ADM restructures business divisions amid falling grain margins, forms Nutrition unit

20 Mar 2018 --- Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has announced the realignment of its business segments across four units – Carbohydrate Solutions, Nutrition, Oilseeds and Origination. The new segments better reflect ADM’s operating structure as the company seeks ways to remain competitive in the face of persistent tight margins in the global grains sector.

Firmenich opens Culinary Discovery Center in Thailand

14 Mar 2018 --- Firmenich has opened a new Culinary Discovery Center in Bangkok, Thailand, to serve as the company’s hub for Southeast Asia. The new facility provides a collaborative environment where Firmenich chefs, flavorists and food technologists can work together with customers to shape the future of food. Fully immersed in the region’s rich culinary heritage, this center will develop innovative culinary solutions cutting across Savory, Sweet Goods and Beverages for consumers in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Kemin launches antimicrobial solution for feed in Russia

13 Mar 2018 --- Kemin Industries has launched Sal CURB B liquid in Russia. The powerful antimicrobial solution product brings a special synergistic combination of surface-active agents and powerful antimicrobial compounds in feed.

SIG and Amcor unite in commitment to responsibly sourced aluminum

13 Mar 2018 --- SIG and Amcor – two of the world’s largest packaging companies – have formed a value chain partnership which commits to using 100 percent certified sourcing of aluminum. The pledge aims to meet the performance standards as recommended by the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI). Amcor is one of SIG’s main suppliers of aluminum in Europe.

Next-generation stevia: A new wave of extracts

13 Mar 2018 --- Natural sweeteners, including stevia, have been trending amid the clean label boom. With 2018 set to be a big year for sugar reduction and with sugar taxes coming into effect in the UK and Ireland, many ingredients suppliers are looking to innovate even further in the space of sugar reduction with new and emerging sweeteners, including stevia extracts.

Sodium & sugar reduction: Is Mediterranean Umami the answer?

12 Mar 2018 --- Given increased regulatory pressure and consumer demand around the world, sugar reduction has become a hot topic. The recently implemented tax on sugary drinks in the UK, and related widespread formulation changes and new product development, are good examples of the industry response to regulations targeting sugar. However, most food companies have struggled to use only natural solutions to reduce sugar in their products. Salt of the Earth believes its Mediterranean Umami is also effective for sugar reduction. The all-natural, clean-label ingredient for savory flavor enhancement can answer both demands for tasty, clean-label foods with both lower sodium and less sugar, according to the company.

Clean label opportunity: Kerry defines five behavioral consumer segments

12 Mar 2018 --- Kerry has unveiled its latest comprehensive clean label consumer research which defines five behavioral consumer segments, each with a unique outlook and opinion on clean label. The Irish food and nutrition giant surveyed 702 US consumers to better understand their opinions on nutrition, ingredients and sustainability, as well as how these factors influence their opinions on clean label.

Ardent Mills debuts new ingredients unit: The Annex

12 Mar 2018 --- Ardent Mills has introduced a new business unit dedicated to exploring and providing food companies and foodservice operators with specialty ingredients and products, The Annex. The business unit offers a broad portfolio of heirloom wheat, including emmer, einkorn, spelt and White Sonora; rye; barley; pulses; and ancient grains, including Ardent Mills’ Great Plains Quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, teff and sorghum.

Bunge “under pressure” from investors to sell

09 Mar 2018 --- US agricultural investor Continental Grain Co is reportedly pushing global agribusiness and food company Bunge Ltd. to consider a potential sale. According to Reuters, which cites an unnamed source close to the matter, Continental Grain, which is considered a powerful force in the global grain industry, discussed the potential for sale with Bunge after Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM) approached the company about a takeover earlier this year.

Smurfit Kappa open to improved International Paper bid after initial rejection, claim reports

08 Mar 2018 --- The board of Smurfit Kappa announced yesterday their rejection of what they referred to as a ”fundamentally opportunistic and conditional” takeover bid from US-based International Paper. Europe’s largest producer of cardboard-boxes has, however, been more recently linked with a willingness to negotiate an improved bid if International Paper decide to raise their offer.

