Food Ingredients News

McDonald’s to curb use of antibiotics in beef supply chain

12 Dec 2018 --- McDonald’s is to set limits for antibiotic use in its beef supply chain by the end of 2020. The fast food giant has announced a new policy to reduce the overall use of antibiotics important to human health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), which applies across 85 percent of its global beef supply chain. As one of the largest food chains, the company could be setting the standard for other industry players in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Raising the bar on palm oil: Wilmar using satellites to track deforestation, Corbion signs up to sustainable network

12 Dec 2018 --- The use of palm oil continues to come under mounting scrutiny forcing companies to address their role in this industry. This has led Wilmar International Limited to launch a new program to map and monitor all of its suppliers. The palm oil giant plans to use satellites to monitor all of its palm oil suppliers, making it almost impossible for them to get away with forest destruction. The pioneering move comes as Corbion has signed on as a member of the North American Sustainable Palm Oil Network (NASPON), through which major industry players in the region are collaborating to create a greener palm oil supply chain.

EHL Ingredients spices up the festive season with new blends, touts flavor insights for 2019

12 Dec 2018 --- EHL Ingredients has launched six new organic and conventional herb and spice blends which, according to the company, offers “an international twist on traditional Christmas recipes.” Tasneem Backhouse, Joint Managing Director, also predicts the flavor trends we can expect to see riding the waves in 2019, including Timut pepper, a Nepalese pepper variety, edible flowers, botanicals and flavors from across the globe.

Brexit chaos: Vote delay fuels industry dismay on possible “no deal” scenario

11 Dec 2018 --- Brexit has been plunged into further chaos after UK Prime Minister Theresa May called off today’s scheduled make or break vote in Parliament at the eleventh hour. And, as she heads off to negotiate further in Europe, the food industry, which is extremely susceptible to the trading challenges that a “no deal Brexit” presents, is left “dismayed” over yesterday’s abrupt U-turn and what this could mean. It’s not yet clear when the vote will take place but it could be early next week or even mid-January before the much debated Withdrawal Agreement is voted on.

New alternative to wheat? Durum and wild barley combination thrives on nutritional and functional properties

11 Dec 2018 --- A new cereal, coined tritordeum, that derives from the combination of durum wheat and a wild barley native to Chile and Argentina, is touted as being more nutritious and highly sustainable. Tritordeum, developed by Spanish company Agrasys, easily acquired EU regulatory approval as it is non-GMO and developed using traditional breeding techniques.

A UK vegan retail surge? Tesco tips vegan food as “biggest culinary trend of 2018,” as Christmas ranges boosted

11 Dec 2018 --- With veganism hailed the “fastest growing culinary trend of 2018,” according to Tesco, retailers have increased their range of plant-based Christmas dinner centerpiece dishes. 2018 will likely be known as the year that veganism turned mainstream as more shoppers continue to adopt vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets and record numbers are set to enjoy meat-free feasts during the festive season this year.

“Confident in UK chocolate future”: Barry Callebaut acquires UK-based Burton’s Biscuit Company’s chocolate manufacturing assets

10 Dec 2018 --- Barry Callebaut has completed the transaction to acquire Burton’s Biscuit Company’s chocolate manufacturing assets in the UK. It comes after the cocoa giant signed an agreement with the UK’s second biggest biscuit manufacturer, for the long-term supply of more than 12,000 tons of chocolate and compound per year in September. The deal comes just months before the UK is set to leave the EU and Barry Callebaut has highlighted Britain as a significant growth region for the company.

On trend: Symrise develops tea and coffee flavors for dairy applications

10 Dec 2018 --- Flavors and fragrance supplier Symrise is now offering a collection of specialty flavors designed to deliver the popular tastes of coffee and tea to dairy products, including milkshakes, yogurts and ice cream. According to Symrise, this new collection provides “a gateway to a unique and fully indulgent, authentic taste adventure to lovers of these beverages through a variety of flavors that expand beyond the known and following the trend wave.”

Flavor trends in 2019? Botanicals, ethnic, exotic and smokeless “smoke,” nuances hotly tipped for the new year, say suppliers

10 Dec 2018 --- Naturalness in flavors is expected to lead the way in 2019, although classic flavors are still anticipated to be in high demand across all categories. New combinations including botanical, ethnic and exotic flavors currently have the potential to meet consumers’ increasing demand for exciting new creations. These trends are tipped to become increasingly popular for the coming year. FoodIngredientsFirst spoke with key suppliers in the flavors space, who offered their insights into what we can expect to see trending in 2019.

UK food and drink exports reach £16.4bn as Brexit looms, says FDF report

07 Dec 2018 --- UK food and drink exports have increased by 1.8 percent to £16.4bn (US$21 billion) from January to September, compared to the same period in 2017, with exports of branded goods edging up. The food and drink trade deficit has narrowed by 1.3 percent as a result, now standing at -£18.0 billion (-US$23 billion), according to the latest analysis from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). The news of the export success comes just ahead of the all-important parliamentary vote on the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement from the EU, which is scheduled to take place next Tuesday (December 11). The Withdrawal Agreement – which has the full backing of Europe – will go before UK MPs next week, make or break time for the Brexit deal that would avoid a no-deal scenario.

