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.

Vegan innovation in confectionery: Herza Schokolade launches white chocolate pieces

08 Oct 2018 --- Around the globe the demand for plant-based alternatives is growing – not just for basic foods but across all food categories, including confectionery. Manufacturers have been promoting their vegan fruit gums for some time and the consumption of vegan products is on the rise in the chocolate segment, too. Until now, there were no vegan alternatives to white chocolate pieces and Herza Schokolade has now occupied this market niche with the launch of its white chocolate pieces for vegan finished products.

Clean appeal: CP Kelco launches label-friendly texturizing agent for neutral desserts

04 Oct 2018 --- Producer of specialty hydrocolloid ingredients, CP Kelco, has launched GENU Explorer Pectin ND-200, a label-friendly food ingredient solution designed for neutral pH dairy desserts. GENU Explorer Pectin ND-200 is positioned as an ideal gelling agent for formulators seeking consumer-friendly ingredients for indulgent dairy desserts, such as Panna Cotta, crème desserts and more, according to CP Kelco.

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.

Passina sells Dutch blending operations to Döhler, refocuses on core passion fruit business

03 Oct 2018 --- The Döhler Group and Passina have reached an agreement on the acquisition of Concentra Europe BV (more commonly known in the industry under the “Passina” brand). The move means that the Döhler Group will be the owner of Passina's Dutch and German subsidiaries, as Passina refocuses on its core passion fruit business. No financial details of the deal have been disclosed and the proposed transaction has now been filed with the relevant antitrust authorities. It is conditional upon their approval, according to the company.

Mars and Snickers makeover: Reduced sugar, added protein for UK chocolate icons

02 Oct 2018 --- New protein-packed versions of Mars and Snickers with up to 40 percent less sugar will hit UK shelves early next year as the demand for healthier alternatives picks up the pace in the confectionery space. More new product developments are also in the pipeline, as Mars Wrigley Confectionery plans to extend its reformulated range to include smaller portion sizes and low-calorie versions of classic candies and chocolates.

Ingredion looks east: Specialty ingredients giant to invest US$60 million in APAC expansion

27 Sep 2018 --- Ingredion has announced US$60 million of planned investments to grow its specialty food ingredients business in Asia-Pacific. Beginning earlier this year, the company commenced expansion of its modified and clean-label specialty starch capabilities in tapioca, waxy corn and rice.

US food safety: FDA draft guidance calls for releasing retailer lists during recalls

27 Sep 2018 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new draft guidance that will help determine when it is necessary and appropriate for retailers to be publicly identified when a food recall or outbreak is underway. Agency policy has prohibited the release of such information, citing considerations for “confidential” business relationships.

Sense of simplicity: Arla’s new organic fruit yogurt launches in Germany

26 Sep 2018 --- Arla Foods is tapping into the increasing demand for healthy, natural products with the launch of a new fruit yogurt innovation. Driven by the dairy co-operative’s desire to create products with no added or unnecessary ingredients, Arla Bio Nur consists of only organic yogurt (75 percent) and organic fruit (25 percent), offering consumers a healthier alternative to sugar-laden yogurt. The line has just hit the shelves in the German market.

Strawberry sabotage spreads: New Zealand supermarket removes strawberries after needles found

25 Sep 2018 --- A week after the first strawberries were found with needles inside them in Australia, in a dangerous food tampering act which has shocked the nation, needles have also been found in New Zealand strawberries.

Water lentils: Parabel’s tiny plants with huge potential, LENTEIN’s disruptive promise

24 Sep 2018 --- There is much debate in the food industry that centers on the challenge that a fast-growing global population, that is expected to hit 10 billion by 2050, presents. How will we feed everyone? How will climate change impact on agriculture? What crops and food commodities are the most sustainable? These are some of the big questions that the food industry is currently facing. And water lentils, an innovative protein source, is one of the newest and exciting plant proteins that could hold the answer, according to Parabel USA.

Stevia leaf marketing intensifies amid North and Latin American NPD boom

21 Sep 2018 --- Stevia application continues to grow in food and beverages when assessing CAGR between 2013 and 2017. According to new Innova Market Insights data presented in a webinar yesterday, the rise in applications in North America at 17 percent, Australasia on 21 percent and especially Latin America on 37 percent has been spectacular. As consumer awareness around the sweetener grows, new product data points to a rise in marketing in American markets where “sweetened with stevia” is mentioned more frequently on the front of packaged goods.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

Sensient eyes clean label platforms amid technology expansion, botanicals hold strong market potential

12 Sep 2018 --- A more holistic strategy to flavors that encompasses a multi-faceted approach of “taste” has been a key theme in the flavor industry this year. Several major business moves, which include Givaudan’s swoop for Naturex, illustrate how flavor players are moving beyond their core base, amid an overarching clean label trend. Herbs and spices are trending amid this current market dynamic.

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