Food Ingredients News

Acrylamide: Young scientists receive grant to assess the risks

19 Sep 2017 --- A team of young researchers will examine a possible link between acrylamide and obesity, diabetes and fertility, thanks to a grant from the European Research Council (ERC). Investigating the possible health risks associated with acrylamide is the objective of the ERC Starting Grant, which has been awarded to young researchers at the University of Copenhagen. 

Unilever predicts closer corporate and start-up collaboration

19 Sep 2017 --- Unilever Foundry has launched a global study into corporate and start-up collaboration at the Dmexco conference. The Unilever Foundry is Unilever’s platform for start-ups and innovators to engage, collaborate and explore business opportunities with Unilever and its 400+ brands.

IFF expands flavors facility in Egypt

19 Sep 2017 --- International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) has officially opened its fully renovated and expanded flavors facility in Cairo, Egypt. The investment supports both the company’s regional focus on growth in the Middle East and Africa, as well as its focus on key categories, providing enhanced services to customers and strengthening its presence in this key market. 

Health risks of natural origin are frequently underestimated

18 Sep 2017 --- The findings of a representative study recently conducted by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on the risk perception of contaminants in food that was published in the public health journal Bundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung – Gesundheitsschutz suggests that “people feel most at risk from synthetic substances and heavy metals.” BfR President Professor Dr. Andreas Hensel says: “Appropriate risk communication on contaminants should take this subjective risk perception into account.” 

Kraft Heinz unveils new Capri Sun range with natural ingredients and no added sugar

18 Sep 2017 --- Kraft Heinz is unveiling four new Capri Sun product lines made with all-natural ingredients and no added sugar: new Capri Sun Fruit Refreshers, Capri Sun Organic, Capri Sun 100% Juice and Capri Sun Fruit & Veggie Blends. These products are claimed to offer options that fit the needs of parents concerned about sugar intake and artificial ingredients.

“Clean label” continues to dominate at TIC Gums

18 Sep 2017 --- Late last year, TIC Gums and Ingredion entered into an agreement to offer the widest range of texture capabilities, superior formulation expertise and rapid response to customer needs. For Ingredion and TIC Gums, the acquisition has expanded their higher-value specialty portfolio and customer base in the fast-growing segment of food and beverage companies that are driving industry innovation. Since then, TIC Gums has been on their own journey to diversify their range of ingredient profiles so that they can provide solutions that match up with customers concerns.

Lecithin: GEA process ensures higher added value in the crushing plant

18 Sep 2017 --- Vegetable lecithins are by-products of the production of soybean, sunflower and rapeseed oil. As natural emulsifying agents with first-class technological and nutritional-physiological properties, these lecithins are highly valued in the food industry in particular. Today, already more than 800 million people consume products daily which contain lecithin. More and more synthetic emulsifying agents and stabilizers are being replaced with lecithin. GEA process know-how ensures high lecithin quality and offers alternative pre-treatment for higher added value in the crushing plant. 

Corbion approved as highest bidder in sale of TerraVia

18 Sep 2017 --- Corbion has been approved as the highest bidder for algae-fueled company TerraVia, following an auction process for substantially all of the assets of the bankrupt company, in a deal worth US$20 million. Last Friday, September 15, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved Corbion as the successful bidder and authorized TerraVia to consummate the sale to Corbion.

Herza launches purple chocolate range in line with latest nutritional trends

15 Sep 2017 -- Purple colors in foods is one of the strong trends this year. Cupcakes, ice cream and waffles in vivid lilac are just as much on trend as violet fruit and vegetables. In line with these colorful trends, Herza Schokolade has introduced a new purple range of chocolate consisting of white chocolate enhanced with concentrated fruit and vegetable powders. 

GoodMills Innovation set to launch gut-friendly, ancient wheat for bakery produce

15 Sep 2017 --- GoodMills Innovation is set to introduce its new product 2ab Wheat, an ancient grain that is very well tolerated. This grain innovation is easy to process and allows both artisan and industrial bakers to produce wholesome bakery products with a convincing texture and taste. Therefore, 2ab Wheat is a real alternative to modern bread wheat as well as to well-known ancient grains such as einkorn or emmer, which score neither with their sensory properties nor technologically when processed on their own.

India’s food segment on a fast track to growth

15 Sep 2017 --- India is the world's second largest producer of fruits and vegetables. Indian food and grocery market is the world's sixth largest, with retail contributing 70 per cent of the sales. Food has also been one of the largest segments in India's retail sector and is expected to reach a value of US$895bn by 2020.

New opportunities in star-shaped vegetables

14 Sep 2017 --- Back in August, FoodIngredientsFirst reported on Tesco revamping its fruit and veg aisles in a bid to include popular carbohydrate substitutes and vegetable-based meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As part of the retailer’s commitment to clamping down on food waste in its stores and supply chain, Tesco is revamping the fresh produce aisles – traditionally a place where shoppers purely bought their fruit and vegetables.

Emmi launches new line of desserts in line with “sensible indulgence”

14 Sep 2017 --- The current trend for healthy eating and sensible indulgence is closely linked to that of practical, time-saving convenience products, therefore ready-to-eat desserts are extremely popular. Swiss dairy group, Emmi believes this segment has considerable potential for high-quality, innovative products and has launched a new range of desserts: Ooola Secrets. Emmi has installed a completely new production line to this end, enabling it to offer a variety of dessert creations in on-trend small portions.

Evonik debuts new sugar-free sweetener solution to Asian markets

14 Sep 2017 --- Evonik has launched Risumalt, a low-calorie, sugar-free sweetener solution with significant consumer and manufacturing benefits at the Food Ingredients (FI) Asia trade show currently being held in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Cocoa and chocolate industry join forces with West African governments for deforestation-free initiative

13 Sep 2017 --- The world’s leading cocoa and chocolate companies are working with the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to double down on plans to end deforestation and forest degradation in the cocoa supply chain.

Naturex takes full control of Chile Botanics, acquires selected industrial technologies and operations of Haliburton International Foods

13 Sep 2017 --- Leader in specialty plant-based natural ingredients, Naturex, has informed its shareholders of strategic advances in the fruit and vegetable market in the US. On the organic growth front, Naturex is seeking to create synergies between the North and Latin American markets. The company has reached an agreement with the minority shareholders of Chile Botanics on the purchase of 49 percent of their stake.

EHL expands their range of organic offerings in response to consumer lifestyle trends

13 Sep 2017 --- Organic spices for soups, stocks and bouillons are on the menu for EHL Ingredients this month, as the company celebrates Organic September. Consumers are looking for innovative, quality foods, flavors and textures in the organic aisles and EHL’s herbs and spices allow manufacturers to create authentic, tasty, organic international dishes.

PureCircle debuts new stevia tool for speedy formulation

12 Sep 2017 --- PureCircle is launching its new Sigma-XceleratorSM product development tool which helps to provide custom stevia ingredient combinations that maximize product taste sugar reduction, speed to market, cost and solubility. 

Florida citrus crop heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma

12 Sep 2017 --- In less than twenty-four hours, Hurricane Irma winds ripped through a once promising Florida citrus crop taking as much as 75 percent of the fruit from the trees. Hurricane Irma has since been weakened to a tropical storm, but still produced near hurricane-force winds, storm surges and flooding. Hurricane Irma left millions without power in the heavily populated areas of central Florida earlier this week. 

FoodDrinkEurope in rallying cry for unified Europe

12 Sep 2017 --- FoodDrinkEurope is reiterating the importance of the Single Market to European Commissioner President Juncker and Vice President Timmermans, ahead of the State of the Union speech tomorrow (September 13).