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Healthier snacking: PepsiCo Mexico achieves 24 percent sugar and salt reduction

17 Aug 2018 --- PepsiCo Mexico has cut down on sugar and salt across its snacks portfolio by 24 percent as part of a long-term reformulation strategy designed to reduce added sugars and sodium across products.

Monsanto glyphosate traces show up in US breakfast cereals and snack bars

17 Aug 2018 --- Laboratory tests commissioned by US activists Environmental Working Group (EWG), have revealed that glyphosate – the active herbicide in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller used in commercialized agriculture all over the world – has been found in a raft of oat-based breakfast cereals and snack bars. 

Rethinking seafood: “Cellular aquaculture” pioneers BlueNalu raise US$4.5m

17 Aug 2018 --- As cultured meat continues to attract attention from global investors, manufacturers and start-ups, a US firm is pioneering a technique of producing real seafood products directly from fish cells. The technology is tipped to be a disruptive game-changer to current industry practices. Just two months after the launch of the company, BluNalu, a trailblazer in the field of “cellular aquaculture,” has announced the closing of a US$4.5 million seed round.

A rich scientific harvest: The wheat genome is finally cracked

17 Aug 2018 --- The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) has published a detailed description of the genome of bread wheat, the world’s most widely cultivated crop in the international journal Science. This work will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality and improved sustainability.

Weekly Roundup: BASF closes Bayer seeds buy, ADM strengthens oilseeds processing position

17 Aug 2018 --- In a busy week on the commodity front, BASF closed the acquisition of Bayer’s global vegetable seeds business, ADM reached an agreement to purchase certain assets of Brazil-based Algar Agro and IMCD reported positive results for the first half of 2018. Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) published its sixth annual Sustainability Report, outlining progress towards its ambitious targets for a sustainable future.

Allen Flavors achieves milestone in organic ingredients

17 Aug 2018 --- US-based Allen Flavors has announced that their portfolio of organic ingredients has surpassed a significant milestone, reaching more than 1,000 certified organic flavors, extracts and bases.

Cutting banana waste: Convenient packaging solution launched in Korea

17 Aug 2018 --- In light of recent findings from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) which revealed that EU households generate roughly 35kg of fresh fruit and vegetable waste per person, per year, “lifestyle hacks” to prevent avoidable waste are high in demand. Notably, Korean grocery store E-Mart has presented a clever packaging concept designed to reduce the number of bananas which are wasted by consumers once purchased.

“Poisonous” foraging: Major cookbook recalled over food safety concerns

16 Aug 2018 --- An Instagram star’s cookbook featuring foraging recipes including the use of wild, raw mushrooms and immature elderberries has been pulled from the shelves following a backlash over food safety concerns.

African palm oil expansion: Biodiversity and primates under threat, says new study

16 Aug 2018 --- A new study forecasts a rise in oil palm plantations across Africa as the global demand for the commodity continues to grow. But the continent must learn lessons from key growing regions in Southeast Asia to lessen the environmental impact of the industry and its potential effect on primates.

Natural preservative breakthrough: Flavonoids produced from yeast hold vast potential, claim NTU researchers

16 Aug 2018 --- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have discovered a plant-based food preservative that is said to be more effective than artificial preservatives. In tests carried out on meat and fruit juice samples, the organic preservative kept its samples fresh for two days without refrigeration, compared to commercial-grade artificial food preservatives.