Unsustainable agricultural warnings: Governments urged to tackle meat and dairy over-consumption

19 Oct 2018 --- Governments do not have policies in place to tackle the over-consumption of meat and dairy around the world, according to a new report from The Changing Markets Foundation. However, the report, Growing the Good: The Case for Low Carbon Transition in the Food Sector, points to the fact that government policies universally support unsustainable agricultural production systems dominated by intensive meat and dairy farmers and producers. At the same time, meat consumption is more than double the recommended level for healthy diets in the US and several EU countries.

Weekly Roundup: Eggs for sustainable protein, Symrise receives recognition for environmental commitment

12 Oct 2018 --- Today (October 12) marks World Egg Day 2018 and the American Egg Board is celebrating with a global campaign that focuses on eggs as a sustainable source of high-quality protein. Meanwhile, Symrise has achieved second place in the German CSR Awards 2018, for its commitment to sustainability. Flagship Food Group is adding up to 90 jobs as it expands its frozen food manufacturing in Albuquerque, New Mexico and ADM has announced the completion of their flour mill modernization in Enid, Oklahoma. The Fuji Oil Group has joined the Dutch Food Valley community to accelerate R&D and build global collaboration networks and finally, Campden BRI is calling for companies to join a research project to understand better what causes “checking” in biscuits and crackers.

Food additive delisting: Seven synthetic flavoring substances scrapped in US amid carcinogen concerns

08 Oct 2018 --- A batch of synthetic flavoring substances and flavor enhancers have been removed from the Food Additives List. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is amending its food additive regulations in response to two food additive petitions, to no longer allow for the use of six flavoring substances. These include the synthetically-derived benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, eugenyl methyl ether (methyl eugenol), myrcene, pulegone and pyridine. The seventh synthetic flavor, styrene, is being delisted but it has already been abandoned, according to the agency and is no longer used by industry.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

Social media and “Instagrammable” food: Millennial influencers – a virtual reality?

04 Sep 2018 --- Social media has become a powerful asset to marketing within the food industry. As sharing food through social media becomes increasingly important, particularly for millennials, standout food concepts are thriving. All of this means that color is once again being embraced and celebrated in food and drink, specifically on social media platforms that provoke these trends. It is a new age of diverse choice, and standing out on the crowded shelf has never been more appealing.

Prop 65 comes into full effect in California, with “potentially harmful” chemical warnings

30 Aug 2018 --- Today (August 30) marks the start of the full effect of Proposition 65 (Prop 65) in the State of California which requires companies to call out specific names of potentially harmful chemicals that have been included on the list and add a warning symbol on the product if they exceed acceptable levels. Also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, the full effect of Prop 65 has been a long time coming and today marks the beginning of the regulation that was initially adopted in the US in August 2016. It is the dawn of a new set of rules governing California Prop 65 warning labels that will go into effect today and apply to products manufactured after today’s date.

Pernod Ricard reports strong sales in China, India drives profit growth

29 Aug 2018 --- The world’s second-largest distiller, Pernod Ricard SA, has reported that sales and profit growth accelerated in the full year 2017/18, driven by strong demand in China and India, as well as robust sales in the US, which is its top market.

Nestlé & Starbucks close US$7.15bn licensing deal

28 Aug 2018 --- Nestlé and Starbucks have closed their partnership deal granting Nestlé the perpetual rights to market Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice products globally, outside of the company’s coffee shops. The US$7.15 billion deal means that Nestlé can sell Starbucks products such as Seattle’s Best Coffee and TeavanaTM/MC outside of the US.

Alternative proteins: Parabel scores FDA breakthrough on water lentil derived solution

28 Aug 2018 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a GRAS No Objection Letter for Parabel USA’s LENTEIN plant protein. LENTEIN is derived from water lentils – Lemnaceae – and has been described as “the world’s most sustainable and complete food source.”

The Brexit cliff-edge: “No-deal” worries grow, but what does it mean for food?

27 Aug 2018 --- The UK government has published the initial list of no-deal technical notices which detail what industry should do in the worst case scenario when Britain exits the European Union. Designed to allay the substantial concerns about prices rises, food shortages, EU workers, trade barriers, border chaos and much more, the first batch of notices set out advice for people and businesses should the UK crash out of the EU without a deal, but the list doesn’t seem to have quashed the concerns of industry as government officials expected, but instead fanned the flames even more as the Brexit deadline looms.

UK-China dairy deal: Export boost as Chinese dairy appetite pushes up demand

24 Aug 2018 --- The UK dairy sector will receive a multi-million-pound export boost as China agrees to import UK dairy products made with milk from third countries. The £240 million (US$308m) five-year deal was secured in China yesterday (August 23) as International Trade Secretary Dr. Liam Fox MP met with China’s General Administration of Customs to reach the agreement. It comes amid a high period of uncertainty around British exports with the possibility of a no-deal exit from the EU at the end of March 2019 looking increasingly possible.

Mondelēz on track with sustainability targets, healthy lifestyle and nutrition program expansion

22 Aug 2018 --- Mondelēz International is making solid progress in achieving its 2020 sustainable agriculture and environmental footprint goals, reporting advancements in reducing CO2 emissions, water usage, waste and packaging. The 2017 Impact For Growth Progress Report also details the Group’s global expansion of healthy lifestyle and nutrition programs in at-risk communities as well as illustrating how the company’s impact programs align with and support the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Monsanto glyphosate traces show up in US breakfast cereals and snack bars

17 Aug 2018 --- Laboratory tests commissioned by US activists Environmental Working Group (EWG), have revealed that glyphosate – the active herbicide in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller used in commercialized agriculture all over the world – has been found in a raft of oat-based breakfast cereals and snack bars.

African palm oil expansion: Biodiversity and primates under threat, says new study

16 Aug 2018 --- A new study forecasts a rise in oil palm plantations across Africa as the global demand for the commodity continues to grow. But the continent must learn lessons from key growing regions in Southeast Asia to lessen the environmental impact of the industry and its potential effect on primates.

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