Longer lasting gum? TasteTech launches innovative Gum Kit for sugar-free applications

16 Oct 2018 --- TasteTech has launched a new Gum Kit specifically designed to help chewing gum manufacturers create longer lasting chewing gum. The UK-based company is a manufacturer of controlled release flavorings and ingredients and is at the forefront of microencapsulation technology, pioneering solutions to food manufacturers worldwide.

Indian ventures: Alland & Robert and Sayaji collaborate on acacia gum production

12 Oct 2018 --- S.D.P.A., the holding company which owns French leader in natural gums Alland & Robert, is partnering with Indian-based company Sayaji Industries Limited (Sayaji) to form a joint venture. The main goal of this collaboration is to manufacture locally and supply spray dried acacia gum for the growing Indian market.

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.

Simple Cellulose: Renmatix expands hydrolysis technologies

01 Oct 2018 --- The industry demand for competitive alternatives to petrol-derived molecules is gaining traction, despite recent market pressures, according to Renmatix, a leader in affordable cellulosic sugars. To serve this growing consumer need, Renmatix is intersecting with its hydrolysis technology and ingredient called Simple Cellulose. The company's most recent funding in 2016, was a US$14 million investment, led by Bill Gates.

HORN inks distribution deal with acacia gum supplier ISC Gums

25 Sep 2018 --- HORN has signed a new distribution agreement with ISC Gums. HORN has been selected as ISC Gums’ specialty distributor in the Western US effective immediately. ISC Gums is a leading manufacturer of gum acacia and offers 100 percent natural ingredients manufactured in the US.

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.

US confectionery industry is a sweet spot for jobs and economy, claims NCA study

13 Sep 2018 --- The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has published a new study examining how the sector impacts the US economy. At the same time, representatives from leading confectionery companies are in Washington for NCA’s 2018 Washington Forum, an annual fly-in program that connects the industry to members of Congress, government officials and other stakeholders.

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).

Azelis expands market presence in Indonesia

04 Sep 2018 --- Azelis expanded into Indonesia with the opening of an office in Jakarta in 2017. Antonius Utomo Prihantono, Managing Director Azelis Indonesia, has already built teams of experts with diverse backgrounds and excellent knowledge of the local market. Since Azelis entered the Asia Pacific market six years ago, the company has established a presence in 11 countries, opened 21 offices and 23 application laboratories – including a Personal Care and Food lab in Indonesia.

Brenntag North America forms distribution agreement on ester gum

31 Aug 2018 --- Brenntag North America, Inc., part of the Brenntag Group, is collaborating with Caragum International for the exclusive distribution of Ester Gum in the US and Canada. Caragum International specializes in the formulation and manufacturing of stabilizers systems for the food industry with products such as Cararosin BG CG 389-E445.

Fiberstar partners with Batory Foods to expand sales across Western US

02 Aug 2018 --- Fiberstar, Inc. has signed a distribution agreement with Batory Foods effective July 1, 2018. Over the years, Fiberstar added capacity, introduced new Citri-Fi products and entered into new categories. To increase the sales momentum and to penetrate the food and beverage market, Fiberstar has partnered with Batory Foods.

Ingredion CEO on M&A: “I want us to be bolder and bigger in our thinking”

27 Jul 2018 --- New Ingredion CEO, Jim Zallie is targeting strong growth for his company in specialty ingredients, which will be partly achieved through further acquisitions. M&A activity will almost certainly follow in the form of bolt-ons, but even something more transformational such as a major merger would be considered. “The exciting part about our company is that we have a strong balance sheet,” he says in a detailed exclusive interview with FoodIngredientsFirst. “The opportunity for bolt-on acquisitions would be a sweet spot for us, but equally, if an opportunity to be transformational that was more sizeable opened up, we are willing and interested in doing that as well. We are not narrowly focused, nor afraid of a tremendous opportunity to grow and build our portfolio.”

