Asia Pacific: Japan launches the Ruby chocolate

Nestlé Japan launches the Ruby chocolate version of its KitKat brand in Japan, South Korea and online. The brand is reportedly the first to offer this fourth type of chocolate - next to Dark, Milk and White - to consumers, just five months after Ruby chocolate was introduced. Ruby chocolate was created by Barry Callebaut, and the KitKat Chocolatory Sublime...

Asia Pacific: Natural preservative for frying oils

Arjuna Naturals Extracts launches its natural preservative formulation for combating oxidation, thermal degradation, hydrolytic rancidity and extending the frying cycle of vegetable oils. The all-natural preservative formulation contains a few ingredients and enables a clean label. It is GMO-free, oil-soluble and vegan. Regulatory The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has revised its standards to allow for reuse of...

Europe: Key Technology releases new machines to grade bean size

Key Technology expands its rotary sizing and grading systems for green beans, which includes their popular Sliver Sizer Remover (SSR), Precision Size Grader (PSG) and Rotary Size Grader (RSG). With the introduction of a new 14-roller PSG, Key enables processors to replace drum graders with minimal impact to surrounding equipment. The 14-roller PSG provides four rollers more than previous...

Europe: Anuga Foodtec on upgrading by-products

Sustainability and environmental management play an important role in the food industry. Nevertheless, regardless of how efficiently the machines work and how resource-friendly they produce, at the end of the day the manufacturers are still faced with the question: What to do with the waste materials that are left over? Anuga FoodTec from 20 to 23 March in Cologne holds...

Asia Pacific: Fosun buys stake in Tsingtao

Fosun International Limited is acquiring from Asahi Group Holdings 243,108,236 H-shares in Tsingtao Brewery Company Limited for HKD27.22 (US$3.48) per share. The total consideration of approximately HKD6.6 billion will upon completion, see Fosun owning approximately 17.99% in the total issued shares in Tsingtao. Tsingtao, one of the oldest beer producers in China, was founded in 1903 by German and British...

Asia Pacific: Barry Callebaut factory in China turns 10

The Barry Callebaut Group in China celebrates the 10th anniversary of its US$20 million chocolate factory in China. The company has experienced double-digit growth in China over the last three years. "Although chocolate consumption in China is still only about 100 g per capita, consumers are becoming more and more sophisticated and educated on all things chocolate," says Asia Pacific President...

Europe: DSM expands into gut health market

DSM expands its offering in gut health ingredients with probiotics with the acquisition of BioCare Copenhagen. The attractive market segment in nutritional ingredients is growing an estimated 7% per year. Financial details will not be disclosed at this time. BioCare Copenhagen is a privately-held company founded in 2012, focused on probiotics and specialized in microbial actives with proven health benefits, targeting...

World: Processing machinery market to sustain growth, analyst

The global market for food and beverage processing machinery was estimated at US$46.2 billion in 2016. It is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7%, reaching US$60.9 billion in 2021. The Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) region had the largest regional market for food and beverage processing machinery in 2016, accounting for half of the...

Americas: Cargill releases canola oil with lowest saturated fat

Cargill has introduced the lowest saturated fat, high oleic canola oil available to commercial food customers worldwide. The oil is made from a canola hybrid that contains 4.5% or less saturated fat while maintaining high fry and shelf life performance, freshness and taste. It reduces saturated fat content 35% from previous canola oil generations. Cargill’s high oleic, low saturated canola...

Asia Pacific: Ajinomoto, Nong Shim open noodle company

Ajinomoto and Nongshim will set up a production company for dry soups through a joint venture with KRW 13 billion (US$12.14 million). Ajinomoto will own 51% of the company and Nongshim with 49%. The joint venture company will be located at Gyeonggi-do, South Korea in January 2018, with the aim of starting sales of locally produced products (Vono brand single-serving dry...