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Brain and energy products can help relieve stress among Asia’s teens

17-Dec-2018 The rate of depression and anxiety among Asia’s teens is increasing. Mintel research reveals that almost half of Chinese consumers aged 16-19 are worried about their studies and their future after school, respectively. The fast pace and mounting worries of life are impacting the mental heal ... more

Cookie baking small 1x1 with the AutoNester software

17-Dec-2018 The AutoNester program package from Fraunhofer SCAI actually optimizes patterns for textiles, metal, wood and leather. But the software is also interesting for Christmas bakers: It calculates how the rolled out dough surface can be used optimally - i.e. how to roll out dough less often and ... more

First 'Dutch bananas' harvested

17-Dec-2018 Researchers from Wageningen University & Research are harvesting the first Dutch bananas this week. Boerenhart, a supplier of fresh and local products will offer the bananas as 'regional product' to restaurants and hospitals in the region of Wageningen. The cultivation took place on two typ ... more

Arla acquires Middle East and Africa Kraft branded cheese business from Mondeléz International

17-Dec-2018 The deal is set to significantly strengthen Arla’s position in the Middle East and North Africa, giving access to new product categories, new markets and a state-of-the-art production site.European dairy cooperative Arla Foods (“Arla”) has reached an agreement with American multinational co ... more

Tönnies grows in the UK

17-Dec-2018 The Tönnies Group has taken over the British sausage producer Riverway Foods. The English family business specialises in sausage production for the British market. The quality products such as "Cumberland Sausages" are sold nationwide in the British trade."Together with the Crosby family, w ... more

SGS Invests in Imprint Analytics, Austria

17-Dec-2018 Imprint Analytics provides isotope analysis to the food sector, focusing on analytical verification of geographic origin and authenticity testing. The partnership will allow Imprint Analytics to further widen the scope of its technology and know-how. Its isotope fingerprinting capabilities ... more

Do we still need field biologists?

14-Dec-2018 Due to digitisation, ecologists are working less and less in the field. Christoph Küffer believes that we should not rely solely on digital data, and puts the case for field research. Just a few years ago, those embarked on a doctorate in ecology collected their data in the wild – sweating ... more

FrieslandCampina to grow its Spanish cheese business

14-Dec-2018 The Dutch Royal FrieslandCampina N.V., a global dairy company announced the acquisition of Spain based cheese co-packer and distributor Millán Vicente. The deal will further strengthen FrieslandCampina’s position in supplying cheese to Spanish and Portuguese consumers. Roel van Neerbos, Pre ... more

Ball Corporation Agrees to Sell Chinese Beverage Can and End Manufacturing Facilities

14-Dec-2018 Ball Corporation announced an agreement to sell its metal beverage packaging facilities in China to ORG Technology Co. Ltd., a leading Chinese metal packaging company, for approximately $225 million total transaction consideration including cash, plus potential additional consideration rela ... more

Barry Callebaut appoints Isabelle Esser Chief Human Resources Officer

14-Dec-2018 Barry Callebaut AG, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, today announced the appointment of Isabelle Esser as Chief Human Resources Officer and member of the Executive Committee, reporting to CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique, effective February 1, 2019 ... more

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Cookie baking small 1x1 with the AutoNester software

17-Dec-2018 The AutoNester program package from Fraunhofer SCAI actually optimizes patterns for textiles, metal, wood and leather. But the software is also interesting for Christmas bakers: It calculates how the rolled out dough surface can be used optimally - i.e. how to roll out dough less often and ... more

Barry Callebaut appoints Isabelle Esser Chief Human Resources Officer

14-Dec-2018 Barry Callebaut AG, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, today announced the appointment of Isabelle Esser as Chief Human Resources Officer and member of the Executive Committee, reporting to CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique, effective February 1, 2019 ... more

Sean Walker named Group President for General Mills Asia & Latin America

12-Dec-2018 General Mills today announced that Sean Walker has been named Group President of General Mills’ Asia & Latin America segment effective February 1, 2019. Walker will report to Jeff Harmening, chairman and chief executive officer, and will join the company’s global senior leadership team. Wal ... more

Nestlé creates research institute for packaging to accelerate sustainability agenda

11-Dec-2018 Nestlé today announced the creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. This is a step further to achieve the Company’s commitment to make 100% of its packaging recycl ... more

