Food Ingredients News

Spark Trends: Bell dives into the Mediterranean Sea and takes a “Wok through the provinces”

19 Feb 2018 --- Bell Flavors & Fragrances has announced its new selection of trends for the 2018 Spark program. Spark is Bell’s insider resource for new and emerging consumer trends as well as flavor and fragrance inspirations. Using a unique and detailed process, Bell uncovered new ideas for 2018 and beyond that are sure to ignite customer inspirations and translate them into winning product ideations.

Weekly Digest: Nestlé moves for sustainable energy, DuPont certification for POWERMill enzyme

16 Feb 2018 --- This week in business, there were several announcements made on the sustainability side, Nestlé’s ambition to procure 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources is moving forward and Suiker Unie was awarded gold status by EcoVadis for the fourth consecutive year. Also this week, Mondelēz has made changes to its Board of Directors and President and CEO of GMA, Pamela Bailey, announced she would retire later this year following nearly ten years of leading the organization. DuPont received a patent certification on its POWERMill enzyme and was also recognized as first place in the most innovative food ingredient category at the Food Ingredients Innovation Awards 2017 in Brazil. Meanwhile, FrieslandCampina acquired all the remaining shares in Friesland Huishan Dairy (FHD).

Start-up launches first ever dark chocolate infused with saffron

16 Feb 2018 --- British-Indian saffron start-up, Mahbir Premium Indian Saffron, is set to launch the first ever dark chocolate infused with Premium Indian Saffron at Gulfood 2018. Mahbir Tangy Orange Marmalade is in the running for the best condiment or sauce product at the Gulfood Innovation Awards 2018.

Nestlé posts weaker than expected results amid challenging environment

15 Feb 2018 --- Nestlé has blamed a “challenging environment” on weaker than expected results in 2017. Net profit decreased by 15.8 percent to CHF7.2 billion (US$7.77bn) and earnings per share decreased by 15.8 percent to CHF2.32 (US$2.51) for the full year.

Spotlight on salt (Part 2): Overcoming reformulation challenges

15 Feb 2018 --- A large challenge for all salt replacer products is the clean label trend. Consumers are demanding that only products should be used which are available in their own kitchen cupboard. Most of the salt replacers use potassium chloride to replace the sodium chloride, but potassium chloride has not the image to be an ingredient from the kitchen cupboard. Looking at the nutritional value of potassium chloride it is clearly beneficial to use it instead of sodium chloride as most consumers have a lack of potassium in their diet while eating too much sodium. As a result of this also the WHO recommends increasing the potassium intake in the daily diet while reducing the sodium intake. In the second part of our "Spotlight on Salt" report, we look at how reformulation challenges can be overcome. You can read Part 1 of this report here.

Corbion in talks to acquire Bunge’s stake in SB Renewable Oils JV

15 Feb 2018 --- Corbion has confirmed it is in discussions with Bunge Limited about the potential acquisition of Bunge’s stake in the SB Renewable Oils joint venture.

Prop 65: Imbibe offers solutions for beverage development

15 Feb 2018 --- An update to California Proposition 65 goes into effect as of August 2018, which will affect products containing chemicals identified by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). In the past, products were required to have a Prop 65 warning label; however, the update will require companies to call out the specific chemical name in addition to a warning symbol. Since these types of warning labels can be off-putting to consumers, Imbibe says it has developed flavors and ingredients that do not require brands to have a Prop 65 warning on their products.

Palm oil: IOI Loders Croklaan & Kerry back Small-Growers Support Program

15 Feb 2018 --- IOI Loders Croklaan has partnered with Kerry Group, Wild Asia and the Fortuna Palm Oil Mill in Sabah to implement a 3-year Small-Growers Support Program. The program supports the inclusion of smallholders into IOI’s supply chain and will boost small farmer’s (farm size between 0 to 500Ha) productivity by helping them implement sustainable agricultural practices.

Valio to cut salt and sugar by 2020, backs UN sustainability program

14 Feb 2018 --- Valio has announced its nutrition agreement for improving the health and well-being of consumers. The ambitious targets for reducing salt and sugar content in Valio’s products by 2020 are part of the United Nations sustainability program and continued efforts to improve public health.

