Food Ingredients News

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22 Jun 2018 --- Unilever is calling on content creators and distributors to act now to eliminate outdated stereotypes.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.

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.

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.

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.

Hochdorf offloads Lithuanian milk protein plant

20 Jun 2018 --- Following a significant company review which showed it was no longer viable to operate a plant in Lithuania, the Hochdorf Group is parting company with Hochdorf Baltic Milk UAB, a milk protein plant in Medeikiai which is being taken over by an investment group.

Liquid chocolate venture: Cargill invests €12 million in Belgian chocolate facility

20 Jun 2018 --- As the consumer demand for premium, high-quality Belgian chocolate continues to rise, Cargill has invested €12 million (US$13.8 million) in a new liquid chocolate production line at its Mouscron production facility in Belgium. This additional investment brings the total investment of the site up to €47 million (US$54.3 million). The investment increases the company’s capacity to produce milk and dark chocolate and creates up to 10 new jobs in Mouscron, Belgium.

Natural antioxidants: Unlocking the power of plants to preserve food

19 Jun 2018 --- Since modern-day consumers understand the role that natural antioxidants can have on their personal nutrition as well as how they can function to preserve food for longer, they want more of them. And so antioxidants are finding new potential amid modern life’s demands. As the fast-paced, high-stress and the time-precious contemporary consumer doesn’t have much time for sourcing and cooking from scratch, that often translates into a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables and an increase in processed and convenience food.

Taura’s reduced-sugar cookies hit the sweet spot

19 Jun 2018 --- Research into Taura’s reduced-sugar cookies containing concentrated fruit pieces shows that consumers perceive them to be just as sweet as full-sugar alternatives. The natural ingredients specialist says a consumer sensory panel showed that its reduced-sugar cookies with JusFruit pieces contain 30 percent less sugar but came out on top in taste testing.

Research and innovation: EIT calls for stronger future proofing of the agri-food sector

19 Jun 2018 --- The research and development agency of the European Union, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is calling for stronger action toward research and innovation in the agri-food sector in a bid to future-proof food. EIT Food’s CEO Filip Fontaine also draws attention to the importance of consumer empowerment and urges European countries to face the challenges of the food sector.

Marking 25 years in Germany: Bell Flavors & Fragrances invests in innovation, management and R&D

19 Jun 2018 --- Bell Flavors and Fragrances EMEA is making strategic investments in creativity, innovation and reliability, which are the primary objectives of the independently managed family-owned company. Bell intends to expand its significant role in the industry in the future and is, therefore, investing in the areas of logistics, research & development and quality management.

Organic improvers: Corbion extends bakery offering to meet clean label demand

19 Jun 2018 --- Corbion has launched the latest addition to its Pristine portfolio aiming to bring organic, non-GMO baked goods closer than ever to matching the sensory attributes of their conventional counterparts. Pristine Organic 522 is claimed to be the company's most advanced organic dough improver to date. The latest addition to the already robust Pristine range of clean label dough conditioners can be used in both organic and non-GMO formulations, and consistently outperforms competing products, delivering better machinability and oven spring, increased volume and, in some cases, reduced mix time.

Dairy prices rally in Q2 amid stable global markets, says Rabobank report

18 Jun 2018 --- Most dairy commodity prices have been rallying in Q2 2018, according to Rabobank, with mixed results across regions and products. And combined milk supply growth across the Big Seven dairy producers has stalled with the pace of growth below expectations through the Northern Hemisphere spring peak.

Horlicks heating up: Coca-Cola, Kraft Heinz and Nestlé in battle for malted milk hot drink

18 Jun 2018 --- Speculation is mounting that several potential bidders have held early talks in connection with buying malted milk hot drink Horlicks with Coca-Cola reportedly leading the charge with a £3bn (US$4bn) bid in the offing. Other interested parties include Kraft Heinz and Nestlé, according to reports.

“Cultured” meats: FDA commissioners look to foster dialogue

18 Jun 2018 --- The FDA is continually evaluating new areas of food innovation and establishing guidelines on how new technology can safely advance. One such area is the development of products that are intended to resemble conventional meat, poultry and seafood. These “cultured” products are generally made from cells collected from animals that are multiplied using non-traditional food technologies. These technologies could offer specific new opportunities over conventionally developed food products.

Clean label surge: Ingredion launches certified organic starches for North American markets

18 Jun 2018 --- Ingredion has announced two new certified-organic additions to its line of functional clean-label starches for the US and Canada, Novation Prima 309 and 609. The organic functional native corn starches enable the creation of superior eating experiences that boast extended visual, sensory and cost appeal. The starches are also designed to perform in organic products that undergo harsh process conditions and require high freeze/thaw stability, such as organic savory foods, alternative-dairy products and baby foods.

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