“Excessive salt levels” found in meat alternatives, says UK campaign group

23 Oct 2018 --- Campaign group Action on Salt (AoS) is urging the government to step up legislation on salt reduction after finding “excessive amounts” in some processed meat alternatives. A UK product survey reveals several meat-free products are far higher in salt than the recommended guidelines. And, Public Health England, the government agency responsible for the UK’s salt reduction program, admits “there is still a long way to go” on decreasing the nation’s salt intake.

Niacet buys sodium diacetate business from Jungbunzlauer

23 Oct 2018 --- Niacet Corp., a leader in organic salts of acetic and propionic acids has purchased Jungbunzlauer’s sodium diacetate business. Niacet currently services its customers through facilities in Tiel, the Netherlands and its corporate headquarters in Niagara Falls, NY, US.

Vegan expansion: General Mills leads US$40m investment in Kite Hill

23 Oct 2018 --- The US plant-based food market is receiving further support to meet the consumer demand for vegan products. Vegan cheese and yogurt company Kite Hill has secured US$40 million in funding led by 301 Inc, the new business development and venturing unit at General Mills. Cavu Venture Partners also participated in the financing round and the deal is expected to close within a month.

Olam to award US$75,000 grant for breakthrough food security research

23 Oct 2018 --- Olam, in partnership with Agropolis Foundation, is on the hunt for ground-breaking scientific research that can revolutionize the agricultural industry and win the US$75,000 grant offered under the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security.

Dairy platforms: Arla Foods Ingredients eyes personalization and protein

22 Oct 2018 --- The dairy category has changed dramatically in the past decade, driven by the move towards personalization. In doing so it has become more and more sophisticated with a wider choice of products available for different needs. There are now dairy products tailored to a range of dietary and nutrition needs: high protein, high calcium and low lactose, to name just a few.

Peruvian influences: Superfoods, heritage and export success inspire culinary creativity

23 Oct 2018 --- Increased consumer interest in superfoods from Latin America, and Peru, in particular, is driving innovation and creating waves in the food industry. Peru is becoming more influential in the global food market, as an exporter and scene of culinary inspiration. The Peruvian climate also allows for a broad range of foods to be grown, opening up many possibilities for NPD or exports of unique Peruvian ingredients and bringing them to markets outside of Latin America.

UK report: FareShare surplus food redistribution saves £51mn every year with potential for huge scale-up

22 Oct 2018 --- A new socio-economic impact report claims that collecting food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to good causes, could save the British economy approximately £51 million (US$66.5mn) every year. And, if charities such as FareShare could scale up operations, these savings could sky-rocket to an estimated £500 million. The Wasted Opportunity Report, carried out by NEF Consulting, evaluates the economic and social value of redistributed surplus food, as well as the current and potential cost avoided by the UK public sector as a result of the charity’s work.

Better Juice reduces sugars and maintains flavor with new enzymatic technology

22 Oct 2018 --- Better Juice has developed innovative technology which converts sugars to fibers thereby reducing the load of simple sugars in orange juice. The patent-pending enzymatic technology uses all-natural ingredients to convert monosaccharides and disaccharides (fructose, glucose, and sucrose) into prebiotic and other non-digestible fibers and sugars while keeping the juicy flavor of the beverage.

Sustainable protein: Funding for duckweed start-up to boost “awe-inspiring” aquatic crop

22 Oct 2018 --- Plantible Foods, the creators of a sustainable, allergen-free protein derived from lemna (also known as duckweed), has completed a pre-seed funding round led by Unshackled Ventures, an early-stage fund for immigrant-founded start-ups based in Silicon Valley. With the investment, the amount of which has not been disclosed, Plantible Foods says it will finalize its proprietary extraction technology and work with leading food scientists on the commercialization of its ingredients.

Plant-based boost: Döhler Group to acquire a majority stake in Nutrafood

22 Oct 2018 --- The Döhler Group is to acquire a majority stake in Nutrafood S.r.l., in a move the company says marks a “milestone” toward achieving a leading position in the plant-based nutrition segment. Nutrafood's portfolio complements Döhler’s range in the area of plant-based food and beverages, where the company currently provides solutions in categories ranging from smoothies to spoonables.

World first: Dutch start-up launches zero-chemical additives and sweeteners

22 Oct 2018 --- Rotterdam-based start-up, 7th Circle BV, has launched their new range of natural, healthy additives called Fooditive. The launch heralds the introduction of the world’s first zero-chemical additives to the food and beverage market. The new Fooditives are derived from wholly food waste and include emulsifiers, sweeteners, thickening agents and preserving agents.

