Trade war escalates: EU counter-tariffs to hit certain US food products from tomorrow

21 Jun 2018 --- The EU is hitting back at US steel and aluminum duties with its own list of retaliatory tariffs due to come into force on Friday (June 22). The move will see charges on a range of products including bourbon, cranberries and peanut butter. Referred to as “rebalancing measures,” the EU has adopted a regulation that puts in place the tariffs targeting a list of products worth €2.8 billion (US$3.2 billion).

Coffee Barometer 2018: Trouble is brewing, future production threatened

14 Jun 2018 --- The future of the coffee sector looks bleak due to a wide variety of complex and systemic social, economic and environmental issues threatening the future of coffee production, according to the Coffee Barometer 2018. The collaboration between of Conservation International, COSA, Hivos, Oxfam-Worldshops and Solidaridad says that price volatility, climate change and recurring outbreaks of pests and diseases threaten a structurally increasing global supply of good quality coffee, while consumption and, therefore, demand is expected to increase.

Survey says consumers want more details on grocery packaging: Is SmartLabel the answer?

13 Jun 2018 --- More than 7 in 10 shoppers want to find out more about the grocery products they buy than they are currently able to get with traditional on-package labels, according to a new national survey. Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) have launched a joint marketing campaign for the SmartLabel program. Shoppers want to go beyond the ingredients listed on the label to get information on what the ingredients do and why they are in the product, according to GMA and FMI.

Drones, blockchain and big data will help keep pace with future milk demands

13 Jun 2018 --- Between now and 2030 worldwide demand growth for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current US milk production, according to the main findings of the latest publication from the IFCN – the Dairy Research Network. One of the key points of debate at the 19th IFCN Dairy Conference, which opened on this week in Cork, Ireland, centered around future milk demands and the progress made in Irish dairy developments. 

Allergen & free from claims in a plant-based world

12 Jun 2018 ---  The need for free-from foods is driving innovation across many food sectors. There has been an unprecedented growth in the egg free and vegan sectors as both manufacturers and consumers alike exercise more caution when purchasing products containing eggs. The free-from industry has grown significantly over the last few years and foods without dairy, gluten or animal products are becoming much more mainstream and readily available on supermarket shelves and in the foodservice sector.

Palm oil: Cargill highlights action plan for a sustainable supply chain

06 Jun 2018 --- Cargill claims to be on a mission to be “the leader in nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.” One primary focus is its work across complex global supply chains, a crucial component on how the global corporation serves its customers and keeps food systems strong. The company’s goal is to build a 100 percent transparent, traceable and sustainable palm oil supply chain by 2020 and it’s making substantial progress to deliver on its commitments.

Corbion completes acquisition of Bunge's stake in SB Renewable Oils JV

04 Jun 2018 ---  Corbion has completed the acquisition from Bunge Limited of Bunge's stake in the SB Renewable Oils joint venture. Back in February 2018, Corbion initially confirmed that it was in discussions with Bunge about the potential acquisition of Bunge’s stake in the SB Renewable Oils joint venture.

Trade war: US farming industry fears it’s in the firing line

04 Jun 2018 --- The US agricultural industry is bracing itself to feel the full force of any potential trade war between America and the European Union as well as other nations who may retaliate against President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. 

Weekly Digest: Nestlé Waters and WWE partner on water campaign, Tate & Lyle plant awarded for energy efficiency

01 Jun 2018 ---  This week in business, Nestlé Waters North America and WWE announced a joint campaign that encourages consumers to live a healthy lifestyle and “choose water.” In the same week, Nestlé also announced changes that will further strengthen its R&D operations and take Nestlé’s research work to a new level. Meanwhile, SVZ International was named best performer in the food and beverage sector in Ecovadis’s 2018 Sustainability Leadership awards for the second consecutive year. Tate & Lyle announced that its wet corn mill in Lafayette, Indiana, earned an ENERGY STAR certification by the US Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of its superior energy efficiency performance. Also this week, Ajinomoto is set to open a Client Innovation Center in Japan and US Secretary of Agriculture has announced that the Trump Administration has requested that the World Trade Organization establish a dispute settlement panel to examine regulations governing the sale of wine in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC).

UK: MPs propose ban on cartoon characters used in “unhealthy” food promotion

31 May 2018 --- A group of UK MPs is calling for a ban on cartoon and fictional characters being used to promote unhealthy, high-sugar foods as part of a raft of proposed measures to cut down on childhood obesity. Stripping out familiar characters like Kellogg’s breakfast cereal’s Tony the Tiger and Coco Monkey and the long-established “Milky Bar Kid” from Nestlé’s white chocolate bar and other superhero-type characters could be on the cards.

