Brexit deal or no deal? Food industry relief on agreement short-lived as UK political chaos ensues

16 Nov 2018 --- The food industry in the UK and its most important trading partners are holding a unified breath as a UK political storm brews following the signing of the draft agreement on Brexit between the UK and EU. News that the parties had finally reached a deal had been widely welcomed in the sector, which is enormously susceptible to the trading challenges that a “no deal Brexit” presents. But following a tentative truce within UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s own Conservative party cabinet on Wednesday night, the chasms between ministers on this issue proved insurmountable.

Indian start-up wins Rabobank Food Loss Challenge Asia

16 Nov 2018 --- Indian-based start-up Ecozen Solutions has won the inaugural Rabobank Food Loss Challenge Asia, which was launched to highlight agri-tech solutions to the growing global problem of food loss and wastage from farm-to-market. The company, which is enabling the farm-to-fork movement of perishables by providing solar-based cold rooms at the farm level, was chosen from five finalists at the event finale held earlier this week in Singapore.

Making a splash: Australian seafood company kick starts Asian growth strategy with Kingfish deal

15 Nov 2018 --- A key player in full cycle breeding, production and the sale of Yellowtail Kingfish, Australian-based Clean Seas Seafood has signed an agreement with a distributor in China as part of its Asian growth strategy. The non-exclusive agreement with Hunchun Haiyun Trading Co. (HH), is the first of several similar agreements planned by the seafood company over the next year.

Plant-based foods certification launched, Tofurky and Oatly items receive first recognition

15 Nov 2018 --- The Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) has launched a new Certified Plant Based program in the US, touted as the first and only plant-based food certification in the world. Selected Tofurky and Oatly products are the first to receive certified status by NSF International, the certifying agency, who have teamed up with the PBFA. The Certified Plant Based protocol, focuses on plant-based alternatives to animal-based foods and specifies the criteria required to make a certified plant-based food claim, reports the PBFA.

Givaudan: Untapped market exists for less sweet yet satisfying NPD

15 Nov 2018 --- Givaudan has launched a new approach to sugar reduction that delivers “fully satisfying, reduced-sugar products without added sweeteners.” The approach seeks to combine the use of a new proprietary sensory language, novel ingredients and an understanding of sweetness and satisfaction to deliver up to 50 percent reduction in sugar, while maintaining consumer preference. The sugar reduction challenge is about closing the gap and restoring the overall experience offered by “full sugar.” The move comes amid a more holistic approach from the leading supplier, as it increasingly looks beyond the concept of “flavor” alone towards a broader approach to overall “taste.”

IMCD opens Food & Nutrition application lab in Germany

15 Nov 2018 --- Chemical and food ingredients distributor IMCD N.V. has expanded its technical capabilities with a new Food & Nutrition application laboratory in Hürth, Germany. With this latest facility, IMCD Food & Nutrition will seek to support customers’ technical needs, sharing detailed application knowledge of its comprehensive specialty ingredient portfolio from leading supplier partners, reports the company.

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: MEPs urged to ratify trade deal next month

14 Nov 2018 --- As the potential EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) edges closer, Europe’s agri-food chain partners are joining forces to urge politicians to ratify the trade deal quickly. A number of trade bodies want EU producers to take full advantage of the new opportunities and tariff-free trading that would result from what would be the world’s largest open economic area.

Tate & Lyle increases price of F&B Solutions in North America, amid push in stevia innovation

14 Nov 2018 --- Tate & Lyle has announced that, effective from November 1, 2018, its North American Food & Beverage Solutions business implemented price increases of between 3 and 11 percent on a range of food and beverage offerings. These adjustments are required following significant cost increases over the past 12 months in areas such as materials and logistics and transportation due to substantial truck shortages, the company reports.

Givaudan at 250: Naturex buy is just one example of holistic taste solutions strategy, says EAME Flavors chief

13 Nov 2018 --- Leading global flavor house Givaudan, which marks its 250th anniversary this year, has evolved far beyond its roots to identify itself around the more holistic concept of “taste” rather than mere “flavor” alone. This business dynamic has led the Swiss-headquartered flavor giant to acquire natural extracts supplier Naturex earlier this year.

New stevia platforms: Tate & Lyle targets Middle Eastern trends for reduced sugar solutions

13 Nov 2018 --- Tate & Lyle is offering ingredients solutions in an array of product categories, including drinks, condiments and dairy, specifically targeting the Middle East. The company is showcasing its tailored ranges and helping manufacturers seeking solutions for sugar or calorie reduction, specific texture profiles or enriching products with fiber while reducing cost.

