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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.

Valio’s new €170m dairy production plant begins operation

18 Aug 2017 --- Finnish dairy business Valio is celebrating the grand opening of its new €170 million (US$199.8 million) eco-friendly plant geared up to innovate with new snacking recipes, experiment with sugar reduction and work with fats and protein. The dairy production plant took three years to build, covers an area of around 53 hectares and will give the Finnish dairy experts, an annual production capacity of 120 million kilos of yogurt products.

Ajinomoto Co. accelerates expansion in Turkish market

18 Aug 2017 --- Ajinomoto Co., Inc. has acquired an additional 50 percent of the stock of Kükre A.S., a food company in Turkey, for approximately TRY181 million (US$51.2 million) and made it a wholly owned subsidiary. With this acquisition, Ajinomoto Co. will accelerate business expansion in Turkey with the intention of further strengthening its operations in the Middle East.

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.

Jimini’s look to take insect proteins beyond the niche

18 Aug 2017 --- French insect firm Jimini’s first launched insect energy bars in 2016 and now the company has redeveloped their insect offerings with the re-releasing of two new protein bars and two new energy bars. According to Mercedesz Bondi, Country Manager at Jimini’s UK now is a good time to re-release the insect bars. “The insect protein sector definitely hasn’t slowed down; just this week Switzerland’s second biggest supermarket chain has announced that they will begin selling insect burgers for human consumption. They have revised their food safety laws to allow this to happen,” she tells FoodIngredientsFirst

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.

Hochdorf expects “demanding” market for milk and lowers annual projections

17 Aug 2017 --- In the first half of 2017, the Hochdorf Group generated gross sales revenue of CHF312.1m (US$323m), up more than 12 percent on the previous year with Pharmalys Laboratories SA cited as being primarily responsible for these higher earnings. 

Frutarom reports record quarter, continues to implement growth strategy

17 Aug 2017 --- Frutarom’s sales in the first half of 2017 rose 15.8 percent to a half-year record of US$646.1 million compared with US$ 558.0 million in H1 2016, reflecting 6.1 percent year-over-year growth in pro-forma terms on a constant currency basis. Frutarom’s sales in the second quarter of 2017 rose 14.4 percent to a record US$ 343.6 million compared with US$300.2 million in the parallel quarter, reflecting the year-over-year internal growth of 6.8 percent in pro-forma terms on a constant currency basis. 

DSM Nutritional Products appoints new Asia Pacific leadership

17 Aug 2017 --- Global science company Royal DSM has announced two new appointments, effective September 1, 2017, which come as DSM continues to drive growth in Asia Pacific. With its nutrition business cluster now spanning multiple industries, DSM is creating new opportunities through high-performing science-based products and solutions that cut across nutrition and health.

Greenyard Group secures Entrade biomass energy units for two UK sites

17 Aug 2017 --- Frozen vegetable company Greenyard Frozen will receive new Entrade biomass energy units to provide clean electricity, heating and cooling for two UK sites. Thirty-two new biomass units will replace old gas boilers and electric heating units at Greenyard Frozen’s operations at Kings Lynn and Boston, achieving overall CO2 emission reductions of approximately 10,000 tons per year.

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. 

FrieslandCampina simplifies organization, strengthens strategy in dairy ingredients

16 Aug 2017 --- Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. intends to simplify the organization into four global business groups: Consumer Dairy, Specialised Nutrition, Ingredients and Basic Dairy. A less complex structure will enable FrieslandCampina to more respond to the market developments more efficiently and to allow innovation with strategic priorities. The objective of the new structure is to further improve the company both operationally and commercially, generating more value for the member dairy farmers. The new organization will be operational as of 1 January 2018.

Mars makes a move for Asian food brand Tasty Bite

16 Aug 2017 --- Mars Food has announced the definitive agreement to acquire the owner of Tasty Bite – a brand of ready-to-heat Indian and Asian food products, Preferred Brands International. The Connecticut-based manufacturer and marketer sells under the Tasty Bite brand, offering a wide range of vegetarian and Asian inspired dishes. 

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.