Barry-Callebaut CEO sees great potential for chocolate consumption in Asia

11-Dec-2018 The Barry Callebaut chocolate group sees the greatest potential for chocolate consumption in Asia. While the annual per capita consumption in Switzerland, Germany or Great Britain is between eight and nine kilos, in Japan it is 1.3 kilos - mainly dark chocolate, Barry Callebaut boss Antoine ... more

Barry Callebaut successfully closes transaction with Burton’s Biscuit Company in the UK

10-Dec-2018 After signing an agreement with Burton's Biscuit Company, the UK's second biggest biscuit manufacturer, for the long-term supply of over 12,000 tonnes of chocolate and compound per year on September 19, 2018, Barry Callebaut, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and co ... more

More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation

10-Dec-2018 Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study from the University of Bonn suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. Specifically, an ... more

EU Commission approves Pepsi takeover of Sodastream

05-Dec-2018 The beverage giant Pepsico has received approval from the EU Commission to take over the Israeli manufacturer of spa equipment Sodastream. There are no competition concerns against the deal, the Brussels authority announced on Monday. The businesses of both companies had little overlap. The ... more

ViscoTec is a growth champion 2019

05-Dec-2018 With an average annual growth rate of 31 %, ViscoTec Pumpen- u. Dosiertechnik GmbH from Toeging in Bavaria is one of the fastest growing companies in the German-speaking region for 2019. This is the result of a study for which the magazine Focus together with the data company Statista deter ... more

INKOTA welcomes minimum price increase by Fairtrade

04-Dec-2018 Today, the Fairtrade seal initiative announced a significant increase in the guaranteed minimum price for cocoa. The development organisation INKOTA welcomes this important step to reduce the poverty of cocoa farmers. If chocolate companies were serious about sustainability, they would also ... more

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Brain and energy products can help relieve stress among Asia’s teens

17-Dec-2018 The rate of depression and anxiety among Asia’s teens is increasing. Mintel research reveals that almost half of Chinese consumers aged 16-19 are worried about their studies and their future after school, respectively. The fast pace and mounting worries of life are impacting the mental heal ... more

Ball Corporation Agrees to Sell Chinese Beverage Can and End Manufacturing Facilities

14-Dec-2018 Ball Corporation announced an agreement to sell its metal beverage packaging facilities in China to ORG Technology Co. Ltd., a leading Chinese metal packaging company, for approximately $225 million total transaction consideration including cash, plus potential additional consideration rela ... more

Naturally Splendid: News on the extended distribution of hemp beers

14-Dec-2018 Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd. reports on the following highlights of the expanded distribution of the HempOmega-enriched beer Major Hemp H-IPA from Sipp Industries, Inc. On 24 October 2018, Naturally Splendid announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Sipp under which Sipp was ... more

Sean Walker named Group President for General Mills Asia & Latin America

12-Dec-2018 General Mills today announced that Sean Walker has been named Group President of General Mills’ Asia & Latin America segment effective February 1, 2019. Walker will report to Jeff Harmening, chairman and chief executive officer, and will join the company’s global senior leadership team. Wal ... more

Nestlé creates research institute for packaging to accelerate sustainability agenda

11-Dec-2018 Nestlé today announced the creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. This is a step further to achieve the Company’s commitment to make 100% of its packaging recycl ... more

Natural food/drink launches with GMO-free claims grew 366% in Canada in the last 10 years

11-Dec-2018 While natural food and drink appears to have gone mainstream in Canada, it seems confusion around what ‘natural’ actually means has inspired a free-from revolution. Research from Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD) reveals that there was a 366% increase in ‘GMO-free’ claims on natura ... more

Catering to Chinese parents’ food safety concerns

10-Dec-2018 A decade after China’s infant milk formula (IMF) safety scandal, Chinese parents are becoming more confident about the safety of baby food products. Indeed, Mintel’s latest research on China’s IMF sector reveals concerns over the safety of food products among Chinese parents dropped 14 perc ... more

5 beverage trends 2018

10-Dec-2018 Jonathan Davison, Beverage Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, identifies the defining beverage market trends in 2018: 1. Company diversification Responding to a game-changing shift in consumer attitudes towards health and wellness, carbonated soft drinks giants loo ... more

More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation

10-Dec-2018 Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study from the University of Bonn suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. Specifically, an ... more

Tea production sets new record

06-Dec-2018 Last year almost 5.7 million tons were produced worldwide, more than ever before. "After water, tea is by far the most consumed beverage in the world," said Maximilian Wittig, Managing Director of the German Tea Association in Hamburg. According to figures from the International Tea Committ ... more

