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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.”

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.

Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate highlights sustainability in Ghana with investment plans and farmer support

07 Dec 2018 --- Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate has commemorated its 10th anniversary in Ghana by announcing plans for future investment and farmer support. The initiatives are informed by the principles underpinning the Cargill Cocoa Promise – the company’s commitment to improving the livelihoods of farmers and communities. And Cargill's ambition is to secure a “thriving cocoa sector for generations to come.”

Weekly Roundup: Symrise strengthens biodiversity conservation and ethical sourcing commitment, Mondelez expands global capabilities in Poland

07 Dec 2018 --- This week, Symrise AG strengthened its commitment to biodiversity conservation and ethical sourcing as it passed the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) membership assessment and the Almond Board of California invested US$6.8 million in independent research projects exploring next-generation farming practices. Meanwhile, Mondelēz made a further investment in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland, just 1.5 years after the initial US$17 million investment, to expand R&D activities beyond chocolate and bakery innovation. Finally, new research revealed that consumers in the UK will splash out on their groceries this Christmas, spending an average of £166 (US$212) per person during the festive period.

Canada sets sights on plant-protein potential, notes Natural Products Canada CEO

03 Dec 2018 --- The Canadian market is an ideal space for innovation and NPD along plant-based lines, illustrated by the Canadian Government seeking to place the country as a leader in the plant-based market with a US$153 million investment in the Prairie-based Protein Industries Canada Supercluster. This, combined with the legalization of recreational cannabis which has opened the door to a whole new category of cannabis-infused foods, makes for an exciting time in Canadian food and beverages. As global food supply pressure mount, leading to increasing interest in alternative protein sources, is Canada the next plant-protein superpower?

Is insect protein on the march? AgriProtein acquires Belgian insect feed company Millibeter

03 Dec 2018 --- AgriProtein, one of the leading firms in insect technology and fly farming, is looking to expand its reign on the European market by acquiring Millibeter, a Belgian headquartered insect feed company. AgriProtein will fund the construction of the first full-scale Millibeter factory in Belgium. The business move comes at a time when EU focus starts to shift towards alternative sources of protein, with insect protein gaining momentum.

Alternative concepts for Christmas dining, meat-free indulgence and festive NPD

03 Dec 2018 --- As the year of “Mindful Choices” comes to an end and consumers gear up for the holiday season, food and indulgence is top of mind for many. Traditionally Christmas is a time of guilt-free “overindulgence,” however, today’s mega-trends toward health, wellness and looking after the body, might mean a different take on the traditional Christmas classics for some. As the countdown to Christmas begins, FoodIngredientsFirst takes a closer look at “healthier” yuletides offering as well as some of the more traditional Christmas hampers and limited editions in NPD available around the world – and the trends that are inspiring them.

Barry Callebaut, Tony’s Chocolonely and Albert Heijn form partnership for slave-free cocoa sourcing

30 Nov 2018 --- A partnership involving Barry Callebaut, Dutch chocolate company Tony’s Chocolonely and Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn is looking to raise the industry’s standards on cocoa sourcing, in favor of a more equally divided cocoa chain. This step aims to end child labor and modern slavery and seeks to help cocoa farmers with incomes that sustain them.

Printable meat, edible straws and digital farming platform scoop EIT Food Accelerator Network awards

30 Nov 2018 --- The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food has awarded three disruptive start-up companies for developing food-related innovations that promise to help tackle global food challenges. The winners of EIT’s 2018 Food Accelerator Network Program are Agri Marketplace, Jet-Eat and Wisefood which have each been given an equity-free cash prize of €60,000 (US$68,348). The winners were announced earlier this week at the EIT Food Venture Summit in Paris.

A broken global food system: Scientists urge “collective action” to avert climate change catastrophe

29 Nov 2018 --- Global food systems are failing and urgently need to be turned around to avoid catastrophic climate change, according to some of the world’s leading science academies. An in-depth report from the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) calls for a total transformation of how systems operate as agriculture and consumer choices are major factors driving “disastrous climate change.” Key themes include the type of food produced and how to mitigate impacts through “climate-smart” food systems as well as dietary changes such as cutting down on meat. The report comes as a “wake-up call” to world leaders ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP24, in Poland starting on Sunday.

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