Asia Pacific: Singapore holds conference on food safety

More than 70 countries, private companies, international organizations, trade associations, academic institutions, and non-governmental groups met in Singapore on December 11, 2013, for the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) 2nd Annual Conference. Participants at the event evaluated its first-year achievements and discussed future plans to scale up and shape the world’s response to food safety challenges. There is an ongoing world...

Europe: Barry-Wehmiller acquires packaging firm in France, approaches $1.7B

Barry Wehmiller Companies, Inc., has acquired Arcil SA, a Paris-based supplier of packaging technology for the fresh dairy and food industry. The purchase, Barry-Wehmiller’s first within France, expands its packaging platform to six operating companies and escalates the capital equipment and engineering consulting firm’s reach within the growing global yogurt industry. Arcil, with $120 million in revenue this year, employs about...

Asia Pacific: Crown opens three beverage can facilities in China

Crown Holdings, Inc has officially opened and commercialized three of its Chinese facilities in Heshan (Guangdong province), Ziyang (Sichuan province) and Putian (Fujian province). “These new plants will primarily supply local customers, although they may also be called upon to serve other parts of the country,” said Jozef Salaerts, president of CROWN Asia Pacific. “As brand owners and consumers continue to recognize...

Europe: Celanese to sample reduced calorie beverages made with Qorus at FiE 2013

Celanese Corporation and its food ingredients business, Nutrinova, presented to show visitors of Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) 2013 the authentic taste of its Qorus sweetener system in a variety of beverages and yogurt. At the show in Frankfurt, Germany in November 2013, Qorus was presented to enable food and beverage developers to balance sweetness and flavor while masking off-notes and...

Europe: Chr. Hansen’s salt-reducing cheese ingredient solution receives FiE 2013 innovation award

For the third time in a row (2009, 2011 and 2013), Chr. Hansen has received a Food Ingredients Excellence Award in the Dairy Innovation of the Year category for its SaltLite product at Food Ingredients Europe 2013 held in November in Frankfurt, Germany. The company says the SaltLite concept contains only natural ingredients already used in the manufacture of cheese. It...

Asia Pacific: Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam opens two facilities, holds discussion in Vietnam for local cocoa industry

Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam inaugurated its Cocoa Collection and Fermentation Plant in Ben Tre province in Vietnam on November 14, 2013. This plant also includes a Cocoa Development Center that was opened in collaboration with Mars Group. The official opening ceremony of the two facilities with Mars Group took place at the Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam site on Giao Long Industrial Zone in...

Americas: Frutarom acquires US flavor company Hagelin for $52.4M

Frutarom Industries Ltd. has acquired 100% of the share capital of US-based Hagelin for a cash consideration of $52.4 million. This fourth acquisition in 2013 strengthens Frutarom’s foothold in the US market, which is the world’s biggest flavor market, and accelerates its penetration into the developing and fast growing markets of Central and South America and Africa, which are of...

World: LycoRed launches Lyc-O-Pro for prostate health

LycoRed has launched Lyc-O-Pro, a science-based formulation targeting prostate health. The ingredient combines curcumin, omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, and a proprietary tomato extract optimized for men’s health. It is the latest in LycoRed’s line of nutritional products targeting specific health indications. This formula for men’s health is available in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, in either “drum-to-hopper” format, in bulk...

Asia Pacific: Beef supply to remain tight in 2014 with strong Asian demand, says Rabobank

The Rabobank Global Cattle Price Index has risen by 6% since June 2013, driven by lower-than-expected beef supply in the main exporting countries and strong Asian demand. According to a report from Rabobank, supply will remain tight, especially in 1H 2014, driven by lower feed costs, induced herd rebuilding in the US and the strong export demand from Brazil and...

World: Global poultry sector looks bullish in 2014, says Rabobank

The outlook for the global poultry sector in 2014 is generally bullish, driven by the tailwind of sharply lower feed costs and tight global supplies of pork and beef (which are poultry’s main substitutes). In Q3 2013, producers in the Americas had another quarter of favorable margins as tight supplies of competing proteins kept prices high and lower corn and...