derived from chicory and pea. The company’s most recent investments in its pea factory have been finalized and increased to €35 million (US$40.4 million) in a bid to conquer the US market and suit the needs of the industry. Half of this investment came from bank loans and half from self-financing, according to Cosucra.

Liquid chocolate venture: Cargill invests €12 million in Belgian chocolate facility

20 Jun 2018 --- As the consumer demand for premium, high-quality Belgian chocolate continues to rise, Cargill has invested €12 million (US$13.8 million) in a new liquid chocolate production line at its Mouscron production facility in Belgium. This additional investment brings the total investment of the site up to €47 million (US$54.3 million). The investment increases the company’s capacity to produce milk and dark chocolate and creates up to 10 new jobs in Mouscron, Belgium.

Dairy prices rally in Q2 amid stable global markets, says Rabobank report

18 Jun 2018 --- Most dairy commodity prices have been rallying in Q2 2018, according to Rabobank, with mixed results across regions and products. And combined milk supply growth across the Big Seven dairy producers has stalled with the pace of growth below expectations through the Northern Hemisphere spring peak.

Faravelli CEO talks cleaner labels, natural preservation & expansion plans

18 Jun 2018 --- Italian company Faravelli has grown from a small trading company to a global supplier of food and pharmaceutical ingredients, as well as supplying cosmetic and biochemical industries with ingredients. According to the company, 35 percent of its business is for the food and supplement industry, where Faravelli believes that there is a vast amount of innovation and activity.

Stevia expansion: German biotech company collaborates on innovative process

15 Jun 2018 --- German-based biotechnology company, c-LEcta, together with an unnamed “leading ingredient supplier” have developed a new method to help expand production of a new plant-based sweetener. The plant-based origin and safety of these sweeteners in combination with their very sugar-like taste make them suitable for large-scale use in low- and zero-calorie beverages and foods like soft drinks or diet products.

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.

Coffee Barometer 2018: Trouble is brewing, future production threatened

14 Jun 2018 --- The future of the coffee sector looks bleak due to a wide variety of complex and systemic social, economic and environmental issues threatening the future of coffee production, according to the Coffee Barometer 2018. The collaboration between of Conservation International, COSA, Hivos, Oxfam-Worldshops and Solidaridad says that price volatility, climate change and recurring outbreaks of pests and diseases threaten a structurally increasing global supply of good quality coffee, while consumption and, therefore, demand is expected to increase.

Fipronil egg contamination resurfaces as Germany recalls 73,000 Dutch eggs

13 Jun 2018 --- Less than a year after the insecticide fipronil found its way into millions of eggs in the Netherlands and sparked a contamination scandal that rippled around Europe, six German states have been ordered to recall 73,000 eggs from sale. Initial reports from The Agriculture Ministry of Lower Saxony say that a large number of eggs due to be sold in Germany have been found to be contaminated with fipronil.

Organic tara gum: TIC Gums extends hydrocolloid portfolio

13 Jun 2018 --- TIC Gums now offers organic tara gum, TICorganic Tara Gum HV, as another tool in its broad portfolio of hydrocolloids, expanding its capabilities of providing unique solutions to formulation challenges.

Drones, blockchain and big data will help keep pace with future milk demands

13 Jun 2018 --- Between now and 2030 worldwide demand growth for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current US milk production, according to the main findings of the latest publication from the IFCN – the Dairy Research Network. One of the key points of debate at the 19th IFCN Dairy Conference, which opened on this week in Cork, Ireland, centered around future milk demands and the progress made in Irish dairy developments. 

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.

International Cocoa Initiative: Child labor eradication efforts need to be scaled up to reach 2.1 million by 2020

12 Jun 2018 --- Coinciding with the World Against Child Labor Day (June 12), the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) has launched its 2017 Annual Report detailing how it has reached 188,000 children with child protection measures half-way through its six-year strategy – however, there is much more work to be done. By 2020, the ICI wants to reach the estimated 2.1 million children working in unacceptable forms of child labor within cocoa growing communities in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

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.

Irish food industry is better prepared for Brexit than other sectors, says FDI

11 Jun 2018 --- Irish industry group Food Drink Ireland (FDI) has published its quarterly Business Monitor which includes an analysis of food and drink responses to a recent Ibec Brexit survey of businesses across Ireland. FDI has said the food industry fears the impact of Brexit but remains better prepared than other sectors ahead of Brexit next April.

Meat traces found in Tesco & Sainsbury’s vegetarian meals

11 Jun 2018 --- The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an investigation after allegations that traces of meat were found in vegetarian and vegan ready meals from major supermarket chains, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. Lab tests reportedly found traces of pork in Sainsbury's “meat free” meatballs and traces of turkey in a vegan macaroni ready meal from Tesco, an investigation by the Telegraph has revealed.

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.

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