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Britain Could Ditch Metric Measurements After Brexit

24 Feb 2017 --- The UK’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs secretary Andrea Leadsom has hinted that Britain could return to using imperial measurements following Brexit. Exactly what that could mean for the food and beverage industry and food manufacturers is not yet clear, but she suggested that after the UK leaves the European Union in 2019, the country’s measurement system would revert to the old way.

Tyson Foods to Stop Using Antibiotics in Chicken

24 Feb 2017 --- Tyson, the second-largest poultry company in the world has announced that it will stop using antibiotics on its chickens by June 2017. The decision to end the use of antibiotics is expected to cover all of the company’s branded chicken products, as well as the NatureRaised Farms brand.

Greek Brewers File €100m Lawsuit Against Heineken

24 Feb 2017 --- Independent Greek brewery, Macedonian Thrace Brewery (MTB), has filed a €100-plus lawsuit again beer giants Heineken and its Greek operating company Athenian Brewery following a 12 year investigation. MTB filed the major legal action against Europe’s largest brewer and its 98.8%-owned Greek operating company, Athenian Brewery (AB), in connection with it describes as  “nearly two decades of anti-competitive market abuse.”

Consumers Willing to Pay More for "All-Natural" Labeled Foods

24 Feb 2017 --- A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that expectations of product quality, nutritional content and the amount of money consumers were willing to pay increased when consumers saw a product labeled "all-natural" as compared to the same product without the label.

Kellogg's Special K Expands Line of On-the-Go Protein Snacks

24 Feb 2017 --- Kelloggs is expanding its line of portable snack options with its new Special K Nourish and Protein Snack Bites. The Special K Snack Bites are a poppable new take on the bars, that make it easy to eat on-the-go, with wholesome ingredients.

Sugar Tax Success for Mexico

23 Feb 2017 --- More than three years after Mexico enforced a one peso tax on sugary sweetened drinks, there is evidence that fewer people are buying sodas with an overall decline of 7.6%. The latest data shows purchases of taxed beverages decreased 5.5% in 2014 and 9.7% in 2015, yielding an average reduction of 7.6% over the study period. 

EU Regulators Poised to Approve DuPont Dow Chemical Merger

23 Feb 2017 --- Questions are being raised about the imminent US$130 billion Dow Chemical and DuPont merger after US media reports are circulating claiming the European Union regulators are on the verge of approving the deal. 

Kashi Expands Portfolio to Support Organic Farmland

23 Feb 2017 --- Kashi introduced Chewy Nut Butter Bars – the second line of products in its growing Certified Transitional portfolio – which joins Dark Cocoa Karma Shredded Wheat Biscuits, the company's best-performing cereal innovation in over five years. These deliciously chewy bars are made with real nut butters, whole grains and coconut oil, offering flavor packed, gluten-free nourishment in four tasty flavors: Almond Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Trail Mix, Salted Chocolate Chunk and Coconut Cashew Macaroon. 

Tate & Lyle Opens CO2 Efficient Plant After $60 Million Investment

23 Feb 2017 --- Tate & Lyle PLC has opened itsnew co-generation plant at its corn wet milling facility in Loudon, Tennessee. 

Strong Growth in a Volatile Market for Arla

23 Feb 2017 --- Arla have delivered a solid business performance throughout 2016 and made a strong start to the delivery of its strategy, Good Growth 2020, despite highly volatile milk markets. While revenue declined due to the global price environment, Arla continued to improve the quality of its sales by moving more milk from bulk to brands, and Arla’s net profit grew 20.7 per cent to EUR 356 million.

EU Report Cites Antimicrobial Resistance as “Alarming Threat”

23 Feb 2017 --- The latest findings by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) show that bacteria found in humans, animals and food continue to show resistance to widely used antimicrobials.

Cleaner Labels for PepsiCo's Naked Juice Brand

23 Feb 2017 --- PepsiCo juice brand Naked are set to make several modifications during the next eight months to the labeling and marketing of its current line-up of pure fruit, veggie, protein and boosted juices. According to an agreement announced by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), it is set to give consumers a clearer understanding of the ingredients. 

HSBC Strengthens “No Deforestation” Palm Oil Pledge After Greenpeace Expose

22 Feb 2017 --- HSBC has strengthened its “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” policy promising not to fund palm oil companies involved in rainforest destruction following a Greenpeace investigation earlier this year which linked the bank to companies destroying large areas of land. 

Mondelez Launch New Well-Being Brand as Takeover Speculation Mounts

22 Feb 2017 --- Speculation is mounting that Mondelez International could be a takeover target for Kraft Heinz after the company pulled out its bid for Unilever earlier this week, prompting conjecture that merger attention will be turned to the US confectionery giant. Shares in Mondelez have increased as a result, closing at US$44.97 on Tuesday, an increase of around 5.8%. 

Glanbia Reports Double Digit Growth, Proposes JV with Irish Dairy Co-op

22 Feb 2017 --- Glanbia have reported its seventh year of double digit growth, with operating profit of nearly $262.8m (€250m), up from $223.9m (€213m).

Barry Callebaut Study Reveals Farmers in Ivory Coast Still Live in Poverty

22 Feb 2017 --- Even with the support of an increasing amount of sustainability projects, most cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire still live far below the poverty line. A new study executed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and Barry-Callebaut estimates that cocoa farmers earn a roughly estimated 568 West African Franc (CFA) per day, approximately €0.86. This is the direct result of low cocoa yields, on average 435 kg/ha, on already relatively small cocoa farms. 

SweeGen Commercializes New Reb-M Stevia Product

22 Feb 2017 --- SweeGen, Inc. have announced the successful commercialization of its Bestevia Reb-M, the company’s non-caloric and high purity stevia sweetener with an unparalleled, clean, sweet taste, which is comparable to regular table sugar. 

Essentia Expand Protein Offerings with Organic Beef Products

22 Feb 2017 --- Essentia Protein Solutions, North America have announced the expansion of its ingredient portfolio to include grass-fed, USDA-certified organic beef broth products. 

INTERVIEW: New Naturex VP Highlights Quality, Authentication and Traceability

21 Feb 2017 --- Naturex recently announced the appointment of Reza Kamarei PhD, to the role of global Nutrition & Health R&D Vice President for Naturex. Kamarei holds four academic degrees in the field of nutrition and food science including a PhD in food science & technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has extensive R&D and management experience in the areas of functional ingredients, nutraceuticals, food and beverages and dietary supplements. 

SPECIAL REPORT: Alternative Proteins Trending – Plant, Insects and Marine Sources

21 Feb 2017 --- Demand for plant-based ingredients like algae, spirulina, seaweed, duckweed, pea proteins is climbing, as the appetite for pulses, non dairy or meat-free alternatives increases - even insects are getting in on the alternative protein scene. Interestingly the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables is in a ten year decline with no real progress made in Europe, the US or elsewhere despite massive health campaigns pushing for everyone, kids especially, to eat more of the good stuff.