Weekly Roundup: Nestlé sells Gerber Life Insurance, Givaudan completes Naturex acquisition

21 Sep 2018 --- In business news this week, Nestlé announced plans to sell Gerber Life Insurance Company, to Western & Southern Financial Group for US$1.55 billion in cash. Bösch Boden Spies launched a sustainability initiative and Givaudan completed the acquisition of Naturex, following the implementation of the squeeze-out procedure and the delisting of Naturex shares from the Euronext Paris stock exchange. Firmenich appointed Emmanuel Butstraen as president of its Flavors Business Unit and member of the company’s executive committee and Tyson Foods’ CEO Tom Hayes is stepping down.

Layn rolls out new sweetener platforms in Mexico

21 Sep 2018 --- Layn Corp. is rolling out its advanced sweetener and flavor systems in Mexico at the FoodTech Summit & Expo taking place in Mexico City September 26-27. The company is introducing its Lovia sweetener platform and showcasing Monk Fruit by Layn.

Protein potential: Stryve Biltong secures US$10m investment to accelerate brand growth

20 Sep 2018 --- Protein snack brand, Stryve Biltong has received a total investment of US$10 million from Meaningful Partners, an investment firm focused on purposeful and mission-oriented consumer-facing challenger brands, and Murano group, a privately-owned holding company, among others.

New taste platforms: Firmenich acquires US biotechnology company Senomyx

20 Sep 2018 --- Firmenich is set to acquire US biotechnology company Senomyx, Inc., which uses proprietary taste science technologies to discover, develop and commercialize novel flavor ingredients and natural high-intensity sweeteners for the food and beverage industries. The acquisition and a distribution deal should allow Firmenich, the world’s largest privately owned company in the flavor and fragrance business, to expand its influence on the global flavors market, particularly high-intensity sweeteners.

US-China trade war goes up another gear with more tariffs on both sides

20 Sep 2018 --- The US government has threatened another wave of trade tariffs on China and this time they include key commodities like rice and a myriad of other items. As a result, a number of industry groups have rallied against President Trump’s latest escalation of the so-called trade war and others are backing the Administration’s stance.

Peeling back the label: UK study explores the “real” ingredients in popular processed foods

19 Sep 2018 --- A study examining the lack of meat in some processed foods and what UK consumers think is classified as “ultra-processed products” reveals a widespread lack of understanding. Less than half of those surveyed feel confident in pointing out which foods fall into the “processed” and “ultra-processed” categories. The study also revealed that many didn’t know the difference between processed foods like frozen vegetables or dried fruit which are not considered unhealthy and ultra-processed foods which contain additives and ingredients (often salt, fat and sugar) to enhance their flavor, texture, or longevity.

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.

Bakery creativity: Zeelandia launches new branding strategy around “inventiveness”

19 Sep 2018 --- Dutch headquartered bakery ingredient company Zeelandia is presenting its new range of concepts, along with a new brand positioning around “inventiveness,” at this years’ International Bakery Fair (IBA) in Munich, Germany. During the tradeshow, which ends tomorrow (September 20) the company is presenting a number of solutions for bread and pastry applications to help create bakery success for both artisan and industrial bakers.

Functional fruit: Dirafrost refreshes smoothie market with new range

18 Sep 2018 --- Frozen food company Dirafrost FFI (Dirafrost), part of Agrana Fruit and well known for its fruit and fruit purees, is stepping out of its comfort zone and refreshing the smoothie market. The company already had a range of 11 smoothies, but now, according to the company, their new range changes the tone.

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.

Vaessen-Schoemaker completes majority stake acquisition of Polish alginate-gel business Agersol

18 Sep 2018 --- Vaessen-Schoemaker has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Agersol Sp. z o.o. (Agersol). Katowice area-based, Agersol is a Polish producer of innovative, functional ingredients for meat applications and predominantly focuses on the production of alginate-gel based casings. Vaessen-Schoemaker has established itself in ingredient functionality. The business is continuously looking to bring innovations to the food processing industry, adding new and optimizing existing features for protein (red meat, poultry, vegetarian and seafood), bakery and convenience applications.

