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.

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.

Export breakthrough: First Dutch veal en route to China after 17-year negotiations

17 Oct 2018 --- After more than 17 years of negotiation, the Chinese market is finally open to Dutch veal. Ekro, the subsidiary of the VanDrie Group, has become the first European veal slaughterhouse to receive approval to export veal products to China.

Global Food Security Index: Singapore claims top spot as US and UK drop to third place

17 Oct 2018 --- The agriculture division of DowDuPont, Corteva Agriscience, and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have released the 2018 Global Food Security Index (GFSI) findings which signal a shift toward more resilient food security measures. For the first time, Singapore claims the top spot in the 2018 GFSI ranking, partly because GDP per capita has risen nearly 30 percent since 2012, while the percentage of household expenditure that is spent on food is 6.9 percent.

DSM opens second Indian animal nutrition premix plant

17 Oct 2018 --- Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in nutrition, health and sustainable living, has officially opened its second Animal Nutrition & Health premix plant in Jadcherla, India. With the aim of deepening DSM’s connection to its Indian consumers, the new plant catalyzes growth in India, reinforcing DSM’s strong ambitions for the country.

AgWater Challenge: Target and ADM outline commitments to protect freshwater resources

17 Oct 2018 --- Ceres and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have announced the addition of Target, a general merchandise retailer that serves guests at more than 1,800 stores, and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, to the AgWater Challenge. The two companies’ new water stewardship commitments are to be shared at the Financial Times Water Summit in London.

Indian expansion: Nexira and Synthite reinforce partnership in world’s largest acacia gum market

17 Oct 2018 --- French-headquartered acacia gum world leader, Nexira and India-based spice oleoresins leader, Synthite have entered a partnership to produce acacia gum at Synthite’s manufacturing plant near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, southern India. This partnership augurs well for India – the world’s largest consumer of acacia gum – by offering various product references to food & beverage manufacturers, who use this gum widely for its technological and nutritional benefits.

A turning point in history? World Food Day shines a light on eradicating hunger, boosting nutrition and mitigating climate change

16 Oct 2018 --- As the dust settles after last week’s stark warnings from climate change experts about how future drought, high temperatures and extreme weather events could seriously impact crops and supply chains, attention turns to World Food Day (WFD) which is being marked today with a campaign to eradicate hunger. Once again food security is on the agenda as key players meet in Rome to mark the day and urge a greater awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

Irish Minister launches dairy research center, reinforces commitment to agri-food sector

16 Oct 2018 --- The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has launched the new VistaMilk SFI Research Centre which is jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and his department. The VistaMilk Centre will be hosted by Teagasc Moorepark (Co. Cork), in partnership with a number of research performing organizations, multinational and SME companies in the food sectors are also part of the consortium.

Cutting rice greenhouse gas emissions: Olam calls for international cooperation

16 Oct 2018 --- Olam is calling for urgent action by the agri-sector including brands, retailers, financial institutions, scientists and governments to implement solutions to limit methane emissions from rice production while improving farmer livelihoods and food security. According to the company, it is essential to consider that many rice consumers are unable to pay more for rice production and the industry should react now.

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