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“Poisonous” foraging: Major cookbook recalled over food safety concerns

16 Aug 2018 --- An Instagram star’s cookbook featuring foraging recipes including the use of wild, raw mushrooms and immature elderberries has been pulled from the shelves following a backlash over food safety concerns.

African palm oil expansion: Biodiversity and primates under threat, says new study

16 Aug 2018 --- A new study forecasts a rise in oil palm plantations across Africa as the global demand for the commodity continues to grow. But the continent must learn lessons from key growing regions in Southeast Asia to lessen the environmental impact of the industry and its potential effect on primates.

Natural preservative breakthrough: Flavonoids produced from yeast hold vast potential, claim NTU researchers

16 Aug 2018 --- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have discovered a plant-based food preservative that is said to be more effective than artificial preservatives. In tests carried out on meat and fruit juice samples, the organic preservative kept its samples fresh for two days without refrigeration, compared to commercial-grade artificial food preservatives.

Fish Dependency: Danish production only meets two-thirds of national demand

16 Aug 2018 --- Denmark officially reached its annual “Fish Dependency Day,” yesterday (August 15), 30 days earlier than in 2017 and six months earlier than in 1990, according to a recently published report from the New Economics Foundation. Fish Dependency Day is the date on which a country begins relying on fish from outside its own waters to meet demand, due to depletion of domestic supplies through a combination of overfishing, mismanagement and domestic demand. According to Our Fish, Denmark is only able to produce fish which meets two-thirds of the national demand.

Constellation Brands invests US$4bn in cannabis industry, expands partnership with Canopy Growth

16 Aug 2018 --- Corona beer maker, Constellation Brands and cannabis business, Canopy Growth Corporation, have announced a significant expansion of their partnership to position Canopy Growth as the global leader in cannabis production. Constellation Brands will increase its ownership interest in Canopy Growth by acquiring 104.5 million shares, thereby achieving approximately 38 percent ownership of the existing Constellation warrants. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of October 2018. 

Cream cheese in minutes: Arla Foods Ingredients solution cuts process time

15 Aug 2018 --- Arla Foods Ingredients is set to launch one of the world’s fastest cream cheese manufacturing processes at Food Ingredients South America (São Paulo, Brazil, August 21-23, 2018). The protein solution can cut cream cheese-making process from 20 hours to just 30 minutes, according to the company.

Sustainable spices: Olam highlights traceability platforms

15 Aug 2018 --- As the demand toward highlighting traceability around spices continues to grow, Olam International is working on plant-based innovations and tapping into the opportunity to market sustainable spices. Innovation within the diverse company, which this week released its latest financial results, includes new formulation solutions for plant-based alternatives within chocolate milk.

Upcycling sunflower seeds: Ingredient innovator, Planetarians targets the plant protein landscape

15 Aug 2018 --- Shifting consumer preferences for healthier choices are driving the demand for plant-based proteins, which are growing at a rapid rate. The plant-based food market is growing at double-digit rates and expected to reach US$5.2 billion worldwide by 2020, according to Nestlé and rising prices for plant-based proteins are forcing food manufacturers to identify opportunities and sustainable ingredients to address this consumer demand. That focus has created a robust marketplace for functional, and value-added components, including that of sunflower seeds, according to Planetarians, an ingredient company who claim to be “revolutionizing the plant-protein landscape through upcycling defatted seeds.”

Natural preservatives expansion: Natural Products Canada invests in Chinova Bioworks

15 Aug 2018 --- Natural Products Canada has invested in Chinova Bioworks, a Canadian company whose mushroom-based natural preservative has previously captured the interest of major food industry partners such as DSM Ventures, Rhapsody and AgFunder.

Penalty! Unrecyclable plastic faces 10 percent tax increase in France

15 Aug 2018 --- A French Environment Ministry official has unveiled plans to introduce a penalty system for consumer goods packaged in unrecyclable plastic. Speaking with French newspaper Journal du Dimanche, Brune Poirson, Secretary of State for Ecological Transition, said that from 2019 products sold in unrecyclable plastic packaging would cost up to 10 percent more. Meanwhile, plastic packaging which is recyclable could cost up to 10 percent less. The introduction of the penalty system is designed to help transition France to a 100 percent plastic recyclable society by 2025.