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.

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.

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.

Barry Callebaut hails volume growth “significantly above global chocolate confectionery market”

16 Jul 2018 --- Barry Callebaut has released its nine-month key sales figures for the fiscal year 2017/18 which has shown good group momentum and volume growth that is significantly above the global chocolate confectionery market, according to the company. In the first nine months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended May 31, 2018), the manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products grew its sales volume by 6.9 percent to 1,512,853 tons.

Sustainable food policies: Major food players launch US alliance which will “shape what people eat”

16 Jul 2018 --- Four of the world's largest food companies have launched the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, a new US organization focused on driving progress in public policies that shape what people eat and how it impacts their health, communities and the planet. Founding member companies include Danone North America, Mars Incorporated, Nestlé USA and Unilever United States. The four founding member companies have made broad updates to their portfolios in recent years, advancing issues like sodium and sugar reduction, responsible marketing, transparency and reducing their impact on the planet.

Weekly Digest: Tetra Pak notes sustainability milestone, Arla Foods & Yeo Valley transaction unconditional

13 Jul 2018 --- This week in business, Tetra Pak has achieved 50 percent renewable electricity consumption in just two years since its RE100 commitment. ADM announced that Kristy Folkwein, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, was recognized by Constellation Research on its 2019 Business Transformation 150 and Campbell Soup appointed Diego Palmieri as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, US Meals & Beverages, effective July 18, 2018.

Brexit report: Turbocharge exports, invest in innovation & restore productivity, urges FDF

13 Jul 2018 --- The UK food and drink industry needs help to “turbocharge” the sector’s exports and restore productivity levels to avoid falling behind other European countries once Britain has left the EU, that is according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). An industry-wide report highlights the key growth opportunities for the food and drink industry, the UK's largest manufacturing sector which contributes £28.2bn (US$37bn) to the economy annually, employs 400,000 people and is a key part of the nation's £110 billion (US$144bn) farm-to-fork food chain.

Ben & Jerry’s slammed by consumer group over “deceptive” dairy advertising

12 Jul 2018 --- US iconic ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s has come under attack from the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) which has filed suit against the Unilever-owned company over deceptive marketing allegations. The OCA is suing Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., for what it calls the "deceptive labeling, marketing and sale of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products." The suit was filed in D.C. Superior Court under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

CHS makes “great strides” to report US$229 million Q3 net income

12 Jul 2018 --- Farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, CHS Inc has reported net income of US$229.3 million for the third quarter of its 2018 fiscal year. This covers the three-month period ending May 31, 2018, and compares to a net loss of US$45.2 million for the same time period a year ago. Results for the quarter were attributed to higher operating margins in the company's Ag and Energy segments compared to previous years, primarily driven by higher margins in feed and farm supplies, crop nutrients, processing & food ingredients and refined fuels.

Carrageenan potential: Cargill expands sustainable texturizing offerings for dairy desserts

10 Jul 2018 --- Cargill has launched Satiagel Seabrid, a new type of carrageenan extract, based on 100 percent cultivated seaweed, which allows dairy manufacturers to achieve a premium texture, for creamy dairy desserts. This launch follows the 2017 debut of Cargill’s Seabrid solution for gelled dairy desserts. It enables a reliable supply of sustainably sourced ingredients while also delivering the texture preferred by consumers. 

Tackling child labor: Cargill Cocoa Sustainability Director updates on 2025 goals

09 Jul 2018 --- Almost two decades ago, the International Convention on the Rights of the Child declared that all children should be protected from dangerous work or anything that might harm their health or education. There is a very long way to go on this journey, however, as stark statistics reveal. Today, there are still 152 million child laborers worldwide, many of whom are carrying out harmful and exploitative tasks on a daily basis. More than two million of these children work on cocoa farms in West Africa; a region where Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate (Cargill Cocoa) sources most of its cocoa beans.

OECD/FAO report: Future food demand to be met as population growth slows and productivity increases

06 Jul 2018 --- Slowing population growth is expected to lead to decelerating demand for food, according to a new Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report which says that cereal stock levels have climbed to an all-time high. This follows a steady increase across most commodities which also reached record levels last year. At the same time, the FAO Food Price Index declined in June for the first time in 2018, driven by trade tensions.

ADM completes JV with Aston Foods, strengthens animal nutrition role with Neovia move

03 Jul 2018 --- Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Russia-based Aston Foods have successfully received all required regulatory approvals and launched their 50-50 joint venture to provide sweeteners and starches to customers in Russia.

Coffee goals: LDC, Douwe Egberts & Syngenta launch paresustainability project for 3,000 Vietnamese farmers

02 Jul 2018 --- Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has announced the launch of a new coffee sustainability project to benefit approximately 3,000 farmers in Vietnam’s Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Gia Lai provinces, in the country’s coffee-producing Central Highlands region. Organized in partnership with global coffee and tea company Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) and leading agricultural solutions company Syngenta, the three-year, US$1million project will train farmers in climate change resilience techniques, agro-chemical management, and work safety.

Nestlé pledges improved chicken welfare across Buitoni, Wagner and Maggi brands

02 Jul 2018 --- Nestlé is pushing up animal welfare standards for millions of chickens used in its food products across Europe as part of a broader initiative to use traceable and responsibly-sourced ingredients. The food giant will work with supply chain partners and stakeholders to improve living conditions for chickens, ensure the use of more humane practices and reduce stocking density.

Private label sector continues to impress, gains evident across Europe

29 Jun 2018 --- Retailer brands keep gaining popularity and market share across Europe. The latest Nielsen data shows that market share for private label increased last year in 12 of the 19 countries tracked for the Private Label Manufacturer's Association’s (PLMA) 2018 International Private Label Yearbook, and now stands at 30 percent or above in 17 countries. Private label reached an all-time high in Europe’s largest retail market, Germany, with its market share there climbing to over 45 percent for the first time. Market share also increased to its highest levels ever in six other countries: The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Hungary and Turkey.

Novel program redistributes surplus harvest: Second Harvest addresses hunger in South Africa

27 Jun 2018 --- FoodForward SA is launching Second Harvest, a program that sources and collects surplus fruit and vegetables from commercial farmers across South Africa and redistributes this fresh produce to the 600 beneficiary organizations in their network. 

CO2 shortage causes Coca-Cola to temporarily pause production in UK

26 Jun 2018 --- The carbon dioxide shortage is impacting big brands and small enterprises as the soft drinks, beer and meat industries wait for CO2 for their businesses to operate amid low stocks across Europe. Coca-Cola even “temporarily paused” production for a short period, however, the soft drink giant stresses that there has been no disruption to supplies so far.

Could Kraft Heinz make a move for Campbell Soup?

25 Jun 2018 --- According to the New York Post, Kraft Heinz is interested in buying Campbell Soup and expects a sales process to start soon. The soup and snacks company has said it planned to discuss the outcome of the review in late August.

Danone’s investment fund searching for game-changing alternative protein, health drink and snack start-ups

25 Jun 2018 --- Danone Manifesto Ventures, the investment fund of the French food giant, is targeting startup firms in health drinks, snacks, baby food and alternative protein sectors – and plans to invest in around 25 companies by 2020. Located in New York City and launched at the end of 2016, Danone Manifesto Ventures brings health through food to as many people as possible by partnering with entrepreneurs in the food revolution. It is targeting startups disrupting markets and challenging dominant big brands and has made a series of investments so far.

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