Asia Pacific: Barry Callebaut acquires Australian chocolate producer

The Barry Callebaut Group has signed an agreement to acquire GKC Foods (Australia) Pty Ltd, a producer of chocolate, coatings and fillings, serving many consumer chocolate brands in Australia and New Zealand. This acquisition empowers the Group to expand its position in the industrial chocolate market and to leverage its gourmet and specialties business in Australia and New Zealand. Barry...

Americas: Rianta appoints Optima Machinery Corp as distributor in region

Optima Machinery Corporation is representing Rianta Packaging Systems in Canada and the US. Rianta has 55 years of experience providing packaging solutions for food and bakery goods. To intensify its sales activities in North America, sales manager Jeff Privatt will represent the Germany-based company in North America at Optima Machinery Corporation in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Headquartered in Schwaebisch Hall,...

Europe: DSM releases powders for infant nutrition

DSM has released microbial DHASCO-B and ARASCO powders for infant nutrition. These powders contain a minimum of 110 mg DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) or ARA (arachidonic acid) respectively and are produced with life’sDHA and life’sARA oils, which are sources of sustainable vegetarian DHA omega-3 and ARA omega-6. The company says the new range has a clean label, are naturally free from contaminants,...

World: Use powdered food for safer meal preparation, personalized nutrition, says Blendhub

With the Covid-19 pandemic disrupting how people live, work and play, the food supply change is adapting to the volatile changes and directives by governments, as experts and legislators make sense of the situation and plan for the safety of people and those on the front lines. While most of the population practice social distancing by staying in their homes...

Americas: Intertek Alchemy releases free online course on safety amidst COVID-19

Intertek Alchemy has released a complimentary training course that trains food industry workers how to recognize symptoms, prevent transmission, and effective measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 disease. This online course is available to every company, not just its client. Nearly 15,000 food production facilities use Intertek Alchemy for training frontline workers who come into contact with food products...

Europe: Cargill donates disinfecting alcohol to Belgium, the Netherlands

Cargill has donated 100,000 liters of disinfecting alcohol to the Belgian government to produce disinfectant hand gel for the emergency services. The donation contributes to the Civil Defense initiative, which takes care of the coordination of production and distribution. In the short term, this will solve the disinfecting gel shortage of the emergency services (fire brigade, police, emergency centers and...

Europe: ADM commits US$1M in fight against COVID-19

ADM has committed about US$1 million to various organizations involved in the fight against COVID-19. The contributions include commitments to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (powered by the United Nations Foundation), various regional and local charities focusing on COVID-19 in the areas where ADM operates, and matches to ADM employee contributions to COVID-19 relief and...

Europe: DSM buys HMO company for US$836M

Royal DSM has completed its acquisition of Glycom, a global supplier of Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMO) for an enterprise value of €765 million (US$836.4 million). The acquisition of Glycom was first announced on 21 February 2020. This adds to DSM's portfolio for the early life nutrition industry including nutritional lipids, vitamins and nutrient premixes. The company says Glycom is the only...

Europe: Flavorings containing benzaldehyde can develop benzene under light, research

In 2013, the Stiftung Warentest found harmful benzene in drinks with cherry flavor. According to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, BfR), benzene is mainly absorbed by our bodies via the air we breathe. Non-smokers take in an average of 200 micrograms of benzene per day. Smokers take in about 10 times as much. But...

Europe: Researchers extract more sweetness from lactose

The production of cheese results in large quantities of the by-product whey, which contains both a lot of milk sugar (lactose) and proteins. Dairies usually extract as much protein as possible from the whey so it can be used in the production of e.g. infant formula. Some larger dairies also extract some of the lactose. Even so, there is still...