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French retail merger falls flat? Casino rejects Carrefour tie-up, but Carrefour denies it was ever made

24 Sep 2018 --- Carrefour is reviewing its legal options to stop “unacceptable innuendoes” after fellow French retailer Casino claims that Carrefour made a tie-up approach. The Casino Group has said that it was contacted by Carrefour over the last few days with a view to a possible combination while Carrefour insists the merger proposal does not exist. 

Relief strategy: Almond and cherry subsidies added to Trump’s bailout package for farmers

24 Sep 2018 --- Producers of shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries will be able to apply for part of a bailout package aimed at mitigating the losses suffered by US farmers in the midst of country’s trade disputes. In July, President Trump pledged a US$12 billion emergency bailout package for producers affected by escalating trade disputes. At the time much, the US Administration said that much of the aid would be directed towards payments to farmers of soybeans, sorghum and wheat, but now it’s been extended to include almonds and cherries.

Plant-based protein growth: Hydrosol’s new stabilizing systems for dairy alternatives

24 Sep 2018 --- Hydrosol is tapping in the growing demand for plant-based proteins with its new stabilizing and texturing systems for a wide spectrum of dairy alternatives that give them properties very close to products made from cow’s milk. These include cultured desserts that contain no milk components, soy or gluten.

Polyol ambitions: Sunar Misir invests in sorbitol and maltitol capacity

24 Sep 2018 --- Sunar Misir plans to reach an installed capacity of 100,000 tons for its sorbitol and maltitol facility in Adana (Turkey) by the end of 2019. Sunar Mısır has over 33 years of experience with corn-based ingredients and offers sustainably-sourced, Non-GMO starches and starch derivatives for the global market. 

Water lentils: Parabel’s tiny plants with huge potential, LENTEIN’s disruptive promise

24 Sep 2018 --- There is much debate in the food industry that centers on the challenges that a fast-growing global population that is expected to hit 10 billion by 2050 present. How will we feed everyone? How will climate change impact on agriculture? What crops and food commodities are the most sustainable? These are some of the big questions that the food industry is currently facing. And water lentils, an innovative protein source, is one of the newest and exciting plant proteins that could hold the answer, according to Parabel USA. 

Biofuel collaboration: Mascoma and NextFerm Technologies enter partnership on yeast-based innovation

24 Sep 2018 --- Mascoma LLC, a subsidiary of Canadian business Lallemand Inc., and NextFerm Technologies have signed a new commercial joint development agreement that will expand their collaboration into the biofuels category. NextFerm is an Israeli biotech start-up that is developing and producing high-end, science-based, fermentation-derived ingredients for the global food and feed industries.

US-EU soybean trade skyrockets but industry concerns over low prices and China trade conflict remain

21 Sep 2018 --- Earlier this year when the trade conflict between the US and China first began to bite, the US soybean industry was bracing itself for severe losses as China slapped tariffs on the legumes as part of a retaliation package. While the industry continues to advocate for an end to the tariff war and for long-term solutions to the loss of export markets, new figures reveal that the US has overtaken Brazil as the leading soybean supplier to the European Union with a 52 percent market share.

Layn rolls out new sweetener platforms in Mexico

21 Sep 2018 --- Layn Corp. is rolling out its advanced sweetener and flavor systems in Mexico at the FoodTech Summit & Expo taking place in Mexico City September 26-27. The company is introducing its Lovia sweetener platform and showcasing Monk Fruit by Layn.

Stevia leaf marketing intensifies amid North and Latin American NPD boom

21 Sep 2018 --- Stevia application continues to grow in food and beverages when assessing CAGR between 2013 and 2017. According to new Innova Market Insights data presented in a webinar yesterday, the rise in applications in North America at 17 percent, Australasia on 21 percent and especially Latin America on 37 percent has been spectacular. As consumer awareness around the sweetener grows, new product data points to a rise in marketing in American markets where “sweetened with stevia” is mentioned more frequently on the front of packaged goods. 

Conflicts and people displacement take toll on food security, says new FAO report

21 Sep 2018 --- High levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in Southern African and Near East countries, is being driven by constant conflicts and climate-related shocks which continue to require humanitarian assistance, according to a new report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). And there are 39 countries, 31 of which are in Africa, seven in Asia and one in the Caribbean (Haiti), all in need of external food assistance.