Fruits & Vegetables

European Salmonella outbreaks highlight compliance information needs, claims SGS

09 Aug 2018 --- The rise in unexplained European cases of salmonella poisoning linked to the use of cucumbers in ready-to-eat foods reminds manufacturers about the need to stay informed on food compliance matters, according to SGS Digicomply (SGS), a regulatory intelligence network. The company provides tailored data to help businesses mitigate against the risk of non-compliance.

Extended shelf-life tomatoes: Arcadia and Shriram reach milestone

23 Jul 2018 --- Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural food ingredient company, and Shriram Bioseed, a leading research and hybrid seed development company, have announced the achievement of a key milestone in developing extended shelf life (ESL) tomatoes. Bioseed has field tested Arcadia’s ESL technology in multiple tomato hybrid backgrounds in multiple locations and seasons. Significant and consistent improvements in field yield and fruit quality, such as firmness, shelf-life and color development, were observed. These new hybrids are in the pre-commercial, wide area field testing stage with anticipated launch in 2019.

The consolidating ingredients sector: Ingredion convergence epitomizes a tightening sector

23 Jul 2018 --- The integration of several portfolios into a single larger ingredient entity was a key theme at the IFT 2018 Food Expo in Chicago last week. The relatively small trade show floor was a reminder of how many previous exhibiting companies have been swallowed up over recent years, in order to be integrated into the likes of DSM (e.g. Martek, Ocean Nutrition Canada and Fortitech), Kerry (e.g. Ganeden, Red Arrow and Biothera), ADM (Wild Flavors) and IFF (Ottens Flavors and David Michael). Naturex (currently being acquired by Givaudan) could be the next to disappear from a show floor, amid a consolidating ingredients world, where questions must soon be raised about a growing lack of competition and diversity in ultimate holding companies. 

Swedish investigation: Frozen strawberries linked to Hepatitis A virus

11 Jul 2018 --- Public health officials in Sweden are probing an outbreak of Hepatitis A in Sweden. Thirteen people are thought to be infected with the virus from a batch of frozen strawberries that were imported from Poland. The Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten), the National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket) and local authorities are involved in the investigation which comes after eleven confirmed cases and two suspected cases were reported.

“Natural” laser labels: Eco-friendly packaging option for fruit and vegetables hits Dutch shelves

08 Jun 2018 --- Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has launched a so-called “natural label” on a selection of its organic vegetables range, marking a move into the mainstream for the technology. The “natural label” is achieved through the use of laser technology that makes it possible to display the indication of “organic” directly onto the produce, without the need for additional packaging material. The method holds potential for further retailers who are looking to reduce plastic packaging and reduce their environmental footprint.

Garden Gourmet makes UK debut: Nestlé targets flexitarians

28 May 2018 --- Nestlé is bringing the Garden Gourmet food brand to the UK, "offering delicious and healthy meat-free products for food lovers looking to cut down on meat but not wanting to compromise on taste." Answering the popular consumer lifestyle trend; flexitarianism, or eating less meat and more plant-based protein, Garden Gourmet is claimed to offer an exciting variety of “scrumptious meat alternatives” made with the highest quality ingredients.

Tesco to cut food waste by ditching fruit and vegetable “Best Before” dates 

22 May 2018 --- UK retailer Tesco is scrapping “Best Before” consumption guidance dates from almost 70 fruit and vegetable lines in its latest move to help reduce food waste. The move is being made to help prevent perfectly edible food from being thrown away and is part of the supermarkets ongoing efforts to cut waste. It follows a recent campaign by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) into causes of food waste which found that less than half of respondents understood the meaning of “Best Before” dates.

Fruit fillings: Puratos highlights growing need for natural ingredients

11 Apr 2018 --- Consumer demand for natural products is increasing continually. The latest “Taste Tomorrow” survey, from Puratos, has revealed a distinct consumer preference for fruit because it is both natural and tasty. Not only did the Taste Tomorrow survey reveal a preference for fruit on the part of the consumer and the customers; demand for cleaner label products was also clearly expressed, including products without artificial preservatives, colorings and flavorings.