Private label taste innovation: Symrise targets natural and sustainability platforms

30 May 2018 --- Flavor supplier Symrise is eyeing new opportunity in the rapidly diversifying private label sector as it looks to address consumer demands and evolve towards a taste rather than mere flavor approach under the “code of nature” platform. This strategy builds on four pillars: transparency, best natural, technology, and consumer value.

Examining sustainability and sourcing in the food supply chain

29 May 2018 --- Sustainable ingredients are an essential component of the long-term economic and financial viability of food manufacturers. In today’s consumer-driven climate where people demand detailed information about what’s in their food and where it comes from, this has never been more apparent. The emphasis on sustainability is growing globally with suppliers and manufacturers from different supply chains paying much more attention to the sourcing of their raw materials.

New study examines the challenges of “deforestation-free” palm oil

29 May 2018 ---Deforestation-free palm oil is not as simple as it sounds – that is the message from new study coming out of London where researchers discovered a better approach is needed that goes beyond the public shaming of companies in the supply chain. A new study by the Imperial College London says that genuinely “deforestation-free” palm oil products are problematic to guarantee. And despite a considerable amount of work within the industry, a more collaborative and supportive approach to understanding palm oil supply chains is needed so it can lead to more effective strategies being developed.

Pepsi acquires Bare Snacks, expands better-for-you portfolio

28 May 2018 --- PepsiCo, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bare Foods Co. (doing business as Bare Snacks), a US-based maker of baked fruit and vegetable snacks. The transaction will expand the company's snacking portfolio and further deliver on its Performance with Purpose vision to offer consumers more positive nutrition options.

Garden Gourmet makes UK debut: Nestlé targets flexitarians

28 May 2018 --- Nestlé is bringing the Garden Gourmet food brand to the UK, "offering delicious and healthy meat-free products for food lovers looking to cut down on meat but not wanting to compromise on taste." Answering the popular consumer lifestyle trend; flexitarianism, or eating less meat and more plant-based protein, Garden Gourmet is claimed to offer an exciting variety of “scrumptious meat alternatives” made with the highest quality ingredients.

GoodMills Innovation eyes shifts in bakery, targets ancient grains and gut health

28 May 2018 --- Innovators are continuously finding ways to create versions of bakery items that pack a healthier punch, which have a better carbohydrate profile and, in some cases a free-from and cleaner label. Grain-based bakery products are a significant source of fiber, particularly in western diets and since low dietary fiber intakes are a significant public health concern, cereal foods are not in danger of losing their relevance any time soon. 

Nestlé’s research shake-up promises to accelerate cutting-edge innovation

25 May 2018 --- Nestlé is strengthening its R&D operations by bringing together its two scientific discovery units, the Nestlé Research Center (NRC) and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS), to build one “impactful organization.” Nestlé Research will be a combination of what the group describes as “world-renowned research facilities,” with highly complementary capabilities capable of taking the research work of Nestlé to a new level.

Chr. Hansen launches new starter cultures designed for white cheese

24 May 2018 --- Chr.  Hansen has launched a new product series which aid the formation of rich and aromatic notes in Mediterranean-style white cheese. This latest launch, DVS WHITE FLORA, secures rich flavor, more flexibility and consistent quality for the cheesemaker. The new product series consists of three cultures that aid the formation of white cheese and ensures consistent cheese quality and robust manufacturing.

Pick up a praline: Pecan Deluxe plugs nut-based opportunities

24 May 2018 --- Pralines already feature in several popular ice cream and dessert brands globally and despite somewhat limited availability, the flavor is proving to be very popular. According to Pecan Deluxe Candy, this may be down in part to one trend that Australia can call its own – a growing interest in nut butter which merits the highest online search rating in the world.

Labeling horizons: PHO eradication, GMO delays, Post-Brexit potential

22 May 2018 --- In an ever-changing regulatory environment, it can be extremely difficult for suppliers and food manufacturers to keep up with the challenges of what can and can’t go on the label. In both the US and UK there are a number of labeling issues of concern right now. These include the impact that Brexit will have on food and beverage labels once Britain pulls out of the EU officially next March, to GMO labeling delays in the US, as well as America’s final determination regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs), i.e., removing trans fat from the supply chain.

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