Europe: Novozymes releases yeast with longer fermentation period

Novozymes releases Innova Quantum, a yeast that enables ethanol plants with longer fermentation times of more than 60 hours for higher ethanol yields and processing efficiencies, and without trade-offs. Producers can increase ethanol yield by 2-3% with the new yeast, which for a 100MGY plant translates to an additional US$1-2 million in revenue. Quantum with new strain development can...

Asia Pacific, Europe: Probiotic strain found to reduce colic-related fuss among infants, Chr Hansen

Up to one in four infants experience colic, often manifesting in excessive crying and fussing, say Chr Hansen. In a new study, children with colic consuming Chr. Hansen’s BB-12 probiotic strain Bifidobacterium, have experienced less excessive crying and fussing, accompanied by increased sleep time. The mechanism by which the ingredient exerts a beneficial effect on the study group is...

Americas: GNT pumps US$30M in site expansion plan

GNT will invest US$30 million to expand its operation in Gaston County, US for the local market and those in Canada, and Mexico. "Part of our Strategic Growth Plan is a multiple phase expansion in North America. I am happy to announce the completion of the initial phase with our warehouse commissioning on October 15, 2021," says CEO Hendrik Hoeck....

Asia Pacific: SIG, DNP enters Japan with filling technology

The 50-50 joint venture DNP • SIG Combibloc is bringing packaging innovation and value-added filling technology to Japan, with SIG’s on-the-go combismile carton pack. Co-packer Cosmo Foods will be the first company in Japan to install a high speed combismile filling machine from SIG. With integrated drinksplus technology, Cosmo Foods can develop and fill new product concepts with tangible added...

Europe: Tetra Pak, Poka release zero waste tools for factories

Tetra Pak and Poka, a connected factory worker platform, are collaborating to offer workers tools and training to accelerate zero waste processes in food manufacturing plants. It is reportedly the first global and scalable connected workforce service that Tetra Pak will roll out as part of its new training and support solution. According to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12,...

World: Consumers value immune health support, finds Cargill

Cargill’s global Feed4Thought survey of 3,008 consumers across three continents uncovered that interest in immune health support increased since the pandemic began and is predicted to continue longer-term. Among the respondents, 84% of Chinese, 64% of American and 58% of British consumers noted that immune support has become more important to them since the start of the pandemic. Other key...

Europe: Barry Callebaut Group buys Belgium specialty chocolate maker

The Barry Callebaut Group has signed an agreement to acquire Europe Chocolate Company (ECC), a Belgian privately-owned B2B manufacturer of chocolate specialties and decorations. This will expand the Group's value adding specialties capabilities, especially highly customized specialty chocolate and decorations. ECC has been manufacturing specialty chocolate ingredients since 1993. Today, ECC produces a wide range of industrial specialty chocolate and...

Europe: Lesaffre buys NattoPharma to expand Vitamin K2 business

Lesaffre has acquired NattoPharma, a Norwegian nutraceutical company specializing in research and marketing of vitamin K2, in order to strengthen its presence in the global human nutrition and health market and confirms its commitment to accelerate its research and development activities. This announcement completes the friendly public offer launched in February to acquire all outstanding shares of NattoPharma, a...

World: Chr. Hansen releases online probiotics information resource, Chinese website

Chr. Hansen launches The Probiotics Institute – an online platform providing educational and scientific content on probiotics and the human microbiome. As the interest in probiotics and the microbiome continues to grow, so does the number of misconceptions about probiotics and their benefits. This initiative sets out to demystify and provide information about probiotics to healthcare professionals and B2B...

Europe: Consumers value sustainable wellbeing, nutrition when buying food and drink, finds Kerry’s study

Kerry's research of 14,000 consumers in 18 countries shows that 49% of consumers are now considering sustainability when buying food and drink and that their understanding of the issue is evolving from environmental and social responsibility to including sustainable wellbeing and sustainable nutrition. This means that typical associations with sustainability such as sustainable packaging and environmental preservation are now...