Sustainability goals 2025: AB InBev commits to smart agriculture and circular packaging

22 Mar 2018 --- Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is committing to 2025 Sustainability Goals in smart agriculture, water stewardship, circular packaging, and climate action. The delivery of the goals will have the wide-reaching impact that includes connecting thousands of farmers to technologies and skills, ensuring water access and quality in high-stress communities, partnering with suppliers to increase recycling content, and adding renewable electricity capacity to regional grids.

Cocoa farming first: Ghana farmers granted ownership of timber trees

22 Mar 2018 --- For the first time in Ghana, cocoa farmers have obtained official ownership of valuable non-cocoa trees on their farms, in a bid to tackle the problems of deforestation and climate change.

Bayer-Monsanto: US$62.5bn mega-merger another step closer as EU conditionally approves tie-up

22 Mar 2018 --- The Bayer-Monsanto tie-up has cleared another big hurdle as the European Commission (EC) conditionally approved the acquisition – the latest green light from antitrust regulators which brings the creation of a company with control of more than a quarter of the world’s seed and pesticides market closer to reality. Despite a wave of opposition from farming groups and environmentalists, German conglomerate Bayer has won EU antitrust approval to acquire the US seed giant – but it comes with conditions.

La Moderna unveils US$50m HQ facility in Texas, US

22 Mar 2018 --- Mexico’s largest pasta manufacturer, La Moderna, has unveiled its US$50 million United States headquarters and production facility in Cleburne, Texas. The new 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art production, manufacturing, and distribution facility marks the company’s first physical US property, and the beginning of its quest to expand its presence and market share in the US.

Nestlé launches new nitrogen-infused coffee range in the UK

21 Mar 2018 --- Nestlé continues to innovate, meeting fast-moving consumer trends in the UK and Ireland with the launch of nitrogen-infused coffee drink “Nescafé Azera Nitro.” The food and beverage giant has unveiled the new Nescafé range of nitrogen-infused cans, available across Britain’s retail sector and in the foodservice arena.

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.

HelloFresh acquires organic start-up Green Chef

21 Mar 2018 --- HelloFresh has announced it has acquired Green Chef, the USDA-certified organic meal kit company in a move that the company hopes will bolster revenues.

Cargill starts production of optimized stevia extract

20 Mar 2018 --- Cargill has officially started producing EverSweet,  a zero-calorie, next-generation sweetener made with two of the best tasting sweet compounds found in the stevia leaf, Reb M and Reb D.

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.

Start-up focus: Taking insect protein into America’s snacks pantries

19 Mar 2018 --- Most Westerners shudder at the prospect of eating insects, but attitudes towards them vary dramatically across the globe. In fact, around two billion people already eat bugs as part of their diet. As the global population continues to rise, more and more people are looking for insect protein as a sustainable food source. Not only do many insects, including crickets, contain all nine essential amino acids, this type of protein is also sustainable, especially in comparison to traditional meat sources. It takes one gallon of water to produce one pound of insect protein. Almost two thousand gallons of water, by contrast, are poured into every pound of beef that lands on a plate. US-based start-up Chirps Chips is on a mission to educate Western society on the benefits of insect protein in a corn snack.

DSM launches the fastest lactase enzyme for lactose-free dairy

16 Mar 2018 --- As the trend towards healthier eating grows, so does consumer awareness for topics like digestive health. In response to this, DSM has launched Maxilact Smart, promoted as the fastest lactase enzyme on the market. The innovative Maxilact Smart enables a significant increase in production efficiency and capacity, allowing dairy producers to meet the growing demand for lactose-free dairy products.

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.

Weekly Digest: Arla scores for protein pouch pack, Coca-Cola gains self-supply license

16 Mar 2018 --- This week, Arla Foods scooped an award for its protein pouch format at the fourth annual World Food Innovation Awards and ITS (International Taste Solutions) obtained an AA Grade on BRC Accreditation. Elsewhere, Balchem and the China National Research Institute of Food and Fermentation Industries (CNRIFFI) have partnered up.

Culture capacity: DuPont lays foundation for deep-freeze warehouse

15 Mar 2018 --- Earlier this week, (March 12), the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new deep-freeze warehouse took place at the site of the DuPont Nutrition & Health (Danisco Deutschland GmbH) in Niebüll, Germany. The new storage center is part of a joint project, which reflects the cooperative efforts of the sites of Epernon, France and Niebüll, Germany to secure additional capacity in cultures.

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.

Plant protein masking: Symrise delivers solutions for non-dairy applications

14 Mar 2018 --- Symrise Flavors has developed a masking flavors toolbox specifically targeted to overcome the challenges of aftertaste and off notes of plant protein in non-dairy applications, one of the fastest growing segments in the US market.

UK tax consultation on single-use plastic welcomed by industry bodies amid ongoing pollution debate

14 Mar 2018 --- UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has confirmed plans to launch a public tax consultation with the aim of tackling plastic pollution. Speaking during his Spring Statement, the Chancellor also announced a £20 million innovation fund for businesses and universities to develop new technologies in plastic recycling. The move has received widespread approval in the industry.

Menu paradox: Can vegetarian options lead some customers to eat more meat?

14 Mar 2018 --- A new study from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has found that separating vegetarian dishes on a menu can, in fact, reduce the proportion of people who choose a vegetarian option.