Wilmar partners with Malaysian palm oil certifiers to attain industry-recognized status for 260 suppliers

05 Mar 2018 --- Wilmar International Limited (Wilmar) and the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC ) are joining forces to help all of Wilmar’s suppliers in Malaysia to obtain certification by the end of 2019 as Asia’s leading agribusiness group continues its drive for a sustainable supply chain. More than 260 mill suppliers covering more than 55 percent of the entirety of mills in Malaysia are expected to benefit from this partnership.

ADM acquires 50 percent stake in sweeteners and starches business of Aston Foods

05 Mar 2018 --- Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has announced an agreement to acquire a 50 percent equity stake in the sweeteners and starches business of Russia-based Aston Foods and Food Ingredients.

Natural pet food advance: General Mills acquires Blue Buffalo in US$8bn deal

27 Feb 2018 --- Cereal giant General Mills has agreed to buy Blue Buffalo Pet Products in a deal worth US$8 billion. The definitive agreement establishes General Mills as the leader in the US Wholesome Natural pet food category, leveraging in the rapidly growing pet food industry and accelerates its portfolio reshaping strategy.

Olam Q4 profits spike, boosted by gains in nuts, spices and vegetables

27 Feb 2018 --- Olam’s net profit jumped 159.3 percent to US$265.1 million for the three months ended December, compared with USS$102.2 million a year ago, while operational profit, was 7.2 percent higher at S$109.7 million.

Meat in a new light: Addressing today's “mindful” demands

27 Feb 2018 --- Meat remains a central protein element in the food industry as a whole, but challenges are impacting consumption and production globally. Poultry is the world’s fastest-growing meat category. The category itself overlaps into many food sectors, such as convenience foods, frozen foods and the snacking category. But what image does the meat industry have as a whole? What is changing in terms of to consumer preference and regulation? Are consumers looking for alternative proteins? And is the “mindful” consumer making good choices when it comes to the consumption of meat products? FoodIngredientsFirst investigates.

Nestlé rolls out new luxury version of KitKat

23 Feb 2018 --- KitKat fans in the UK and Ireland will soon have a new way to enjoy confectionery as Nestlé has launched KitKat Senses, indulgent KitKat chocolates in three new, luxurious flavors: hazelnut, double chocolate and salted caramel.

Unilever discloses palm oil sources, could prompt widespread industry change

19 Feb 2018 --- Unilever has taken a pioneering stance on its palm oil supply chain by being the first consumer goods company to publish in full a dossier of all the suppliers and mills that it sources from. The rare industry move is designed to show the company’s commitment to transparency. This is a radical step in palm oil supply chain transparency with Unilever considering the full disclosure a “milestone” in its journey towards a more sustainable palm oil industry.

Euroma acquires Intertaste, gains top ranking in European spice market

16 Feb 2018 --- Koninklijke Euroma (Euroma) has officially taken over all the shares of Dutch branch competitor, Intertaste, after approval by the Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM), international herbs and spices producer. With the takeover, Euroma will achieve a top ranking in the European market and a first place in the Dutch herbs and spices market. 

Weekly Digest: Nestlé moves for sustainable energy, DuPont certification for POWERMill enzyme

16 Feb 2018 --- This week in business, there were several announcements made on the sustainability side, Nestlé’s ambition to procure 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources is moving forward and Suiker Unie was awarded gold status by EcoVadis for the fourth consecutive year. Also this week, Mondelēz has made changes to its Board of Directors and President and CEO of GMA, Pamela Bailey, announced she would retire later this year following nearly ten years of leading the organization. DuPont received a patent certification on its POWERMill enzyme and was also recognized as first place in the most innovative food ingredient category at the Food Ingredients Innovation Awards 2017 in Brazil. Meanwhile, FrieslandCampina acquired all the remaining shares in Friesland Huishan Dairy (FHD).

Palm oil: IOI Loders Croklaan & Kerry back Small-Growers Support Program

15 Feb 2018 --- IOI Loders Croklaan has partnered with Kerry Group, Wild Asia and the Fortuna Palm Oil Mill in Sabah to implement a 3-year Small-Growers Support Program. The program supports the inclusion of smallholders into IOI’s supply chain and will boost small farmer’s (farm size between 0 to 500Ha) productivity by helping them implement sustainable agricultural practices.