Carlsberg first-half profit beats estimates

16 Aug 2017 --- Danish brewer Carlsberg has reported strong H1 profits that beat analysts’ estimates, but the beer giant has not changed its full-year profit forecast. It says how strong earnings growth and cash flow leaves the company “well on track to deliver on key priorities for 2017” after it has reduced costs and cut debt. 

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. 

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.

Valio’s new €170m dairy production plant begins operation

18 Aug 2017 --- Finnish dairy business Valio is celebrating the grand opening of its new €170 million (US$199.8 million) eco-friendly plant geared up to innovate with new snacking recipes, experiment with sugar reduction and work with fats and protein. The dairy production plant took three years to build, covers an area of around 53 hectares and will give the Finnish dairy experts, an annual production capacity of 120 million kilos of yogurt products.

Ajinomoto Co. accelerates expansion in Turkish market

18 Aug 2017 --- Ajinomoto Co., Inc. has acquired an additional 50 percent of the stock of Kükre A.S., a food company in Turkey, for approximately TRY181 million (US$51.2 million) and made it a wholly owned subsidiary. With this acquisition, Ajinomoto Co. will accelerate business expansion in Turkey with the intention of further strengthening its operations in the Middle East.

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.

Hochdorf expects “demanding” market for milk and lowers annual projections

17 Aug 2017 --- In the first half of 2017, the Hochdorf Group generated gross sales revenue of CHF312.1m (US$323m), up more than 12 percent on the previous year with Pharmalys Laboratories SA cited as being primarily responsible for these higher earnings. 

Frutarom reports record quarter, continues to implement growth strategy

17 Aug 2017 --- Frutarom’s sales in the first half of 2017 rose 15.8 percent to a half-year record of US$646.1 million compared with US$ 558.0 million in H1 2016, reflecting 6.1 percent year-over-year growth in pro-forma terms on a constant currency basis. Frutarom’s sales in the second quarter of 2017 rose 14.4 percent to a record US$ 343.6 million compared with US$300.2 million in the parallel quarter, reflecting the year-over-year internal growth of 6.8 percent in pro-forma terms on a constant currency basis. 

DSM Nutritional Products appoints new Asia Pacific leadership

17 Aug 2017 --- Global science company Royal DSM has announced two new appointments, effective September 1, 2017, which come as DSM continues to drive growth in Asia Pacific. With its nutrition business cluster now spanning multiple industries, DSM is creating new opportunities through high-performing science-based products and solutions that cut across nutrition and health.

Greenyard Group secures Entrade biomass energy units for two UK sites

17 Aug 2017 --- Frozen vegetable company Greenyard Frozen will receive new Entrade biomass energy units to provide clean electricity, heating and cooling for two UK sites. Thirty-two new biomass units will replace old gas boilers and electric heating units at Greenyard Frozen’s operations at Kings Lynn and Boston, achieving overall CO2 emission reductions of approximately 10,000 tons per year.

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. 

FrieslandCampina simplifies organization, strengthens strategy in dairy ingredients

16 Aug 2017 --- Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. intends to simplify the organization into four global business groups: Consumer Dairy, Specialised Nutrition, Ingredients and Basic Dairy. A less complex structure will enable FrieslandCampina to more respond to the market developments more efficiently and to allow innovation with strategic priorities. The objective of the new structure is to further improve the company both operationally and commercially, generating more value for the member dairy farmers. The new organization will be operational as of 1 January 2018.

Mars makes a move for Asian food brand Tasty Bite

16 Aug 2017 --- Mars Food has announced the definitive agreement to acquire the owner of Tasty Bite – a brand of ready-to-heat Indian and Asian food products, Preferred Brands International. The Connecticut-based manufacturer and marketer sells under the Tasty Bite brand, offering a wide range of vegetarian and Asian inspired dishes. 

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.

Carlsberg first-half profit beats estimates

16 Aug 2017 --- Danish brewer Carlsberg has reported strong H1 profits that beat analysts’ estimates, but the beer giant has not changed its full-year profit forecast. It says how strong earnings growth and cash flow leaves the company “well on track to deliver on key priorities for 2017” after it has reduced costs and cut debt. 

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.