GRAS status: FDA and USDA approve PhageGuard-E as processing aid against E. Coli

19 Sep 2018 --- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have approved Phageguard-E as a “GRAS” (Generally Recognized as Safe) food processing aid against E.coli O157. The new product consists of natural phages against E.coli and is produced by Netherlands-based phage technology development company Micreos, who have confirmed that industrial-scale projects with US meat processing companies are set to start shortly.

Clean label and free from claims trend in Mexico as R&D efforts intensify

18 Sep 2018 --- Clean label, free from and GMO-free claims continue to trend in Mexico, as the food sector enjoys strong growth, spurring strong research and development in this dynamic sector. The new product data comes as the food industry from Mexico and beyond prepares for the FoodTech Summit & Expo, which will take place next week.

Cargill’s poultry business expands into Poland with Konspol acquisition

18 Sep 2018 --- Cargill has reached an agreement to acquire Polish food company Konspol, signaling the introduction of its global protein business into the Polish market and strengthening the company’s poultry footprint. The move expands operations in this space to 14 countries.

Synergy Flavors launches clean label portal to help develop “nothing to hide” products

14 Sep 2018 --- Synergy Flavors, Inc. has launched a specialized portal designed as a go-to destination for food and beverage manufacturers to learn about developing clean-label products using ingredients “with nothing to hide and delivering a true-to-nature experience.”

Cargill launches label-friendly potato starches for meat and culinary products

14 Sep 2018 --- Cargill is expanding its portfolio of label-friendly functional native starches with the addition of three potato starches designed for meat, meat alternatives and culinary applications. Designed for mild processing conditions, these starches are claimed to offer superior viscosity and improved sensory experience, without compromising on taste and appearance, according to Cargill and the products will be available worldwide under the SimPure brand.

Weekly Roundup: Givaudan completes squeeze out and delisting of Naturex, Barry Callebaut finalizes expansions in US and Canada

14 Sep 2018 --- This week, following the completion of the second tender offer for the shares of Naturex, Givaudan now holds 9,436,645 of Naturex shares, representing 98.06 percent of the capital. Barry Callebaut has finalized its capability and capacity expansions in its US and Canada factories. According to the company, the investments in Canada and the US will support Barry Callebaut customers across North America. Azelis’ CSR performance has been recognized with an EcoVadis Gold rating and the Ruby chocolate revolution continues with an innovation from Baci Perugina. In the UK, Tesco launched the first zero alcohol stout as the demand for low and no alcohol beverages soars.

Sensient eyes clean label platforms amid technology expansion, botanicals hold strong market potential

12 Sep 2018 --- A more holistic strategy to flavors that encompasses a multi-faceted approach of “taste” has been a key theme in the flavor industry this year. Several major business moves, which include Givaudan’s swoop for Naturex, illustrate how flavor players are moving beyond their core base, amid an overarching clean label trend. Herbs and spices are trending amid this current market dynamic.

Start-ups in the spotlight: “Breakthrough” innovation nominees for Future Food-Tech 2018

11 Sep 2018 --- The Future Food-Tech summit (London, October 18-19, 2018) has revealed the 13 international start-ups who have been selected to showcase their technologies and “breakthrough” innovations at the summit. The event is vital for the investors and global food corporates seeking fresh thinking, new solutions and potential partners among the entrepreneurs set to change the future of food. Future Food-Tech is held annually in London, San Francisco and New York.

Weekly Roundup: Nestlé revives Zimbabwe's coffee industry, Corbion achieves sustainability rating from Ecovadis

07 Sep 2018 --- This week, Nespresso, an operating unit of the Nestlé Group, announced a long-term investment plan to help revive Zimbabwe’s coffee industry and stimulate the rural economy. DuPont Nutrition & Health has been recognized for clean label innovation in Brazil. Corbion has achieved a gold sustainability rating from Ecovadis and TIC Gums has added to their Non-GMO Project Verified Portfolio. Also this week, Nestlé completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Terrafertil and UK-based Finsbury Food Group acquired Ultrapharm for £17 million (US$21.9 million).

Amyris gains GRAS green light on sugarcane-derived zero-calorie ingredient

06 Sep 2018 --- Amyris has announced that its zero-calorie sweetener made from sugarcane has received designation as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by an independent expert panel. This designation is based on US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requirements and allows Amyris to begin commercially selling its new, natural, zero-calorie sweetener.

The coffee evolution: Dunkin’ Donuts invests US$100 million as coffee category goes through revival

04 Sep 2018 --- Dunkin’ Donuts is investing US$100 million in a brand refresh which would see the coffee and donut chain unveil around 50 pilot stores across the US that focus on to-go and mobile ordering. As part of the trial, stores will be equipped to serve better customers accustomed to ordering on mobile devices making it easier for them to grab-and-run as well as installing dedicated pickup areas, digital kiosks and drive-thru windows that prioritize orders via a mobile app.