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Tönnies grows in the UK

17-Dec-2018 The Tönnies Group has taken over the British sausage producer Riverway Foods. The English family business specialises in sausage production for the British market. The quality products such as "Cumberland Sausages" are sold nationwide in the British trade."Together with the Crosby family, w ... more

Sean Walker named Group President for General Mills Asia & Latin America

12-Dec-2018 General Mills today announced that Sean Walker has been named Group President of General Mills’ Asia & Latin America segment effective February 1, 2019. Walker will report to Jeff Harmening, chairman and chief executive officer, and will join the company’s global senior leadership team. Wal ... more

Misleading Canada Food Prices 2019 Report Makes Assumptions of Red Meat Industry Pricing

11-Dec-2018 The Canada Food Price Report for 2019, released earlier this week, makes assumptions that the cost of meat is set to fall because Canadians are adopting plant-based diets. In fact, the beef demand index is strong, only showing a decrease of 2% demand in 2018, but maintaining levels not seen ... more

Quick and mobile control of fresh meat

10-Dec-2018 A complete and reliable meat control is important - in the sense of consumer protection and food producers. With a new mobile analyser, the freshness of meat can now be determined more quickly and a higher test coverage in the processing chain can be ensured. The recently completed "FriMo" ... more

More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation

10-Dec-2018 Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study from the University of Bonn suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. Specifically, an ... more

ViscoTec is a growth champion 2019

05-Dec-2018 With an average annual growth rate of 31 %, ViscoTec Pumpen- u. Dosiertechnik GmbH from Toeging in Bavaria is one of the fastest growing companies in the German-speaking region for 2019. This is the result of a study for which the magazine Focus together with the data company Statista deter ... more

Givaudan launches MISTA – a new innovation platform for the food industry

04-Dec-2018 Givaudan, the global leader in flavours and fragrances, has launched MISTA, a new innovation platform for the food industry. More encompassing than an incubator or accelerator, MISTA is an optimiser, enabling start-ups and established corporations to optimise ideas, products, people and inv ... more

Glyphosate: Bayer refers to fewer cancer studies than assumed

03-Dec-2018 Is the weedkiller glyphosate carcinogenic? For a long time, the agricultural chemicals group Bayer has relied on 800 scientific studies to prove that glyphosate "can be safely used and is not carcinogenic. This was also reported by the German Press Agency. As the "tageszeitung" writes, howe ... more

Cooperation between Deutsche Umwelthilfe and Rapunzel: HAND IN HAND Fund for Eco-social Projects Worldwide

28-Nov-2018 Various media currently report that Rapunzel is a "donor" of the German Environmental Aid (DUH). This statement, which is repeatedly made in connection with the issue of "diesel driving bans", is wrong. Rather, Rapunzel and the DUH have been working together successfully for 20 years in the ... more

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

26-Nov-2018 Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the li ... more

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Arla acquires Middle East and Africa Kraft branded cheese business from Mondeléz International

17-Dec-2018 The deal is set to significantly strengthen Arla’s position in the Middle East and North Africa, giving access to new product categories, new markets and a state-of-the-art production site.European dairy cooperative Arla Foods (“Arla”) has reached an agreement with American multinational co ... more

FrieslandCampina to grow its Spanish cheese business

14-Dec-2018 The Dutch Royal FrieslandCampina N.V., a global dairy company announced the acquisition of Spain based cheese co-packer and distributor Millán Vicente. The deal will further strengthen FrieslandCampina’s position in supplying cheese to Spanish and Portuguese consumers. Roel van Neerbos, Pre ... more

Sean Walker named Group President for General Mills Asia & Latin America

12-Dec-2018 General Mills today announced that Sean Walker has been named Group President of General Mills’ Asia & Latin America segment effective February 1, 2019. Walker will report to Jeff Harmening, chairman and chief executive officer, and will join the company’s global senior leadership team. Wal ... more

Danone North America Recall for Light & Fit Greek Crunch S’mores Flavor

11-Dec-2018 Danone North America is voluntarily recalling 3,521 cases of Light & Fit® Greek Crunch Nonfat Yogurt & Toppings S’Mores Flavor sold in the United States with an expiration date of December 30, 2018 and UPC of 36632 03825. It was discovered that some of the toppers sold on the product contai ... more

Nestlé creates research institute for packaging to accelerate sustainability agenda

11-Dec-2018 Nestlé today announced the creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. This is a step further to achieve the Company’s commitment to make 100% of its packaging recycl ... more

