Food Ingredients News

UK: Record growth for food and drink exports in H1

18 Aug 2017 --- Exports of all British food and drink products for the first half of 2017 have jumped by 8.5 percent, creating the largest growth on record. Data from the UK organization, the Food and Drink Federation, shows UK exports reached £10.2bn (US$13.1 billion), with exports to the EU27 growing at a faster rate than to non-EU markets, increasing the share of sales to the EU to 61.2 percent.

FrieslandCampina sells Riedel to Standard Investment

18 Aug 2017 --- Dutch investment company Standard Investment and Dutch dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina have reached agreement on the takeover of FrieslandCampina Riedel B.V., producer of, among others, Appelsientje, CoolBest, DubbelFrisss, DubbelDrank, Taksi and Extran. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Corbion launches clean label antimicrobial for meat mold inhibition

18 Aug 2017 --- Corbion has pioneered a new antimicrobial that inhibits mold growth, provides pathogen protection and increases the shelf-life of meat – and the solution is based on ingredients like vinegar, ferment blends, citrus flour and natural flavor. 

Welch’s eyes untapped consumer opportunities for "purple power"

18 Aug 2017 --- According to new research commissioned by Welch’s Global Ingredients Group, just 18 percent of Americans can name more than three types of purple fruits and vegetables. This is in spite of nearly three quarters (73 percent) claiming that they know purple fruits and vegetables are widely available, and 63 percent saying they are aware that they should eat more colorful produce.

Boesch Boden Spies launches new fruit innovations

18 Aug 2017 --- Hamburg-based ingredients specialist Bösch Boden Spies will present two innovations to its extensive range of natural fruit ingredients at Anuga in Cologne (October 7-11, 2017): wild, dried blueberries from Canada and goldenberry juice concentrate from the Andes.

Trendsetting chefs get creative at Barry Callebaut’s first Asian studio opening

17 Aug 2017 --- The very first Barry Callebaut studio opened its doors in Asia yesterday (August 16) where creative chefs use their cocoa and chocolate expertise to showcase innovations to some of the leading food manufacturers in Indonesia. 
The confectionery giant says Asia’ inaugural BC Studio caters to the evolving needs of food manufacturers and their markets in the region and follows similar studio openings in other parts of the world.

Wageningen’s “dictionary for computers” voted the best

16 Aug 2017 --- German researchers have found the Dutch University’s ontology of measurements to be the best worldwide performer. From apps with personalized recipes to systems that predict the shelf-life of fresh fruit and vegetables, programs only work if computers know how to handle the underlying data.

UK: Search for sugar alternatives – how can ingredient companies help?

16 Aug 2017 --- Two UK food organizations are calling on the ingredients industry to help them create a database of sugar substitutes and healthier alternative ingredients as part of a public health drive in Britain to drive down obesity.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) are asking ingredients manufacturers, product specialists, researchers and innovators to get involved. 

Pecan Deluxe launches new range of eye-popping candy

16 Aug 2017 --- Pecan Deluxe Candy Ltd has launched its newest popping candy inclusion which is set to delight consumers with its purple hue and bubble gum taste. The range is made from completely natural colors and flavorings and offers a multitude of opportunities to food manufacturers and the catering industry.

Tate & Lyle expands instant clean label starch offering

16 Aug 2017 --- Tate & Lyle PLC has announced further expansion on its line of CLARIA Functional Clean-Label Starches with the introduction of two new instant starch products: CLARIA Instant 340 and 360. According to Innova Market Insights, claims such as “smooth”, “luscious” and “velvet” continue to grow, manufacturers are eager to develop textures consumers love. In addition, almost one-third of products launched in 2016 carried one or more clean-label claim.

Frutarom’s 5th acquisition in 2017: Acquires UK-based F&E for US$19.5m

16 Aug 2017 --- Frutarom Industries Ltd. are continuing its momentum of acquisitions by signing an agreement for the purchase of 100 percent of the shares of the UK company Flavours and Essences (UK) Ltd. (F&E). The deal was completed for approximately US$19.5 million (£15 million) and based on F&E’s future business performance over the period of three years from the purchase date. The transaction was completed upon signing and financed through bank debt. 

Looking beyond traditional fiber – innovation and consumer attitudes

15 Aug 2017 ---  One company that continues to trailblaze in terms of fiber is Ingredion, which late last year launched new fiber ingredients derived from potato and corn, neither of which has yet figured prominently in the fiber enrichment of baked goods. The VERSAFIBE 2470 and 1490 dietary fibers are designed for fiber fortification and calorie reduction in pasta and noodles, baked goods (such as bread, crackers and cookies) and extruded products. They are versatile, process stable, insoluble resistant starch ingredients and can be added with little to no impact on product texture, flavor or color. They can help manufacturers deliver such claims as "good source of fiber" or "excellent source of fiber" as well as "gluten-free," according to the company. You can read the first part of this report here

Insect burgers make Swiss debut on regulatory revision

15 Aug 2017 --- Switzerland’s second-largest supermarket chain, Coop, will begin selling insect burgers, as of next week, for human consumption. Food safety laws have recently been revised in Switzerland and insect-based balls and burgers made from mealworm will be available across the country.

UK: Tesco launch new prepared lines as part of fruit and veg aisle makeover

15 Aug 2017 --- The freshly prepared range of food positioned in the fresh fruit and vegetable aisles of UK Tesco stores is growing 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.

Looking beyond traditional fiber

14 Aug 2017 --- Adding fiber to finished foods is big business and one substantial change in terms of fiber in recent years is the sheer scale and diversity of fiber sources. Back in the day, fiber was associated with “regularity”, however thinking about dietary fiber in terms of the overall health and well-being benefits that it can bring is the new order and food innovators across a multitude of categories are tapping into high/source fiber claims

Dow: Consumer food trends drive need for better, healthier food solutions

14 Aug 2017 --- A recent Harris Poll study revealed that 64 percent of American consumers try to eat healthier on any given day, showing they are increasingly aware of their eating habits. As consumers become more conscious of their diet, they have begun to look for alternative food options including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Dow Food Solutions is paving the way to help more manufacturers deliver high-quality food products driven by the needs of their consumers.

Biorigin and Third Wave enter food fermentation partnership

14 Aug 2017 --- Third Wave Bioactives, a research company specializing in microbial technology, has announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Biorigin specializing in yeast, yeast extracts and other fermentation derived ingredients that enhance the natural taste, mouthfeel and umami of many foods. 

Kraft Heinz & Oprah Winfrey collaborate on comfort food with a healthy twist

11 Aug 2017 --- The Kraft Heinz Company and media mogul Oprah Winfrey have announced the debut of O, That’s Good!, a line of four soups and four sides that bring a nutritious twist on traditional comfort food classics. 

SGS aids manufacturers in gluten-free space

11 Aug 2017 --- The demand for gluten-free products is on the rise in the US and Europe, meaning manufacturers need to be sure their products are safe for consumers. SGS is the only global independent certification body offering a choice of “gluten-free” certification schemes to manufacturers working in the growing “gluten-free” market around the world. 

Unilever snaps up iconic frozen dessert company Weis

10 Aug 2017 --- Unilever is expanding its ice cream offering by snapping up iconic Australian family-owned frozen dessert manufacturer Weis.