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Starch-based, edible film for seafood could kill pathogens on food surfaces

18 Dec 2018 --- A biodegradable, edible film made with plant starch and antimicrobial compounds may control the growth of foodborne pathogens on seafood, according to a group of international researchers. The innovative finding could help prevent food poisoning, as well as support the seafood industry’s transition away from its reliance on plastic packaging.

All aboard: Virgin Trains becomes UK's first train operator to offer full vegan menu

18 Dec 2018 --- Virgin Trains has become the UK’s first train operator to offer a vegan menu for its customers on all services across Britain. Passengers on board Virgin Trains will now be able to choose from a range of vegan-friendly options at almost any time of day following a revamp of its onboard Shop and First Class menus.

Blockchain and black swans: Food defense scares highlight the technology’s potential, say Irish researchers

18 Dec 2018 --- Blockchain technology provides an opportunity to bring greater efficiency, transparency and traceability to the exchanges in food supply chains and has the potential to play a key role in protecting food integrity, however, it is only part of the solution. This is according to Dr. Seamus O’Reilly from the Cork University Business School, who spoke about the opportunities and challenges for using blockchain in the Irish agrifood sector in light of a recent safefood funded collaborative University College Cork-Teagasc research project.

Pretty and powerful: Firmenich tips hibiscus as 2019’s “flavor of the year”

18 Dec 2018 --- Firmenich has tipped hibiscus as its “flavor of the year” for 2019 based on the growing appeal of florals and botanicals in food and beverages and the trend towards consumer curiosity in consumption. According to data from Innova Market Insights, there has been a 50 percent average annual growth of new product launches tracked with hibiscus flavor (Global, CAGR 2014-2018 YTD).

Snacking and protein potential: LCI highlights plant-based opportunities using pulse and legume ingredients

18 Dec 2018 --- In tune with consumer demand for naturalness and clean label, Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI), creator of functional cereal ingredients for the food industry and a subsidiary of Limagrain, is highlighting trends in snacking and protein enrichment using plant-based ingredients which are derived from pulses and legumes.

Warmer winters possible threat to UK’s blackcurrant farming, study suggests

17 Dec 2018 --- UK winters may not be sufficiently cold for growing blackcurrants anymore, delaying the start of the growing season and resulting in reduced yields and lower fruit quality, according to new research from a group based at the James Hutton Institute, Scotland.

Eliminating deforestation from the cocoa sector: Cargill launches “Protect Our Planet” plan

17 Dec 2018 --- Cargill has outlined its plan to eliminate deforestation from its cocoa supply chain through the company’s Protect Our Planet plan, which seeks to provide concrete actions to achieve 100 percent cocoa bean traceability. The plan also includes a commitment of “no further conversion” of any forest land in Ghana and Ivory Coast for cocoa production, and expands the company’s forest efforts to five origin countries (Brazil, Indonesia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana).

Food service oriented: Kerry acquires two US-based companies for US$367 million

17 Dec 2018 --- Kerry Group has acquired two US businesses, Ariake USA, the North American business of Ariake Japan Co, and Southeastern Mills’ North American coatings and seasonings business (SEM) for approximately €325 million (US$367.7 million), in a bid to strengthen its food service positioning.

An inconvenient truth? Organic food’s impact on climate change in the spotlight following critical report

17 Dec 2018 --- Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food due to the greater areas of land required, according to a new study. Researchers have developed a new method for assessing the climate impact from land-use, and used this, along with other methods, to compare organic and conventional food production. The results show that organic food can result in much greater emissions. But some points of the study are being challenged by advocates in the organic farming sector.

Ingredion spearheads $140m investment to accelerate plant-based protein growth

14 Dec 2018 --- Ingredion has announced “several steps” to accelerate production of plant-based proteins globally, joining a combined $140 million of strategic investments which will seek to expand the broad range of plant-based protein solutions. As a result, two North American manufacturing facilities will produce pea-protein isolates and a range of pulse-based flours and concentrates in 2019. One of them is partly owned by Oscar-winning director James Cameron who is best known for big budget movies such as Titanic and Avatar, and has previously channeled funds into Canada’s pea protein processing capabilities.

Home food delivery on the rise, with sensory demands driving innovation: Kerry study

14 Dec 2018 --- The US foodservice environment is changing as more consumers adopt home delivery options into their schedules, with heavy users of delivery ordering in more than six times a month, a study led by Kerry has found. The research – based on 2,500 US consumers – sought to understand the future of food service in an era of “hyper-accessibility and convenience,” as well as shifting consumer expectations in this realm. As one young millennial interviewed in the study noted, “my time is more valuable than money.”

“Gamechanger”: Arla Foods acquires Mondelēz’s Kraft-branded Cheese Business in Middle East and Africa

14 Dec 2018 --- Arla Foods of Denmark has acquired Mondelēz International’s Kraft-branded Cheese Business in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). The region’s cheese consumption per capita is still lower than that of Europe, but it is growing, an Arla spokesperson tells FoodIngredientsFirst. The region is Arla’s largest market outside of Europe, with sales expected to reach €560 million (US$638 million) this year. The move will reportedly enable Mondelēz to focus on faster-growing snack categories, including its core Chocolate, Biscuits and Gum & Candy offerings.

Weekly Roundup: Symrise wins German sustainability award, Tate & Lyle shortlisted for national business awards in Poland

14 Dec 2018 --- This week in business, Symrise was recognized as  “Germany’s most sustainable large corporation for 2019.” Tate & Lyle’s Global Shared Services (GSS) team in Łódź has been recognized for delivering positive change for the local community and creating a vibrant workplace. The American Egg Board is celebrating the life of its first president, Lou B. Rafffel, who led the board for 30 years until his retirement in 2006.

Bühler announces new Consumer Foods segment, incorporating Haas Group

13 Dec 2018 --- In a milestone moment in the company’s 150 years history, the Bühler Group is creating a new segment, Consumer Foods, from January 1, 2019, in a bid to position itself as leader in the growing consumer foods market. By combining the company’s current chocolate, nuts, bakery and coffee business with the Haas business, the new organization will seek to support customers better in these global markets through simplified interfaces, integrated solutions, innovation and services.

GoodMills Innovation to launch Tartary buckwheat product range and high fiber wholegrain concentrate

13 Dec 2018 --- GoodMills Innovation is set to launch two wholegrain innovations next year. The first is a rutin-rich Tartary buckwheat line of products, called RutinX, while the White Gold range includes a high fiber wholegrain concentrate, which is touted as providing gut health benefits.

Landmark trade deal: MEPs endorse EU-Japan free trade agreement, big market opportunities ahead

13 Dec 2018 --- The European Parliament has endorsed a “landmark” EU-Japan free trade agreement which will remove most duties on EU goods exported to Japan with wine, spirits, meat and dairy being the biggest winners from the food and beverage category. This is the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU and is being hailed as a milestone moment, particularly as it comes at a time of rising protectionism.

Spice it up: Dutch Spices receives SimplyOK allergen management certification

13 Dec 2018 --- Dutch Spices has received the highest level of certification in the SimplyOK allergen management scheme for its products. The distinction reinforces the company’s position on allergen safety in an environment where concerns regarding allergens in raw materials and recipes are prominent. Dutch Spices’ products also comply with the Allergen Bureau's VITAL (Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labeling) program, which is a standardized allergen risk assessment process for the food industry.

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.