Cargill makes first investment in Saudi Arabia, targets Middle Eastern growth

23 Jan 2018 --- Through a joint venture between Cargill and Arasco, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has a new corn milling facility to meet the growing demand of the region’s food and beverage industry. The Middle East Food Solutions Company (MEFSCO Corn Milling Facility), inaugurated in Al-Kharj, is Cargill’s first investment in KSA. The investment marks the company’s commitment to the Middle Eastern economy and support for the region’s food and beverage manufacturers.

Vegetarian-friendly Mythocondro registered as European Novel Food

23 Jan 2018 --- Mythocondro has reached the Union List of Novel Foods in accordance with the Novel Food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 and the subsequent Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 issued on December 20, 2017, after having obtained the Novel Food authorization by the Minister for Medical Care in the Netherlands.

Revolutionary Amazon Go store is line and checkout free

23 Jan 2018 --- Amazon has revolutionized the way consumers buy groceries with its new grab and go brick and mortar store, Amazon Go, where there are no lines or checkouts and shoppers can simply take what they want and walk out of the store.

Bell Flavors highlights botanical extracts as a key theme for 2018

22 Jan 2018 --- The rapid shift towards more natural and organic products is expected to drive the global level market growth of botanical extracts, according to Bell Flavors and Fragrances. The usage of botanical extracts in food and beverage products offers great taste as well as natural flavor, together with enhanced organoleptic characteristics and improved nutritional value – underlining its growing presence in the market.

Coca-Cola outlines mission to reduce plastic waste

22 Jan 2018 --- Coca-Cola has pledged to recycle a used bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030 as well as working towards making all its packaging recyclable, as the soft drinks giant joins a global movement to reduce waste.

ADM pursues agro merger with Bunge

22 Jan 2018 --- US agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has approached Bunge about a potential takeover, which could set up a bidding war with Swiss-based rival Glencore Plc. The takeover could combine two of the world's four largest grain trading houses. ADM's approach comes just months after commodities trader Glencore proposed a partnership with Bunge, setting the scene for a bidding war.

Could there be relaxed rules for gene-editing?

22 Jan 2018 --- The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has given the first indication of how it will classify foods and crops derived from new genetic engineering techniques which should largely be exempt from EU laws. However, individual countries can step in to regulate them if they wish.

Cargill diversifies starches and sweeteners site in Krefeld, Germany

19 Jan 2018 --- Cargill is expanding and diversifying its product portfolio at its starches and sweeteners plant in Krefeld, Germany with products such as vegetable wheat protein, specialized industrial wheat starches and advanced biofuel. Transitioning this site from a corn to wheat processing facility allows Cargill to add these products to its product portfolio and help customers address changing consumer needs in terms of nutrition, packaging and sustainable fuel.

Import of sustainable fruit and veg increases to 70 percent, says SIFAV

19 Jan 2018 --- The volumes of tropical fruit and vegetables, such as bananas, pineapples, green beans and avocados, that are sourced on the basis of meeting social and environmental conditions has risen significantly from 50 percent to 70 percent in one year. This is what has emerged from the 2017 annual monitoring of the Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables (SIFAV), which aims to make imports of fruits and vegetables from Africa, Asia and South America 100 percent sustainable in 2020.

Brusco launches full flavored gluten-free ales

19 Jan 2018 --- British-owned bulk ingredients supplier, Brusco, has added its latest gluten-free ale named “As Good As Gold” to the extensive list of alcohols that it is able to supply to the UK food and drinks markets. The product also allows food processors to add a twist to their usual ranges while taking full advantage of the significant “Free-From” movement sweeping supermarket aisles.

Guinness taps into teetotal trends with non-alcoholic lager launch

19 Jan 2018 --- The first non-alcoholic lager has been launched by Guinness as the brand taps into the trend to strengthen its teetotal drinks offering with a full-flavored beer. Global alcohol consumption is declining and there is an increasing consumer trend towards cutting down on alcohol or cutting it out altogether. This is leading to more and more non-alcoholic or low ABV products hitting the market.

