Cambridge Commodities acquires ingredient business of US wholesaler Earth Circle Organics

19 Jul 2018 --- UK-based ingredient supplier Cambridge Commodities has acquired the ingredient business of US wholesaler Earth Circle Organics LLC, for an undisclosed sum. Following the acquisition, Earth Circle Organics’ raw and organic superfood ingredient business will merge with the US arm of Cambridge Commodities to create a new division, operating as Earth Circle Ingredients.

Cost of listeria outbreak: Greenyard estimates €30 million impact

18 Jul 2018 --- Frozen vegetable marketer Greenyard estimates the financial impact of the listeria outbreak that has led to huge product recalls and concerns over the potentially deadly disease, is in the region of €30 million (US$35.1 million). After insurance, Greenyard says this includes estimated costs for the product, transport, handling, storage, destruction, subcontracting, lower cost absorption of the factory and loss of margin. The estimate comes as the fruit and vegetable giant halts production as its Hungarian vegetable plant while an in-depth investigation continues to probe the listeria contamination.

Brazzein scale-up: “Nature has the answer to sugar reduction,” says Magellan Life Sciences CEO

11 Jul 2018 --- UK-based Magellan Life Sciences is scaling up their production of brazzein, through its patent-pending fermentation process. The company believes it will be the first to market the natural sweetener on a major scale. Using an FDA-approved microorganism strain and food-grade chemicals, Magellan Life Sciences has developed a unique process that promises commercial quantities of brazzein that are “identical to nature.”

Lycored: “Start bright, stay bright,” new confectionery colors pass the candy test

11 Jul 2018 --- A new batch of carotenoid-derived colors from Lycored have proved to be “super-stable” in hard coated candy and vitamin-enriched gummies. Research has shown that the use of natural colors does not diminish the appeal of candy to children and actually enhances it for parents. This is according to Lycored’s team which will be presenting its findings on natural colors during the IFT Food Expo in Chicago next week.

JM Smucker offloads US baking business to private equity for US$375 million

10 Jul 2018 --- The JM Smucker Company has signed an agreement to divest its US baking business to private equity firm Brynwood Partners in a deal valued at US$375 million. The US manufacturer of fruit spreads, ice cream toppings, beverages, shortening, peanut butter and oils says the deal is part of an initiative to reshape the company portfolio and strengthen its focus on coffee, snacking and pet food.

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. 

Fermentation factor: New horizons for bakery and dairy cultures

10 Jul 2018 --- Fermentation is an age-old process but has been experiencing a revival in recent years with a broader recognition of the health benefits offered as well as the unique taste attributes it can deliver. With fermentation seen as a natural and authentic process, new product development and heightened consumer awareness have combined to bring a raft of traditional products to our supermarket shelves.

Green eating: 62 percent increase in plant-based claims, Innova Market Insights reveals

09 Jul 2018 --- Plant-based innovation is flourishing, according to Innova Market Insights. Growing consumer interest in health, sustainability and ethics are driving plant-derived ingredients and products into high popularity. Innova Market Insights reports that plant-based product claims increased by 62 percent globally (CAGR, 2013-2017) with growth occurring on platforms such as plant proteins, active botanicals, sweeteners, herbs and seasonings and coloring foodstuffs.

Listeria fears: Greenyard investigates “root cause,” as UK supermarkets recall frozen vegetables

09 Jul 2018 --- Greenyard, the company at the center of a frozen vegetable listeria contamination scare, says its top priority is the on-going recall initiative working with supermarkets to call back certain batches amid concern that they could contain the bacteria. The fruit and vegetable giant tells FoodIngredientsFirst that production has stopped at its Hungarian vegetable plant while an in-depth investigation takes place into the potential listeria contamination. 

World Chocolate Day: Despite health concerns, chocolate popularity still strong in NPD

07 Jul 2018 ---  Today marks World Chocolate Day 2018 and July 7 is dedicated to all things cocoa-based. Despite concerns about health and obesity, chocolate remains a popular treat worldwide. World Chocolate Day supposedly marks the day when chocolate was first brought to Europe in 1550 and has been observed since 2009 globally. However, there has been a slight shift in consumer tastes. The focus on obesity and the health agenda has made many consumers transfer allegiance to lower sugar and fat confectionery products. However, to ensure chocolate is still a firm favorite for many years to come, confectionery manufacturers have been working hard to offer healthier versions of existing products, as well as new innovations.

