Standing out from the crowd (Part 1): Natural colors take the spotlight

01 May 2018 --- When it comes to buying food and beverages appealing natural colors, consumers often associate vibrant colors with freshness, quality and taste. In a world consumed by social media, consumers also place high value on colorful food to make their Instagram and Facebook feeds attractive. At the same time, the focus now is on healthy eating, natural ingredients and no artificial colors or additives. Natural colors have been making waves in the industry for some time, unicorn themed cupcakes, green smoothies and purple gummies are just the beginning.

Hershey Q1 earnings beat expectations, bolstered by Amplify deal

27 Apr 2018 --- Sales at US confectionery giant, The Hershey Company, have been given a boost following the acquisition of Amplify Snack Brands, the company behind SkinnyPop popcorn, while growth is being driven by the company’s core chocolate brands.

Azelis and CP Kelco enter Indonesian distribution partnership

03 Apr 2018 --- Azelis has announced a distribution partnership with CP Kelco to offer their carrageenan, pectin, gellan gum and xanthan gum products for the Food Segment in Indonesia. Active from April 1, 2018, the partnership builds upon existing agreements between the two companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC).

A mango advance? Esarom predicts huge market potential for flavor in 2018

06 Mar 2018 --- Mango is one of the most popular tropical fruits and is enjoyed all over the world in many different countries and cultures. This notion has led Esarom to believe that 2018 is the year of the mango.

TIC Gums eyes optimization with new Simplistica Ingredient Systems

28 Feb 2018 --- TIC Gums, an Ingredion company, is set to introduce the Simplistica line of ingredient systems at Engredea 2018, which will include optimized solutions from TIC Gums and Ingredion, including hydrocolloids, starches, plant proteins and sweeteners.

Plant powered start-up: Perfect Day gains patent and funding for animal-free proteins

27 Feb 2018 --- Perfect Day is a start-up specializing in the production of environmentally friendly and nutritious sources of protein – without the use of animals. The Silicon Valley-based innovator is collaborating with food companies and food investors to bring its proteins to market and has raised US$24.7 million in funding and received its first patent for the use of animal-free dairy proteins in food applications. 

Naughty but nice: Confectionery innovation hits the sweet spot

06 Feb 2018 --- Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, a traditional time of the year when sweets, chocolate and other confectionery snacks are given as gifts by romantic souls the world over. It may be a cliché, but presenting something sweet as a sign of love is as popular as ever – and these days the act of giving is not confined to romantic partners, some of the big companies promote confectionery specifically to be given as platonic “love gifts” to friends, parents, neighbors, colleagues, teachers and anyone else who needs a bit of love in their life.

Mondelēz unveils Technical Center in Singapore, part of a US$65m investment

06 Feb 2018 --- Mondelēz International has unveiled its newest global Technical Center in Jurong, Singapore. The facility focuses on innovation, developing new products and technologies for some of the company's iconic brands like Clorets, Halls, Stride, Trident gum, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate and Oreo biscuits.

Health, organic and sustainability key to future confectionery innovation, claims Diana Food

31 Jan 2018 --- At this year’s ProSweets, Diana Food (part of Symrise) was exhibiting a range of innovative fruit and vegetable-based concepts, based on trends around health and wellness, organic and sustainable sourcing. Consumers are continually striving for healthy lifestyle choices but they are not completely committed making any compromise on taste.

Wacker develops novel depositing technology for chewing gum

29 Jan 2018 --- Wacker has developed a new compound to deposit chewing gum which offers a pioneering creative freedom to produce the sugar-free confectionery in an unprecedented variety of shapes, something which the company tips to be a game-changer.

Nestlé to sell US confectionery business to Ferrero in US$2.8bn deal

17 Jan 2018 --- Swiss food giant Nestlé is offloading its US confectionery business to the Ferrero Group in an estimated US$2.8bn deal that bolsters the Italian company’s footprint in the American market. It allows Nestlé to concentrate on a range of growth categories including bottled water, coffee, frozen meals and infant nutrition.

Is Ferrero eyeing a bigger bite of US market with Nestlé interest?

12 Jan 2018 --- Speculation is mounting over whether or not Italian company Ferrero is edging closer to acquiring confectionery giant’s Nestlé’s US candy business with some media reports claiming a deal is imminent.

Alland & Robert introduces innovative Karaya gum to the food industry

09 Jan 2018 --- Leader in Karaya gum manufacturing, Alland & Robert has developed a method of physical treatment that reduces the total plate count of hydrocolloids while preserving all their functional properties. As a natural gum coming from wild trees, Karaya gum is a natural and vegetal ingredient that can be used for many food and pharmaceutical applications.

Locust bean gum shortage: History could repeat itself, says hydrocolloid market expert

21 Dec 2017 --- There is growing concern about the availability of the hydrocolloid locust bean gum (LBG), due to shortages that are set to continue into 2018. According to Ross Campbell, Business Director at CyberColloids Ltd, food manufacturers should be looking for other alternatives to LBG, or at least aiming to reformulate and consider other options as an alternative.

Supplier tips: Fast moving flavors for 2018

18 Dec 2017 --- As the year-end approaches, FoodIngredientsFirst is looking ahead to the flavor trends to watch out for in 2018. Speaking to several leading flavor specialists, we go through what will be making waves next year – and commonalities for fast-moving flavors include bold and complex tastes, global inspiration and the fact that consumers are craving multi-sensorial experiences. Meanwhile floral, herbal, botanical and fruit will also be moving forward.

Firmenich tips fig as “flavor of the year” for 2018

11 Dec 2017 --- Firmenich has named fig as “Flavor of the Year” for 2018 based on the growing appeal for this healthy and fruity flavor worldwide. “With its numerous health benefits and sweet and satisfying flavor profile, fig offers endless opportunities to inspire our customers and delight their consumers across a wide range of food categories,” says Chris Millington, President of Firmenich, Flavors.

IFF collaborates with Wrigley to support smallholder mint farmers

17 Nov 2017 --- International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) has announced its supporting partnership with Mars Wrigley Confectionery in their initiative to improve the long-term viability of mint farming in India. 

Wacker expands production and R&D capacities in China

10 Nov 2017 --- Wacker Chemie AG is set to expand its production capacities in China and continue to reinforce its research and development capability in order to further strengthen its market position in the region. 

Natural and authentic taste solutions: (Part 1) Citrus flavors dominate beverage space

06 Nov 2017 --- Citrus is a perennial top flavor choice for beverages and offer a more diverse range of taste tones than almost any other fruit category. No other taste enjoys greater acceptance in the beverage industry and is consistently one of the most popular flavors for sweet food products. The citrus taste is a favorite in nearly all countries around the globe.

DowDuPont completes FMC Health & Nutrition buy, boosts excipient position

02 Nov 2017 --- DowDuPont has announced the completion of DuPont's acquisition of FMC Corporation’s Health & Nutrition business (FMC H&N), except for the omega 3 business and its divestment to FMC of a portion of DuPont’s Crop Protection business. The transaction includes consideration to DuPont of USUS$1.6 billion to reflect the difference in the value of the assets, including cash of USUS$1.2 billion and working capital of US$425 million. The divestiture satisfies DuPont’s commitments in connection with the regulatory clearance of the merger with Dow, which was completed on August 31, 2017.

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