Reb M capacity increase: PureCircle expands production of its Starleaf stevia


16 Jul 2018 --- Producer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle, has expanded its capacity to supply significantly more Reb M to global beverage and food companies. Using beverage sweetening as an equivalized example, PureCircle can now supply enough Reb M to sweeten approximately 500 million cases of zero-calorie carbonated soft drinks. The company continues to build production capacity and estimates that three years from now, it could supply enough Reb M to sweeten 1 billion cases of zero-calorie carbonated soft drinks or the equivalent in beverages and foods using Reb M as the sweetener.

Dual food: Testing protocol compares quality across EU

16 Jul 2018 --- The European Commission has released a new common methodology for comparing the quality of food products across the EU to allow national consumer authorities to test the characteristics of food products sold with similar packaging across the Union. It has been developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's Science and Knowledge service and will help protect European consumers from misleading marketing about the food they eat and the products they buy.

Kaslink & Tetra Pak partnership: Transforming Nordic oats into plant-based dairy alternatives

16 Jul 2018 --- With plant-based dairy drinks trending strongly in Europe, Kaslink and its partner, Tetra Pak are “willing to take risks to stay ahead of the competition.” In the Nordic countries, oat is a common food ingredient. Oat-based drinks and fermented oat-based products are cereal-based products which are common in Asia where many products are based on soy, almond or rice. The global market for alternative dairy drinks is expected to reach US$16.3 billion this year alone, according to Innova Market Insights data, a dramatic increase from US$7.4 billion in 2010.

Barry Callebaut hails volume growth “significantly above global chocolate confectionery market”

16 Jul 2018 --- Barry Callebaut has released its nine-month key sales figures for the fiscal year 2017/18 which has shown good group momentum and volume growth that is significantly above the global chocolate confectionery market, according to the company. In the first nine months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended May 31, 2018), the manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products grew its sales volume by 6.9 percent to 1,512,853 tons.

Sustainable food policies: Major food players launch US alliance which will “shape what people eat”

16 Jul 2018 --- Four of the world's largest food companies have launched the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, a new US organization focused on driving progress in public policies that shape what people eat and how it impacts their health, communities and the planet. Founding member companies include Danone North America, Mars Incorporated, Nestlé USA and Unilever United States. The four founding member companies have made broad updates to their portfolios in recent years, advancing issues like sodium and sugar reduction, responsible marketing, transparency and reducing their impact on the planet.

Weekly Digest: Tetra Pak notes sustainability milestone, Arla Foods & Yeo Valley transaction unconditional

13 Jul 2018 --- This week in business, Tetra Pak has achieved 50 percent renewable electricity consumption in just two years since its RE100 commitment. ADM announced that Kristy Folkwein, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, was recognized by Constellation Research on its 2019 Business Transformation 150 and Campbell Soup appointed Diego Palmieri as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, US Meals & Beverages, effective July 18, 2018.

Advanced sugar reduction: DSM to launch new Reb M sweetener at IFT

13 Jul 2018 ---  DSM is set to showcase its new generation sweetener Avansya Reb M at this year’s IFT, in Chicago. Avansya is DSM’s new brand for sustainably produced, non-artificial sweeteners that answers the need for advanced, flexible sugar reduction in a wide range of foods and beverages. The first product in this range is Avansya Reb M (Rebaudioside M), a calorie-free steviol glycoside with a pure and clean taste, according to the company, which is sustainably produced by fermentation.

Brexit report: Turbocharge exports, invest in innovation & restore productivity, urges FDF

13 Jul 2018 --- The UK food and drink industry needs help to “turbocharge” the sector’s exports and restore productivity levels to avoid falling behind other European countries once Britain has left the EU, that is according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). An industry-wide report highlights the key growth opportunities for the food and drink industry, the UK's largest manufacturing sector which contributes £28.2bn (US$37bn) to the economy annually, employs 400,000 people and is a key part of the nation's £110 billion (US$144bn) farm-to-fork food chain.

Arla Foods expands premium yogurt offerings to European markets

13 Jul 2018 --- Arla Foods is set to expand its Finnish brand, Ihana, into new markets. The premium yogurt range was launched in Denmark this spring and makes its debut in the UK this week. Made with natural ingredients, Ihana taps into key trends that fit with European consumer lifestyles and provides an authentic and indulgent treat with a thick and creamy texture. 

Ben & Jerry’s slammed by consumer group over “deceptive” dairy advertising

12 Jul 2018 --- US iconic ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s has come under attack from the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) which has filed suit against the Unilever-owned company over deceptive marketing allegations. The OCA is suing Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., for what it calls the "deceptive labeling, marketing and sale of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products." The suit was filed in D.C. Superior Court under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

“No-No Ingredients”: Kerry consumer research highlights meat concerns

12 Jul 2018 --- Consumer knowledge of food and beverage properties has begun to evolve into ingredient curiosity, according to taste and nutrition company Kerry. With increased attention on the origin, sourcing and manufacturing of products, ingredient selection for meat products, has become a priority to consumers. They often want to know more about what they consume. In terms of clean label, consumers are demanding a return to real food and transparency through authenticity. They seek foods that are natural and familiar, with simple ingredients that are easy to recognize, understand and pronounce.

