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Weekly Digest: Symrise nominated for Sustainability Award, innovation in cricket protein flours

20 Jul 2018 --- Symrise has been nominated for the German Sustainability Award. Cricket protein brand Seek, has launched a new line of high protein and sustainable baking flours. Michel Burla, Managing Director of the Cereals and Ingredients Division of the Hochdorf Group, is to step down at the end of this year and GEA has been working with Almarai Company in Saudi Arabia to build the nation’s largest and most modern dairy processing facility.

Brazil truckers’ strike “a significant headwind in second quarter,” says Unilever

20 Jul 2018 --- Unilever’s half-year results have been impacted by an extended truckers strike in Brazil while overall “challenging market conditions” have also affected the British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company. Net profit dropped from €3.3bn (US$3.8bn) to €3.2bn (US$3.7bn) in the first half of the year. Turnover also fell five percent to €26.4bn (US$30.6bn).

UK consumer group highlights plight of unrecyclable plastics in supermarkets

20 Jul 2018 --- UK consumer group Which? investigation has found that nearly one-third of plastic packaging used in supermarkets is either non-recyclable or difficult to recycle, prompting the group to call on the Government to make clear and simple recycling labeling compulsory.

Cambridge Commodities acquires ingredient business of US wholesaler Earth Circle Organics

19 Jul 2018 --- UK-based ingredient supplier Cambridge Commodities has acquired the ingredient business of US wholesaler Earth Circle Organics LLC, for an undisclosed sum. Following the acquisition, Earth Circle Organics’ raw and organic superfood ingredient business will merge with the US arm of Cambridge Commodities to create a new division, operating as Earth Circle Ingredients.

Nestlé strengthens coffee investment with Nescafé Dolce Gusto production in Vietnam

19 Jul 2018 --- Nestlé has inaugurated a new Nescafé Dolce Gusto capsule production line in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam which will ramp up processing to 2,500 tons of coffee per year (equivalent to 130 million capsules), using high-quality coffee beans from Vietnam. And over the next few years, the volume is expected to grow further. 

Dairy dilemma: Brexit could lead to butter, yogurt and cheese shortages, warns Arla Foods

19 Jul 2018 --- Arla Foods is warning British consumers will likely face restrictions in dairy supplies once the UK leaves the EU – and this could result in “scare supplies” of highly-priced butter, yogurt and cheese which will be considered “luxury items.” The European-wide dairy cooperative says border breakdown could leave UK consumers with less choice and higher prices.

BioData CEO on delivering solutions that solve lab-based problems in food & pharmaceutical industries

19 Jul 2018 --- BioData has appointed Steve Yemm as CEO of the company, following a decade of growth in the adoption of its flagship product, Labguru. The secure, compliant, web and cloud-based Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) is trusted by over 30,000 users worldwide who rely on it to plan and document experiments, track progress, streamline laboratory logistics and share results. Yemm believes the food and pharmaceutical industries can greatly benefit from its features.

Ingredion expands processed cheese ingredient offerings with new potato starches

19 Jul 2018 --- Ingredion has added three functional potato starches to its processed cheese ingredient portfolio, giving manufacturers greater functionality and choice. CheeseApp 50, 70 and 80 enable recipe cost savings in processed analogue block cheeses while delivering the appealing texture and sensory qualities consumers crave, according to the company. 

“Heat&Go”: SIG launches microwaveable carton for mobile drinking convenience

19 Jul 2018 --- SIG has developed a new microwaveable aseptic carton designed specifically for on-the-go consumption of liquid dairy, non-carbonated soft drinks and broth with low viscosity products. The new “Heat&Go” pack is aluminum free and can be heated in a microwave, either in a vending machine, store, café, home or office. SIG cite the rising consumer trend for hot drinks that can be consumed on-the-go – particularly in Asia – as the inspiration behind the design.

Mosa Meat secures US$8.8m investment to bring lab-grown meat to market by 2021

18 Jul 2018 --- Mosa Meat, a spin-off company from Maastricht University which was behind the world’s first hamburger made directly from cow cells back in 2013, has raised €7.5 million (US$8.8 million) to bring cultured meat to market by 2021. The Dutch food start-up first inspired the emergence of an entirely new industry through pioneering work and proving the concept of cultured meat five years ago and now Mosa Meat is currently developing its first commercial products. This marks the first investment in a European cultured meat company, putting Europe on the map for the next generation of meat production.