Cosucra to issue “substantial” pea protein price increases

19 Oct 2018 --- Cosucra is increasing the prices of their pea protein isolate ingredient, Pisane, effective January 1, 2019. This price increase, according to Cosucra, will enable the company to continue to its technological, sustainability and farm to fork traceability leadership positions in meeting their customers’ increasing demand in pea protein consumption globally, while supporting the pea fiber and pea starch business. Other pea-based ingredients in their portfolio are unaffected.

US tackles food waste: New agreement to educate consumers and businesses

19 Oct 2018 --- As a week-long Committee on World Food Security (CFS) meeting comes to an end in Europe, the US government has announced a new food waste agreement aimed at improving communication across federal agencies attempting to better educate Americans on the importance of reducing food loss and waste. With mountains of work ahead to meet the US Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions initiative, which aims to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030, the agreement signals a strengthening of food waste strategies to present economic opportunities and possible cost savings for businesses.

Unsustainable agricultural warnings: Governments urged to tackle meat and dairy over-consumption

19 Oct 2018 --- Governments do not have policies in place to tackle the over-consumption of meat and dairy around the world, according to a new report from The Changing Markets Foundation. However, the report, Growing the Good: The Case for Low Carbon Transition in the Food Sector, points to the fact that government policies universally support unsustainable agricultural production systems dominated by intensive meat and dairy farmers and producers. At the same time, meat consumption is more than double the recommended level for healthy diets in the US and several EU countries.

Arla brings organic baby brand to UK market, steps up digital offerings

19 Oct 2018 --- Arla is bringing its follow-on formula to UK parents with a new range of baby products. The dairy co-operative is aiming to build on the success seen in Denmark and China by extending the Arla Baby&Me Organic brand which will include porridge and pouches, with the launch also seeing Arla step up its digital ambitions with the UK’s first direct to consumer offering.

Weekly Roundup: Arla Foods UK unveils new farming standards model, Nestlé launches food waste initiative

19 Oct 2018 --- This week, sustainability has been high on the agenda. Arla Foods UK unveiled a new farming standards model to bring sustainable change to dairy farming in the country. Nestlé has helped to form a new platform to combat food waste in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the same week, the global leader announced plans to reduce salt and saturated fat in its iconic Maggi products in the UK and Ireland. Omya announced significant price increases for calcium carbonate products globally and Hershey completed the acquisition of Pirate Brands.

Giants update on markets and portfolio transformations: Nestlé, Danone and Unilever deliver results

18 Oct 2018 --- Nestlé, Danone and Unilever all delivered their latest financials today with all three major companies reporting growth in fast-growing on-trend categories geared towards health and nutrition. The results come as large-scale multinationals explore ways to respond to a shift in consumer preferences toward fresh, healthy, organic and nutritious food and beverages by diversifying and expanding into growth categories.

Almonds retain #1 spot in NPD across Europe for third consecutive year

18 Oct 2018 --- Almonds have retained the number one spot for nut introductions in Europe, according to the latest Innova Market Insights data. With a 47 percent share of global almond product introductions, the region leads globally for the eleventh year running. Europe as a whole saw over 5,000 new introductions with almonds – a 14 percent increase on the previous year. Germany, France and the UK follow the US as the top leading countries in Europe with 2,414 new almond products introductions collectively in 2017. This is the third consecutive year that almonds have taken the top spot in Europe.

Future high-protein peas: Roquette invests in Israeli seed breeding company

18 Oct 2018 --- Roquette and Equinom, an innovative Israeli-based breeding technology company, have signed a partnership agreement for the development and sourcing of new pea varieties with high-protein content. In addition to this new collaboration, Roquette and Equinom’s current shareholder Fortissimo Capital will jointly invest US$4 million in the company to support its further development.

Panera Bread challenges on transparency with whole grain commitment and digital platform

18 Oct 2018 --- Panera Bread has become the first national restaurant company to disclose the whole grain content of breads on its menu. On all breads over 50 percent whole grain, Panera now labels servings of whole grain per slice, roll or bagel, as well as the whole grain percentage, so guests know exactly what they are eating. The new labeling commitment also coincides with the launch of “Food Interrupted,” Panera’s first-ever digital platform aimed at providing increased transparency.

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