German court bans “bekoemmlich” beer marketing health claims

21 May 2018 --- A German court has ruled that beer can’t be described as “wholesome” or imply that drinking it is beneficial to health after a consumer rights group challenged a brewer which has been using a specific German term in its advertising since around 1900.

Chemical giants “disappointed” after EU court backs neonicotinoids ban

18 May 2018 --- An EU court has backed a partial ban on neonicotinoids saying that the European Commission was correct five years ago when it restricted their use in a bid to protect bee populations. The General Court of the European Union confirmed on Thursday the validity of the restrictions introduced at EU level in 2013 against the insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid because of the risks those substances pose to bees.

Dutch farmers sustainably reduce livestock antibiotics, says Rabobank report

16 May 2018 --- Dutch farmers have shown that reducing antibiotics use in livestock farming is possible without negatively impacting overall economic and technical farm performance, according to a Rabobank report.

Weekly Digest: Unilever celebrates sustainable living brands, Carlsberg launches alcohol-free beer

11 May 2018 --- This week in business, Unilever revealed its fourth consecutive year of growth for its ‘sustainable living’ brands and Nestlé Waters invested CHF 25 million (US$24.9 million) modernization of its bottling site at Henniez, Switzerland. Meanwhile, Solina has announced the completion of the acquisition of Essential Cuisine Limited. Univar has appointed David Jukes as the Company's president and CEO and Chr. Hansen has agreed with Klaus Bjerrum to take up the position as Executive Vice President of Natural Colors Division. Brewing giant Carlsberg launched a new alcohol-free beer brand Birell, as a response to increasing consumer demand in the category and both ADM and Kemin Nutrisurance are expanding in pet health and nutrition.

Bayer criticizes “wrong” EU neonicotinoid ban, while bee campaigners hail victory

01 May 2018 --- The European Union has agreed on a total ban on the most widely-used insecticides from farmers fields. The move is designed to protect the dwindling populations of wild and honeybees that are crucial for crop pollination.

Bell launches new range of certified organic flavors

27 Apr 2018 --- Bell Flavors & Fragrances has announced the launch of its newly expanded range of certified organic and organic compliant flavors within its HQ location in Northbrook, Illinois, US. Bell currently offers a broad range of organic compliant flavors and recently launched a variety of certified organic flavors, certified through Quality Assurance International (QAI).

Vegan NPD: Plant-based dairy alternatives thrive amid European boom

24 Apr 2018 --- Plant-based dairy alternatives are thriving in European markets, amid a surge in demand for vegetarian and vegan options. But while soy still leads, it is other plant-based options that are enjoying much stronger growth from an NPD standpoint.

French meat substitutes marketing setback: Ban on terms like “bacon” and “steak”

23 Apr 2018 --- French politicians have banned meat-like terms from describing vegetarian and vegan food which means that words such as “steak” and “fillet” will only be used for products of animal origin. MP for La République En Marche party, Jean-Baptiste Moreau, initially proposed the ban claiming that using words and phrases such as “plant burgers” or “vegetarian sausage” were misleading to consumers.

Grill flavors banned in EU: Red Arrow and Symrise respond with alternatives as clock runs out

23 Apr 2018 --- Two commonly used grill flavors [Grillin’ 5078 and Grillin’ CB-200SF] are no longer allowed in the EU as of yesterday [April 22, 2018]. Despite efforts from the supplier Red Arrow Products [a Kerry business since the end of 2015] for a last minute reprieve for the flavorings, this has not been successful. 

Damning cocoa report: Decade-long efforts to improve cocoa sector falling way short, claims NGO

20 Apr 2018 --- A damning report into the cocoa sector claims that widely touted efforts in the industry to improve the lives of farmers, communities and the environment made over the last decade are having little impact. Despite many of the big players in the cocoa and chocolate supply chain working on sustainability issues like trying to eradicate child labor and stopping environmental damage like deforestation, the efforts of companies and governments have very little influence, according to the Cocoa Barometer 2018.

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.

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? 

EU moves to ban “dual food,” clamps down on inferior food sales

16 Apr 2018 --- A European Union directive banning so-called “dual food” plans to tackle the issue of food products from known brands but of lower quality being sold in certain markets. And next month the European Commission will provide a methodology for testing multinational brands to help identify the real culprits when they try to pass off inferior goods.

Weekly Digest: Symrise reaffirmed as a sustainable company, Givaudan launches digital campaign which “engages the senses”

13 Apr 2018 --- This week in business, the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Europe has reaffirmed Symrise as a sustainable company and IFF announced its newly published 2017 sustainability report that it has already surpassed its 2020 goals for water and greenhouse gas emissions amongst other achievements. Olam International has launched the Olam Living Landscapes Policy (OLLP) which supports a Net-Positive approach to agricultural supply chains and landscape management.

EC calls for new rules to eliminate unfair trading – but do they go far enough?

13 Apr 2018 --- The European Commission plans to ban unfair trade practices in the food supply chain in a bid to help farmers and small and medium-sized businesses get fairer treatment.
The Commission is targeting the more damaging unfair trading practices and wants to see sanctions imposed by authorities if any new rules are breached. 

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.

Bayer-Monsanto tie-up clears another hurdle as US Justice Department allows mega deal

10 Apr 2018 --- The US Justice Department has given the green light for German multinational Bayer to acquire Monsanto in a US$60bn-plus deal, following a series of divestments from both companies to allay anti-trust concerns. This is the latest nod of approval in the so-called “mega deal” which would make Bayer and Monsanto the world's largest integrated pesticides and seeds company. Following the planned acquisition, the new company would have a share of more than a quarter of the world’s seed and pesticides market.

Sugar taxes start to bite, but agile formulators have been prepared

03 Apr 2018 --- A controversial sugar tax billed as a new health-promotion levy by the South African government has just started. Designed to support the Department of Health’s aim to reduce the incidence of diabetes, obesity and related diseases, the levy is 2.1 cents per gram of sugar content that exceeds four grams per 100ml (the first four grams per 100ml are levy-free) and sugar content includes added sugar and other sweetening matter.

Plant breeding innovation: Gene-edited plants not subject to US regulation

03 Apr 2018 --- The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) does not plan to regulate genome-edited plants, paving the way for quicker varietal innovation. Under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques, as long as they are not planted pests or developed using plant pests.

Nestlé’s sugar restructuring breakthrough: Milkybar with 30 percent less sugar debuts in Ireland

27 Mar 2018 --- A chocolate bar that contains 30 percent less sugar than usual is making its debut in the UK and Ireland as Nestlé unveils an innovative sugar reduction technique that is being hailed as a scientific breakthrough because of the way it “restructures” sugar. Researchers from the Swiss giant have pioneered the “Milkybar Wowsomes” range, describing this as the first chocolate bar in the world to use Nestlé’s innovative sugar reduction technique.

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