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.

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.

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?

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?”

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.

Avoiding climate chaos: “Reduce meat consumption and go flexitarian,” urges new research

11 Oct 2018 --- Dietary changes are needed to slow the impact of climate change, warns new analysis that says meat consumption should be dramatically reduced in favor of plant-based diets. Considerable differences in farming are needed to avoid the dangers of a warming planet and the challenges of feeding a growing population in a world with more drought, floods, and extreme heat. The in-depth analysis involving the University of Oxford and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany (among other researchers) assessed the food systems’ environmental impact, a significant driver of climate change.

Plant-based start-up makes UK debut, launches vegan meat alternatives

10 Oct 2018 --- New UK start-up food company, The Meatless Farm, has launched its first products in the UK. The 400g fresh mince and two pack 227g fresh burger patties, which, according to the company are lovingly made from plants, will be available exclusively in Sainsbury’s from mid-October. The move comes as the plant-based sector is thriving globally.

Waste not: Tesco scraps more best before dates, consumers say it helps reduce food waste

09 Oct 2018 --- The UK’s largest retailer, Tesco, is set to remove over one hundred more best before dates from its fruit and vegetable products, as customers say it helps them reduce food waste. Newly commissioned research reveals that 69 percent of customers believe scrapping best before dates is a good idea. 53 percent of shoppers in the same survey said they believe that by scrapping best before dates makes a difference, helping them keep fresh food for longer.

Weekly Roundup: Nescafé celebrates its coffee farmers, Olam gains recognition in agriculture

05 Oct 2018 --- This week, Nescafé is celebrating its coffee farmers and their communities with their Grown Respectively initiative and Univar released its 2017 Sustainability Report, which outlines the company's 2021 sustainability goals. Olam International has been recognized as a champion of inclusive agribusiness in ASEAN at the inaugural AGROW Awards. Maple Leaf Foods signed a deal to buy Viau Foods, a maker of Italian cooked, dry-cured and charcuterie meats, for US$215 million. Also this week, Dairy UK has welcomed an announcement of new £15 million (US$19.4 million) scheme to tackle food waste.

Genome editing: Could the groundcherry become the next big fruit crop?

03 Oct 2018 --- With the help of CRISPR genome editing, researchers have discovered how to take a little-known fruit called the groundcherry (Physalis Pruinosa) from almost wild to almost domesticated in a just a few years. And, the “new” fruit is being tipped as a contender for favorites like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. The groundcherry, which is around the size of a marble, could become agriculture's next big berry crop.

Bugsolutely launches first silkworm powder snack in China

03 Oct 2018 --- The edible insect industry is growing rapidly with many new healthier and sustainable products appearing on our shelves. The makers of processed food containing bugs mostly use crickets and mealworms from farms in Canada, US, Netherlands and Thailand. Until now, only Bugsolutely has considered the potential of silkworms and the company has launched the first silkworm snack in China, called Bella Pupa.

Insect potential: InnovaFeed and Tereos form feed partnership amid growing alternative protein demand

02 Oct 2018 --- Biotech company InnovaFeed, is extending its roots in the Hauts-de-France region and will base its next insect protein production unit in Nesle, as part of a new project in partnership with Tereos. InnovaFeed, who markets a new source of proteins derived from the breeding of insects, will locate its next production plant in Nesle (department of Somme). This comes at a time when the insect protein sector is gaining traction, not only for animal feed but also for human consumption.

Brenntag and Cargill sign cocoa and chocolate distribution partnership for Central Eastern Europe

01 Oct 2018 --- Brenntag and Cargill have reached an agreement, making Brenntag the exclusive distribution partner for Cargill’s industrial cocoa and chocolate in the Central Eastern European (CEE) region. The distribution agreement includes Cargill’s leading Gerkens cocoa powder brand, as well as its broad chocolate range, which includes a variety of chocolate inclusions, coatings and fillings.

Weekly roundup: Brenntag expands North American R&D, Land O’Lakes develops on-farm digital platform

28 Sep 2018 --- In business news this week, Brenntag North America Inc. has announced the grand opening of a new Food & Nutrition Application & Development Center in Allentown, PA and Kraft Heinz Canada has completed the acquisition of the assets of Ethical Bean Coffee. As traceability efforts intensify, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN has announced its plan to roll out the Truterra Insights Engine, an interactive on-farm digital platform that will help farmers advance their stewardship goals.

Harvesting of PureCircle Starleaf stevia crop commences, farms not impacted by Hurricane Florence

28 Sep 2018 --- PureCircle, the world’s leading producer and innovator of stevia sweeteners, and its North Carolina farmer partners are about to harvest the company’s first commercial-scale crop of Starleaf stevia grown in the US. PureCircle’s proprietary Starleaf stevia contains more of the best-tasting stevia sweeteners, such as Reb M, than other stevia plant variants. “Fortunately, the North Carolina farms growing the Starleaf stevia plants were not damaged by Hurricane Florence which tragically ravaged some areas of the Carolinas,” a statement from the company read.

Tracking leafy greens: Walmart urges suppliers to contribute to blockchain database

27 Sep 2018 --- Rapidly pinpointing potential food contamination is one of the major virtues of blockchain – that’s why US retail giant Walmart is lauding the benefits of tracking lettuce and spinach through the supply chain using this burgeoning technology. The move is aimed at seriously ramping up food safety following US outbreaks of E. coli in romaine lettuce and salmonella in a number of products from eggs to breakfast cereal.

Halving food waste by 2025: UK industry players sign up to ambitious roadmap 

25 Sep 2018 --- Nearly 100 suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and restaurant chains have signed up a landmark food waste roadmap, pledging to halve food waste from farm to fork by 2025. Described as a groundbreaking, world-first initiative, the commitment includes efforts to drive down food waste and publish data in a bid to become much more transparent and tackle how much waste companies are producing.

Agropur to close Quebec fine cheese plant in April 2019

25 Sep 2018 --- Agropur Cooperative has announced that it is shutting its plant in Saint-Damase, in Quebec’s Montérégie region. Major investments were needed at the plant. “In view of the inability to reach a long-term agreement with the plant’s employees and the need to honor commitments to customers, Agropur had no choice but to reorganize its investments,” the company states. Operations at the plant will, therefore, be discontinued and it will close permanently in April 2019.

Relief strategy: Almond and cherry subsidies added to Trump’s bailout package for farmers

24 Sep 2018 --- Producers of shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries will be able to apply for part of a bailout package aimed at mitigating the losses suffered by US farmers in the midst of country’s trade disputes. In July, President Trump pledged a US$12 billion emergency bailout package for producers affected by escalating trade disputes. At the time much, the US Administration said that much of the aid would be directed towards payments to farmers of soybeans, sorghum and wheat, but now it’s been extended to include almonds and cherries.

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