Americas: Frozen meals gain dominance in homes, report

Consumers are returning to the frozen foods aisle, reports The NPD Group. In 2018, frozen foods were included in 9.8 billion eating occasions in home, up 2% from a decade ago, an increase that represents billions of meals. "Demographic shifts, like Millennials moving into the busiest times of their lives juggling spouses, kids, and a career, are fueling a...

Americas: DuPont unveils new cultures for fermented foods

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (DuPont) announced today a new cultures line that contains its premium Howaru probiotics which are specially designed for fermented plant-based products to deliver clinically backed health benefits. The DuPont Danisco Vege cultures range offers desired taste and texture profiles in non-dairy applications. New additions to this range – Howaru Dophilus VG, which contains Lactobacillus acidophilus...

Europe: Prebiotic chicory root fiber maintains microbiota balance in children

A new study demonstrates that daily consumption of chicory root fiber in children aged three to six years, can keep the level of bifidobacteria higher and more stable, also during antibiotic treatment. The study was conducted by professor Tamàs Decsi, University of Pécs, Department of Paediatrics, Clinical Center of the University of Pécs, Medical School in Hungary. "Young children...

Asia Pacific: US dairy exports to Southeast Asia reaches historical high

Dairy exports from the US to Southeast Asia reached a historical high in 2018 – 441,000 mt, an increase of 28% over the previous year, according to US Census Bureau trade data released in March 2019. This export volume growth to Southeast Asia comes off a record year in worldwide dairy exports from the US, shipping 9% more over 2017....

Americas: JTB Corporation to buy Proseal

Chicago-based JBT Corporation has planned to acquire tray sealing technology provider Proseal for about £220 million (US$246.422 million). The deal will allow Proseal to further expand its business by providing access to JBT’s global sales and service network. Closing is expected in the second quarter of 2019. Established in 1998, Proseal now employs 350 staff in Adlington, Cheshire, with additional...

Asia Pacific: swop 2019 dishes out highlights

Shanghai World of Packaging (swop) will be held in Shanghai, China, from November 25 to 28.Organized by Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai and Adsale Exhibition Service, the biennial show will feature the following sectors. The second edition of the Save Food zone that will showcase solutions to help curb food waste and loss. There will be a conference and presentation with FAO on...

Europe: DuPont scientist among team that edit lactic acid bacterica handbook

Scientists have contributed to what is the 5th edition of the most comprehensive handbook on lactic acid bacteria, the key microorganisms in probiotics and fermented foods. Edited by DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences technical fellow Arthur Ouwehand, and professors Seppo Salminen, Atte von Wright, and Gabriel Vinderola, the 5th edition of Lactic Acid Bacteria is produced for anyone with an interest...

Americas: More sell-offs of organic food companies, says Ecovia Intelligence

The global organic food industry is undergoing consolidation. In April 2019. three major deals have involved established organic food companies in Europe and North America. Ecovia Intelligence (formerly known as Organic Monitor) expects more such deals as rationalization continues. Royal Wessanen, one of the largest and oldest organic food enterprises in Europe, has just been acquired by...

Middle East: Lipofoods introduces curcumin capsules for beauty foods

Lipofoods SLU, introduces Curcushine microcapsules, a bioavailable microencapsulated curcumin for the beauty-from-within market. This formulation is natural and vegan, with high solubility when dissolved in water. It has a neutral taste and can be readily incorporated into nutricosmetics and beauty drinks. The company will launch the product at Vitafoods Europe in Geneva on May 7-9, 2018 with applications such as...

Europe: Cargill uses Rainforest Alliance Certified coconut oil in products

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business is reportedly the first company to use Rainforest Alliance Certified coconut oil sourced through a mass balance model as an ingredient in its coatings and fillings. Under the model , Cargill purchases a volume of coconut oil from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms equivalent to the volume used in these products to help protect forests and...