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NewsBite Podcast (Feb 15 - 19): Chocolate innovation and cocoa sustainability in the spotlight

 19 Feb 2021

This week, Nestlé continues its plant-based pivot with a major portfolio boost –  the launch of the first vegan KitKat which is on the horizon for later this year. Interest in chocolate and cocoa ingredients is typically rising as consumers continue to turn to chocolate as a way to indulge. Meanwhile, CARE and Cargill released their latest partnership successes in a new report highlighting cocoa sustainability.

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02 Aug 2021 | CNS Media

In F&B developments this week, plant-based butter brand Upfield published data revealing that consumers and chefs using its dairy-free spreads instead of butter – have avoided emitting an estimated six million metric tons of CO2-equivalent within 12 months. Nobell Foods, a US-based company cultivating dairy... Read More

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26 Jul 2021 | CNS Media

This week, the “pingdemic” that has been accelerating across Britain, causing issues in supply chains. The UK could see escalating food prices during the next few years, according to the Food and Drink Federation. Meanwhile, Israel’s prime minister has warned Unilever of “severe consequences” after its... Read More

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19 Jul 2021 | Almond Board of California

Demand for functional food continues to grow with more and more consumers looking for foods with a specific health benefit. Join Swati Kalgaonkar, Associate Director, Nutrition Research Programme at the Almond Board of California and Lu Ann Williams, Global Insights Director at Innova Market Insights as they... Read More

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16 Jul 2021 | CNS Media

In F&B developments this week, a roundtable of coloring foods specialists discussed advancements in the search for brilliant blue – including a new compound sourced from red cabbage using enzymes. Industry reacted to Nestlé’s recent deep dive into cell-based meat. In business developments, Next Gen Foods... Read More

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09 Jul 2021 | CNS Media

Short Food Supply Chains are in focus as COVID-19 accelerates the potential shift in how food is grown, distributed and consumed. World Chocolate Day also underscored sourcing issues while global food commodity prices fell last month for the first time in 12 months.

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02 Jul 2021 | CNS Media

This week, BlueNalu revealed its latest framework designed to achieve a premier standard of food safety, quality and traceability for its cell-cultured seafood production. Food-tech accelerator Eatable Adventures inaugurated the first cohort of Spain FoodTech, its main start-up program and the European soft... Read More

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25 Jun 2021 | CNS Media

This week we highlight how European agricultural funding destined for climate action in the 2014 to 2020 period didn’t cut greenhouse gas emissions from farming at the EU-level. Provenance Bio, a San Francisco-based alternative proteins company, unveiled animal-free gelatin, while Barry Callebaut agreed to... Read More

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11 Jun 2021 | CNS Media

In F&B developments this week, Brazilian meat giant JBS paid US$11 million in ransom to end a cyber attack from “one of the most specialized and sophisticated” cybercriminal groups. Targeting reformulation demands, The Live Green Co. launched an algorithm to help multinational food companies “clean up their... Read More

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04 Jun 2021 | CNS Media

This week, with commercial pathways opening up, mealworm proteins are growingly recognized as a source for highly sustainable and quality protein. In celebration of World Milk Day, industry leaders raised their voices on sustainable solutions and Nestlé doubled down on its health strategy amid reports of an... Read More

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28 May 2021 | CNS Media

Unilever & Enough partnership is to leverage zero-waste fermentation process to grow high-quality alternative protein, while Barry Callebaut’s cocoa brand Van Houten has launched a powdered chocolate beverage made from Ruby chocolate. Meanwhile, Mondelez is entering an agreement to acquire Chipita, which is... Read More

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21 May 2021 | CNS Media

In F&B developments this week FrieslandCampina unveiled its latest vegan concept for its whipping agents portfolio, Kievit Vana-Monte V98, while Firmenich launched a sustained release solution for melting, juiciness and succulence in plant-based alt-meat. In global trade, a rice flour shortage elicited price... Read More

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14 May 2021 | CNS Media

This week, industry coloring manufacturers weighed in on EFSA’s latest safety assessment for the food additive titanium dioxide which deems it unsafe. MeaTech 3D revealed its latest move to build a pilot plant for cultured chicken fat production. In the same week, a cultured meat consumer survey flagged... Read More

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07 May 2021 | CNS Media

Cargill has acquired Leman Decoration Group, a cake decorations supplier, while Amyris has signed an agreement with Ingredion for the exclusive licensing of Amyris’ zero-calorie, nature-based, fermented Reb M sweetener. Meanwhile, Nestlé has launched Wunda, a new pea-based beverage that the company says is... Read More

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30 Apr 2021 | CNS Media

In F&B developments this week, the Good Food Institute (GFI) and more than 60 key alternative protein stakeholders called on the US federal government to make alt-protein investment a “national priority.” Chr. Hansen launched its latest generation of bioprotective food cultures FreshQ, while TurtleTree... Read More

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23 Apr 2021 | CNS Media

Mondelez International and cocoa beans and ingredients supplier Olam Food Ingredients have begun a new collaboration in Indonesia to create the world’s single largest sustainable commercial cocoa farm. Meat giant JBS has signaled its intention to be a much bigger player in the plant-based space by agreeing... Read More

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16 Apr 2021 | CNS Media

This week, Ÿnsect acquired Protifarm, a global specialist in mealworm ingredients for human food applications. Beyond Meat is set to expand its product distribution within thousands of European retail locations this spring. Meanwhile, Ambienta acquired seasonings manufacturer TasteConnection with sights set... Read More

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09 Apr 2021 | CNS Media

In F&B developments this week, Those Vegan Cowboys, a Belgian company founded by former owners of The Vegetarian Butcher, shared insights on replicating dairy casein in plant-based cheeses. US plant-based retail hit US$7 billion, while Nestlé & Beyond Meat doubled down on alt-meat production in Asia.... Read More

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