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The UK-EU “Divorce” Begins as Article 50 is Invoked

29 Mar 2017 --- As British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to trigger Article 50 starting the formal process of the UK leaving the European Union, senior MP and former leader of the British Conservative Party, Iain Duncan Smith, is calling for a total overhaul of EU regulations before the next General Election.

Nestlé Rolls Out New Reduced-Sugar Kit Kats With More Cocoa and Milk

29 Mar 2017 --- New versions of one of Nestle’s iconic confectionery brands Kit Kat have been launched with 10% less sugar and more cocoa and milk. 

Coca-Cola Expands Ready-To-Drink Beverage Portfolio

29 Mar 2017 --- The Coca-Cola Company, together with its bottlers in Latin America, have announced the closing of the acquisition of Unilever’s AdeS plant-based beverage business. The Coca-Cola Company is now the sole owner of the AdeS brand.

Tetra Pak Responds to Market Growth with Online Coconut Handbook

29 Mar 2017 --- With global demand for coconut-based products racing ever higher, Tetra Pak has launched an online version of its acclaimed Coconut Handbook.

Symrise Supports Madagascar Cyclone Victims

29 Mar 2017 --- Recently, cyclone Enawo wreaked havoc in Madagascar, with the huge losses occurring in the northern region of Sava. Homes and the country’s infrastructure have been especially hard hit by the consequences. Many homes of local Symrise employees were destroyed and local vanilla farmers and villages were severely impacted. Production facilities and warehouses are intact. Symrise is giving financial as well as on site support for rebuilding efforts in the region. 

Dow-DuPont Merger Gets Conditional EU Green Light

28 Mar 2017 --- The European Commission has given the green light to the Dow and DuPont merger - but only if the companies sell off significant parts of their business to preserve competition. Dow and DuPont received conditional approval from the European Commission for the US$130bn proposed merger yesterday but there are conditions which have to be met to bypass major competition concerns.

Firmenich Breaks Ground on World-Class Flavors Plant in China

28 Mar 2017 --- Firmenich officially started the construction of its new world-class manufacturing facility dedicated to flavors in Zhangjiagang, China. The symbolic ground-breaking ceremony was attended by local dignitaries and authorities, including the Secretary of Communist Party of China of Zhang Jia Gang city. This new plant, at the cutting edge of the industry from both a technology and capacity perspective, will enable Firmenich to provide superior service to its customers across China with increased speed-to-market and operational excellence. 

ADM to Acquire Chamtor, Strengthens European Sweetener Footprint

28 Mar 2017 --- Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) have announced that it has been granted exclusivity in relation to the proposed purchase of Chamtor, a French producer of wheat-based sweeteners and starches. 

Member States GM Crop Vote - But There’s No Qualified Majority

28 Mar 2017 --- The majority of European member states stood firm on their position regarding genetically modified crops yesterday (Mar 27) by voting against a proposal to authorize two new strains of GM maize.

UK: Asda Becomes First Supermarket to Improve Vegan Labeling

28 Mar 2017 --- Asda has paved the way as the first UK supermarket to approach The Vegan Society with intention to improve the labeling of its vegan products – including vodka. The giant has started putting the Vegan Trademark on 16 different items, some of which have already reached the supermarket shelves, and more products will be released in the next few months.

Brazilian Beef Bans Lifted but European Farmers Warn Against Food Affected by “Fraud”

28 Mar 2017 --- European farmers’ association and agricultural cooperative Copa Cogeca is calling on the EU Commission to take stronger action against Brazilian meat imports to the EU as the aftermath of the scandal continues.

Coalition of Food Supply Chain Bodies Outline Joint Priorities on Trade

28 Mar 2017 --- The British Retail Consortium (BRC), the National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), has issued the below joint statement to Government officials highlighting core objectives and priorities for UK trade policy.

Symrise Joins “Biodiversity in Good Company” Initiative

28 Mar 2017 --- Symrise AG has joined the “Biodiversity in Good Company” Initiative and signed the “Leadership Declaration” of the company network. The fragrance and flavor manufacturer made this announcement at the dialogue forum “Enterprise Biological Diversity 2020” hosted by the German Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation in Berlin. 

Sealed Air Announces Sale of New Diversey to Bain Capital Private Equity

28 Mar 2017 --- Sealed Air Corporation (SEE) have announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Diversey Care division and the food hygiene and cleaning business within its Food Care division (together “New Diversey”) to Bain Capital Private Equity, a leading global private investment firm, for approximately $3.2 billion.

NZMP Launches Gold Whole Milk Powder for UHT Beverages

27 Mar 2017 --- NZMP, the global ingredients brand of Fonterra, have announced the launch of NZMP GOLD Whole Milk Powder for UHT. Designed specifically for UHT beverages, the new product gives manufacturers longer production runs over standard milk powders, as well as cleaner labelling on their final product and consistent shelf life stability.

SPECIAL REPORT: Sustainable Palm Oil - Where is the Progress?

27 Mar 2017 --- The debate surrounding the sustainability of the palm oil industry is driving forward change - and that can only be a positive thing, according to the industry body, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The companies involved in the palm oil supply chain have to be aware of the issues that sit side by side this industry, linked to major controversies including deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, indigenous rights abuses including labor exploitation and cruelty to animals. This, of courses, happens in the countries where the palm oil is produced, because the land and forests must be cleared for the development of palm plantations.

KEY INTERVIEW: Cargill Targets New Routes in Sugar Reduction

27 Mar 2017 --- Clean label and sugar reduction are high on the agenda for many of today’s food manufacturers. Oliggo-Fiber chicory root fiber, from Cargill, is one potential solution to help food & beverage manufacturers capitalize on these key consumer trends. This ingredient is a naturally-sourced fructan, which is extracted from the chicory root. The versatile solution offers many functional product development benefits, as well as providing benefits to human health.

Haribo to Open First US Candy Factory, With $242 Million Investment

27 Mar 2017 --- Iconic gummy bear brand Haribo, a firm favorite among US consumers for decades, is finally opening a US$242 million manufacturing operation in Wisconsin set to launch in 2020. 

Sensient Launches Range of Natural, Fat-Soluble Flavorings for Indulgent Applications

27 Mar 2017 --- Sensient Flavors have introduced a range of innovative fat-soluble flavors for fillings in bakery, confectionery and dairy applications. Nine sophisticated taste profiles have been developed as internal concepts, either as single or dual flavors: apple & almond, banana split, butter mint, cherry, mango, orange & ginger, peanut, praline and smoked coconut. All of the flavors are natural, suitable for vegan concepts and are Kosher certified. In addition, the peanut and almond flavours are ‘nut free’ nut flavors.

Roha Launches Replacement for Carmine in Dairy Products

27 Mar 2017 --- The steadily increasing awareness about food in general and food additives in particular indicates that more and more consumers now take due consideration to find out the source of the different food ingredients before consumption.