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Superfoods: (Part 1) The evolution of nutrient-rich food for health-conscious consumers

17 Oct 2017 --- Superfoods can be classified as foods that are superior in terms of their nutritional value or nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. Even small portions of some superfoods can supply an abundance of vitamins, minerals, proteins, antioxidants and more. Many superfoods contain extraordinary characteristics that can have a variety of health benefits from boosting immunity, treating illness/disease, reducing blood pressure, cutting sugar intake, lowering cholesterol and more.

Hershey eyes Nestle's US confectionery business as potential bidders line up

17 Oct 2017 --- Four months after Nestlé began to explore options for its US confectionery business, including a potential sale, the company is drawing interest from a range of possible buyers including Hershey’s, which is reportedly preparing a bid. According to US media reports, the chocolate giant is expected to compete against other companies and private equity firms and the first-round bids for the Nestlé business are due later this week. 

UCL study urges European Commission to block Bayer Monsanto merger

17 Oct 2017 --- The so-called mega-merger planned between seed giants Bayer and US-based Monsanto should be blocked under EU competition law, according to a major new study from University College London. Released yesterday (October 16), on World Food Day, the authors of the report claim that the European Commission should be obliged to block the merger, which is currently under an in-depth investigation, even on a narrow reading of EU competition law.

Jamie Oliver sugar tax success: Drop in sugary drinks sales at his Italian chain

17 Oct 2017 --- Introducing a small levy to the price of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurants across the UK is likely to have contributed to a significant decline in SSB sales, according to new research published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. The celebrity chef and food campaigner has collated the results of a study that has been running in his 37 Italian restaurants exploring the effects a 10 pence sugar tax had on sales of sugar-sweetened beverages. 

Danone reports accelerated sales growth in Q3, driven by demand for infant formula in China

17 Oct 2017 --- The world’s largest yogurt maker, Danone, has reported better-than-expected Q3 sales results with a 4.7 percent increase, driven by the demand for infant formula and water products specifically in China. The performance came above the company-compiled average of analyst estimates for 2.8 percent growth in group sales. The dairy business improved in the US, where the integration of its acquisition of WhiteWave remained on track. The company also reiterated its full-year guidance. 

Brabender GlutoPeak optimizes receipt of goods at Wiesneth Muehle

17 Oct 2017 --- In the milling industry, being able to determine the quality of raw materials is fundamental. Being able to test them is an essential task. Wiesneth Mühle GmbH in Franconian Pommersfelden, Germany, has taken its quality management to the next level, at the same time introducing a time-efficient system.

World Food Day: FAO addresses food security concerns as global population swells

16 Oct 2017 --- As a way to mark World Food Day 2017 (October 16), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working with governments, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society and local communities, to generate evidence on migration patterns. The agency is also building countries’ capacities to address migration through rural development policies as it supports governments and partners as they explore the developmental potential of migration, especially in terms of food security and poverty reduction.

Anuga 2017 NPD trends: High protein and vegetable innovation

16 Oct 2017 --- Last week, over 7,400 companies from 107 countries exhibited at Anuga 2017 in Cologne, with a strong focus on new products and innovations. High protein platforms featured strongly on the dairy NPD agenda, with offerings including Greek and skyr options. FoodIngredientsFirst takes a look at some of the highlights.

NZMP highlights consumer trends driving demand for protein across Asia

16 Oct 2017 --- With the Asia protein ingredients market forecast to grow by 11.5 percent from 2016 to 2020, NZMP – Fonterra’s dairy ingredients business – are leading the way as one of the key players for high protein food launches. NZMP believes that Asian consumers are increasingly seeking specific nutritional benefits to support their growing interest in health and active living.

CCFN urges Mexico and Japan to reject EU attempts to confiscate generic names of cheese and wine

16 Oct 2017 --- The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) this week insisted that Mexico and Japan protect the interests of its consumers and producers, and maintain a competitive marketplace, by striking several generic names from the lists of geographical indications (GIs) for which the European Union is seeking approval in trade negotiations. CCFN also pursued clarification on how some terms will be protected within the EU's agreement with the two nations, in order to safeguard the food’s common name.

