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Dirty meat: US pork and poultry breaches spark serious safety concerns

22 Feb 2018 --- A series of alleged hygiene and safety breaches at US meat factories have been detailed by British newspaper The Guardian which claims “shocking failings” across several pork and poultry plants factories. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) and The Guardian carried out a joint investigation to discover a number of hygiene incidents after analyzing unpublished US- government records. According to the companies involved, all of the reported breaches resulted in immediate remedial action and posed no risk to consumers.

FrieslandCampina results: 10 percent revenue growth, but profits down in challenging 2017

22 Feb 2018 --- Revenues of Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. have increased by 10.1 percent to €12.1bn (US$14.8bn) in 2017, primarily due to higher sales prices and the inclusion of Engro Foods in Pakistan. Profit decreased by 37.3 percent to €227 million (US$278m) and in addition to negative currency translation effects, the profit was lower due to write-offs of assets in China and Germany and restructuring costs. The higher milk price was largely offset by increased revenues; this put the margins, particularly in consumer activities, under pressure.

Supply partnership: Univar and Cargill reach long-term agreement on ingredients

22 Feb 2018 --- Univar has entered into a strategic long-term agreement with Cargill's Food Ingredients & Bio Industrial business in the US and Canada. Customers will be able to enjoy the combined value of Cargill's respected product lines and Univar's extensive distribution network and access to food innovators.

Hershey progressing on “innovative snacking powerhouse” journey

22 Feb 2018 --- US chocolate and confectionery giant The Hershey Company has detailed the progress the business is making towards its vision of becoming an innovative snacking powerhouse. In a presentation yesterday (Feb 21) at the 2018 Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference, Michele G. Buck, President and Chief Executive Officer, of The Hershey Company and Patricia A. Little, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, went over the latest progress.

Sustainability milestone: Tetra Pak hits half a billion mark for Tetra Rex Bio-based

22 Feb 2018 --- Tetra Pak has delivered more than half a billion packs of Tetra Rex Bio-based, the world’s first beverage carton to be manufactured entirely from renewable materials. The landmark event was announced at the Museum of Brands, in London, where the package, is featured in a new sustainability display, which is open to the public as of today.

Glanbia revenues boosted by performance nutrition, Dairy Ireland sale

21 Feb 2018 --- Global nutrition group, Glanbia, has reported that its revenue from continuing operations rose by over 9 percent for the year for the financial year ended 30 December 2017. Revenues for the year rose to €2.387 billion (US$2.944bn) from €2.231 billion (US$2.751bn) in 2016, while the company also reported adjusted earnings per share growth of 10.2 percent to 87.11 cents. That was in line with guidance of 7-10 percent growth and marked Glanbia's eighth year of double-digit earnings growth.

Arla results benefit from Ingredients performance, higher dairy prices leads to sales spike

21 Feb 2018 --- Despite another year in the volatile global dairy market characterized by significant shifts in market prices, Arla Foods showed a strong performance as higher milk prices lifted sales and led to a hike in payments to the cooperative’s farmer-owners

Foodborne infections could be prevented through phage treatment: study

21 Feb 2018 --- New research into how bacteria-killing viruses could be used in the food industry to help prevent foodborne infections, shows great potential in eradicating pathogens and preventing food poisoning.

DuPont debuts new enzyme strengthening solution for bakery

21 Feb 2018 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health has announced the development of the POWERBake 6000 product range, based on a unique new enzyme that acts as a strengthening solution, adding tolerance and consistency in bread and buns.

Tereos: Beet campaign sets new record in France

21 Feb 2018 --- The Tereos beet campaign 2017/2018 has been set a new record in France, with forward planning, innovation and widespread motivation reportedly having driven opportunities in the sugar beet space.

Kerry results: “Mindful” eating helps revenues top €6.4bn in 2017

20 Feb 2018 --- Kerry Group has reported higher earnings and revenues for 2017 with “mindful” eating driving growth. Revenue at the Irish food technology and ingredients company increased by 4.5 percent to €6.4 billion (US$7.9bn) and adjusted earnings per share rose by 5.5 percent to 341.2 cents. The company benefited from a 4.3 percent growth in its business volume.

Veggie delight: NPD innovation for millennials

20 Feb 2018 --- With “Mindful Choices” tipped as Innova Market Insights top trend forecast for this year, the move is making its way onto the dinner plates of health-minded young millennials. As concerns around sustainability, animal welfare and campaigns such as Veganuary is building momentum and driving innovation in the meat-free space.

Asian dairy innovation: Strong potential for milk-based snacks, claims study

20 Feb 2018 --- Dairy manufacturers should align their new product development and marketing practices with the growing demand for dairy products during snack occasions within the Asia region, according to data and analytics company, GlobalData.

“No-deal” Brexit and food: Commons report echoes BRC cost concerns

20 Feb 2018 --- A new report from the House of Commons EFRA Select Committee entitled “Brexit: Trade in Food,” has led to the British Retail Consortium reiterating its stance on what a no-deal Brexit will mean for the UK.

KFC shortage: Chicken chaos sweeps across the UK

20 Feb 2018 --- KFC has temporarily closed a number of stores across the UK as a result of chicken shortages caused by widespread delivery issues. A total of 562 KFC outlets remained shut following a weekend of disruption that peaked on Sunday night at 646 closures, according to The Guardian. The shortage has led leading tabloid newspaper The Sun to headline with "Kentucky Fried Closed" this morning, amid huge media interest. 

Unilever discloses palm oil sources, could prompt widespread industry change

19 Feb 2018 --- Unilever has taken a pioneering stance on its palm oil supply chain by being the first consumer goods company to publish in full a dossier of all the suppliers and mills that it sources from. The rare industry move is designed to show the company’s commitment to transparency. This is a radical step in palm oil supply chain transparency with Unilever considering the full disclosure a “milestone” in its journey towards a more sustainable palm oil industry.

Foodarom CEO: A new wave of “chemophobia” is dominating the food industry

19 Feb 2018 --- The world of flavors is continually evolving, and the habits of today’s consumer rely heavily on the evolution of taste, functionality and tradition. For flavor designer and manufacturer, Foodarom, this year is about balancing health and happiness and according to the company, the nutritional values of food has given rise to more products with flavors taken from foods that are valued for their health benefits.

Responsibly sourced tuna: Princes hit 90 percent mark and aims for 100 percent by 2019

19 Feb 2018--- International food and drink group Princes has confirmed that over 90 percent of its tuna was responsibly sourced by the end of 2017. The company now has a target of 100 percent responsibly sourced tuna by 2019 for all brands in all territories and is well on the way to achieving this.

Spark Trends: Bell dives into the Mediterranean Sea and takes a “Wok through the provinces”

19 Feb 2018 --- Bell Flavors & Fragrances has announced its new selection of trends for the 2018 Spark program. Spark is Bell’s insider resource for new and emerging consumer trends as well as flavor and fragrance inspirations. Using a unique and detailed process, Bell uncovered new ideas for 2018 and beyond that are sure to ignite customer inspirations and translate them into winning product ideations.

Blockchain and food: Early adopters to benefit from initial infrastructure

16 Feb 2018 --- “Blockchain” is one of the buzzwords at the beginning of 2018, with enormous hype around the benefits that this technology can offer. Early food sector adopters can undoubtedly take of advantage implementing blockchain too, particularly when it comes to traceability.