Europe’s carbon dioxide shortage: drinks industry concern as CO2 runs low

22 Jun 2018 --- The closure of carbon dioxide production sites in Europe has led to a shortage of CO2 and concerns over the possibility of low stocks of soft drinks and beer during one of the busiest times of the year. Despite the fact that most retailers and drinks manufacturers hold high volumes of soft drinks, there are growing concerns that stocks could run low during the height of summer, a high-demand period for carbonated drinks and beer.

AI digital transformation: Marks & Spencer partners with Microsoft

22 Jun 2018 --- High-end British grocer Marks & Spencer is teaming up with Microsoft Corporation to explore and test how Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies can be incorporated into retail stores and optimize operations.

Weekly Digest: Nestlé UK distribution center to feature XPO technology prototypes, ADM opens high-tech feed facility in Nebraska

22 Jun 2018 --- This week in business, Nestlé and XPO Logistics announced its plans to co-create a 638,000-square-foot distribution center in Leicestershire, UK. SVZ International is celebrating sustainability success, having been named best performer in the food and beverage sector in Ecovadis’s 2018 Sustainability Leadership awards for the second consecutive year. Salt of the Earth has implemented an extensive program to protect waterfowl in its salt pools.

FarmLogix launches logistics platform to accelerate sustainable sourcing in the US

21 Jun 2018 --- Provider of local and sustainable food technology solutions, FarmLogix, has announced the launch of Open Fields, a trailblazing software platform that allows foodservice operations at colleges, schools, hospitals, sports and leisure facilities and businesses of all kinds to more efficiently source and report on sustainable ingredients.

Cosucra finalizes investment project for pea protein expansion in the US

20 Jun 2018 --- Cosucra, originally active in sugar production, has undergone a profound transformation over the last twenty years to become a pioneer in the production of healthy ingredients derived from chicory and pea. The company’s most recent investments in its pea factory have been finalized and increased to €35 million (US$40.4 million) in a bid to conquer the US market and suit the needs of the industry. Half of this investment came from bank loans and half from self-financing, according to Cosucra.

Liquid chocolate venture: Cargill invests €12 million in Belgian chocolate facility

20 Jun 2018 --- As the consumer demand for premium, high-quality Belgian chocolate continues to rise, Cargill has invested €12 million (US$13.8 million) in a new liquid chocolate production line at its Mouscron production facility in Belgium. This additional investment brings the total investment of the site up to €47 million (US$54.3 million). The investment increases the company’s capacity to produce milk and dark chocolate and creates up to 10 new jobs in Mouscron, Belgium.

Organic improvers: Corbion extends bakery offering to meet clean label demand

19 Jun 2018 --- Corbion has launched the latest addition to its Pristine portfolio aiming to bring organic, non-GMO baked goods closer than ever to matching the sensory attributes of their conventional counterparts. Pristine Organic 522 is claimed to be the company's most advanced organic dough improver to date. The latest addition to the already robust Pristine range of clean label dough conditioners can be used in both organic and non-GMO formulations, and consistently outperforms competing products, delivering better machinability and oven spring, increased volume and, in some cases, reduced mix time.

Marking 25 years in Germany: Bell Flavors & Fragrances invests in innovation, management and R&D

19 Jun 2018 --- Bell Flavors and Fragrances EMEA is making strategic investments in creativity, innovation and reliability, which are the primary objectives of the independently managed family-owned company. Bell intends to expand its significant role in the industry in the future and is, therefore, investing in the areas of logistics, research & development and quality management.

Clean label surge: Ingredion launches certified organic starches for North American markets

18 Jun 2018 --- Ingredion has announced two new certified-organic additions to its line of functional clean-label starches for the US and Canada, Novation Prima 309 and 609. The organic functional native corn starches enable the creation of superior eating experiences that boast extended visual, sensory and cost appeal. The starches are also designed to perform in organic products that undergo harsh process conditions and require high freeze/thaw stability, such as organic savory foods, alternative-dairy products and baby foods.

Stevia expansion: German biotech company collaborates on innovative process

15 Jun 2018 --- German-based biotechnology company, c-LEcta, together with an unnamed “leading ingredient supplier” have developed a new method to help expand production of a new plant-based sweetener. The plant-based origin and safety of these sweeteners in combination with their very sugar-like taste make them suitable for large-scale use in low- and zero-calorie beverages and foods like soft drinks or diet products.

Weekly Digest: Univar becomes a signatory of the UNGC, Mars Wrigley & Kellogg announce leadership shake-up

15 Jun 2018 --- This week in business, Univar became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, DuPont Nutrition & Health is working to ensure its products are produced in ways that protect the ecosystems and communities in which the business operates. Mars Wrigley Confectionery has promoted its current Chief Marketing and Customer Officer, Andrew Clarke, to the role of Global President and Kellogg has announced two leadership changes to help drive the company's growth strategy in the North American and European regions. Also this week, Symrise subsidiary Cobell has unveiled an upgraded Beverage Centre of Excellence in Exeter, UK.

Tereos becomes #2 global sugar producer, displays record operational performance

14 Jun 2018 --- Tereos has reported resilient results in a market context characterized by sugar prices close to their lowest levels in a decade in the world and at a historic low in Europe following the liberalization of the market. In a profoundly mutating environment, the group results benefited from its outstanding operational performance, its international positions and the transformation program engaged. Meanwhile, with record production of 5.3 Mt of sugar, Tereos this year became the world’s second-largest sugar producer.

Clean meat: Aleph Farms calls on USDA to promote “compelling safety advantages”

14 Jun 2018 --- Israeli start-up, Aleph Farms, is calling on the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote “clean meat” for its compelling safety advantages, such as being antibiotic-free and pathogen free. This request comes in response to the US Cattlemen’s Association’s (USCA) petition to the USDA to restrict the terms “beef” and “meat” only to slaughtered animal-based products.

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.

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. 

The flexitarian effect: Sainsbury’s to trial plant-based Naturli’ Foods line in meat aisle

12 Jun 2018 --- UK retailer Sainsbury's is set to trial the stocking of meat alternative products in its meat aisles later this month, as opposed to in their own dedicated sections. As of June 27, Sainsbury's customers will be able to find vegan and vegetarian plant-based products from Naturli’ Foods in the meat aisles at 400 of its stores in the UK.

DSM launches benzoate-free cheese ripening enzyme for clean label dairy

12 Jun 2018 --- DSM has launched Accelerzyme CPG, the company’s new enzyme for accelerated cheese ripening, which is now benzoate-free. With this upgrade, DSM’s core portfolio of cheese enzymes – including Maxiren XDS and Fromase – is now completely benzoate-free, allowing cheesemakers to respond to growing consumer demand for dairy products with a clean and clear label.

International Cocoa Initiative: Child labor eradication efforts need to be scaled up to reach 2.1 million by 2020

12 Jun 2018 --- Coinciding with the World Against Child Labor Day (June 12), the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) has launched its 2017 Annual Report detailing how it has reached 188,000 children with child protection measures half-way through its six-year strategy – however, there is much more work to be done. By 2020, the ICI wants to reach the estimated 2.1 million children working in unacceptable forms of child labor within cocoa growing communities in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

Turning whey waste into spirits: Researchers explore “whey-based” vodka

12 Jun 2018 --- A new movement is emerging where whey waste is repurposed and used to make vodka, lessening the environmental impact of dumping whey and giving artisanal companies opportunities to turn a profit. According to studies at Oregon State University, recently published in the Journal of Dairy Science, up to 90 percent of the milk that goes into a cheese-making facility comes out as whey.

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.

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