Global export success: UK food and drink sales reach record high, but Brexit looms large

13 Aug 2018 --- UK food and drink exports hit a record level of £10.6 billion (US$13.5 billion) for the first half of 2018 – up by 4 percent compared to last year, as the date for Britain's exit from the EU draws ever closer. The US, China and Hong Kong were among the top countries importing British products, according to new figures from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, illustrating how the country's manufacturers may be able to look further beyond prioritizing their EU trading strategy in the future. Demonstrating a clear global desire for British taste, quality and high standards, UK food and drink businesses are now selling their products to over 200 global markets.

Bright futures: The evolution of natural colors and a “less is more” approach

07 Aug 2018 --- The trend for natural colors is part of a wider shift in consumer awareness about health and wellbeing and a desire for cleaner and safer food products. Consumers now have access to more information than ever before and, as a result of demand and pressure from health interest groups, the natural ingredients space has been growing steadily for several years now. In light of this, the incentive is now overwhelming for food manufacturers to clean up their products. This is being reflected in the rapid uptake of natural colors in new product launches.

Harnessing AI for taste creation: Firmenich partners on Digital Lab

06 Aug 2018 --- Firmenich has inaugurated its Digital Lab – D-Lab – in partnership with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), an institute for science and technology. A key milestone of Firmenich’s digital strategy, D-Lab is dedicated to harnessing Artificial Intelligence (AI), to augment the group’s innovation across fragrance and taste creation. Expanding Firmenich’s footprint to the EPFL Innovation Park, the digital hub brings together Firmenich creators and experts with key members of the Campus’s dynamic ecosystem, according to the company.

Rabobank reveals Global Dairy Top 20 companies, Nestlé reigns supreme

30 Jul 2018 --- Dairy price recovery in 2017 has positively affected the combined turnover of the top 20 companies, which, in 2017, was up 7.2 percent on the year in US dollar terms, according to RaboResearch’s latest Global Dairy Top 20 – A Shuffling of the Deck Chairs report.

Pesticides in food: EU says levels are “stable”

27 Jul 2018 --- Europe’s food is mostly free from pesticides or levels are within the legal limits, according to the latest analysis. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says that pesticide levels in food numbers continue to be stable with more than 96 percent of the samples analyzed for the current annual report on pesticide residues in food within the legal limits; around 51 percent were free from quantifiable residues.

Givaudan sales rise in H1, but profits impacted by foreign currency losses

23 Jul 2018 --- Leading flavor & fragrances supplier Givaudan has reported that sales for the first six months of the year were CHF2.67 billion (US$2.70 billion), an increase of 5.6% on a like-for-like basis and 7.7 percent in Swiss francs. But the company saw its first-half profit slip 3.4 percent as foreign currency losses in countries including Argentina dented its results.

Mosa Meat secures US$8.8m investment to bring lab-grown meat to market by 2021

18 Jul 2018 --- Mosa Meat, a spin-off company from Maastricht University which was behind the world’s first hamburger made directly from cow cells back in 2013, has raised €7.5 million (US$8.8 million) to bring cultured meat to market by 2021. The Dutch food start-up first inspired the emergence of an entirely new industry through pioneering work and proving the concept of cultured meat five years ago and now Mosa Meat is currently developing its first commercial products. This marks the first investment in a European cultured meat company, putting Europe on the map for the next generation of meat production.

Nuts for nuts: Market value for macadamias grows by 72 percent

18 Jul 2018 --- Nuts and their health benefits are widely understood. Green & Gold Macadamias has reported a 60 percent rise in global tree nut consumption, which is a testament to the fact that people are eating more and more of them. As a result of this, the market value for macadamias is up by 72 percent, according to Green & Gold Macadamias, who believe that macadamias will be seen more predominantly in milk, butters, nut-based beverages and vegan cheeses, as well as a host of other new products.

Sustainable palm oil body reinstates Nestlé’s membership

17 Jul 2018 --- Three weeks after Nestlé was suspended from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for breaching its code of conduct, the food giant has been reinstated after submitting its action plan to achieve 100 percent RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil by 2023. The reinstatement of Nestlé's certificates and membership status came yesterday (July 16) in a joint announcement from the Swiss food giant and the palm oil industry watchdog. 

