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Mixed Reaction from Industry Following Brexit Speech Confirming UK Will Leave the Single Market

18 Jan 2017 --- Theresa May’s Brexit plan speech yesterday, (January 17) where she stated Britain must leave the single market while pledging to get the freest possible trade deal for the UK, has caused mixed reactions from industry. The Prime Minister outlined government priorities for negotiations with the European Union, claiming that it is impossible for the UK to remain in the Single Market as this would mean “not leaving the EU at all.” 

Emmi Buys Dessert Specialist Italian Fresh Foods

18 Jan 2017 --- Emmi has hailed the strategic importance of its dessert portfolio following the purchase of premium dessert specialist Italian Fresh Foods (IFF). Urs Riedener, CEO of Emmi, said: “Italian Fresh Foods is an agile, innovative manufacturer of high-quality Italian desserts. The product portfolio suits Emmi extremely well and strengthens a segment that is strategically important for the company.”

Givaudan Strengthens Capabilities in Natural Flavors, Acquires Activ International

18 Jan 2017 --- As part of its 2020 strategy to strengthen capabilities in natural flavor solutions to its customers, Givaudan have announced that it has acquired Activ International. Activ International offers a range of natural and organic flavors, marine extracts, seafood and vegetable based culinary solutions to customers. With headquarters in Bienne (Switzerland), Activ operates from locations in Somerset (New Jersey, USA), Melaka (Malaysia), Mitry-Mory (Paris, France) and Arequipa (Peru), employing globally 170 employees.

NanoPack Project Gets Funding to Fight Food Waste

18 Jan 2017 --- The international NanoPack Consortium has been awarded €7.7 million (US$8.2 million) to develop and demonstrate a solution for extending food shelf life by using novel antimicrobial surfaces.

Valensa To Commercialize Algal Scientific Algae-Based Health Ingredients

18 Jan 2017 --- Valensa International (Eustis, FL USA) have announced that it has reached an agreement with Algal Scientific Corporation (Plymouth, MI USA) to commercialize Algal’s PureAlgal branded ingredients - whole dried microalgae (Euglena gracilis) and purified beta-1,3-glucan – in the human health and nutrition markets.

Kröner-Stärke Promotes Chemical-Free Specialist Starches

18 Jan 2017 --- In 2017, leading German wheat starch producer for the food, non-food and animal feed sectors, KRÖNER-STÄRKE, is aiming to meet industry demand for chemical-free production with its extensive, totally natural, pre-gelatinised starches range. 

Roha’s Latest Acquisition is Paving The Way into Natural Extracts

17 Jan 2017 --- Roha, one of the leading global manufacturers and marketers in the food colours segment, has announced the acquisition of Italy based Essential SRL, a leading manufacturer of Plant and Fruits based natural coloring and flavoring ingredients. 

SPECIAL REPORT: Popularity of Ethnic Cuisine and Health Benefits Mean Stellar Year for Spices

17 Jan 2017 --- Consumer demand for different tastes and ethnic cuisine is fuelling the popularity of spices and 2017 is expected to be a stellar year, with both established and newer spices set to drive consumer demand. Meanwhile, experts are predicting further consolidation in the industry, following spice giant McCormick’s recent flurry of activity in the market.

“Hard Brexit” Speech from Britain’s PM Prompts Concern from Irish Food Industry and Expected Market Volatility

17 Jan 2017 --- The markets are expected for a volatile day and the Irish food and drink industry has made a plea to protect its businesses ahead of a speech today by Britain’s prime minister Theresa May, which is expected to underscore the government’s commitment to a “hard Brexit” and the exiting of the European single market and customs union.

Fyffes Shareholders Approve Sumitomo Takeover

17 Jan 2017 --- The shareholders of multinational fruit company Fyffes have backed the proposed €751 million (US$796 million) takeover from Japan-based Sumitomo Corporation during discussions held in Dublin yesterday (January 16).

CJ CheilJedang Launches Fermented L-Cysteine Through Sustainable Technology

17 Jan 2017 --- CJ CheilJedang has announced the launch of l-cysteine and its derivatives produced through the use of an environmentally-friendly fermentation technology. According to the company, the technology uses raw sugar and glucose as a raw material, while the majority of manufacturers in the market are using a hydrolysis process that starts with duck feather as a raw material.

DeutscheBack Launches Innovative Solution to Keep Baked Goods Fresher for Longer

17 Jan 2017 --- DeutscheBack GmbH & Co. KG presents TopSweet Fresh Cake Plus V for rich cake and short crust pastry batters. This innovative enzyme system improves freshness preservation of the crumb and keeps packaged cakes and baked goods soft and moist longer. The longer-lasting crumb softness boosts the profitability of baked goods. During the development DeutscheBack benefited from the synergies and experience of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe. 

Bühler and Protix Boost Industrial Scale Insect Production

16 Jan 2017 --- As the global population grows, so does the necessity for alternative, sustainably-generated protein sources. Insects provide a natural and sustainable protein source that will contribute to closing the future protein gap. In order to address this potential, Bühler – the leading solution provider for the food and feed industry – and Protix – the leading insect production company – have founded Bühler Insect Technology Solutions. 

KEY INTERVIEW: Umami “On-Trend” Solution for Sodium Reduction

16 Jan 2017 --- Salt of the Earth, Ltd., has appointed David Hart as new Business Unit Director. He will report to the CEO and be responsible for global business of Mediterranean Umami, an all-natural sodium reduction solution. “We are excited to have David join our team,” said Dovik Tal, CEO for Salt of the Earth. “His extensive experience, especially at the nexus of food and health, is a significant addition of capabilities that will drive the growth of our Mediterranean Umami business around the world.”

Bayn Opens for New Business Model with Barentz to Replace Stevia Distribution Contract

16 Jan 2017 --- Bayn Europe and Barentz have mutually agreed upon the termination of their exclusive stevia distribution contract in Europe effective from Sep 2016, a new cooperation model is under discussion. The decision comes after mutual evaluation of market potential and business strategies, and it opens up for Bayn Europe to work also with other solution driven partners to reach more food and beverage companies for healthy sugar reduction in Europe.

Profits Surge at Nordzucker Ahead of Removal of EU Sugar Quotas

16 Jan 2017 --- More stable markets, cost-cutting and greater volume sales sent nine-month profits surging from €0.4m ($0.42m) to €81.7m ($87m) at Europe’s second biggest sugar producer. Germany’s Nordzucker group reported revenues of €1.3bn ($1.4m), up nine percent on the year, in the nine months to 30 November 2016.

China Takes on New Strategy on Reducing Food Waste

16 Jan 2017 --- China is beginning to make moves in the anti-food waste space with a new focus on cutting wasteful ways in industry, across the supply chain and in the home. According to campaign group Sustain, the country is finally starting to recognize its food waste problem, which is magnified because of China’s 1.4 billion population. 

Panera Bread Achieves “100% Clean” Portfolio

16 Jan 2017 --- US chain of bakery cafe-style restaurants Panera has risen to the challenge and taken clean label to the next level by replacing 122 different ingredients from its menu with cleaner alternatives.

Vitamin D Enriched Fresh Milk Launched In Asda UK

16 Jan 2017 --- Asda Vitamin D milk has been launched in Asda stores across the UK. This fortified fresh milk from Arla is designed to help customers obtain their recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D.

Unilever Commits to 100% Recyclable Plastic Packaging by 2025

16 Jan 2017 --- Unilever have committed to ensuring that all of its plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 as it called on the entire fast-moving consumer goods industry to accelerate progress towards the circular economy.