Weekly Digest: ADM receives recognition for diversity, AB InBev develops energy-efficient brewing method

20 Apr 2018 --- This week in business, ADM was named by USG Corporation (USG) as its Diversity & Inclusion Supplier of the Year for 2018. The Supervisory Board of GEA Group and the Chief Financial Officer of GEA Group mutually agreed that Helmut Schmale would step down from the Executive Board before the termination of his appointment, which is due to expire at the end of March 2021. Meanwhile, Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, Ornua announced the appointment of John Jordan as Chief Executive Designate and Tate & Lyle appointed of Imran Nawaz to the position of Chief Financial Officer, and to the Board of Tate & Lyle, with effect from August 1, 2018. Mondelēz International has inaugurated its newest “Factory of the Future” in the Kingdom of Bahrain as it aims to meet the growing consumer demand and Bell & Evans will invest US$260 million in building a new poultry harvesting facility in Pennsylvania in its new expansion strategy in the US.

Imbibe launches line of clean label flavor masking ingredients

20 Apr 2018 --- Imbibe has launched a line of clean-label flavor masking ingredients for food and beverages, called NonSense. The development of NonSense comes hot on the heels of the success of the company's first proprietary ingredient, SweetSense.

Nestlé sales edge up in Q1, on target to grow by 2-4 percent this year

19 Apr 2018 --- Nestlé has reported a “solid” start to the year with organic growth of 2.8 percent and sales edging up 1.4 percent to CHF 21.3 billion (US$22bn). The Swiss transnational food and drink giant says that excluding the US confectionery business which was divested at the end of March, organic growth was 2.9 percent. RIG (Real Internal Growth) accelerated to 2.6 percent and continued to be at the high end of the food and beverage industry, while pricing was 0.2 percent, largely reflecting lower levels of inflation in emerging markets.

Unilever reports strong growth in Q1, maintains outlook

19 Apr 2018 --- Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant, Unilever, has reported its Q1 sales figures that met expectations, boosted mainly by increases in the volume of products sold, and maintained its financial full-year outlook.

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.

Barentz expands its foothold in Latin America with new Brazilian partnership

17 Apr 2018 ---Distributor of ingredients, Barentz International, announces a joint venture with Tovani Benzaquen Ingredients in Brazil, to further aid its expansion into Latin America. The pair hope to generate “valuable synergies” by combining production solutions and creating “innovative concepts” for the “important” Latin American market.

Lighter enjoyment: Trends and innovation in breads & pasta

17 Apr 2018 --- Lightness in alcohol content, sweetness, flavor and texture, as well as portion size, is gaining momentum in food and beverages as consumers continue to look for ways to eat and drink more healthily and light, yet still fully enjoy what they love. Innova Market Insights tipped the no. 2 trend for 2018 as “Lighter enjoyment,” and it’s evident how a less-is-more attitude is trending in a wide range of food and beverage categories. But how does lighter enjoyment translate when it comes to carbs, in particular breads and pasta? 

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.

Plant power: Brabender eyes protein extrusion technology for a better future

16 Apr 2018 --- Protein, soy and vegetarian-friendly meat substitutes have a promising future. Between August 2016 and July 2017, these trends showed the highest average volume changes in the food markets — still at a comparatively low level regarding value, but with the largest percentage increases. This presents a challenge for every company that wishes to involve its product development department in these markets of the future, according to Brabender.

Barentz and Deltagen collaborate on LATAM markets

13 Apr 2018 --- Distributor of ingredients, Barentz International, has announced the establishment of a joint venture with Deltagen Group, a specialized food ingredients distributor headquartered on Curaçao, with local presence in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, and Peru. 

CJ CheilJedang to expand L-Arginine and L-Citrulline production in Indonesia

13 Apr 2018 ---  CJ CheilJedang is making plans to build a production line, dedicated to the creation of L-Arginine and L-Citrulline at its Jombang plant, in Indonesia, which will start operating in 2019. The company currently produces nucleic acid, MSG, arginine and histidine at the Jombang plant. Meanwhile, the company is also planning to improve the productivity of L-Citrulline at its outpost, Ningbo production plant in China.

Tate & Lyle expands food application lab in Mexico City

13 Apr 2018 --- Tate & Lyle has completed a major expansion of its food application laboratory and customer-facing facilities in Mexico City, to help manufacturers develop products that meet increasing consumer preferences for healthier, tastier food and beverages in Central America.

Chr. Hansen performance boosted by cultures and enzymes, expands in US natural colors

12 Apr 2018 --- Danish food ingredients producer, Chr. Hansen has reported solid organic revenue growth of 9 percent in the first half of 2017/18, bolstered mainly by Food Cultures & Enzymes (12 percent) and Health & Nutrition (8 percent.) According to the company, the development from Q1 continues into Q2 and they are satisfied with the progress in the first half year.

New EU acrylamide legislation comes into force

11 Apr 2018 --- New European Union legislation comes into force today (April 11) concerning the amount of acrylamide in foods with “benchmark” levels being set for various products. Passed by the EU last year, today marks the beginning of the law which limits the amount of acrylamide allowed in packaged foods and forces manufacturers to closely examine and reduce acrylamide levels in products.

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.

Barry Callebaut sales volumes rise 8 percent, boosted by European and US performance

11 Apr 2018 --- Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has reported a sales volumes increase of 8.0 percent in the first half of the company’s fiscal year 2017/18 results, which is significantly above the global chocolate market growth rate of +2.5 percent, helped by a strong performance in Europe and accelerating growth in the Americas.

Butter: A healthy fat or fad?

10 Apr 2018 --- Butter consumption has increased by 1.7 million metric tons per annum over the last ten years. This market shift comes as the world adopts a better understanding of the health benefits of butter. While historically experts advised people to reduce their fat intake, they now agree that fats are beneficial for people’s health – especially natural dairy fats. Consumers are looking for natural, authentic whole foods such as butter, driving a resurgence in this area. And even with different consumer groups, the changing recommendations around butter have permitted them to eat butter again.

Frozen blackout: Swirl’s brings black ice cream to the Netherlands

10 Apr 2018 --- Swirl’s Ice Cream has launched black ice cream to the food market in the Netherlands.  As of last Friday (April 6), ice cream lovers have been able to get a taste of the international ice cream hit. Not only the ice cream but also the cone in which the ice cream is served is entirely black. The ice cream, which has a familiar vanilla taste, will be available for a limited time and exclusively sold at Swirl’s Ice Cream.

Bayn assesses e-sensory technology potential in sugar-reduced bread

09 Apr 2018 --- As part of a development of Bayn Europe AB's e-sensory technology, the sugar specialist is performing research into using e-sensory technology to optimize sugar reduced recipes.

Cargill posts earnings drop off, performance gains for cocoa, chocolate and edible oils

09 Apr 2018 --- Global commodities trader Cargill has reported the key financial results for the fiscal 2018 third quarter and first nine months ended Feb. 28, 2018. Adjusted operating earnings were US$559 million, a 22 percent decrease from last year’s US$715 million. Nine-month earnings totaled US$2.4 billion, down 7 percent from US$2.58 billion a year ago.

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