Food discovery: “The Adventurous Consumer” tipped as top trend for 2019 by Innova Market Insights

13 Nov 2018 --- Targeting increasingly adventurous consumers, set on new discoveries and experiences, will be key to product development in the food and beverage industry in 2019, according to Innova Market Insights. The company today reveals its top trends for the coming year, with “Discovery: The Adventurous Consumer” leading its list of the Top Ten Trends for 2019.

Clean label dairy? Sugar and fat reduction in desserts, protein remains a key trend

12 Nov 2018 --- As health-minded consumers become ever-more sugar aware with their food and beverage choices, delivering indulgence without the guilt in dairy dessert products has become an increasing challenge. Consumers also want more from their products including fat reduction, but they still want the same great taste that they know and love. As with any product reformulation that involves cutting out sugar, the main challenge is to obtain a similar sweetness and body to that provided by sugar, while reducing its use.

Weekly Roundup: Solvay increases price of vanillin and ethyl-vanillin ingredients, Stern-Wywiol Gruppe enlarges production capacity in Mexico

09 Nov 2018 --- In business news this week, Solvay announced a price increase of its vanillin and ethyl-vanillin ingredients, while Stern-Wywiol Gruppe enlarged its production capacity in Mexico and is intensifying product development at the adjoining Technology Center. Mühlenchemie has introduced flour optimization by smartphone and Margarita Louis-Dreyfus announced new arrangements to finance obligations towards minority shareholders. Finally, Aviko, a Royal Cosun company, will terminate operations at its factory in Oberdolling, Germany.

Cutting sodium in processed meat: US start-up cuts salt by 95 percent

08 Nov 2018 --- Keeping pace with demand for healthier, lower salt recipes for processed meat, one US start-up has developed a vegetable-based ingredient that can be used to create processed meat and proteins with a reduction in sodium of up to 95 percent. Botaniline’s one-ingredient substitution allows manufacturers to improve their existing recipes and eliminate all fillers, binders, allergens, and chemical additives, for cleaner label, healthier processed meat products.

Tate & Lyle half-year sales decrease 1 percent, rising costs squeeze margins

08 Nov 2018 --- British-based multinational agribusiness Tate & Lyle says it has performed “in line with expectations” after its half-year results show flat profit growth with sales decreasing by 1 percent to £1.38 billion (US$1.81bn). The food ingredients maker fought off inflationary headwinds to deliver growth in adjusted profit before tax and strong cash flow despite cost inflation from materials.

Sweetness joint venture: Cargill and DSM partner to establish Avansya

08 Nov 2018 --- Cargill and Royal DSM have formed a new sweetness joint venture known as Avansya. Together, the companies will produce highly sought-after, sweet-tasting molecules, such as steviol glycosides Reb M and Reb D through fermentation. The move is aimed at giving food and beverage manufacturers an even more scalable, sustainable and low cost-in-use solution than if these same molecules were extracted from the stevia leaf.

Ingredion launches potato fiber line as Lyckeby partnership bears fruit

08 Nov 2018 --- Ingredion has introduced a new clean label potato fiber to its portfolio in order to bring increased functionality, quality and potential cost savings to manufacturers of bakery, savory and meat products. Potex and Potex Crown potato fibers are designed to deliver appealing textures in processed meats and savory applications and to boost the freshness of bakery items for optimal consumer appeal. The insoluble potato fibers can absorb and retain up to 12 times their own weight, enabling them to increase the juiciness of fresh and processed meats or add moisture to baked goods.

Kerry results boosted by Taste & Nutrition: Authenticity, health, convenience and clean label trends drive NPD

07 Nov 2018 --- Kerry, the global taste and nutrition and consumer foods group, says that consumer demands for authenticity, clean label, premiumization, healthfulness, convenience, and new taste experiences continue to drive product launches and innovation across the marketplace, as it publishes financial details for the nine months ended 30 September 2018. Q3 key highlights include a 3.5 percent growth in business volumes with Taste & Nutrition up 4.1 percent and Consumer Foods up by 1.2 percent. Earnings guidance for the full-year has also been reaffirmed.

Dynamic growth track: Symrise raises full year outlook to 8 percent, enjoys growth for flavors and nutrition

07 Nov 2018 --- Symrise overcame headwinds from volatile exchange rates, raw material shortages and increased raw material prices to continue on a “dynamic growth track” reporting strong organic sales growth of 8.8 percent in the first nine months of the year and Group sales including acquisitions up 10.3 percent. Based on its strong nine-month performance, the company is optimistic for the remaining weeks of the year and is raising its sales outlook.

DSM launches culture for premium stirred yogurts

06 Nov 2018 --- DSM has introduced DelvoFresh YS-140, a new culture in the company’s range for stirred yogurt that creates premium, creamy yogurts with a mild taste. The new culture lines up with consumer demand for premium yogurts which offer all the health and nutrition they expect with an indulgent, creamy taste for a special treat.

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