Canada: Trans fat ban comes into force, transition period begins

20 Sep 2018 --- This week marks the beginning of a ban on Canada’s partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the largest source of industrially produced trans fat in foods. It is now illegal for manufacturers to add PHOs to foods sold in Canada. This includes Canadian and imported foods, as well as those prepared in all food service establishments. One of the key reasons behind the ban is to help reduce the risk of heart disease in the country and the ban comes from an earlier mandate to eliminate trans fat in a bid to cut heart disease.

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.

Barry Callebaut enters long-term supply agreement with Burton’s Biscuit Company

19 Sep 2018 --- The Barry Callebaut Group has signed an agreement with Burton’s Biscuit Company, the UK’s second biggest biscuit manufacturer, for the long-term supply of over 12,000 metric tons of chocolate and compound per year. The transaction is subject to closing conditions and regulatory approval by the competent authorities.

Parabel and Stauber enter plant protein distribution deal

19 Sep 2018 --- Plant protein ingredients producer Parabel USA Inc has finalized a distribution agreement with Stauber USA, a subsidiary of Hawkins Inc., for the commercialization of the award-winning LENTEIN plant protein in the US market. Parabel USA Inc. grows water lentils – Lemnaceae – in open hydroponic systems and processes them into LENTEIN plant protein and other plant-based ingredients.

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.

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.

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.

Wacker inaugurates cystine production in Spain

13 Sep 2018 -- Wacker Biosolutions, the life sciences division of the Wacker Group, has begun producing fermentation-generated cystine at its new site in León, Spain. Over the past eighteen months, the division has extensively modernized part of the 800 m³ fermentation capacity acquired there at the end of 2016.

Tereos starts potato campaign, expands storage capacities by 100,000 tons

12 Sep 2018 --- Tereos has started its potato campaign in France which will be spread over 160 days with almost 9,600 hectares of starch potatoes expected to be exported. To ensure the competitiveness of this cooperative sector, Tereos has invested a total of €25 million (US$28.9 million) over the last three years and is taking further steps in terms of storage while pursuing innovations in conservation.

Bracing for a hard Brexit: Mondelez stockpiles chocolate & confectionery ingredients in preparation for a no-deal scenario

12 Sep 2018 --- As the clock continues to count down to the UK leaving the EU, many businesses are adopting contingency plans in case of a hard Brexit – the latest being Mondelēz International, owners of the iconic British chocolate brand Cadbury’s, which is stockpiling ingredients and finished products like chocolates and confectionery to avoid the potential pitfalls of a no-deal scenario. Guarding against the potential adverse effects of a no-deal Brexit is the preoccupation of many manufacturers and suppliers in the food supply chain, as firms continue to be kept in the dark over how exactly goods will move across the border.

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.

Rise in veganism spurs NPD from big brands

11 Sep 2018 --- Big brands and foodservice giants are tapping into the increasing demand for vegan products as more consumers seek out meat and dairy-free alternatives on supermarket shelves and while eating out. The jump in vegan eating is pushing up new product development in this space with some of the latest international innovations coming from big names like Hellmann’s in the UK, McDonald’s in the Netherlands and the Kellogg Company in the US.

Business policies: Tracking the growth of traceability in the supply chain

11 Sep 2018 --- Traceability has firmly entered the mainstream of company Corporate Social Responsibility agendas, it’s one of the key drivers of new business policies, modeling how a supplier must ensure that traceability is at the heart of its ingredients and processes. This comes as global consumers demand more detailed information about their food, where it comes from and its ethical and environmental impact of people and the planet.

US plans debate for animal cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock & poultry

11 Sep 2018 --- A joint public meeting to discuss the use of cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock and poultry is to be hosted by the US government officials in the fall. Hosted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it will focus on the potential hazards, oversight considerations, and labeling of cell cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry.

Wheat crop review: Drought leads to low volume, quality weakened, advises LCI

10 Sep 2018 --- European wheat yields have taken a significant hit this year as crops have been seriously affected by drought which has led to lower than usual volumes. According to a market review of the wheat crop from Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI), an international cooperative group created and directed by French farmers, quality of wheat is also impacted, while the price is being pushed down by Russian exporters flooding the market with the crop because they fear the Government is on the verge of enforcing an embargo which will stunt Russian supply in Europe.

FAO Food Price Index holds steady in August, drought scales back wheat output

10 Sep 2018 --- The FAO Food Price Index remained stable in August, as cereal prices rebounded while vegetable oils and sugar declined. The monthly index averaged 167.6 points last month which is virtually unchanged from its revised estimate for July and 5.4 percent below its level in August 2017.

Netherlands: McDonald’s rolls out Valess variant burgers

10 Sep 2018 --- Fast food giant McDonald’s has introduced a chicken burger variant which replaces meat with Valess, a dairy, seaweed and fiber substitute, across all Dutch restaurants. Following in the footsteps of McDonald’s Austria, Belgium and Croatia, the McChicken Veggie and the Homestyle Crispy Chicken Veggie are now on the menu at almost all Netherlands-based burger chains.

US hormone-treated beef could hit UK post-Brexit, policy experts warn

07 Sep 2018 --- Food policy experts are warning consumers and the UK meat industry about the chance of US hormone-treated beef entering the UK once it has left the European Union. They claim that this is a real possibility unless British ministers pledge to maintain the same high level of food safety standards currently in place as part of the EU. If the UK does nothing, the professors claim the UK market could be “flooded” with hormone-treated meat because there are already signs that government ministers would be willing to sacrifice food standards to win trade agreements with non-EU states like the US – and this would mean UK shoppers could be “left in the dark” about what they are eating.

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