Weekly Digest: Naturex gains sustainability rating, Emmi plant progressing on 2020 CO2 emissions goals

06 Jul 2018 --- This week in business, Naturex was awarded a “Gold” rating by EcoVadis. The group received a score of 62/100, putting it in the top 5 percent of companies rated by the group. In other news, Campden BRI is calling on companies to join its group bid for a share of its Innovate UK fund to reduce the harm that plastics do to the environment. Emmi has committed to reducing its global CO2 emissions by 25 percent by 2020.

Australian foodservice labeling: Seafood sector calls for expansion of Country of Origin Labeling

06 Jul 2018 --- All food sold in retail stores in Australia has to be marked with the product’s country of origin, since new regulation came into force last week (July 1). But the Country of Origin Labeling changes do not cover the foodservice sector, which has led to calls for a widening of the regulation by trade bodies. For example, The Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) is now urging consumers to demand the same for foodservice sales.

ADM & Cargill complete agreement for soybean venture in Egypt

03 Jul 2018 --- Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Cargill have completed the agreement for their soybean joint venture in Egypt, after receiving all relevant pre-closing regulatory clearance and formally launched SoyVen, their new project to provide soybean meal and oil for customers in Egypt.

Coffee goals: LDC, Douwe Egberts & Syngenta launch paresustainability project for 3,000 Vietnamese farmers

02 Jul 2018 --- Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has announced the launch of a new coffee sustainability project to benefit approximately 3,000 farmers in Vietnam’s Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Gia Lai provinces, in the country’s coffee-producing Central Highlands region. Organized in partnership with global coffee and tea company Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) and leading agricultural solutions company Syngenta, the three-year, US$1million project will train farmers in climate change resilience techniques, agro-chemical management, and work safety.

Private label sector continues to impress, gains evident across Europe

29 Jun 2018 --- Retailer brands keep gaining popularity and market share across Europe. The latest Nielsen data shows that market share for private label increased last year in 12 of the 19 countries tracked for the Private Label Manufacturer's Association’s (PLMA) 2018 International Private Label Yearbook, and now stands at 30 percent or above in 17 countries. Private label reached an all-time high in Europe’s largest retail market, Germany, with its market share there climbing to over 45 percent for the first time. Market share also increased to its highest levels ever in six other countries: The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Hungary and Turkey.

Palm oil report: Alternatives would be environmentally even worse

27 Jun 2018 --- A new report examining palm oil says its production is a disaster for tropical rainforests and trashing the habitats of orangutans and tigers – but alternatives like soy, corn and rapeseed could be even worse because these crops are much more land-hungry. The report “Oil palm and biodiversity” is an in-depth analysis by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Oil Palm Task Force which delves into the many challenges of palm oil production in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.

Cutting out palm oil: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” claims RSPO chief

25 Jun 2018 --- Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) CEO, Datuk Darrel Webber has warned against the unforeseen sustainability and biodiversity impacts that may come from switching to, what he calls, less sustainable edible oils than palm oil. “The knee-jerk reaction is, ‘if this stuff is bad why not stop buying it,’ but of course, there are perverse incentives. You do this and that will incentivize something that is worse. More messages are coming out from academia and civil society saying that banning palm oil could lead to worse impacts than what we have now,” notes Webber.

Hochdorf offloads Lithuanian milk protein plant

20 Jun 2018 --- Following a significant company review which showed it was no longer viable to operate a plant in Lithuania, the Hochdorf Group is parting company with Hochdorf Baltic Milk UAB, a milk protein plant in Medeikiai which is being taken over by an investment group.

Natural antioxidants: Unlocking the power of plants to preserve food

19 Jun 2018 --- Since modern-day consumers understand the role that natural antioxidants can have on their personal nutrition as well as how they can function to preserve food for longer, they want more of them. And so antioxidants are finding new potential amid modern life’s demands. As the fast-paced, high-stress and the time-precious contemporary consumer doesn’t have much time for sourcing and cooking from scratch, that often translates into a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables and an increase in processed and convenience food.

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.

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.

loading