Wasteful: Average American wastes 422g of food a day, study finds

19 Apr 2018 --- New food waste research from the US unveils the shocking truths about the amount of food tossed out every day and it is people with healthier diets rich in fresh produce that are among the worst offenders. Fresh fruit and vegetables were the most likely to be thrown out, followed by dairy and then meat, according to the latest insights into the country’s food waste problems, carried out by US Department of Agriculture.

Sustainable solutions key drivers for innovation at Empack 2018

18 Apr 2018 --- Sustainable packaging solutions were the pulse of this year’s Empack, held in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Empack aims to display on-trend marketing innovations, trends and technology in all things packaging. FoodIngredientsFirst visited Empack to gain an insight into some of the innovations that dominated the show.

Ederna’s coffee concentrate innovation perks up cold brew category

16 Apr 2018 --- In the US, over a five year period between 2011 and 2016, cold brew coffee consumption soared by more than 500 percent – and now it’s growing rapidly across Europe. Tapping into the cold-brew coffee trend, which is tipped to be even bigger this year, is France-based cold concentrations expert Ederna.

Fruit fillings: Puratos highlights growing need for natural ingredients

11 Apr 2018 --- Consumer demand for natural products is increasing continually. The latest “Taste Tomorrow” survey, from Puratos, has revealed a distinct consumer preference for fruit because it is both natural and tasty. Not only did the Taste Tomorrow survey reveal a preference for fruit on the part of the consumer and the customers; demand for cleaner label products was also clearly expressed, including products without artificial preservatives, colorings and flavorings.

Weekly Digest: Ferrero completes Nestle USA confectionery buy, Mondelēz pledges sustainable cocoa sourcing

06 Apr 2018 --- This week, Monsanto Fund and Africare launched a US$5 million, five-year initiative to address acute hunger, malnutrition in Northern Kenya. Elsewhere, Mondelēz International announced that as of the end of March 2018, the Oreo brand would be covered by its industry-leading sustainable cocoa sourcing program, Cocoa Life. Also this week, Ferrero completed its previously announced acquisition of Nestlé USA’s confectionery business and Arla Foods is planning to sell its cheese production site in Sonthofen, Germany to German-based dairy company Allgäuer Hof-Milch GmbH.

Trade war: China plans to slap sanctions on US soybeans, industry facing serious losses

05 Apr 2018 --- China has seriously upped the severity of its sanctions against the US as the trade war between the world's two largest economies escalates. US soybeans are now being targeted for 25 percent retaliatory tariffs, after initially not including the commodity on its list of items impacted. As the trade war between the two countries intensifies, China has added soybeans to a long list of food products that will be subject to tariffs alongside frozen pork, almonds, pistachios, wine and fresh and dried fruit.

Sugar taxes start to bite, but agile formulators have been prepared

03 Apr 2018 --- A controversial sugar tax billed as a new health-promotion levy by the South African government has just started. Designed to support the Department of Health’s aim to reduce the incidence of diabetes, obesity and related diseases, the levy is 2.1 cents per gram of sugar content that exceeds four grams per 100ml (the first four grams per 100ml are levy-free) and sugar content includes added sugar and other sweetening matter.

US-China tariff spat escalates on food products as dairy innovation deal is signed

03 Apr 2018 --- In its first retaliatory move since President Trump’s earlier tariffs on steel and aluminum, China has suspended tariff concessions, some reaching up to 25 percent, on a wide range of US food products. Products affected include frozen pork, almonds, pistachios, wine and fresh and dried fruit. To compensate for losses because of the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by Trump, China’s Ministry of Finance is now imposing the punitive measures on food, having previously warned that it would do so in an earlier announcement in March.

DSM to differentiate mature cheese tastes with new portfolio of adjuncts

30 Mar 2018 --- DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, have introduced DelvoADD, a portfolio of adjunct cultures for creating unique, aged cheddar cheese taste profiles. The new portfolio includes seven adjunct cultures designed to create flavor complexity and memory of typical mature cheddars (DelvoADD 200-C) or create complex savory flavor with the typical umami notes (DelvoADD Savory).