World first: Plastic-free supermarket aisle opens in Amsterdam

01 Mar 2018 --- Organic supermarket chain, Ekoplaza, has opened the world’s first plastic-free aisle in its Amsterdam store in what is seen as a major victory for the international A Plastic Planet campaign. Plans are ahead to roll-out further plastic-free aisles across all of Ekoplaza’s 74 branches by the end of 2018, including a new store in The Hague, which is set to open later this year.

Total Produce strikes US$300 million deal for 45 percent Dole Food stake

01 Feb 2018 --- Ireland-based fruit and vegetable giant Total Produce plans to make a significant investment in US rival Dole Food Company with proposals to acquire a 45 percent stake in the iconic fruit brand and create a powerful partnership. The transaction brings together two of the world’s leading fresh produce companies, with complementary market positions in various product segments and geographies, and represents a very significant step in the history of Total Produce, whose range includes deciduous fruits, tropical fruits, citrus fruits, salads, stone fruits and vegetables.

Diana Food: Agronomic expertise key to answering consumers' flavor demands

30 Jan 2018 --- With the rise of the clean and clear label trend, the modern consumer is looking for clarity and more healthy foods, but is not willing to compromise on taste. To support its customers in creating products that will meet these consumer demands, Diana Food has just introduced a new range of 100 percent clean label natural juice concentrates, which the company says improve clients’ industrial performance, deliver a “real” taste signature, with no need for other taste components. FoodIngredientsFirst spoke with Sébastien Langlais, Science Platform Leader, Taste at Diana Food about the new range as well as the benefits of the company’s recent integration into Symrise and the importance of local expertise.

Organic farming: European Council endorses new rules

21 Nov 2017 --- The agreement on new rules for organic farming endorsed yesterday by European Council representatives will simplify and harmonize many of the rules covering organic food production both within the European Union and in non-EU countries, says Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan said. The agreement will go to vote in the European Parliament. Once adopted, the new rules will enter into force on January 1, 2021. This will give enough time for producers, operators and trade partners to adapt to the new framework.

Listeria fears sparks recall of packed vegetables in Canada and US

25 Oct 2017 --- US firm Mann Packing is recalling a variety of packed vegetables across North America as the company fears they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Mann Packing has issued the voluntary recall in response to a single positive result found on one of its products during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. 

CSIRO partners on apples that won't go brown

23 Oct 2017 --- Earlier this month, a special kind of sliced apple went on sale at select US supermarkets, and thanks to CSIRO research these apples won’t turn brown when they’re cut, bitten or bruised. Arctic apples have been developed by Canadian biotech company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF). OSF is the first company to license CSIRO’s non-browning technology.

Brusco launches barley & spinach powders to meet clean label trend

05 Oct 2017 --- Brusco, a UK-based company which sources and supplies bulk ingredients to the food industry, has launched 100 percent Italian barley and spinach powders that are able to boost the clean label and healthy credentials of a plethora of food and drink products.

UK: Tesco launches rare gold-flecked gourmet avocado

28 Sep 2017 --- A rare and unique gourmet variety of avocado has been launched by Tesco in the UK. The Gem avocado has eye-catching, natural gold flecks on its outer skin offer customers a smoother and creamier taste than regular varieties because it remains on the tree for much longer.

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.

New fruit applications: UK supermarket on a flavor mission

11 Sep 2017 --- UK supermarket, Asda, are on a mission to increase fruit consumption, by launching new varieties of candy flavored fruits and not just children – sweet-toothed Brits up are going wild for candy flavored fruit. Asda is currently going through an innovative phase of fruit growing where growers able to naturally develop different varieties and bring something new and interesting for Asda customers to try.

Solid sugar beet yields forecast despite changeable weather during growing season

05 Sep 2017 --- The Nordzucker Group is launching this year’s sugar beet campaign with forecasts of good yields with large regionals differences. Expected to end in the second half of January 2018, the campaign will start at the Polish plant in Opalenica with the first batches of sugar beet from the region being processed there from today. 

Welch’s Global Ingredients Group uses the power of purple to highlight the goodness of Concord grapes

29 Aug 2017 --- Concord grapes are a great way for manufacturers to “go purple,” according to supplier Welch’s Global Ingredients Group. Purple has been earmarked as one of this year’s major food and beverage trends and colored purple foods are popping up everywhere. The power of purple goes beyond color alone and often indicates nutrient density and antioxidants.