Kerry opens first plant in Moscow, focusing on meat processing and snacks

20 Sep 2018 --- Taste & Nutrition company, Kerry, has opened its first plant in Russia, in the Istra district of Moscow. Production will begin immediately with ingredients for the meat processing and snacks market.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wessanen acquires plant-based dairy business Abbot Kinney’s

12 Sep 2018 --- Wessanen has acquired Abbot Kinney’s, a fast-growing and innovative leader in plant-based yogurt alternatives and ice-cream. Founded in 2014, Abbot Kinney’s already built a leading position in its category in Health Food Stores in The Netherlands and has started to establish a strong presence in key markets across Europe.

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.

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.

Reinventing dairy: Edlong addresses plant-based dairy, expands flavor capabilities in “permissible indulgence”

10 Sep 2018 --- To meet the ever-changing demands of consumers, more and more creative vegan alternatives are showing up on supermarket store shelves and restaurant menus. Even if some consider veganism to be a somewhat niche approach to eating, awareness and social drivers behind this trend, such as the growing demand for eating healthier and more sustainably, have pushed more into the mainstream.

Snacking Made Right: Mondelēz outlines long-term strategy, sees opportunities in snacking occasions

10 Sep 2018 --- Mondelēz International Chief Executive Officer, Dirk Van de Put, and other senior executives have outlined the company’s new long-term strategy to generate sustainable shareholder value. The company has also established new long-term targets, reaffirmed its 2018 outlook and provided an outlook for 2019, including a more holistic view of snacking behaviors.

UK shoppers “more concerned about sugar than the cost of food,” reveals FSA

10 Sep 2018 --- The amount of sugar in foods is now the top concern of consumers, replacing price, according to new research from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). In the FSA’s biannual report on public attitudes to food-related issues, 55 percent of respondents said they were concerned about the amount of sugar in food.

Weekly Roundup: Nestlé revives Zimbabwe's coffee industry, Corbion achieves sustainability rating from Ecovadis

07 Sep 2018 --- This week, Nespresso, an operating unit of the Nestlé Group, announced a long-term investment plan to help revive Zimbabwe’s coffee industry and stimulate the rural economy. DuPont Nutrition & Health has been recognized for clean label innovation in Brazil. Corbion has achieved a gold sustainability rating from Ecovadis and TIC Gums has added to their Non-GMO Project Verified Portfolio. Also this week, Nestlé completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Terrafertil and UK-based Finsbury Food Group acquired Ultrapharm for £17 million (US$21.9 million).

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.

Amyris gains GRAS green light on sugarcane-derived zero-calorie ingredient

06 Sep 2018 --- Amyris has announced that its zero-calorie sweetener made from sugarcane has received designation as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by an independent expert panel. This designation is based on US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requirements and allows Amyris to begin commercially selling its new, natural, zero-calorie sweetener.

Louis Dreyfus opens oilseed processing facility in Tianjin, China

06 Sep 2018 --- Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has opened its new oilseeds processing plant, Louis Dreyfus Company (Tianjin) Food Technology Company Limited, located in the Binhai New Area District of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone, China. With a daily soybean crushing capacity of 4,000 tons and a daily oil refining capacity of 1,200 tons, the plant will bolster LDC’s supply of soybean meal, crude soybean oil and refined edible vegetable oil to meet the needs of partners and consumers in China.

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