Biorigin to invest US$3.5m in expansions at US plant

31 Aug 2018 --- Biorigin, a Brazilian multinational company that operates in the production of natural ingredients for human and animal nutrition, will start the expansion plan of its unit located in Louisville, US. The move will allow it to more than double its production capacity of the Bioenhance line, from natural flavors. With investments of US$3.5 million, the project will comprise, among other things, the purchase of a new fermenter that will start operating in the first semester of 2019.

Coca-Cola to acquire Costa for US$5.1 billion, gains major footprint in coffee

31 Aug 2018 --- The Coca-Cola Company has reached a definitive agreement to acquire UK headquartered coffee chain Costa Limited for £3.9 billion (approximately $5.1 billion). Costa was founded in London in 1971 and has grown to become a major coffee brand across the world. Operations include a leading brand, nearly 4,000 retail outlets with highly trained baristas, a coffee vending operation, for-home coffee formats and Costa’s state-of-the-art roastery.

Prop 65 comes into full effect in California, with “potentially harmful” chemical warnings

30 Aug 2018 --- Today (August 30) marks the start of the full effect of Proposition 65 (Prop 65) in the State of California which requires companies to call out specific names of potentially harmful chemicals that have been included on the list and add a warning symbol on the product if they exceed acceptable levels. Also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, the full effect of Prop 65 has been a long time coming and today marks the beginning of the regulation that was initially adopted in the US in August 2016. It is the dawn of a new set of rules governing California Prop 65 warning labels that will go into effect today and apply to products manufactured after today’s date.

Nestlé & Starbucks close US$7.15bn licensing deal

28 Aug 2018 --- Nestlé and Starbucks have closed their partnership deal granting Nestlé the perpetual rights to market Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice products globally, outside of the company’s coffee shops. The US$7.15 billion deal means that Nestlé can sell Starbucks products such as Seattle’s Best Coffee and TeavanaTM/MC outside of the US.

Vegan innovation: Growing appetite, plant-based power & retail positioning

28 Aug 2018 --- The image of veganism is undergoing the most radical change in its history while shedding some tired, old stereotypes – that’s according to The Vegan Society itself. The group proudly states that consumers now closely associate eating vegan with health, fitness and well-being – all huge trends that are dominating the global food industry. The word “vegan” didn’t even exist until 1944 when The Vegan Society’s co-founder coined it, but today it can now be seen on menus and products around the world. This week, Unilever announced the launch of vegan Magnum ice cream bars in Sweden and Finland.

Coffee break: Swiss Barista Champion highlights coffee culture, gourmet trends & future opportunities

27 Aug 2018 --- The coffee sector is undergoing somewhat of a renaissance, with several major acquisitions taking place last year among key manufacturers, including Nestlé and Unilever. The focus seems to be on upscaling premium coffees, exploiting the growing market for cold-brewed coffee and the sector has experienced dramatic growth in recent years. Youth interest is vital as it demonstrates the potential for coffee among this audience. The percentage of Americans drinking coffee on a daily basis increased to 62 percent in 2017, up from 57 percent in 2016, according to the According to the National Coffee Association’s (NCA) 2017 National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) consumption tracking report. Among the drivers behind the increase was soaring consumer enthusiasm for gourmet coffee varieties across most demographics.

J.M. Smucker results boosted by pet food, coffee and snacking

22 Aug 2018 --- American made food manufacturer J.M. Smucker saw strength in its US retail coffee business in its Q1 2019 results, with sales up 2 percent to US$490m and profit up 20 percent to US$148m to offset softness in the US retail consumer foods business. Sales in the US retail pet foods business rose 29 percent to US$671m and profit edged up 3 percent to US$100m. Total adjusted operating income was up 5 percent during the quarter to US$317m.

Consumer appeal: Ethnic and street flavors trending in culinary preferences, soups and sauces gaining momentum

21 Aug 2018 --- Culinary trends have evolved dramatically. With the plant-based trend still going strong, consumers are looking for innovative ways to take the benefits of plants into their daily lives and innovation that relies on decadent flavor application, from desserts to alcohol or flavors that evoke indulgence, will also continue to grow and remain paramount to the needs of today's modern consumer. As a result, manufacturers are creating an abundance of flavorful and healthy options. Consumer preferences are somewhat shifting and opportunities for a more adventurous blend of flavors are emerging. Today’s connected world creates an opportunity for new ethnic flavors, street food inspired meals and the revival of culinary classics.

Tyson Foods snaps up McDonald’s chicken nugget maker Keystone in US$2.16bn deal

21 Aug 2018 --- Maker of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets and major meat supplier to US fast-food chain restaurants, Keystone Foods, is being sold to Tyson Foods Inc. by Brazil's Marfrig Global Foods. The US$2.16 billion deal expands Tyson Foods’ value-added protein capabilities by serving major foodservice customers while strengthening its presence around the world and expanding its international reach.

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