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.

Conflicts and people displacement take toll on food security, says new FAO report

21 Sep 2018 --- High levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in Southern African and Near East countries, is being driven by constant conflicts and climate-related shocks which continue to require humanitarian assistance, according to a new report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). And there are 39 countries, 31 of which are in Africa, seven in Asia and one in the Caribbean (Haiti), all in need of external food assistance.

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.

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.

US-China trade war goes up another gear with more tariffs on both sides

20 Sep 2018 --- The US government has threatened another wave of trade tariffs on China and this time they include key commodities like rice and a myriad of other items. As a result, a number of industry groups have rallied against President Trump’s latest escalation of the so-called trade war and others are backing the Administration’s stance.

GRAS status: FDA and USDA approve PhageGuard-E as processing aid against E. Coli

19 Sep 2018 --- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have approved Phageguard-E as a “GRAS” (Generally Recognized as Safe) food processing aid against E.coli O157. The new product consists of natural phages against E.coli and is produced by Netherlands-based phage technology development company Micreos, who have confirmed that industrial-scale projects with US meat processing companies are set to start shortly.

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.

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.”

Synergy Flavors launches clean label portal to help develop “nothing to hide” products

14 Sep 2018 --- Synergy Flavors, Inc. has launched a specialized portal designed as a go-to destination for food and beverage manufacturers to learn about developing clean-label products using ingredients “with nothing to hide and delivering a true-to-nature experience.”

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.

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.

Hershey snaps up Pirate Brands from B&G Foods in US$420m deal

13 Sep 2018 --- The Hershey Company and B&G Foods, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement for Hershey to acquire Pirate Brands, including the Pirate’s Booty, Smart Puffs and Original Tings brands in a deal that is worth US$420 million. The move is said to strengthen Hershey’s position as a better-for-you snacking leader.

US plans debate for animal cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock & poultry

11 Sep 2018 --- A joint public meeting to discuss the use of cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock and poultry is to be hosted by the US government officials in the fall. Hosted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it will focus on the potential hazards, oversight considerations, and labeling of cell cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry.

Infant formula safety: ISO-IDF develops standard for chloride content

06 Sep 2018 --- The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is developing a series of standards for verifying many of the ingredients of infant formula to show the product is safe for consumption and contains what it says on the label. The latest one, ISO 21422 | IDF 242 for the determination of chloride content, has just been published.

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.

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.

Palm Done Right: Retailers support initiative for responsibly sourced palm oil

04 Sep 2018 --- Mission-based educational platform Palm Done Right (PDR) is enlisting industry and public support to help change the conversation about palm oil and ultimately, how it is produced. This September marks the first annual National Palm Done Right Month in the US, a campaign designed to build awareness about responsibly sourced palm oil, galvanize the natural products industry and gain retail, manufacturer and consumer support.

Borges launches healthy saturated fat alternative from unsaturated vegetable oils

04 Sep 2018 --- Borges Agricultural & Industrial Edible Oils (Borges) has launched a new healthier alternative to palm oil, dairy fats, hydrogenated and animal fat, that is made from unsaturated vegetable oils. According to the company, this saturated fat alternative is suitable across multiple application including bakery, confectionery, puff pastry, biscuits, creams, chocolates and processed meat industries.

European Commission plans more help for drought-stricken farmers

03 Sep 2018 --- The European Commission is standing by Europe's farmers this summer, as they grapple with the difficulties of extreme droughts with an additional package of support measures to help mitigate the ongoing challenges. The European Commission has come up with more actions aimed at increasing the availability of fodder resources for livestock which is one of the main challenges faced by farmers dealing with the impact of drought. This package complements the measures announced last month and comes as farmers all over Europe are affected by drought this summer.

Cost-effective vanilla solutions: Bell launches natural vanilla profiles, amid market volatility

03 Sep 2018 --- Suppliers of flavors, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties, Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA (Bell), has launched a range of Authentic Vanilla Solutions as an answer to present challenges in the vanilla market. The new line of natural vanilla profiles allows for adjustments in product formulations without compromising on taste. They also represent sustainable and cost-effective alternatives to all manufacturers in the food and beverage industry who struggle to compensate the current price for Bourbon Vanilla or face challenges in sourcing high-quality raw material, according to the company.

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