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.

At the forefront of food trends: Blending big business with disruptive start-ups to accelerate growth

16 Oct 2018 --- Start-ups are attracting the attention of senior executives (particularly in R&D roles) and large-scale corporations looking to collaborate. The industry is awash with examples of how big business is incorporating newly-established small companies that show such promise and scalability that investment from large-scale corporations becomes inevitable. So, is the future of food in the hands of disruptive startup and innovative R&D?

Longer lasting gum? TasteTech launches innovative Gum Kit for sugar-free applications

16 Oct 2018 --- TasteTech has launched a new Gum Kit specifically designed to help chewing gum manufacturers create longer lasting chewing gum. The UK-based company is a manufacturer of controlled release flavorings and ingredients and is at the forefront of microencapsulation technology, pioneering solutions to food manufacturers worldwide.

Beer shortages? Study reveals climate change could affect global beer supply

16 Oct 2018 --- Severe climate events could cause shortages in the global beer supply, according to new research involving the University of East Anglia (UEA). The study warns that increasingly widespread and severe drought and heat may cause substantial decreases in barley yields worldwide, affecting the supply used to make beer. This will ultimately result in “dramatic” declines in beer consumption and rises in beer prices.

Food loss challenge: Rabobank’s start-up shortlist to help reduce food loss in Asia

15 Oct 2018 --- Rabobank is tackling the issue of food loss throughout the supply chain by focusing on holistic solutions and is running a competition where start-ups pitch their ideas to reduce food loss to food and agri industry leaders and investors. Through the Food Loss Challenge Asia, Rabobank aims to look for solutions to curb food loss from farm to market and is asking start-ups “Do you have an existing tech-based solution that reduces food loss from farm to market in Asia?”

Danone to use Nutri-Score labels on fresh dairy products in Belgium

15 Oct 2018 --- Danone is to pioneer a color-coded food labeling system on all its fresh dairy products in Belgium. The French multinational food-products corporation is getting ahead of a government-backed voluntary scheme for food products which sees the Belgium health ministry encouraging better nutritional labeling. The Nutri-Score systems come at the time when consumers are paying much more attention to what they eat and is in line with Innova Markets Insights' top trend for 2018 – “Mindful Choices” – the increasingly thoughtful consumer continues to catalyze changes in the way that companies produce, package and label their products.

Greencore sells US operations to Hearthside in US$1bn plus deal

15 Oct 2018 --- Greencore Group plc has agreed to the sale of its entire US business, Greencore US, to an affiliate of Hearthside Food Solutions LLC for US$1,075 million on a cash and debt-free basis. Greencore says that following the deal, it expects to have a leading position in its core UK market, greater financial and strategic flexibility and potential for dynamic capital management. Hearthside believes the transaction marks a significant step in the further growth and development of its network.

Chr. Hansen acquires dairy ingredient supplier Hundsbichler, raises organic growth targets

15 Oct 2018 --- Chr. Hansen is further expanding its enzyme production and presence into the traditional segments of specialty cheeses, with the newly announced acquisition of the assets of Austrian-based ingredient supplier Österreichische Laberzeugung Hundsbichler GmbH. Hundsbichler products are widely recognized for high quality and the purchase will enable Chr. Hansen to offer cheesemakers a second-to-none product portfolio in the animal rennet space, according to the company. Separately, the company announced that it had achieved all the overall financial targets set at the beginning of the year and raised its ambitions 9-11 percent organic growth for next year.

Start-up focus: US-based Variety Fun targets healthy and convenient snacks market, direct to your door

15 Oct 2018 --- Two entrepreneurs have turned their US$165,000 investment into a millennial-favorite snack subscription box, that is now projecting US$12 million dollars in sales for 2018 and over 500,000 boxes sold on Amazon. According to the company, Variety Fun’s subscription service delivers an assortment of snacks to US offices, improving workplace culture and boosting employee morale. Variety Fun is a snack subscription box that curates “hundreds of the best-tasting, classic and nutritional brands,” including Popcorners, Hippeas, and Popchips, for offices in the US. By partnering with over 500 snack brands, the company offers businesses the most affordable and convenient subscription snack service with the most extensive selection.

Nestlé co-founds the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare to advance standards

15 Oct 2018 --- Nestlé and six other food companies (Aramark, Compass Group, Elior Group, IKEA Food Services, Nestlé, Sodexo and Unilever), have joined forces through the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW) to advance animal welfare standards throughout the global food supply chain.

What’s in a name? Most consumers understand the difference between real milk and alternatives, says new survey

12 Oct 2018 --- A new survey exploring how consumers comprehend the difference between milk and non-dairy alternatives reveals that most people are actually not confused at all. The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation shows a low level of consumer confusion over nomenclature and basic differences between the two. This comes at a time when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a proposal to provide greater clarity on the appropriate labeling of plant-based alternatives.

Indian ventures: Alland & Robert and Sayaji collaborate on acacia gum production

12 Oct 2018 --- S.D.P.A., the holding company which owns French leader in natural gums Alland & Robert, is partnering with Indian-based company Sayaji Industries Limited (Sayaji) to form a joint venture. The main goal of this collaboration is to manufacture locally and supply spray dried acacia gum for the growing Indian market.

Asia’s fast-moving cheese markets present opportunities for Australian dairy exporters, says Rabobank report

12 Oct 2018 --- There is plenty of room for robust growth in Asia’s cheese market, particularly for Australian dairy exporters who are well-placed to take advantage of increasing demand for cheese, even though it’s not a traditional part of the Asian diet. Market competition is already intensifying and there are opportunities to tap into growing demand from Asia, according to a new Rabobank report.

Fattening up in weight management: Glanbia acquires SlimFast for US$350m

12 Oct 2018 --- Global nutrition group, Glanbia, is set to acquire SlimFast for US$350 million, from KSF Holdings LLP and HNS Intermediate Corporation who collectively own SlimFast and other brands. The company plans to operate SlimFast within its Performance Nutrition segment of the business which plays into global consumer trends focused on convenient formats and snacking, according to Glanbia. SlimFast is a well-established brand with high levels of awareness in the US, its largest market.

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