“Gamechanger”: Arla Foods acquires Mondelēz’s Kraft-branded Cheese Business in Middle East and Africa

14 Dec 2018 --- Arla Foods of Denmark has acquired Mondelēz International’s Kraft-branded Cheese Business in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). The region’s cheese consumption per capita is still lower than that of Europe, but it is growing, an Arla spokesperson tells FoodIngredientsFirst. The region is Arla’s largest market outside of Europe, with sales expected to reach €560 million (US$638 million) this year. The move will reportedly enable Mondelēz to focus on faster-growing snack categories, including its core Chocolate, Biscuits and Gum & Candy offerings.

Weekly Roundup: Symrise wins German sustainability award, Tate & Lyle shortlisted for national business awards in Poland

14 Dec 2018 --- This week in business, Symrise was recognized as “Germany’s most sustainable large corporation for 2019.” Tate & Lyle’s Global Shared Services (GSS) team in Łódź has been recognized for delivering positive change for the local community and creating a vibrant workplace. The American Egg Board is celebrating the life of its first president, Lou B. Rafffel, who led the board for 30 years until his retirement in 2006.

Diversifying bananas to avoid fungi threat: First sustainable “Dutch bananas” grown

13 Dec 2018 --- Researchers from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) have grown the “first Dutch bananas” in the greenhouses of the experimental farm Unifarm in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The unique research experiment uses two types of substrates – coco peat and rock wool – and wants to offer pioneering ways of growing bananas without the settlement of aggressive fungi that is threatening banana production around the globe.

Bühler announces new Consumer Foods segment, incorporating Haas Group

13 Dec 2018 --- In a milestone moment in the company’s 150 years history, the Bühler Group is creating a new segment, Consumer Foods, from January 1, 2019, in a bid to position itself as leader in the growing consumer foods market. By combining the company’s current chocolate, nuts, bakery and coffee business with the Haas business, the new organization will seek to support customers better in these global markets through simplified interfaces, integrated solutions, innovation and services.

GoodMills Innovation to launch Tartary buckwheat product range and high fiber wholegrain concentrate

13 Dec 2018 --- GoodMills Innovation is set to launch two wholegrain innovations next year. The first is a rutin-rich Tartary buckwheat line of products, called RutinX, while the White Gold range includes a high fiber wholegrain concentrate, which is touted as providing gut health benefits.

Landmark trade deal: MEPs endorse EU-Japan free trade agreement, big market opportunities ahead

13 Dec 2018 --- The European Parliament has endorsed a “landmark” EU-Japan free trade agreement which will remove most duties on EU goods exported to Japan with wine, spirits, meat and dairy being the biggest winners from the food and beverage category. This is the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU and is being hailed as a milestone moment, particularly as it comes at a time of rising protectionism.

Spice it up: Dutch Spices receives SimplyOK allergen management certification

13 Dec 2018 --- Dutch Spices has received the highest level of certification in the SimplyOK allergen management scheme for its products. The distinction reinforces the company’s position on allergen safety in an environment where concerns regarding allergens in raw materials and recipes are prominent. Dutch Spices’ products also comply with the Allergen Bureau's VITAL (Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labeling) program, which is a standardized allergen risk assessment process for the food industry.

McDonald’s to curb use of antibiotics in beef supply chain

12 Dec 2018 --- McDonald’s is to set limits for antibiotic use in its beef supply chain by the end of 2020. The fast food giant has announced a new policy to reduce the overall use of antibiotics important to human health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), which applies across 85 percent of its global beef supply chain. As one of the largest food chains, the company could be setting the standard for other industry players in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Raising the bar on palm oil: Wilmar using satellites to track deforestation, Corbion signs up to sustainable network

12 Dec 2018 --- The use of palm oil continues to come under mounting scrutiny forcing companies to address their role in this industry. This has led Wilmar International Limited to launch a new program to map and monitor all of its suppliers. The palm oil giant plans to use satellites to monitor all of its palm oil suppliers, making it almost impossible for them to get away with forest destruction. The pioneering move comes as Corbion has signed on as a member of the North American Sustainable Palm Oil Network (NASPON), through which major industry players in the region are collaborating to create a greener palm oil supply chain.

The evolution of lab-grown meat: Aleph Farms creates “first” cell-grown steak

12 Dec 2018 --- Israeli firm Aleph Farms has created what it says is the first cell-grown minute steak, using its capabilities for growing different types of natural beef cells into a fully 3D structure similar to conventional meat. The cell-cultured meat space has been heating up recently, marked by a number of innovators launching cell-culture patties and meatballs. However, with its distinctive texture and complex shape, the steak remained an elusive target for innovation. According to the food-tech start-up, this breakthrough not only obtains the true texture and structure of beef muscle tissue steak, but also the flavor and shape, establishing a new benchmark in cell-cultured meat technology.