Tackling food insecurity: Indiana-based start-up launches innovative food growing systems

05 Jul 2018 --- Indiana-based start-up, Aggressively Organic Inc., has launched Beta 2, a food production tool which allows the successful growth of food at home. Through the introduction of a system that is aimed at helping to end food insecurity in our lifetime, Aggressively Organic has designed, developed and are delivering “weapons of mass creation.” This comes in the form of sustainable, accessible, and easy to use agricultural systems that can be used by anyone, anytime regardless of space or agricultural experience.

Botanical prospects: Natural, organic and “active” ingredient trends

03 Jul 2018 --- As the motion of “mindful choices” continues to dominate as an overall trend this year alongside the demand for natural, clean label ingredients in beverages, substances obtained from plants are giving a significant boost to products across multiple platforms. Sugar reformulation in the beverage industry also boosts botanical applications and as government-imposed sugar taxes hit markets around the world, manufacturers want and need to innovate with better-for-you ingredients.

Country of origin crackdown: Australian watchdog to monitor labeling law compliance

28 Jun 2018 --- Australia is to introduce its mandatory Country of Origin food labeling next month. The country’s competition and consumer rights’ watchdog will carry out market surveillance checks on 10,000 food products to make sure that businesses are following the new rules.

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. 

Allulose potential: German start-up develops “real sugar without calories”

27 Jun 2018 --- German start-up Savanna Ingredients GmbH is producing initial quantities of allulose monosaccharide, also known as allulose, which is a rare but up and coming natural sugar that it positions as “real sugar without calories.” Allulose exists in very small quantities in nature. It can be found in foods such as figs, raisins, molasses and maple syrup.

Food protection: DuPont launches powder antioxidant from naturally sourced mixed tocopherols

26 Jun 2018 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health has announced its debut of Guardian Toco 30p, a highly effective and label-friendly antioxidant from naturally sourced mixed tocopherols in a powder form. Manufacturers of cereal and granola brands can now have a convenient, easy-to-use antioxidant protection product when compared to liquid tocopherols, according to DuPont.

Plant-based potential: Vegan demands surge, opens the door to future innovation

26 Jun 2018 --- Vegan products have become more mainstream and we now see a much higher prevalence of food companies moving straight beyond vegetarian to vegan. The plant-based food market is growing at double-digit rates and expected to reach US$5.2 billion worldwide by 2020, according to Nestlé and a significant proportion of this will be down to plant-based snacks.

Biodiversity: A moral sourcing obligation that needs to be addressed

22 Jun 2018 --- New surveys of more than 5,000 consumers in five countries indicate that the majority (79 percent) feel that “companies have a moral obligation” to have a positive impact on people and biodiversity in their sourcing of natural ingredients, but only 37 percent feel “confident that companies pay serious attention” to these issues. The non-profit Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) has just published the 2018 edition of the Biodiversity Barometer.

Natural antioxidants: Unlocking the power of plants to preserve food

19 Jun 2018 --- Since modern-day consumers understand the role that natural antioxidants can have on their personal nutrition as well as how they can function to preserve food for longer, they want more of them. And so antioxidants are finding new potential amid modern life’s demands. As the fast-paced, high-stress and the time-precious contemporary consumer doesn’t have much time for sourcing and cooking from scratch, that often translates into a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables and an increase in processed and convenience food.

Taura’s reduced-sugar cookies hit the sweet spot

19 Jun 2018 --- Research into Taura’s reduced-sugar cookies containing concentrated fruit pieces shows that consumers perceive them to be just as sweet as full-sugar alternatives. The natural ingredients specialist says a consumer sensory panel showed that its reduced-sugar cookies with JusFruit pieces contain 30 percent less sugar but came out on top in taste testing.

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