Chickpea flour: Nutriati and PLT partner on North America launch

13 Feb 2018 --- Nutriati, Inc. and exclusive commercialization partner PLT Health Solutions, Inc. are introducing a premium quality chickpea flour solution to the North American food market. Called Artesa Chickpea Flour, the new ingredient addresses a number of issues that have prevented other nutritionally desirable pulse/legume flours from gaining widespread adoption – including taste, sensory characteristics and formulating functionality. 

Ocean garden: Is kelp the new kale?

13 Feb 2018 --- Long established in the supplements sector, nutrient-dense vegetables from the sea, such as kelp and spirulina, have been finding their way into a wider variety of new food and beverage products, due to their ability to provide nutritional fortification, act as a natural source of color and deliver unique flavors, especially umami. But do kelp or other seaweed varieties have the potential to be the new kale?

Asian fusion: Mane launches new range of marinades

13 Feb 2018 --- Mane has launched a range of new marinades, which have been tailored to a wide variety of savory applications, meeting consumers’ needs for new taste discovery experiences, influenced by Asian flavors.

Acrylamide reduction: Orkla and Renaissance BioScience expand yeast partnership

13 Feb 2018 --- Orkla Food Ingredients and Renaissance BioScience Corp. have agreed to expand their license agreement for Orkla to exclusively manufacture and sell Renaissance’s acrylamide-reducing yeast, Acrylow, to food manufacturers in additional new markets in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The agreement builds on the initial exclusive agreement implemented in Q3/2017 that covered the Nordic and Baltic regional markets in Europe.

Plant power: Nestlé acquires majority stake in Terrafertil

12 Feb 2018 --- Nestlé is widening its presence in Latin America and strengthening its superfood portfolio by acquiring a majority stake in Terrafertil, a company selling natural, organic, plant-based foods and healthy snacks. The move broadens the Swiss global leader’s position in a fast-growing category in Latin America, the United States and the UK, however, the terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

Spotlight on salt (Part 1): Government pressure steers reformulation

12 Feb 2018 --- Salt, sugar and fat long remain to be the perennial villains in the food industry with many food manufacturers and companies looking for healthier ways to reformulate products. Salt is often associated with health conditions, excessive consumption of salt is known to affect heart health and blood pressure, and more recent studies have confirmed that a high-salt diet reduces resting blood flow to the brain and may cause dementia. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the essential minerals in salt can act as important electrolytes in the body. They help with fluid balance, nerve transmission and muscle function. There are often conflicting messages that leaves many consumers questioning: “How much is too much?” and “Should I be concerned about salt consumption?” FoodIngredientsFirst takes a close look at what is happening in the industry.

Lesaffre acquires Serbian yeast extract facility from Alltech

12 Feb 2018 --- French yeast manufacturer, Lesaffre, has acquired Alltech’s yeast extract facility in Serbia. The transaction is in line with Alltech’s continued focus on its core business in animal and crop nutrition. 

Sensient acquires Peruvian color maker GlobeNatural

12 Feb 2018 --- Sensient Technologies Corp. has acquired the natural color business of Peruvian natural food and ingredient maker GlobeNatural. The transaction is expected to close in the Q1 of this year.

Unilever receives offer for baking brand Alsa from Dr. Oetker

12 Feb 2018 --- Unilever has announced that it has received a binding offer for the purchase of its Alsa baking and dessert business from Dr. Oetker for an undisclosed amount. The transaction would include the manufacturing unit in Ludres, France. The binding offer is still subject to the regulatory requirements and consultation processes.

Symrise: The modern vegetarian leads to new food concepts

09 Feb 2018 --- Symrise has identified three different types of vegetarian consumers following an in-depth study which details the key drivers that attract modern vegetarians to certain meals, concepts and products.

Weekly Digest: Sustainability recognition, Arla Foods Ingredients eyes growth in South America

09 Feb 2018 --- This week in business, there were several announcements made for recognition in sustainability, including Unilever, ADM and IFF. First Milk announced that it has been awarded Best Strategic Partnership in the 2018 Nestlé Supplier Awards and DSM appointed a new EMEA Vice President (VP) of its Human Nutrition & Health business. Elsewhere, Orkla announced promising results for 2017 and Arla Foods Ingredients seeks market growth in South America.

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