Labeling challenges and regulation: Label opportunities post-Brexit, PHO eradication & GMO delays

22 May 2018 --- In an ever-changing regulatory environment, it can be extremely difficult for suppliers and food manufacturers to keep up with the challenges of what can and can’t go on the label. In both the US and UK there are a number of labeling issues of concern right now; the impact Brexit will have on food and beverage labels once Britain pulls out of the EU officially next March to GMO labeling delays in the US as well as America’s final determination regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils, i.e., removing trans fat from the supply chain.

Barry Callebaut expands dairy-free chocolate portfolio

22 May 2018 --- Barry Callebaut has announced the expansion of its dairy-free chocolate product portfolio, the new Pathway range which is set to premiere at this year’s annual Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago, Illinois on May 22-24, 2018.

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.

US-China “trade war” on hold after new talks ease tensions, but is the truce fleeting?

21 May 2018 --- The sweeping tariffs that US President Trump threatened to impose on China recently are off the table for now after the two countries are on the path to reaching a new agreement on trade – and tensions seem to be easing. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said over the weekend that the Trump administration was putting “the trade war on hold,” suspending tariffs on Chinese imports so that the two economies could thrash out a new deal that will reduce the merchandise trade deficit.

Campbell Soup CEO retires as company sales fall flat

21 May 2018 --- Campbell Soup has announced that its CEO Denise Morrison is retiring immediately and be replaced by board member Keith McLoughlin as interim CEO. It came as shares in Campbell Soup, which recently acquired the Snyder's-Lance snack company, were down 11 percent at US$34.85 in early trading and the company reported a loss of $393 million on sales of $2.13 billion, or US$1.31 per share, in the quarter ended April 29, compared with a profit a year ago. This was mainly due to a US$647 million charge for its Campbell Fresh division, which is now being reviewed.

Weekly Digest: Kemin launches solution for shelf-life extension, 2 Sisters appoints new CEO

18 May 2018 --- This week in business, Kemin launched a new plant extract solution found to provide a shelf-life extension in salad dressings and sauces and Lurpak announced its plans to bring of Lurpak Softest to the market, a new soft blend butter that is spreadable straight from the fridge. Meanwhile, 2 Sisters has appointed Ronald Kers as its new Chief Executive Officer, officially joining on June 1 and the Chairman of Arla Foods amba, declared that he has agreed on the sale of his dairy farm in Ösarp, Sweden. Also, the Brewers of Europe welcomes the decision by the European Court of Justice clarifying the Degrees Plato calculation, a scale widely used to determine excise duty rates for beer.

Valio China establishes new business units for a growing market

18 May 2018 --- Finnish dairy company, Valio has held an unveiling ceremony for its China head office in Shanghai. The newly established head office will focus on serving the growing Chinese market. Besides the Ingredient business units, Valio China has also established the new business units of Retail and Food Service. By carrying on the century-honored Finnish heritage in innovation and high quality, Valio China will stand side-by-side with Chinese consumers to create a better life together.

Convenience factor (Part 2): Plant-based opportunities for easy eating occasions

17 May 2018 --- Health-minded consumers have been particularly keen to embrace a vegan way of life and therefore inspire product development in the prepared meals space. The trend has not gone unnoticed in the UK on the retailer front, the number of those cutting back on animal products and following a plant-based diet is set to increase by 10 percent this year, according to Tesco.

Azelis bolsters position in Nordic market by snapping up Ingredi

17 May 2018 --- Specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor Azelis is strengthening its position in the Nordic food market with the acquisition of premium ingredient supplier Sweden-based Ingredi AB. Coming off the back of marking its entry in the South Korean market with the recent acquisition of the distributor of personal care ingredients SammiChem Co, Azelis has now signed another agreement – this time to acquire Ingredi AB, which is effective immediately.

Campaigners urge UK government to legislate on salt reduction

17 May 2018 --- Campaign group, Action on Salt, has criticized a new Food and Drink Federation (FDF) report that highlights the food industry’s reformulation work to reduce sugar but claims cutting salt is not being given enough attention and urges the government to step up legislation.

Millennials take a fresh look at frozen: Inside an unlikely comeback

17 May 2018 --- Frozen foods are making a comeback and millennials are largely responsible for this, spending 9 percent more per shopping trip for frozen foods last year than other groups, according to an RBC Capital Markets report. Reuters quote David Palmer, an analyst at the firm noting that sales volumes have grown for the first time in five years and it’s the convenience of frozen foods that are driving sales in the space.

Switzerland votes for ban on synthetic pesticides

16 May 2018 --- The popular initiative to ban synthetic pesticides has garnered enough formal support to force a nationwide vote in Switzerland. Entitled “For a Switzerland free of synthetic pesticides,” a formal petition was signed by more than 100,000 citizens in the country. By Swiss law, the federal government will now have the task to organize and conduct an associated ballot referendum to be held within two years.

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.

PepsiCo’s start-up program nurtures nutrition brands of the future

16 May 2018 --- Soft drinks giant PepsiCo is running the second year of its Nutrition Greenhouse incubator program, an initiative designed to discover and nurture breakthrough brands in the food and beverage sector, with up to ten nutrition-focused start-ups sharing €300,000 (US$355,292) grant and prize money.

Frutarom’s takeover by IFF: Natural Solutions chief confident on “highly complementary” businesses

16 May 2018 --- Frutarom’s President of Natural Solutions is confident for the future of his business unit following Frutarom’s US$7.1 billion acquisition by International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) last week. This is despite the lack of apparent correlation between IFF’s densely flavor focused portfolio and this part of Frutarom’s business. Frutarom Natural Solutions, which offers Flavor & Color, Food Protection and Health Benefits, accounts for about 25 percent of Frutarom’s turnover.

Symrise compiles top trends for beverages, savory and sweet food

15 May 2018 --- Symrise has surveyed a wide-ranging group of chefs, pastry specialists and mixologists to compile its 2018+ Trends Report which includes the top 10 trends of the beverage, savory, and sweet food categories.

Convenience factor (Part 1): Authenticity & salt reduction drives prepared meal innovation

15 May 2018 --- The demand for healthy and nutritious food is paving the way for innovation across many food sectors. One particular food sector that is flourishing when it comes to innovative NPD is ready meals and convenience foods. The authenticity of ready meals that are easy to cook, in a world where consumers’ lives are fast-paced, is also driving innovation in this area.

Plant-based breakthrough: Vivera brings vegan steaks to European market

15 May 2018 --- Dutch manufacturer Vivera has announced that it, as the first company in the world, will bring 100 percent plant-based steak to the European market. Vivera has already started production and expects to produce several million pieces in 2018 alone. The company currently has an output of more than 1 million meat replacements a week, making it one of the three largest producers in Europe. Vivera sees a strong growing international demand for plant-based products and has been one of the founders of meat alternatives in Western Europe since its foundation in 1990. 

Kraft Heinz reports lackluster Q1 sales

15 May 2018 --- Kraft Heinz has reported its first-quarter 2018 results which show net sales dropped 0.3 percent to US$6.3bn in the three months to the end of March, while organic net sales fell 1.5 percent overall.

Webrooming becomes widespread: Ingredion research highlights consumer purchasing decisions

14 May 2018 --- The food industry can no longer afford to ignore the influence of technology on consumer buying habits as ‘webrooming’ becomes widespread, recent Ingredion research has shown. The practice of scrutinizing ingredient lists and verifying nutritional claims online before buying in-store – also known as webrooming – is increasingly common.

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