Cargill diversifies starches and sweeteners site in Krefeld, Germany

19 Jan 2018 --- Cargill is expanding and diversifying its product portfolio at its starches and sweeteners plant in Krefeld, Germany with products such as vegetable wheat protein, specialized industrial wheat starches and advanced biofuel. Transitioning this site from a corn to wheat processing facility allows Cargill to add these products to its product portfolio and help customers address changing consumer needs in terms of nutrition, packaging and sustainable fuel.

Import of sustainable fruit and veg increases to 70 percent, says SIFAV

19 Jan 2018 --- The volumes of tropical fruit and vegetables, such as bananas, pineapples, green beans and avocados, that are sourced on the basis of meeting social and environmental conditions has risen significantly from 50 percent to 70 percent in one year. This is what has emerged from the 2017 annual monitoring of the Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables (SIFAV), which aims to make imports of fruits and vegetables from Africa, Asia and South America 100 percent sustainable in 2020.

Mondelēz invests in program to protect forests in Ghana

18 Jan 2018 --- Mondelēz International has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Forestry Commission of Ghana, Ghana Cocoa Board and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), reinforcing its commitment to reduce emissions in its cocoa supply chain across Ghana.

Organic movement calls for regulation of new genetic engineering techniques

17 Jan 2018 --- During its General Assembly in New Delhi, India late last year, IFOAM – Organics International adopted a global position which reaffirms that GMOs created through new genetic engineering techniques have no place in organic food and farming systems.

Symrise launches clean label Culinary Bases

12 Jan 2018 --- In order to address changing consumer demand for cleaner labels, Symrise Flavor N.A. has launched an extensive line of clean label Culinary Bases that are crafted from both Symrise flavors and extracts and farm-to-flavor ingredients from Diana Food.

Four new flavors of Diet Coke as iconic soda enters “new era”

11 Jan 2018 --- On-trend bold botanical, fruit and spice flavors like mango, lime, ginger and blood orange, are the key components of new-look Diet Coke as the iconic brand goes through a transformation which also includes sleek new packaging.

Sustain slams pub chairman's beermat claims about cheap food post-Brexit

10 Jan 2018 --- UK food and agricultural advocate, Sustain, has questioned the chairman of UK pub operator JD Wetherspoon over claims that food prices will fall after Brexit and argues that cheap food would come at a cost, to food quality, British jobs and UK farmers. Wetherspoons' chairman Tim Martin has published an open letter in response to a customer who didn't like his new Brexit beermats highlighting support for the British fishing industry and also accusing business leaders of misleading the public on Brexit. The 500,000 beer mats are being used in 893 pubs across the UK after being introduced earlier this week.

Agricultural fungicide attracts honey bees: study

10 Jan 2018 --- When given the choice, honey bee foragers prefer to collect sugar syrup laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over sugar syrup alone, researchers report in the journal Scientific Reports. The puzzling finding comes on the heels of other studies linking fungicides to declines in honey bee and wild bee populations. One recent study, for example, found parallels between the use of chlorothalonil and the presence of Nosema bombi, a fungal parasite, in bumble bees. Greater chlorothalonil use also was linked to range contractions in four declining bumblebee species.

Food recalls: US FDA creates new framework in sweeping overhaul

08 Jan 2018 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance to the food industry detailing how it plans to enforce the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and describing the “sweeping changes” as “the biggest overhaul of the nation’s food safety laws in more than 70 years.”

Cargill Q2 profits dip despite strong ingredients results, suspends operations with Guatemalan palm oil supplier

05 Jan 2018 --- The world’s largest food commodities supplier, Cargill has reported lower profits in its Q2 results as overflowing crops continued to weigh on its grain trading business. The company’s adjusted operating profit declined 8 percent year-on-year to USUS$948m in the quarter ended November 30, while net profit fell 6 percent to US$924m. Compared to results from last year, the company has experienced a drop in profit.

Ornua: CEO recruitment process underway to replace outgoing Kevin Lane

05 Jan 2018 --- Last month it emerged that Ornua Chief Executive Kevin Lane is to step down in mid-2018, following eight and a half successful years in the role where he guided the company through a significant period in its history.

Chlorine-washed chicken: US tells UK to drop objections, angers Sustain

05 Jan 2018 --- A US trade official is urging Britain to cut strict rules after Brexit in a bid to boost trade, which has reignited a row over chlorine-washed chicken from America. According to a report from Bloomberg Politics, Ted McKinney, an undersecretary for trade at the US Department for Agriculture, has made some remarks about how tough it is to do business with Britain, and currently Europe, because of tough safety rules.

New novel food rules will “pave the way” for wider insect use

05 Jan 2018 --- As the new EU novel food rules start kicking in (from Jaanuary 1, 2018), European insect producers have welcomed the move claiming that it should pave the way for the wider use of insects as food.

Lab-grown "clean" chicken: SuperMeat crowdfunds US$3m and partners with poultry producer

03 Jan 2018 --- Groundbreaking Israeli food-tech startup, SuperMeat, has raised US$3 million in seed funding and has joined forces with one of Europe’s largest poultry producers, PHW, establishing itself as a significant contender in the global shift towards lab-grown clean chicken.The recent seed round was led by US-based venture capital fund New Crop Capital and VC firm Stray Dog Capital with both firms saying they are openly committed to investing in more sustainable food systems.

Valio to pay bonus for responsible dairy production

03 Jan 2018 --- From the start of this year, Finnish dairy Valio has promised to pay one cent extra per liter to entrepreneurs who have proven themselves committed to responsible dairy production. Valio has implemented the most extensive renewal of quality and production practices in the company’s history. The aim of this development work is to promote animal well-being and a better quality of life for the animals.

Cargill partners with Techstars and Ecolab to accelerate food industry innovation

20 Dec 2017 --- New technologies can lead the way to a safer, more secure and sustainable food supply and Cargill is partnering with Techstars and Ecolab to create the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator launching in Minneapolis in 2018. “We are thrilled to welcome some of the brightest minds in food and ag tech into Cargill and Ecolab's backyards,” said Justin Kershaw, Cargill CIO.

Campbell snaps up snack group Snyder’s-Lance in $4.7bn deal

19 Dec 2017 --- The Campbell Soup Company has now made it official by announcing the US$4.87bn acquisition of Snyder's-Lance, in a deal said to be the soup company's largest ever in its 148-year history. Traditional companies like Campbell have been struggling against a backdrop of shifting food preferences in markets all over the world, however, Campbell’s is hoping the addition of Snyder’s snacks brands will shore up its position in-store.

Making mindful choices: why sustainable seafood will thrive 

19 Dec 2017 --- Sustainability and the notion of a circular economy are high on both the industry and consumer radar, with “Mindful Choices” and “Going Full Circle” among Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends for 2018. One of the most important sustainability platforms relates to fish & seafood. The market researcher also notes “Ocean Garden” as one of its 2018 trends, where the industry is looking towards the sea as a source for ingredients and more holistic nutrition inspiration. 

Will Campbell’s buy snack giant Snyder's-Lance?

18 Dec 2017 --- Speculation is mounting that the Campbell Soup Company is in advanced talks to acquire leading US snack maker Snyder's-Lance Inc. Multiple US media reports how discussions between the two companies are developing and a deal looks very likely. 

Sustain probe reveals “red-rated” fish on the menu at UK restaurants

18 Dec 2017 --- Sustainable Fish Cities is calling for all contract catering companies to commit to and publish a robust sustainable fish buying policy after its investigation found wide variations in how well contract catering companies are checking, sourcing, and communicating sustainable fish, with red-rated species being sold by some caterers.

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