French chef Paul Bocuse dies aged 91

22 Jan 2018 --- Michelin-starred chef, Paul Bocuse died in France on Saturday January 20. Bocuse, 91, was one of the leading exponents of the 1970s culinary trend of nouvelle cuisine. Tributes to the man described as “Monsieur Paul” and the “Chef of the century” poured in after his death was announced. French president, Emmanuel Macron, has described Bocuse as “the incarnation of French cuisine.”

Evian strives for 100 percent recyclable plastic bottles by 2025

19 Jan 2018 --- Evian is strengthening its sustainability credentials with a pledge to make all its water bottles from 100 percent recyclable plastic. The France-based mineral water brand, owned by multinational corporation Danone, has set a target of 2025 to achieve the target which is part of an initiative to become a circular brand.

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.

Cargill opens potassium chloride plant in New York to address demand for lower sodium

18 Jan 2018 --- To meet increasing consumer demand for lower sodium food options, Cargill has opened its first food-grade potassium chloride operation at its Watkins Glen, New York, US, salt plant. The new potassium chloride facility is part of Cargill’s commitment to a robust nutrition innovation pipeline, helping the company bring new lower sodium options to the market faster.

Going plastic free: Retailer Iceland makes major move to tackle ocean pollution

16 Jan 2018 --- Iceland has become the first major retailer to commit to eliminating plastic packaging for all of its own brand products, within five years, to help end the burden of plastic pollution. The company has said it will replace plastic with packaging including paper and pulp trays which would be completely recyclable, through support for initiatives, such as a bottle deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and in-store recycling. 

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.

3D food printing: Verstegen becomes the world's first supplier of cartridge fillings

11 Jan 2018 --- byFlow, a Dutch company selling and producing 3D Food Printers, has announced a new collaboration with its new partner Verstegen Spices & Sauces. Verstegen is one of byFlow's partners for the Horecava 2018, which concludes in Amsterdam today, providing 3D food printing Fillings for their 3D food printer, the Focus. The first available flavor of the paste, beetroot and cardamom, was developed in collaboration with Jan Smink, byFlow's ambassador and top chef (winner b’Ocuse D’or, working for 3 star Michelin Restaurant De Librije).

Agrana reports strong Q1-Q3 results, notably higher than previous year

11 Jan 2018 --- In the first three quarters of the 2017/18 financial year, Agrana Beteiligungs-AG achieved slight year-on-year growth of 2.2 percent in group revenue to €2,010.6 million (US$2,400.4 million) (Q1-Q3 prior year: €1,967.5 million (US$2,349.8 million)). Profit for the period rose to €171.6 million (US$204.9 million), an increase of 24.6 percent from the year-earlier result of €137.7 million (US$164.4 million).

The supplier view - 2018 trends: industry remains confident on clean label outlook

09 Jan 2018 --- The industry seems to have gone beyond clean label alone, as increased consumer demand for authenticity and transparency is fueled by the demand for "clear" label launches. This marketing term, coined by Innova Market Insights in 2014, has been jumped upon by the industry and has been an iconic description ever since. Clean & clear label is associated with many factors – health, wellness, natural, simple, transparency, minimally processed and organic. There is now an entire umbrella of definitions that are linked to clean label, which can be complex when it comes to food ingredients.

Australian sugar tax: AMA calls for sugary drinks move to target obesity

08 Jan 2018 --- The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for a tax on sugary drinks to be put in place to tackle obesity and for water to be the default beverage option with meals. In a position paper, which was released yesterday (January 7), the AMA backed a number of measures to decrease obesity including banning junk food ads which target children.

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.”

Food waste, consumer values and online innovations among key 2018 trends, finds IFIC research

04 Jan 2018 --- Food waste, digital and online innovations and consumer values are expected to drive some of the major food and nutrition trends in 2018, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation. And the concept of savvy consumers making mindful choices stands out as a key trend for this year, which follows on from the 2018 trend forecast by Innova Market Insights as published in FoodIngredientsFirst late last year, where the market researcher predicts that as number one on the list, “Mindful Choices,” will thrive this year.

Centralized EU Novel Foods Regulation kicks in, but will it inspire more applications?

03 Jan 2018 --- The new regulations on novel foods, defined as anything without a significant history of consumption in the European Union before May 15, 1997, came into force on January 1, 2018, signaling the start of a new system operated by the European Commission. For the first time, the approval system will be centralized, with applications submitted to the European Commission rather than individual member states as has been the approach before now.

“Game-changing” nitrite-free bacon makes debut in UK

02 Jan 2018 --- Dubbed the “Holy Grail” of bacon that is “made without nitrites or other nasties,” the people behind Naked Bacon, Finneabrogue, are getting ready for the launch of the new product in UK retailers next week. 

From January 10, nitrite-free Naked Bacon will be on the shelves amid a fanfare that claims to be revolutionizing the British staple meat driven by Finnebrogue’s claims that the average person in the UK consumes more than three kilos of bacon every year.

Locust bean gum shortage: History could repeat itself, says hydrocolloid market expert

21 Dec 2017 --- There is growing concern about the availability of the hydrocolloid locust bean gum (LBG), due to shortages that are set to continue into 2018. According to Ross Campbell, Business Director at CyberColloids Ltd, food manufacturers should be looking for other alternatives to LBG, or at least aiming to reformulate and consider other options as an alternative.

EHL Ingredients predicts vegetables and gluten-free will dominate in 2018

21 Dec 2017 --- EHL Ingredients predicts that vegan and gluten-free food ingredients are set to dominate menus and supermarket shelves in 2018 as consumers diversify their eating habits to suit modern lifestyles, diets and fitness, and healthy eating trends. In addition, pomegranate molasses, harissa, sumac, edible flowers and Hawaiian flavors are set to whet the appetite of UK consumers.

Tomatoes top consumer health poll, finds Lycored survey

20 Dec 2017 --- Tomatoes have a powerful association with health and are seen as the star ingredient of the Mediterranean Diet, research has shown. Carotenoid experts Lycored surveyed 329 consumers. They were presented with a list of 14 fruit and vegetables and asked to pick the five they most associated with health.

Valio launches non-dairy product range made from Finnish oats

19 Dec 2017 --- Valio has introduced a new range of plant-based products: the spoonable Valio Oddlygood gurts and the Valio Oddlygood oat drink – both made from Finnish oats at Valio’s Riihimäki and Turenki plants, in Finland. The new gurts and the oat drink will be available in stores in Finland in February 2018 and in Sweden in spring 2018.

Bell Flavors launches natural alternatives to liquid smoke

19 Dec 2017 --- Bell Flavors & Fragrances has announced the launch of a new smokeless smoke flavors range, a natural alternative to traditional liquid smoke with variations ranging from mesquite to cherrywood. The natural smoke type flavors will help elevate their respective individual flavor nuances that continue to grow in popularity.

Nestle Waters sells Sweet Leaf Tea and Tradewinds businesses to private equity

19 Dec 2017 --- Private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners has partnered up with Dunn’s River Brands to create a new strategic beverage platform. As part of the venture, the companies have acquired the Sweet Leaf Tea and Tradewinds businesses from Nestle Waters North America. Dunn’s River Brands said Sweet Leaf Tea and Tradewinds are expected to serve as the base for additional acquisitions of smaller high-growth brands in the fast-growing ready-to-drink tea category.

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