Europe: Chemometric Brain partners with digital marketplace platform, sees opportunities in Covid-19 pandemic

Chemometric Brain, a digitized quality control and Testing-as-a-Service software based on a Near Infrared technology (NIR) that guarantees the traceability, suitability and homogeneity of ingredients and final food products will partner with 1-2-Taste, a digital ingredients and services marketplace. Through the partnership, Chemometric Brain will be introducing its services to ingredients and food producers, allowing 1-2-Taste’s customers to assure that...

Europe: Ferrero Group buys cereal, granola maker in the UK

The Ferrero Group has signed an agreement to buy Eat Natural, the maker of cereal bars, toasted muesli and granola. The group plans to maintain and further build Eat Natural’s brand authenticity, while supporting the company with distribution and expansion to new markets and category segments opportunities. As part of the transaction, The Ferrero Group will take over the production...

Americas: BASF sells US manufacturing site to align with strategy

BASF has reached an agreement to sell its manufacturing site in Kankakee, Illinois and the associated businesses of vegetable-oil-based raw material sterols and natural vitamin E, anionic surfactants and esters produced there to an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners, LLC, a US-based private equity firm. The businesses have about 160 employees including business management and commercial personnel across...

Europe: Green BericapValve wins packaging award

Bericap’s BericapValve has won Packaging Europe’s Sustainability Award 2020 in the Recyclable Packaging category, beating five finalists. The award recognizes and awards the major sustainability impact behind the small visible change to a 100 % silicone-free valve. Unlike conventional silicone valves, the unit is made of TPE and does not contaminate the recycling stream with silicone. Its recyclability is...

Americas: Nestlé beverage range dons SIG’s paper straws in Brazil

Nestlé Brazil's Nescau beverage range is now fitted with SIG’s combiblocMini carton packs and renewable and recyclable paper straws. This helps to meet the sustainability goals of Nestlé, which has the vision that none of its packaging ends up improperly discarded in the environment, especially in seas, oceans or watercourses. The company said changing to paper straw will prevent the...

Europe: Plant & Bean plans to make plant-based foods accessible to all

Plant & Bean, a developer and manufacturer of plant-based food products, has announced that it is set to open Europe’s largest plant-based meat production facility in the UK. The new factory will enable efficient product manufacture and distribution across Europe, helping brands to meet fast-growing demand for plant-based meat. Located in Boston, Lincolnshire, the 263,000 sqm site, will have a planned initial...

Americas: Olam Food Ingredients buy chile pepper business for US$108.5M

Olam Food Ingredients, through its subsidiary, Olam Americas, Inc. has agreed to acquire the US-based chile pepper business (CPB) of major maker of condiments and sauces, Mizkan America, Inc. for US$108.5 million. This is the first major acquisition for the new operating group after the reorganization within Olam International Limited. Based in Deming, New Mexico, CPB is renowned for its...

Europe: ABB releases safety device for access into hazardous areas

ABB has designed a three-position device for food and beverage applications for operators to safely undertake production inspections. They can use the ABB HD5 three-position device to safely enter the hazardous area for troubleshooting, reducing the need to shut down production equipment. It can also be used for programming and test running in situations where no other...

Asia Pacific: Dupont launches enzymes for baked sweets in Japan

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (DuPont) has launched POWERFresh Special and POWERSoft Cake 8010 in Japan. These enzymes offers improver houses and industrial bakeries an anti-staling solution that provides a unique texture, premium softness and a longer-lasting freshness to cakes, breads, sweet rolls and buns whilst maintaining their shape. They were formulated to help create cakes and sweet breads with an ultimate...

Americas: Ocean Spray, Amai Proteins partner on reduced sugar products

Ocean Spray has announced a partnership with Amai Proteins in an effort to incorporate healthy, sweet proteins into the product portfolio. Through joint development agreements, Ocean Spray and Amai Proteins plan to develop cranberry juice with at least a 40% sugar reduction, offering consumers more ways to incorporate the cranberry into a healthier lifestyle. Amai Proteins' sugar-reduction solution is a...