Aluminum packaging adapts and diversifies for a sustainable future

23 May 2018 --- Demand for increasingly higher levels of sustainability and cost-effectiveness in product packaging is a challenge the aluminum industry is able to embrace because of the innate qualities of the material. In theory, aluminum can be recycled countless times without loss of quality and has excellent barrier properties capable of extending shelf life, thereby countering food waste.

Plant proteins: Givaudan addresses the meat analog flavor challenge

23 May 2018 --- The trend towards health & wellness, and the growth in flexitarianism, are leading the rising demand for plant-based alternatives to meat protein as consumers seek healthier options. As a result, by 2050, demand for meat is expected to increase by 70 percent, surpassing supply. Plant-based meat analogs are therefore increasingly being seen as an alternative. Flavor supplier Givaudan has been involved in plant proteins and meat analogs for many years and has developed solutions for the established technologies used in the market.

IFF CEO on Frutarom buy: Access to a broader middle market minimizes supplier exposure

22 May 2018 --- Andreas Fibig, CEO of International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), has identified the broad base of small and medium-sized customers as a key benefit in acquiring Frutarom in a “transformational move” for the company. A base of 30,000 customers from the legacy Frutarom business compared to just 3,000 for the much larger New York-headquartered company, could provide an opportunity to replicate IFF’s Tastepoint model that has proved to be successful in meeting the needs of small and medium businesses in the US since its inception last summer.

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. With consumers demanding more dairy-free options across food categories, Pathway offers a range of dairy-free chocolate solutions, that is ready to use for myriad applications, including confectionery, baked goods, cereals and snack products.

LCI acquires Unicorn Grain Specialties, forms European leader in cereal ingredients

22 May 2018 --- Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) has agreed to acquire 100 percent shares of Unicorn Grain Specialties from Nordian Capital. The operation will be effective in a few weeks, according to the company. Financial details of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Unicorn Grain Specialties has a strong presence in Northern Europe in the cereals and pulses ingredients markets, relying on heat treatment technologies for puffed cereals, cooking-extrusion and flaking, for example.

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.

Chemical giants “disappointed” after EU court backs neonicotinoids ban

18 May 2018 --- An EU court has backed a partial ban on neonicotinoids saying that the European Commission was correct five years ago when it restricted their use in a bid to protect bee populations. The General Court of the European Union confirmed on Thursday the validity of the restrictions introduced at EU level in 2013 against the insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid because of the risks those substances pose to bees.

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.

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.

Givaudan completes acquisition of Nutrition Division of Centroflora

15 May 2018 --- Givaudan has announced it has completed the acquisition of the Nutrition Division of Centroflora Group (Centroflora Nutra), a world player in natural extracts.

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. 

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.

Kerry launches Great Culinary Taste to meet changing consumer needs in prepared meals

14 May 2018 --- Consumers are consistently seeking authentic, delicious restaurant quality prepared meals made from ingredients they know and trust. Taste, convenience, nutrition and traceability need to coexist; and while all four are intrinsically linked to consumer demand, delivering it all at scale and for a profit, is not easy, according to Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition company.

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