Bunge Loders Croklaan to debut Non-GMO Project Verified sunflower lecithin

12 Jul 2018 --- Customers seeking growth opportunities in the non-GMO food and beverage space now have a versatile new lecithin solution, according to Bunge Loders Croklaan. At IFT18 (July 16-18), Bunge Loders Croklaan will showcase BungeMaxx sunflower lecithin, a Non-GMO Project Verified ingredient with a range of benefits for food and beverages, including emulsification and crystallization control.

Sustainable soy: Louis Dreyfus promises to raise the bar

10 Jul 2018 --- Louis Dreyfus, the global merchant firm involved in agriculture and food processing, notes that the soy industry is now growing so rapidly that managing its supply chain sustainably is becoming “increasingly urgent.” That’s why it has just launched a new policy geared towards protecting biodiversity, preserving natural resources and habitats while also generating a fair wage for farmers. 

DSM extends use of enzymatic acrylamide-reduction for baked goods

10 Jul 2018 --- Global awareness of acrylamide is on the rise. In response to this, DSM has launched PreventASe XR, an enzymatic solution that prevents the formation of acrylamide in high-pH applications such as corn chips, biscuits, and crackers. PreventASe is positioned as a trusted acrylamide-reduction solution proven to reduce acrylamide in processed foods by up to 95 percent. While PreventASe is suitable for a broad range of applications, the new PreventASe XR is optimized for higher-pH applications. 

Cream of the crop: Anchor Food Professionals eyes potential for world’s best chefs

10 Jul 2018 --- Fonterra’s foodservice business Anchor Food Professionals is looking to crown the finest chefs in the world, as it co-hosts two prestigious competitions at the upcoming Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (11 – 14 July). Anchor Food Professionals is the event’s dairy partner for the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge and Global Young Chefs Challenge, supplying high-quality dairy ingredients for each competition. The ten finalists from around the world will compete against each other to prepare innovative culinary dishes and pastries while showcasing their knowledge, technique and versatility.

Carrageenan potential: Cargill expands sustainable texturizing offerings for dairy desserts

10 Jul 2018 --- Cargill has launched Satiagel Seabrid, a new type of carrageenan extract, based on 100 percent cultivated seaweed, which allows dairy manufacturers to achieve a premium texture, for creamy dairy desserts. This launch follows the 2017 debut of Cargill’s Seabrid solution for gelled dairy desserts. It enables a reliable supply of sustainably sourced ingredients while also delivering the texture preferred by consumers. 

Fermentation factor: New horizons for bakery and dairy cultures

10 Jul 2018 --- Fermentation is an age-old process but has been experiencing a revival in recent years with a broader recognition of the health benefits offered as well as the unique taste attributes it can deliver. With fermentation seen as a natural and authentic process, new product development and heightened consumer awareness have combined to bring a raft of traditional products to our supermarket shelves.

Tackling child labor: Cargill Cocoa Sustainability Director updates on 2025 goals

09 Jul 2018 --- Almost two decades ago, the International Convention on the Rights of the Child declared that all children should be protected from dangerous work or anything that might harm their health or education. There is a very long way to go on this journey, however, as stark statistics reveal. Today, there are still 152 million child laborers worldwide, many of whom are carrying out harmful and exploitative tasks on a daily basis. More than two million of these children work on cocoa farms in West Africa; a region where Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate (Cargill Cocoa) sources most of its cocoa beans.

Green eating: 62 percent increase in plant-based claims, Innova Market Insights reveals

09 Jul 2018 --- Plant-based innovation is flourishing, according to Innova Market Insights. Growing consumer interest in health, sustainability and ethics are driving plant-derived ingredients and products into high popularity. Innova Market Insights reports that plant-based product claims increased by 62 percent globally (CAGR, 2013-2017) with growth occurring on platforms such as plant proteins, active botanicals, sweeteners, herbs and seasonings and coloring foodstuffs.

Listeria fears: Greenyard investigates “root cause,” as UK supermarkets recall frozen vegetables

09 Jul 2018 --- Greenyard, the company at the center of a frozen vegetable listeria contamination scare, says its top priority is the on-going recall initiative working with supermarkets to call back certain batches amid concern that they could contain the bacteria. The fruit and vegetable giant tells FoodIngredientsFirst that production has stopped at its Hungarian vegetable plant while an in-depth investigation takes place into the potential listeria contamination. 

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