Sustainable strategy: Firmenich forms partnership with biotechnology firm Blue Marble Biomaterials

19 Jan 2018 --- Firmenich has announced an exclusive partnership with Blue Marble Biomaterials, a US biotechnology company specialized in natural and sustainable ingredients. With this partnership Firmenich gains direct access to key expertise, from biomimicry to non-GM fermentation, enabling the design of innovative and sustainable natural ingredients for the food, beverage and flavor industries.  

Blockchain benefits (Part 2): INS tokens reward customer loyalty like frequent flyer miles

18 Jan 2018 --- Through the INS Ecosystem, founder and CEO, Peter Fedchenkov, believes that shopping will be significantly more affordable. “For smaller brands, we believe that the INS Ecosystem could bring goods to consumer doorsteps for up to 30 percent cheaper than current prices. For established manufacturers we can help consumers save 5-15 percent compared to what they would spend in traditional stores – this is a big cut for groceries,” he tells FoodIngredientsFirst in a recent interview. Part 1 of the interview is available to read here.

Mondelēz invests in program to protect forests in Ghana

18 Jan 2018 --- Mondelēz International has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Forestry Commission of Ghana, Ghana Cocoa Board and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), reinforcing its commitment to reduce emissions in its cocoa supply chain across Ghana.

Nomad Foods cooks up deal to buy Goodfellas Pizza

18 Jan 2018 --- Goodfella’s Pizza has been offloaded to the owner of Birds Eye, Nomad Foods, in a €225 million deal (US$274 million). Nomad Foods Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire Green Isle Foods Ltd from a subsidiary of Boparan Holdings Ltd for the estimated sum on a debt free, cash free basis.

Pea protein surge: Cargill invests in Puris, the largest North American producer

18 Jan 2018 --- With the rapid rise in consumer demand for plant-based protein, PURIS, the largest North American producer of pea protein, and Cargill have signed a joint venture agreement to accelerate a new wave of “great tasting, sustainable and label-friendly plant-based foods.” The joint venture is closed as of Tuesday (January 16, 2018). Cargill is a minority investor in PURIS’s pea protein business, with Cargill financially backing PURIS for growth into the future.

Novolyze raises €2.2m investment to fight risk of foodborne illnesses

18 Jan 2018 --- Food safety experts Novolyze has raised €2.2 million in a fundraising round aimed to speed up the pace of the commercial development of its Surronov range of surrogate microorganisms in the US, Europe and Asia.

Cargill opens potassium chloride plant in New York to address demand for lower sodium

18 Jan 2018 --- To meet increasing consumer demand for lower sodium food options, Cargill has opened its first food-grade potassium chloride operation at its Watkins Glen, New York, US, salt plant. The new potassium chloride facility is part of Cargill’s commitment to a robust nutrition innovation pipeline, helping the company bring new lower sodium options to the market faster.

Ruby chocolate: Nestlé's KitKat becomes world’s first brand to adopt Barry Callebaut innovation

18 Jan 2018 --- Barry Callebaut and Nestlé have partnered together for a world first – Japanese KitKat is the first consumer brand to launch a Ruby chocolate version named KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Ruby. As of tomorrow (January 19), Nestlé Japan Ltd. will launch the Ruby chocolate version of its iconic KitKat brand in KitKat Chocolatory stores in Japan and South Korea, as well as online, and according to Barry Callebaut, this means it will be available in more countries.

Sysco expands European business by acquiring Kent Frozen Foods

17 Jan 2018 --- Sysco Corporation has signed an agreement to acquire Kent Frozen Foods, a UK-based foodservice distributor. The acquisition, which is conditional upon approval from the Competition and Markets Authority, will see Kent Frozen Foods join Sysco’s other UK businesses, including Brakes, Fresh Direct and M&J Seafood.

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