In Living Coral? Pantone tips pink-tinted hue for 2019 as Instagrammable food colors trend

07 Dec 2018 --- Pantone has named “Living Coral,” a pink-tinted hue as its color of the year for 2019, inspiring colors suppliers and packaging manufacturers to think about what the food & beverage implications may be. The shade, part orange, part pink, is a warm and welcoming one that adds life and playfulness, according to Jeffrey Beers, founder and CEO of his eponymous design firm. This year’s color was Ultra Violet, a deep purple hue. The news of the choice of coral has been met with interest from food colors suppliers, who shared their views with FoodIngredientsFirst.

Withstanding climate change: Food system organizations need strengthening, says US study

07 Dec 2018 --- US researchers are highlighting how organizations involved in the food system need to be better prepared to respond to the disasters caused by extreme weather events as well as acute disruptions caused by civil unrest and cyber attacks. Businesses and organizations involved in growing, distributing and supplying food must be able to withstand and rebound from these types of risks in a bid to improve resilience. This latest study closely follows an in-depth report last week from some of the world’s leading science academies warning that the global food system is “broken” and “collective action” is urgently needed to avert a climate change catastrophe.

Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate highlights sustainability in Ghana with investment plans and farmer support

07 Dec 2018 --- Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate has commemorated its 10th anniversary in Ghana by announcing plans for future investment and farmer support. The initiatives are informed by the principles underpinning the Cargill Cocoa Promise – the company’s commitment to improving the livelihoods of farmers and communities. And Cargill's ambition is to secure a “thriving cocoa sector for generations to come.”

Weekly Roundup: Symrise strengthens biodiversity conservation and ethical sourcing commitment, Mondelez expands global capabilities in Poland

07 Dec 2018 --- This week, Symrise AG strengthened its commitment to biodiversity conservation and ethical sourcing as it passed the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) membership assessment and the Almond Board of California invested US$6.8 million in independent research projects exploring next-generation farming practices. Meanwhile, Mondelēz made a further investment in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland, just 1.5 years after the initial US$17 million investment, to expand R&D activities beyond chocolate and bakery innovation. Finally, new research revealed that consumers in the UK will splash out on their groceries this Christmas, spending an average of £166 (US$212) per person during the festive period.

Caramel color leaders stress FCC compliance as new maximum limit on detectable 4-MeI enters force in California

06 Dec 2018 --- Major caramel colors suppliers Sethness and DDW The Color House (DDW) have stressed their compliance with Food Chemical Codex (FCC) revised limits in light of the implementation of California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65) list of chemicals.

Kerry and Renaissance BioScience commercialize acrylamide-reducing yeast enzyme ingredient

06 Dec 2018 --- Taste & Nutrition company Kerry has signed a licensing agreement with Renaissance BioScience Corp to supply the latter’s Acryleast, a non-GMO acrylamide-reducing yeast enzyme, to food and beverage manufacturers, expected to commence in the first quarter of 2019.

Forever Chocolate: Barry Callebaut “on track to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025”

06 Dec 2018 --- Chocolate and cocoa manufacturer Barry Callebaut has published its Forever Chocolate Progress Report 2017/18, listing the progress made towards its target of making sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025. According to the company, 44 percent of the cocoa and 44 percent of the other ingredients that the group uses for its products are sustainably sourced. And, although there may still be a significant way to go, Barry Callebaut reports it is on track to completely eliminating unsustainable and controversial practises that are often linked to the cocoa supply chain.

Europe’s buoyant beer sector: Production reaches eight-year high bolstered by “record” exports

05 Dec 2018 --- Bolstered by record exports, a rise in micro-breweries and increased interest in low-alcohol products, Europe’s beer production rose to an eight-year high in 2017, according to The Brewers of Europe’s (BoE) latest report on Europe’s beer sector. Production increased by 200 million liters to 39.6 billion liters, exports reached an all-time high, with one in five beers shipped abroad and a third of that was to outside the EU.

As they like it: Consumers base purchasing decisions on feelings, not facts, studies show

05 Dec 2018 --- Biases and feelings direct consumers’ purchasing decisions and not scientific facts, according to three recent studies presented during a Symposium on the Heuristics, Biases and Other Seemingly Irrational Factors in People's Decisions Regarding Innovative Technologies, Foods and Other Consumer Goods

FrieslandCampina acquires US-based cheese importer Jana Foods

05 Dec 2018 --- Global dairy cooperative Dutch Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. (FrieslandCampina) has acquired US-based cheese importer and distributor Jana Foods. According to FrieslandCampina, the acquisition is set to further enhance the company’s position in supplying Dutch specialty cheese to US consumers.