Weekly Roundup: Hershey beats Q2 expectations, Ruby Kit Kat lands in Ireland

27 Jul 2018 --- Hershey has released its Q2 results this week and reported a profit of US$226.9 million, beating analysts expectations. Meanwhile, Ruby Kit Kat is now available in Ireland as of this week, after the success of its launches in several Asian and European markets. Also this week, Roquette is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its presence in the US and Campden BRI opened a new virology laboratory to support its virus services for a range of foods including ready-to-eat products, fresh produce, bivalve shellfish and pork products.

Mondelēz reports strong revenue growth in Q2 as consumer confidence restores

27 Jul 2018 --- Mondelēz International’s sales are up 2.1 percent to US$6.1 billion in the last quarter. The company behind power brands such as Oreo, belVita biscuits, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate and Trident gum, has been struggling with sales growth in recent times because of a change in preferences, as US and other consumers seek healthier, natural and fresh alternatives to packaged foods.

Icon gets reduced sugar option: Cadbury Dairy Milk with 30 percent less sugar to debut in UK & Ireland

23 Jul 2018 --- A sugar-reduced version of the iconic British chocolate bar Dairy Milk will hit the shelves next year as confectionery giants Cadbury progresses with its initiative to drive down sugar in its products. In a bid to help consumers manage their sugar intake and launched against a backdrop of changing consumer preferences, Cadbury Dairy Milk will be available in a new bar with 30 percent less sugar as from 2019.

The consolidating ingredients sector: Ingredion convergence epitomizes a tightening sector

23 Jul 2018 --- The integration of several portfolios into a single larger ingredient entity was a key theme at the IFT 2018 Food Expo in Chicago last week. The relatively small trade show floor was a reminder of how many previous exhibiting companies have been swallowed up over recent years, in order to be integrated into the likes of DSM (e.g. Martek, Ocean Nutrition Canada and Fortitech), Kerry (e.g. Ganeden, Red Arrow and Biothera), ADM (Wild Flavors) and IFF (Ottens Flavors and David Michael). Naturex (currently being acquired by Givaudan) could be the next to disappear from a show floor, amid a consolidating ingredients world, where questions must soon be raised about a growing lack of competition and diversity in ultimate holding companies.

Sensient execs on Mazza buy: “We want to take everything out of the botanical”

20 Jul 2018 --- Sensient is eyeing the newly acquired botanical extraction company Mazza Innovation as a strategic pillar for all of its business operations, including colors and flavors. Presented under the new name of “Sensient Natural Extraction” and continuing to operate out of Canada, the new business unit provides a clean extraction opportunity for Sensient Technologies Corp. The acquisition will offer opportunities in sustainability, cost reduction and clean label, as the entire botanical being used can be broken down and distributed among the diverse companies that comprise Sensient.

Carrageenan potential: Cargill expands sustainable texturizing offerings for dairy desserts

10 Jul 2018 --- Cargill has launched Satiagel Seabrid, a new type of carrageenan extract, based on 100 percent cultivated seaweed, which allows dairy manufacturers to achieve a premium texture, for creamy dairy desserts. This launch follows the 2017 debut of Cargill’s Seabrid solution for gelled dairy desserts. It enables a reliable supply of sustainably sourced ingredients while also delivering the texture preferred by consumers.

World Chocolate Day: Despite health concerns, chocolate popularity still strong in NPD

07 Jul 2018 --- Today marks World Chocolate Day 2018 and July 7 is dedicated to all things cocoa-based. Despite concerns about health and obesity, chocolate remains a popular treat worldwide. World Chocolate Day supposedly marks the day when chocolate was first brought to Europe in 1550 and has been observed since 2009 globally. However, there has been a slight shift in consumer tastes. The focus on obesity and the health agenda has made many consumers transfer allegiance to lower sugar and fat confectionery products. However, to ensure chocolate is still a firm favorite for many years to come, confectionery manufacturers have been working hard to offer healthier versions of existing products, as well as new innovations.

Virtual beverage lab: Ingredion expands Idea Labs platform

28 Jun 2018 --- Ingredion has introduced a virtual lab called Inside Idea Labs, an interactive online portal which serves as an extension of the global network of Ingredion Idea Labs innovation centers. According to Ingredion, the virtual lab is equipped with resources and content developed by the same experts who partner with customers at the company’s brick-and-mortar labs around the world.

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