Snack attack: Better-for-you, healthy, spicy and savory NPD drivers

18 Sep 2018 --- More consumers frequently snack throughout the day. Salty snacks are competing not only with each other but also with a myriad of other categories as more food and drink products have become “snackable.” Also, busy lifestyles, concerns about long-term health and the desire to get health-boosting benefits from daily food and drinks have also affected the snack aisle.

“Game-changing”: Layn and Firmenich enter partnership to leverage sweetener formulation and distribution

17 Sep 2018 --- Layn Natural Ingredients has entered into a strategic agreement with Firmenich, the world’s largest privately owned company in the flavor and fragrance business. Capitalizing on its leadership in the plant-based, high-potency sweetener industry, this agreement significantly increases Layn’s distribution reach and provides access to some of the best formulation expertise globally to further develop Layn’s extensive sweetener portfolio, according to the company.

New UK Agriculture Bill not enough to compete in volatile post-Brexit market, claim farmers

17 Sep 2018 --- The UK Government’s plan on what farming will look like following Brexit, the Agriculture Bill, has finally been introduced before Parliament and it sets out a major policy to invest in the environment and “take back control for farmers after almost 50 years under EU rule.”

Flavors growth: Univar eyes potential in clean label, free-from and functional plant-based ingredients

17 Sep 2018 --- In today's rapidly changing food industry, keeping up with food trends like “free-from” and the consumer demand for transparency and safety, Univar recognizes the need to be at the forefront of innovation. Univar delivers tailored customer solutions through a broad product and services portfolio sustained by one of the most extensive industry distribution networks in the world. Additionally, Univar offers in-depth food market knowledge and understanding by helping customers achieve the latest food innovations to meet increasing demand. Most of all, Univar understands the importance of food safety and is committed to reducing environmental impact with more sustainable options.

IFF’s Frutarom buy: “We’re ready for Day 1,” declares CEO as final antitrust hurdle is cleared

17 Sep 2018 --- Now that International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) has received antitrust clearance from all relevant antitrust authorities around the world, and all antitrust and competition laws have been satisfied, Chairman and CEO Andreas Fibig says the company wants to build on its strong momentum, focus on integrating planning and “provide a seamless experience for customers.” Speaking to FoodIngredientsFirst, Fibig says that IFF is on track to close the transaction in early October, which is ahead of the company’s initial expectations.

Palm oil monitoring: Nestlé adopts “game-changing” cutting edge satellite system

14 Sep 2018 --- Nestlé is stepping up its game when it comes to no deforestation commitments by becoming the first food company to use a high-tech satellite-based service to monitor its palm oil supply chains. In a bid to distance itself from the controversy associated with deforestation and hit its 2020 no-deforestation targets, Nestlé has implemented Starling, a global verification system using cutting-edge technology combining high-resolution radar and optical satellite imagery to provide constant unbiased monitoring of land cover changes and forest cover disturbances.

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.

Metarom reveals Asian subsidiary plans as active flavor for fat reduction debuts

13 Sep 2018 --- Metarom is targeting strong medium-term growth in South East Asian markets, which will be through the creation of a new entity based in Malaysia: Metarom ASEAN. In a separate, but an equally significant move for the French-headquartered flavor firm, it debuted a flavor modification blend that can be used to lower the fat content of baked goods. When applied in synergy with a sweetness solution, the “active” flavors can effectively reduce the fat content of a pound cake by 50 percent and the sugar content by 30 percent, while maintaining the organoleptic properties and sweetness of the reference product.

Snack appeal: GNT identifies top trends in fresh snacking

13 Sep 2018 --- Due to today's increasingly hectic society, snacking is gaining in importance for consumers. People have little or no time to cook or to prepare food. But even when snacking in-between meals or on the go, food has to be fresh, appealing and satisfying, according to GNT, who has identified the top five snacking trends to fulfill consumers need for snacking, any time of the day.

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