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.

Mondelez Q3 profits spike 81 percent

31 Oct 2017 --- Profits for the third quarter have shot up at Mondelez International bolstered by sales of snack food in emerging markets as well as “power brands” like Oreo, Cadbury, Milka and Trident Gum. Reporting its Q3 results, Mondelez says net revenues increased 2.1 percent, organic net revenue increased 2.8 percent, while operating income margin was 18.1 percent, up 710 basis points.

Capol acquires Colarome to strengthen North American position

06 Oct 2017 --- Elmshorn-based Capol GmbH, a Business Unit of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities, SE & Co. KG (FCS), is set to acquire Colarôme Inc., Saint Hubert, Canada with immediate effect. Capol expects to benefit from future important synergies both for product innovation and market penetration. As part of the acquisition, Capol obtains a new production plant in North America which will further strengthen the business in this region and abroad.

CP Kelco eyes holistic approach to sustainability

29 Sep 2017 --- Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, CP Kelco serves customers in more than one-hundred countries with manufacturing facilities in the US, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Germany, China and the Philippines and commercial offices around the globe. As well as giving food and beverage manufacturers the tools to create products that consumers around the world need and want, CP Kelco ranks sustainability as one of the top priorities in the company’s business strategy.

Consumer nutrition knowledge study highlights untapped potential for acacia gum

27 Sep 2017 --- Alland & Robert has released the results of a survey it asked the polling organization Toluna to carry out in the UK, Germany, Japan and the US. The questions asked were about the general public’s nutritional knowledge, in particular regarding acacia gum, and the varied results are described by Alland & Robert as “both surprising and unexpected.”

Ingredion announces 17 additions to Non-GMO Project verification, bringing total to 133

25 Sep 2017 --- Ingredion has announced 17 additions to its broad list of approved Non-GMO Project Verified ingredient solutions. The additions bring the company’s total number of Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients to 133.

Vanilla enjoys an innovation resurgence, but supply chain challenges mount

18 Sep 2017 --- The adjective “vanilla” may have unexciting connotations, but it could be argued that the world of products with vanilla flavoring is currently very exciting indeed. Even though supply challenges are being faced in sourcing natural vanilla, new and innovative products continue to be introduced to the market at an exhilarating pace.

“Clean label” continues to dominate at TIC Gums

18 Sep 2017 --- Late last year, TIC Gums and Ingredion entered into an agreement to offer the widest range of texture capabilities, superior formulation expertise and rapid response to customer needs. For Ingredion and TIC Gums, the acquisition has expanded their higher-value specialty portfolio and customer base in the fast-growing segment of food and beverage companies that are driving industry innovation. Since then, TIC Gums has been on their own journey to diversify their range of ingredient profiles so that they can provide solutions that match up with customers concerns.

Evonik debuts new sugar-free sweetener solution to Asian markets

14 Sep 2017 --- Evonik has launched Risumalt, a low-calorie, sugar-free sweetener solution with significant consumer and manufacturing benefits at the Food Ingredients (FI) Asia trade show currently being held in Bangkok, Thailand. 

New fruit applications: UK supermarket on a flavor mission

11 Sep 2017 --- UK supermarket, Asda, are on a mission to increase fruit consumption, by launching new varieties of candy flavored fruits and not just children – sweet-toothed Brits up are going wild for candy flavored fruit. Asda is currently going through an innovative phase of fruit growing where growers able to naturally develop different varieties and bring something new and interesting for Asda customers to try.

Innovators target fat reduction resolutions on multiple application platforms

23 Aug 2017 --- Trends continuing to dominate 2017 are clean label ingredients and the reduction of ingredients with negative perceptions and impacts on health. Although there are geographical differences with some ingredients, such as sugar, fat is universally being cut. Across the board food innovators and manufacturers are finding ways to use less of it, substitute it, or use healthier alternatives. You can read the first part of this report here.

Pecan Deluxe launches new range of eye-popping candy

16 Aug 2017 --- Pecan Deluxe Candy Ltd has launched its newest popping candy inclusion which is set to delight consumers with its purple hue and bubble gum taste. The range is made from completely natural colors and flavorings and offers a multitude of opportunities to food manufacturers and the catering industry.

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