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.

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.

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.

CHS makes “great strides” to report US$229 million Q3 net income

12 Jul 2018 --- Farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, CHS Inc has reported net income of US$229.3 million for the third quarter of its 2018 fiscal year. This covers the three-month period ending May 31, 2018, and compares to a net loss of US$45.2 million for the same time period a year ago. Results for the quarter were attributed to higher operating margins in the company's Ag and Energy segments compared to previous years, primarily driven by higher margins in feed and farm supplies, crop nutrients, processing & food ingredients and refined fuels.

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. 

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. 

World Chocolate Day: Despite health concerns, chocolate popularity still strong in NPD

07 Jul 2018 ---  Today marks World Chocolate Day 2018 and July 7 is dedicated to all things cocoa-based. Despite concerns about health and obesity, chocolate remains a popular treat worldwide. World Chocolate Day supposedly marks the day when chocolate was first brought to Europe in 1550 and has been observed since 2009 globally. However, there has been a slight shift in consumer tastes. The focus on obesity and the health agenda has made many consumers transfer allegiance to lower sugar and fat confectionery products. However, to ensure chocolate is still a firm favorite for many years to come, confectionery manufacturers have been working hard to offer healthier versions of existing products, as well as new innovations.

OECD/FAO report: Future food demand to be met as population growth slows and productivity increases

06 Jul 2018 --- Slowing population growth is expected to lead to decelerating demand for food, according to a new Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report which says that cereal stock levels have climbed to an all-time high. This follows a steady increase across most commodities which also reached record levels last year. At the same time, the FAO Food Price Index declined in June for the first time in 2018, driven by trade tensions.

kAAKAO makers push for legal change to gain proper chocolate status

04 Jul 2018 --- The low-sugar, organic, date-sweetened kAAKAO bar should be called “chocolate,” according to the founder of Nordchocolate Oy, the company behind the innovation. kAAKAO wants their product to be a leading light in driving revisions to the EU laws, which presently constitute not only a challenging barrier to the market but are also prohibitive consumers’ demands for healthier choices, it says.

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.

ADM completes JV with Aston Foods, strengthens animal nutrition role with Neovia move

03 Jul 2018 --- Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Russia-based Aston Foods have successfully received all required regulatory approvals and launched their 50-50 joint venture to provide sweeteners and starches to customers in Russia.

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.

Dutch food sector boosts sustainability efforts for international production chain

02 Jul 2018 --- Various stakeholders in the Dutch food products sector are joining forces to ensure responsible business conduct in the international production chain. The International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC Agreement for the Food Products Sector has been signed by a broad coalition made up of sector organizations, including the Dutch Retail Organization (CBL), the Federation of the Dutch Grocery and Food Industry (FNLI), Royal Dutch Spice Association (KNVS), the trade unions FNV and CNV, the Ministers of Foreign Trade and Development and Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the civil society organizations ICCO, Woord en Daad, Global March Against Child Labour and IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative. 

Nestlé pledges improved chicken welfare across Buitoni, Wagner and Maggi brands

02 Jul 2018 --- Nestlé is pushing up animal welfare standards for millions of chickens used in its food products across Europe as part of a broader initiative to use traceable and responsibly-sourced ingredients. The food giant will work with supply chain partners and stakeholders to improve living conditions for chickens, ensure the use of more humane practices and reduce stocking density.

Weekly Digest: IFF sets environmental goals for 2025, Gillco & Cargill enter distribution agreement

29 Jun 2018 --- This week in business, International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) launched a new set of environmental goals, UNITAR announced a partnership with Danone that aims to bring education on climate change to drive sustainable change. Also this week, Kalsec released its first social responsibility report to share its sustainability efforts with stakeholders and Gillco Ingredients and Cargill’s Food Ingredients & Bioindustrial business in the US entered into a distribution agreement.

Puratos launches sustainable cocoa sourcing program in Papua New Guinea

28 Jun 2018 --- Puratos is launching Cacao-Trace, a sustainable cocoa sourcing program in Papua New Guinea. The launch comes after the successful introduction of the program in Vietnam, Côte d’Ivoire and the Philippines.

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.

Novel program redistributes surplus harvest: Second Harvest addresses hunger in South Africa

27 Jun 2018 --- FoodForward SA is launching Second Harvest, a program that sources and collects surplus fruit and vegetables from commercial farmers across South Africa and redistributes this fresh produce to the 600 beneficiary organizations in their network. 

Conagra Brands buys Pinnacle Foods in US$10.9bn cash deal

27 Jun 2018 --- Conagra Brands has purchased Pinnacle Foods in a deal valued at US$10.9 billion including debt, expanding its footprint in the frozen-food sector. The boards of Conagra Brands and Pinnacle Foods Inc. have unanimously approved the definitive agreement under which Conagra Brands will acquire all outstanding shares of Pinnacle Foods in a cash and stock transaction, including Pinnacle Foods' outstanding net debt. 

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