Vion reinstates dividend for the first time in six years

29 Mar 2018 --- Dutch meat group Vion continued to improve its performance in 2017, resulting in a normalized EBITDA of €64 million versus €61 million in 2016. On the back of these solid operational results and its strong balance sheet, the company reinstates its dividend with a first payment based on the results of 2017 of €9.5 million (US$11.6 million).

Nestlé’s sugar restructuring breakthrough: Milkybar with 30 percent less sugar debuts in Ireland

27 Mar 2018 --- A chocolate bar that contains 30 percent less sugar than usual is making its debut in the UK and Ireland as Nestlé unveils an innovative sugar reduction technique that is being hailed as a scientific breakthrough because of the way it “restructures” sugar. Researchers from the Swiss giant have pioneered the “Milkybar Wowsomes” range, describing this as the first chocolate bar in the world to use Nestlé’s innovative sugar reduction technique.

Givaudan to acquire Naturex, forms natural extracts and ingredients leader

26 Mar 2018 --- Givaudan, the global leader in the creation of flavors and fragrances, has entered into an agreement to acquire 40.6% of the shares of Naturex, the global leader in specialty plant-based natural ingredients, for €135 per share, subject to regulatory approvals. Following the acquisition, Givaudan will launch a mandatory cash tender offer for all remaining outstanding shares of Naturex, at a price of €135 per share.

Nestlé launches Lindahls Kvarg in the UK

23 Mar 2018 --- Sweden’s no. 1 quark product, Nestlé Lindahls Kvarg range, is launching in supermarkets in the UK this month. High protein yogurt and quark have become increasingly popular for the health-minded consumer, with sales increasing 22 percent (Year on Year), and nearly half of 18-34-year olds in the UK adopting a healthier diet.

Rebranding grape waste – could it contribute to a clean label?

21 Mar 2018 --- Researchers have come up with a novel use for leftover grape waste that gets discarded when making wine – turning the seeds, stalks and skins into commercial applications like prolonging the shelf life of fatty foods.

i3-food eyes new processing technologies for ready meals, ice cream, juices and smoothies

21 Mar 2018 --- A project involving Spain’s Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology has come up with three innovative food processing technologies that could be applied to a range of foods including fruit juices, smoothies, ice cream and ready meals.

Brexit: Health advocates fear future transatlantic trade deal could undermine efforts

20 Mar 2018 --- The alliance for better food and farming, Sustain, is demanding that clear mandates with health priorities are set for any trade talks between Britain and the US amid concerns that new deals will undermine the UK’s efforts to reduce sugar consumption and import “American levels of diet-related diseases” alongside their produce.

Beverage innovation: “Lighter enjoyment,” botanicals and cold brew NPD

20 Mar 2018 --- Current innovation across the beverage category is centered around health and wellbeing, as sugar reformulation and the broader idea of “lighter enjoyment” continues to dominate new product development. Globally, producers are tapping into the growing consumer demand for enjoyable soft and alcoholic drinks that have been given a clean and clear label makeover as innovators continue to dump sugar and reformulate with more natural alternatives.

UK: Children consume way too much sugar despite cutbacks over the last decade, PHE survey finds

19 Mar 2018 --- Children in the UK are consuming way too much sugar, according to the government latest data, and although figures show a reduction compared with a decade ago, much more work needs to be done to encourage a healthier diet.

Tackling food waste: Ingredients are often the unsung hero, claims IFAC chief

16 Mar 2018 --- Food waste has been an industry concern for some time and there are a multitude of ingredients available that manufacturers can use to both extend shelf-life and fulfill consumer expectations for quality, safety and experience. The European Commission (EC) recently released a study investigating the relationship between date marking on food labels and food waste and according to the International Food Additives Council chief, Robert Rankin, ingredients are often the unsung hero.

Diageo acquires Berlin vermouth start-up to strengthen aperitif category

16 Mar 2018 --- British multinational alcoholic beverages company Diageo has acquired Belsazar GmbH, a premium aperitif from Germany’s Black Forest. Launched on the Berlin food scene in 2013 by entrepreneurs Maximillian Wagner and Sebastian Brack, Belsazar is the first company to be acquired by Diageo through Distill Ventures

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