Catering to Chinese parents’ food safety concerns

10-Dec-2018 A decade after China’s infant milk formula (IMF) safety scandal, Chinese parents are becoming more confident about the safety of baby food products. Indeed, Mintel’s latest research on China’s IMF sector reveals concerns over the safety of food products among Chinese parents dropped 14 perc ... more

FrieslandCampina acquires cheese importer Jana Foods in the United States

10-Dec-2018 The Dutch Royal FrieslandCampina N.V., a global dairy company, today announced the acquisition of US based importer and distributor Jana Foods. The acquisition will further strengthen FrieslandCampina’s position in supplying Dutch specialty cheese to the US consumer. “This acquisition supp ... more

More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation

10-Dec-2018 Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study from the University of Bonn suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. Specifically, an ... more

ViscoTec is a growth champion 2019

05-Dec-2018 With an average annual growth rate of 31 %, ViscoTec Pumpen- u. Dosiertechnik GmbH from Toeging in Bavaria is one of the fastest growing companies in the German-speaking region for 2019. This is the result of a study for which the magazine Focus together with the data company Statista deter ... more

Givaudan launches MISTA – a new innovation platform for the food industry

04-Dec-2018 Givaudan, the global leader in flavours and fragrances, has launched MISTA, a new innovation platform for the food industry. More encompassing than an incubator or accelerator, MISTA is an optimiser, enabling start-ups and established corporations to optimise ideas, products, people and inv ... more

All news on dairy

First 'Dutch bananas' harvested

17-Dec-2018 Researchers from Wageningen University & Research are harvesting the first Dutch bananas this week. Boerenhart, a supplier of fresh and local products will offer the bananas as 'regional product' to restaurants and hospitals in the region of Wageningen. The cultivation took place on two typ ... more

SGS Invests in Imprint Analytics, Austria

17-Dec-2018 Imprint Analytics provides isotope analysis to the food sector, focusing on analytical verification of geographic origin and authenticity testing. The partnership will allow Imprint Analytics to further widen the scope of its technology and know-how. Its isotope fingerprinting capabilities ... more

Do we still need field biologists?

14-Dec-2018 Due to digitisation, ecologists are working less and less in the field. Christoph Küffer believes that we should not rely solely on digital data, and puts the case for field research. Just a few years ago, those embarked on a doctorate in ecology collected their data in the wild – sweating ... more

China buys soya from the USA again

14-Dec-2018 China has resumed importing soy from the USA. In the past 24 hours Chinese importers have ordered between 1.5 and 2 million tonnes of soya, the Association of American Soya Exporters announced on Thursday.The goods are expected to be shipped during the first quarter of 2019.This is the firs ... more

Nordzucker starts comprehensive transformation process

13-Dec-2018 Nordzucker focuses entirely on sugar - in its core market of Europe and globally. Due to the significantly more volatile and highly competitive market environment, a comprehensive internal transformation process is being initiated with the aim of stabilizing the company in low-price phases ... more

Coca-Cola prepares for lower growth in the coming year

13-Dec-2018 The US beverage giant Coca-Cola is preparing for less growth. The prospects for the US economy in 2019 are uncertain and the company could grow less strongly in the coming year than in 2018, said CEO James Quincey to the financial channel CNBC. Consumer spending weakened in September. The A ... more

Sean Walker named Group President for General Mills Asia & Latin America

12-Dec-2018 General Mills today announced that Sean Walker has been named Group President of General Mills’ Asia & Latin America segment effective February 1, 2019. Walker will report to Jeff Harmening, chairman and chief executive officer, and will join the company’s global senior leadership team. Wal ... more

BIOFACH 2019: Time to check in for a trip into the heart of the organic community

12-Dec-2018 Over four days from 13 - 16 February 2019, the heart of the international organic sector will once again be beating in Nuremberg when BIOFACH, the world's leading trade fair for organic food, goes into its 30th round. More than 2,900 exhibitors and 50,000 trade visitors are expected at the ... more

Nestlé creates research institute for packaging to accelerate sustainability agenda

11-Dec-2018 Nestlé today announced the creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. This is a step further to achieve the Company’s commitment to make 100% of its packaging recycl ... more

Proposed cut for herring harvest could affect lobster catch

10-Dec-2018 Fishermen who seek one of the most important bait fish on the East Coast are likely to see a dramatic reduction next year in the amount they are allowed to harvest, and the change could have major implications for lobster consumers. The commercial fishery for herring is a major industry in ... more

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