DSM: 47 percent of consumers are more concerned about sugar consumption than 3 years ago

16 Oct 2017 --- DSM has published a new report in its Global Insight Series focusing on consumer attitudes and behavior around the labeling of sugar content. The report, based on an international survey, shows that concern about sugar is on the rise globally, with nearly half of all consumers saying they are more concerned about overall sugar consumption than they were three years ago. In most countries, label reading has become the norm with more than 50 percent of global consumers say they check the sugar content of foods before they buy.

Naturex and Milne partner on Concord grape extract research and commercialization

16 Oct 2017 --- Naturex’s Open Innovation Program Ingenium has led to the signing of a collaboration agreement with Milne Fruit Products, Inc. to jointly fund human clinical research utilizing Milne’s Concord grape aqueous extract. Concord grape (Vitis labrusca) is a North American fruit, whose unique grapes are rich in health-promoting polyphenols. The natural specialty ingredients supplier launched the open innovation program in March 2016 with the aim of advancing technological breakthroughs and accelerating the introduction of new products through external collaborations. 

BASF buys up Bayer’s seeds assets in US$7 billion deal

13 Oct 2017 --- German chemical company BASF has signed an agreement to acquire significant parts of Bayer’s seed and non-selective herbicide businesses as the giant intends to divest as part of its planned acquisition of Monsanto. Bayer is selling some parts of its business to ease the passage of the planned Monsanto-Bayer megadeal which is still under scrutiny from regulators with competition concerns.

Nestle bolsters infant formula position with new high-tech Russian factory

13 Oct 2017 --- The Swiss transnational food and drink company is strengthening its focus on the highly growing infant formula category with another investment in a Russian-based plant which plans to ramp up production and target export markets in neighboring countries.

Mane unveils flavoring solutions to optimize spice impact in savory

13 Oct 2017 --- Mane has unveiled new flavor solutions for savory applications which optimize spice impact on every occasion. This new range of products, known under the name of “Sense Capture Spices” are the result of the synergy between Mane in-house technologies and Kancor’s expertise in sourcing and extraction.

Heineken introduces new “plug and pour” Nespresso-style draft beer platform Blade

13 Oct 2017 --- Heineken has targeted on-premise outlets that find regular taps and kegs too expensive with its new Blade draft beer dispenser, which it says is predicted to add £123 million (US$164 million) to the casual dining sector in the UK.

UK: FDF praises “milestone” food and drink decarbonization action plan

13 Oct 2017 --- The UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed the publication of the Food and Drink Joint Industry-Government Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmap Action Plan. The body which represents the UK's largest manufacturing sector says the Action Plan, which was recently published alongside the Clean Growth Strategy, builds on the points already set out in the 2015 Food and Drink Sector – Industrial Decarbonization and Energy Efficiency Roadmap to 2050.

Firmenich helps solve high-protein beverage flavor challenges

13 Oct 2017 --- Firmenich has officially launched its Protein Shield Flavors, a new line of natural flavor solutions aimed to help developers address the challenges they face when creating beverage products with high protein content. “These natural solutions confirm Firmenich’s deep commitment to advancing health and wellness,” says Chris Millington, President of Flavors. “By making healthy taste delicious we aim to make the healthy choice easier for consumers.”

World Dairy Summit: Consumer confidence in dairy foods a key priority

13 Oct 2017 --- Maintaining consumer confidence in the safety and integrity of dairy products is a key priority for the industry on a global scale. Global demand for dairy products is rising and the popularity of nutritious dairy products remains strong. Consumer expectations on food safety are high and food safety will be a key topic discussed in depth at the forthcoming World Dairy Summit in Belfast. The summit will be hosted by the UK National Committee of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) and will take place in Belfast from October 30 to November 2, 2017. 

Symrise study examines family and children snacking habits to create product concepts

13 Oct 2017 --- Symrise Flavors has announced the findings from an in-depth study on children's snacking that spans preschool to high school age subjects. A wide range of issues were explored and, using the information gathered, Symrise was able to conceptualize new solutions to address consumer needs.