Biofuel collaboration: Mascoma and NextFerm Technologies enter partnership on yeast-based innovation

24 Sep 2018 --- Mascoma LLC, a subsidiary of Canadian business Lallemand Inc., and NextFerm Technologies have signed a new commercial joint development agreement that will expand their collaboration into the biofuels category. NextFerm is an Israeli biotech start-up that is developing and producing high-end, science-based, fermentation-derived ingredients for the global food and feed industries.

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.

Weekly Roundup: Nestlé sells Gerber Life Insurance, Givaudan completes Naturex acquisition

21 Sep 2018 --- In business news this week, Nestlé announced plans to sell Gerber Life Insurance Company, to Western & Southern Financial Group for US$1.55 billion in cash. Bösch Boden Spies launched a sustainability initiative and Givaudan completed the acquisition of Naturex, following the implementation of the squeeze-out procedure and the delisting of Naturex shares from the Euronext Paris stock exchange. Firmenich appointed Emmanuel Butstraen as president of its Flavors Business Unit and member of the company’s executive committee and Tyson Foods’ CEO Tom Hayes is stepping down.

US-EU soybean trade skyrockets but industry concerns over low prices and China trade conflict remain

21 Sep 2018 --- Earlier this year when the trade conflict between the US and China first began to bite, the US soybean industry was bracing itself for severe losses as China slapped tariffs on the legumes as part of a retaliation package. While the industry continues to advocate for an end to the tariff war and for long-term solutions to the loss of export markets, new figures reveal that the US has overtaken Brazil as the leading soybean supplier to the European Union with a 52 percent market share.

FAO climate change and food security report: Where will global agriculture rise and decline by 2050?

18 Sep 2018 --- As climate change reshapes agriculture around the world, the international trade of agricultural products will be even more important to feed the growing global population, according to a new UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report which identifies where global harvests will rise and fall by 2050 and the “winners” and “losers” in farming as the planet warms in the coming years.

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.

Cargill’s poultry business expands into Poland with Konspol acquisition

18 Sep 2018 --- Cargill has reached an agreement to acquire Polish food company Konspol, signaling the introduction of its global protein business into the Polish market and strengthening the company’s poultry footprint. The move expands operations in this space to 14 countries.

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.”

Cargill launches label-friendly potato starches for meat and culinary products

14 Sep 2018 --- Cargill is expanding its portfolio of label-friendly functional native starches with the addition of three potato starches designed for meat, meat alternatives and culinary applications. Designed for mild processing conditions, these starches are claimed to offer superior viscosity and improved sensory experience, without compromising on taste and appearance, according to Cargill and the products will be available worldwide under the SimPure brand.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

European drought: Potato starch supplier Emsland warns of “dramatic” cost increase to raw materials

05 Sep 2018 --- The European potato harvest will be at a historically low level this year and present a massive challenge for growers, processors and their customers. Due to the crop failures in potato fields, some of which were total failures, the availability of potato products will be significantly reduced. According to the Raw Materials Procurement Department of the Emsland Group, potato fields of the contract farmers of the group are in dire conditions.

UK meat probe: Concerns over transparency amid meat DNA mix-up

05 Sep 2018 --- Concerns are being raised about the lack of transparency in the quality and origin of meat products following a probe into meat contamination. The probe revealed that more than one-fifth of meat samples tested last year in the UK found DNA from animals not on the label.

Sustainable cocoa: Cargill’s boost to Ghana farmers as volume of directly sourced cocoa doubles

05 Sep 2018 --- The volume of sustainable cocoa sourced by Cargill has doubled since the company first established its own licensed buying company (LBC) model with an estimated 13,000 cocoa farmers benefiting from the initiative. This is a 30 percent increase from the 10,000 farmers from last year and demonstrates how direct sourcing puts cocoa farmers at the heart of Cargill’s cocoa business.

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