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Europe’s carbon dioxide shortage: Drinks industry concern as CO2 runs low

22 Jun 2018 --- The closure of carbon dioxide production sites in Europe has led to a shortage of CO2 and concerns over the possibility of low stocks of soft drinks and beer during one of the busiest times of the year. Despite the fact that most retailers and drinks manufacturers hold high volumes of soft drinks, there are growing concerns that stocks could run low during the height of summer, a high-demand period for carbonated beverages and beer.

AI digital transformation: Marks & Spencer partners with Microsoft

22 Jun 2018 --- High-end British grocer Marks & Spencer is teaming up with Microsoft Corporation to explore and test how Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies can be incorporated into retail stores and optimize operations.

Unilever’s calls for the eradication of stereotypes through advertising

22 Jun 2018 --- Unilever is calling on content creators and distributors to act now to eliminate outdated stereotypes. The move is the company's latest step in the industry-leading Unstereotype initiative, which launched two years ago with the aim of removing harmful and diminishing portrayals of people through advertising.

Biodiversity: A moral sourcing obligation that needs to be addressed

22 Jun 2018 --- New surveys of more than 5,000 consumers in five countries indicate that the majority (79 percent) feel that “companies have a moral obligation” to have a positive impact on people and biodiversity in their sourcing of natural ingredients, but only 37 percent feel “confident that companies pay serious attention” to these issues. The non-profit Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) has just published the 2018 edition of the Biodiversity Barometer.

Weekly Digest: Nestlé UK distribution center to feature XPO technology prototypes, ADM opens high-tech feed facility in Nebraska

22 Jun 2018 --- This week in business, Nestlé and XPO Logistics announced its plans to co-create a 638,000-square-foot distribution center in Leicestershire, UK. SVZ International is celebrating sustainability success, having been named best performer in the food and beverage sector in Ecovadis’s 2018 Sustainability Leadership awards for the second consecutive year. Salt of the Earth has implemented an extensive program to protect waterfowl in its salt pools.

VIEW FROM THE TOP: Stephanie Salord, Firmenich

22 Jun 2018 ---  Firmenich, the largest privately held flavor and fragrance company in the world, has launched its Natural and Clean Label platform. Through this new platform, Firmenich will put its science to work to create high-intensity taste profiles using soft extraction techniques, solvent-free and CO2 extraction.

Meat-free flavor trends

22 Jun 2018 ---  Meat-free products that deliver the taste, texture and eating experience of meat are becoming more popular. A holistic approach needs to be taken to flavor creation.

Bridging the fiber gap

22 Jun 2018 ---  There is both a need and an opportunity for our industry to find ways to improve the fiber content in recipe formulations and to help bridge this so-called “fiber gap.” Resistant starch offers opportunity.

Addressing harsh process applications

22 Jun 2018 ---  Remypure S52 is robust enough to withstand tough processing conditions such as low pH, high shear and high temperatures.

Controlling costs, improving quality

22 Jun 2018 ---  Volatile egg prices mean that bakers are looking for cost-effective and functional alternatives.

Right back to the source

22 Jun 2018 ---  Key suppliers offer their thoughts on the demand for traceability & sustainability. What is driving the demand for clearer labels and what role can suppliers play?

Fats & oils: keeping pace in dynamic times

22 Jun 2018 ---  Companies are progressively becoming committed to creating sustainable, transparent and traceable supply chains. Since clean label is now a mainstream characteristic, label-friendly formulations are being sought-after in the fats and oils space.

Merging flavors: inside IFF’s move for Frutarom

22 Jun 2018 ---  In a detailed interview, Andreas Fibig, Chairman & CEO of IFF notes that the acquisition of Frutarom is very much part of the company’s strategy to balance their customer base.

Trade war escalates: EU counter-tariffs to hit certain US food products from tomorrow

21 Jun 2018 --- The EU is hitting back at US steel and aluminum duties with its own list of retaliatory tariffs due to come into force on Friday (June 22). The move will see charges on a range of products including bourbon, cranberries and peanut butter. Referred to as “rebalancing measures,” the EU has adopted a regulation that puts in place the tariffs targeting a list of products worth €2.8 billion (US$3.2 billion).

New protein sources: Valio eyes opportunity for meat substitutes using Finnish milk

21 Jun 2018 --- The popularity of meat substitute products has grown significantly in recent years and consumers, particularly millennials, have been keen to try out new ingredients and foods that answer the modern needs of flexitarian or vegetarian consumers. In response to these key trends, Valio has launched a protein source that is promoted as ideal for food preparation at home. Valio MiFU is a Finnish food innovation made from milk and can be used in recipes that call for meat or chicken.

Tetra Pak solution enables “world’s first” drinking yogurt with large fruit pieces

21 Jun 2018 --- Tetra Top 200ml packaging has enabled Yili, a leading Chinese dairy manufacturer, to launch what is claimed to be the world’s first ambient drinking yogurt with large fruit and cereal pieces. Tetra Top 200ml is a bottle with large re-sealable screw caps, ideal for the growing on-the-go consumer market.

FarmLogix launches logistics platform to accelerate sustainable sourcing in the US

21 Jun 2018 --- Provider of local and sustainable food technology solutions, FarmLogix, has announced the launch of Open Fields, a trailblazing software platform that allows foodservice operations at colleges, schools, hospitals, sports and leisure facilities and businesses of all kinds to more efficiently source and report on sustainable ingredients.

Digital marketing: “Smart” bottles, “connected” coasters to boost tequila brand

21 Jun 2018 --- Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm), a supplier of NFC (near field communication) mobile marketing solutions, is supplying el Jimador tequila with digital marketing formats for its bottles and coasters. The tequila brand hopes that tapping into consumer-focused digital marketing techniques will increase the scope of its soccer marketing campaign.

Kraft Heinz weighs up sale of Complan in India

20 Jun 2018 --- Kraft Heinz is sizing up the potential sale of children’s milk brand Complan in India, according to reports which claim a deal could be worth around US$1 billion. Although there is no official comment from Kraft Heinz on a potential sale, Bloomberg sources have said that a deal could be on the cards as Kraft Heinz is working with an adviser to gauge interest in the brand from potential buyers.

Cosucra finalizes investment project for pea protein expansion in the US

20 Jun 2018 --- Cosucra, originally active in sugar production, has undergone a profound transformation over the last twenty years to become a pioneer in the production of healthy ingredients derived from chicory and pea. The company’s most recent investments in its pea factory have been finalized and increased to €35 million (US$40.4 million) in a bid to conquer the US market and suit the needs of the industry. Half of this investment came from bank loans and half from self-financing, according to Cosucra.

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