Europe: Companies form allulose consortium to enter markets

Cosun Beet Company, Ingredion Incorporated, Matsutani Chemical Industry and Samyang Corporation announce consortium to help bring to the EU and UK markets allulose and support its nutritional labelling as a carbohydrate. Companies seeking approval of allulose in Europe who are interested in joining the Allulose Novel Food Consortium (ANFC) are encouraged to contact the group. Allulose is authorized as a food...

Asia Pacific: Avery Dennison tackles industry challenge with startups

Avery Dennison has launched AD Stretch, a labels and packaging industry program that involves startup innovators to solve challenges around sustainability, customer experience, and value chains. The program will be launched globally, starting in Asia Pacific and Latin America, then rolling out in Europe and the US later this year. The core themes will focus on connecting consumers to brands through...

Europe: BASF pilots retail sale of tearless onions

BASF’s vegetable seeds business developed a tearless onion variety, called Sunions, that has now been launched at supermarkets in France, Germany, Italy, and United Kingdom. The yellow onion variety is a result of more than three decades of conventional breeding efforts. While onions usually become more pungent while being stored, this variety becomes milder and sweeter over time. Pilot sales...

Americas: Kemin Industries, Driftless Extracts partner on hemp-based products

Kemin Industries has invested an undisclosed sum in Driftless Extracts, a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-certified organic hemp producer, processor and ingredient supplier based in Wisconsin, US. As part of the partnership, Kemin has entered into a supply agreement with Driftless Extracts related to various hemp-based products. Through this partnership, Kemin Human Nutrition and Health will expand its current...

Cargill: Survey finds consumers are mindful of sustainability in their food purchases

Sustainability considerations now influence most grocery shoppers when buying packaged foods such as potato chips and cookies, according to Cargill’s global FATitudes survey. The proprietary research finds 55% of consumers indicate they’re more likely to purchase a packaged food item if it includes a sustainability claim, a four-point jump since the company last fielded this research in 2019. “Our latest...

Europe: Coveris launches fully recyclable rice packs for retailer Aldi

Coveris and UK rice supplier Veetee have launched a fully recyclable packaging for Aldi’s branded rice. Supporting the retailer’s aim for 100% of its own-label packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of the year, Coveris’ fully recyclable MonoFlexE is used for two stock keeping units (SKUs) in the rice category. Previously packed in a non-recyclable, OPP to...

Asia Pacific: Kolenmesse shifts first ISM Japan show to 2023

The inaugural edition of ISM Japan is planned to open in April 2023, at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan, due to the country’s policy and borders measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “As much as we would have loved to bring the event to life this April, we felt it was important to give the participants the full experience...

Europe: Barry Callebaut opens €100M warehouse in Belgium

The Barry Callebaut Chocolate Box opens as the new Global Distribution Center in Lokeren, Belgium. It is reportedly the world’s largest chocolate warehouse and will be the logistical hub for all packed Belgian chocolate and decorations products, produced in Barry Callebaut’s chocolate factories in Wieze and Halle, Belgium. The Chocolate Box is the result of a successful partnership between Barry...

Africas: Cargill finishes US$100M facility expansion to meet dark brown cocoa powder demand

Cargill has completed a US$100 million expansion of its cocoa processing facilities in Yopougon, Côte d’Ivoire, making the Yopougon facility the single largest cocoa-grinding plant in Africa. The upgrades, which also included infrastructure enhancements and safety improvements, increased production capacity at the site by 50%, creating nearly 100 full-time, local jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs. A significant share of...

Americas: DSM buys First Choice Ingredients for US$453M

Royal DSM has acquired First Choice Ingredients, supplier of dairy-based savory flavorings, for an enterprise value of US$453 million. First Choice Ingredients has built a position in the US taste market as a partner with food producers, flavor houses and food service suppliers. The company ferments and blends a variety of natural dairy products to develop clean label, dairy...