EHL Ingredients spices up the festive season with new blends, touts flavor insights for 2019

12 Dec 2018 --- EHL Ingredients has launched six new organic and conventional herb and spice blends which, according to the company, offers “an international twist on traditional Christmas recipes.” Tasneem Backhouse, Joint Managing Director, also predicts the flavor trends we can expect to see riding the waves in 2019, including Timut pepper, a Nepalese pepper variety, edible flowers, botanicals and flavors from across the globe.

Brexit chaos: Vote delay fuels industry dismay on possible “no deal” scenario

11 Dec 2018 --- Brexit has been plunged into further chaos after UK Prime Minister Theresa May called off today’s scheduled make or break vote in Parliament at the eleventh hour. And, as she heads off to negotiate further in Europe, the food industry, which is extremely susceptible to the trading challenges that a “no deal Brexit” presents, is left “dismayed” over yesterday’s abrupt U-turn and what this could mean. It’s not yet clear when the vote will take place but it could be early next week or even mid-January before the much debated Withdrawal Agreement is voted on.

New alternative to wheat? Durum and wild barley combination thrives on nutritional and functional properties

11 Dec 2018 --- A new cereal, coined tritordeum, that derives from the combination of durum wheat and a wild barley native to Chile and Argentina, is touted as being more nutritious and highly sustainable. Tritordeum, developed by Spanish company Agrasys, easily acquired EU regulatory approval as it is non-GMO and developed using traditional breeding techniques.

A UK vegan retail surge? Tesco tips vegan food as “biggest culinary trend of 2018,” as Christmas ranges boosted

11 Dec 2018 --- With veganism hailed the “fastest growing culinary trend of 2018,” according to Tesco, retailers have increased their range of plant-based Christmas dinner centerpiece dishes. 2018 will likely be known as the year that veganism turned mainstream as more shoppers continue to adopt vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets and record numbers are set to enjoy meat-free feasts during the festive season this year.

Bunge CEO Schroder to step down, takeover rumors reintensify

11 Dec 2018 --- Bunge has announced Soren Schroder will step down as CEO of the struggling agricultural giant. To ensure a smooth leadership transition, Schroder, who has headed the agriculture, food and ingredients supplier since 2013, will continue in his current role until a successor is named. The Board has established a search committee to identify the company’s next CEO.

“Confident in UK chocolate future”: Barry Callebaut acquires UK-based Burton’s Biscuit Company’s chocolate manufacturing assets

10 Dec 2018 --- Barry Callebaut has completed the transaction to acquire Burton’s Biscuit Company’s chocolate manufacturing assets in the UK. It comes after the cocoa giant signed an agreement with the UK’s second biggest biscuit manufacturer, for the long-term supply of more than 12,000 tons of chocolate and compound per year in September. The deal comes just months before the UK is set to leave the EU and Barry Callebaut has highlighted Britain as a significant growth region for the company.

On trend: Symrise develops tea and coffee flavors for dairy applications

10 Dec 2018 --- Flavors and fragrance supplier Symrise is now offering a collection of specialty flavors designed to deliver the popular tastes of coffee and tea to dairy products, including milkshakes, yogurts and ice cream. According to Symrise, this new collection provides “a gateway to a unique and fully indulgent, authentic taste adventure to lovers of these beverages through a variety of flavors that expand beyond the known and following the trend wave.”

Flavor trends in 2019? Botanicals, ethnic, exotic and smokeless “smoke,” nuances hotly tipped for the new year, say suppliers

10 Dec 2018 --- Naturalness in flavors is expected to lead the way in 2019, although classic flavors are still anticipated to be in high demand across all categories. New combinations including botanical, ethnic and exotic flavors currently have the potential to meet consumers’ increasing demand for exciting new creations. These trends are tipped to become increasingly popular for the coming year. FoodIngredientsFirst spoke with key suppliers in the flavors space, who offered their insights into what we can expect to see trending in 2019.

UK food and drink exports reach £16.4bn as Brexit looms, says FDF report

07 Dec 2018 --- UK food and drink exports have increased by 1.8 percent to £16.4bn (US$21 billion) from January to September, compared to the same period in 2017, with exports of branded goods edging up. The food and drink trade deficit has narrowed by 1.3 percent as a result, now standing at -£18.0 billion (-US$23 billion), according to the latest analysis from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). The news of the export success comes just ahead of the all-important parliamentary vote on the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement from the EU, which is scheduled to take place next Tuesday (December 11). The Withdrawal Agreement – which has the full backing of Europe – will go before UK MPs next week, make or break time for the Brexit deal that would avoid a no-deal scenario.

In Living Coral? Pantone tips pink-tinted hue for 2019 as Instagrammable food colors trend

07 Dec 2018 --- Pantone has named “Living Coral,” a pink-tinted hue as its color of the year for 2019, inspiring colors suppliers and packaging manufacturers to think about what the food & beverage implications may be. The shade, part orange, part pink, is a warm and welcoming one that adds life and playfulness, according to Jeffrey Beers, founder and CEO of his eponymous design firm. This year’s color was Ultra Violet, a deep purple hue. The news of the choice of coral has been met with interest from food colors suppliers, who shared their views with FoodIngredientsFirst.

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