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FrieslandCampina granted solar panel installation on 310 dairy farms

21 Aug 2017 --- In March 2017, Henk Kamp, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, granted over €200 million (US$234.7 million) SDE+ subsidy for the installation of solar panels at the roofs of FrieslandCampina member dairy farms. This will make it possible to install more than 416,000 solar panels at 310 dairy farms. 

Fat reduction in the spotlight – the race against trans fat

21 Aug 2017 --- Many food manufacturers would say that the top priorities for the food industry are salt, sugar and fat reduction. For many years now the unrelenting advice has been to cut out the so-called “bad” saturated fats, which, in turn, has had an impact on many categories across the food industry. 

UK: Competition regulator gives Heineken green light in Punch Taverns takeover

21 Aug 2017 --- Britain’s competition watchdog says Heineken’s proposal to sell off pubs in 33 areas does satisfy previous antitrust concerns about the US$519 million takeover of Punch Taverns. 

German institute estimates maximum tolerable daily consumption of foods containing fipronil

21 Aug 2017 --- The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment has calculated various exposure scenarios for foods containing fipronil from eggs to get a better idea about what is the maximum tolerable daily consumption of foods containing eggs and where there is no acute health risk. 

VTT develops yeast strains which improve cider & wine product quality

21 Aug 2017 --- In 2015 VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland generated the first new lager brewing yeast strains in 500 years and has now applied the knowledge obtained to create new yeast strains for the production of wine and cider.

UC Berkeley creates Alternative Meats Lab for plant-based alternatives

21 Aug 2017 --- The University of California, Berkeley is creating a new Alternative Meats Lab (alt.meat lab) "to give students a leg up on a trillion-dollar market opportunity: transforming the meat industry." The lab at Berkeley will use the latest technology tools and techniques to engineer plant-based meat alternatives – with animal meat-eaters as the target market.

Nestle’s Walnut Whip not “shrinkflation,” company says

21 Aug 2017 --- Nestlé has denied that its new nut-free version of the company’s Walnut Whip product is an example of “shrinkflation,” seen as a general trend in the UK toward products getting smaller following the Brexit referendum result.

Prinsen and Gustav Berning join forces to target “active nutrition”

21 Aug 2017 --- Dutch company Prinsen Food Group has announced that they are joining forces with German company Schokoladenfabrik Gustav Berning GmbH & Co. KG, one of the largest producers of high-quality protein food bars in Europe. Prinsen-Berning is a leading player in “active nutrition” Both Prinsen and Berning are companies with a long, rich history and originated as family businesses. 

Dietary fiber opportunities for CFF among top consumer trends

21 Aug 2017 --- The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a dietary fiber intake of at least 30g per day. Currently, the average dietary fiber intake among adults in the US is about 15 grams a day. CFF GmbH & Co. KG (CFF) produces natural dietary fiber concentrations that are suitable for dietary fiber enrichment in many food applications.

UK: Record growth for food and drink exports in H1

18 Aug 2017 --- Exports of all British food and drink products for the first half of 2017 have jumped by 8.5 percent, creating the largest growth on record. Data from the UK organization, the Food and Drink Federation, shows UK exports reached £10.2bn (US$13.1 billion), with exports to the EU27 growing at a faster rate than to non-EU markets, increasing the share of sales to the EU to 61.2 percent.

Valio’s new €170m dairy production plant begins operation

18 Aug 2017 --- Finnish dairy business Valio is celebrating the grand opening of its new €170 million (US$199.8 million) eco-friendly plant geared up to innovate with new snacking recipes, experiment with sugar reduction and work with fats and protein. The dairy production plant took three years to build, covers an area of around 53 hectares and will give the Finnish dairy experts, an annual production capacity of 120 million kilos of yogurt products.

Ajinomoto Co. accelerates expansion in Turkish market

18 Aug 2017 --- Ajinomoto Co., Inc. has acquired an additional 50 percent of the stock of Kükre A.S., a food company in Turkey, for approximately TRY181 million (US$51.2 million) and made it a wholly owned subsidiary. With this acquisition, Ajinomoto Co. will accelerate business expansion in Turkey with the intention of further strengthening its operations in the Middle East.

FrieslandCampina sells Riedel to Standard Investment

18 Aug 2017 --- Dutch investment company Standard Investment and Dutch dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina have reached agreement on the takeover of FrieslandCampina Riedel B.V., producer of, among others, Appelsientje, CoolBest, DubbelFrisss, DubbelDrank, Taksi and Extran. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Corbion launches clean label antimicrobial for meat mold inhibition

18 Aug 2017 --- Corbion has pioneered a new antimicrobial that inhibits mold growth, provides pathogen protection and increases the shelf-life of meat – and the solution is based on ingredients like vinegar, ferment blends, citrus flour and natural flavor. 

Welch’s eyes untapped consumer opportunities for "purple power"

18 Aug 2017 --- According to new research commissioned by Welch’s Global Ingredients Group, just 18 percent of Americans can name more than three types of purple fruits and vegetables. This is in spite of nearly three quarters (73 percent) claiming that they know purple fruits and vegetables are widely available, and 63 percent saying they are aware that they should eat more colorful produce.

Boesch Boden Spies launches new fruit innovations

18 Aug 2017 --- Hamburg-based ingredients specialist Bösch Boden Spies will present two innovations to its extensive range of natural fruit ingredients at Anuga in Cologne (October 7-11, 2017): wild, dried blueberries from Canada and goldenberry juice concentrate from the Andes.

Jimini’s look to take insect proteins beyond the niche

18 Aug 2017 --- French insect firm Jimini’s first launched insect energy bars in 2016 and now the company has redeveloped their insect offerings with the re-releasing of two new protein bars and two new energy bars. According to Mercedesz Bondi, Country Manager at Jimini’s UK now is a good time to re-release the insect bars. “The insect protein sector definitely hasn’t slowed down; just this week Switzerland’s second biggest supermarket chain has announced that they will begin selling insect burgers for human consumption. They have revised their food safety laws to allow this to happen,” she tells FoodIngredientsFirst

Trendsetting chefs get creative at Barry Callebaut’s first Asian studio opening

17 Aug 2017 --- The very first Barry Callebaut studio opened its doors in Asia yesterday (August 16) where creative chefs use their cocoa and chocolate expertise to showcase innovations to some of the leading food manufacturers in Indonesia. 
The confectionery giant says Asia’ inaugural BC Studio caters to the evolving needs of food manufacturers and their markets in the region and follows similar studio openings in other parts of the world.

Hochdorf expects “demanding” market for milk and lowers annual projections

17 Aug 2017 --- In the first half of 2017, the Hochdorf Group generated gross sales revenue of CHF312.1m (US$323m), up more than 12 percent on the previous year with Pharmalys Laboratories SA cited as being primarily responsible for these higher earnings. 

Frutarom reports record quarter, continues to implement growth strategy

17 Aug 2017 --- Frutarom’s sales in the first half of 2017 rose 15.8 percent to a half-year record of US$646.1 million compared with US$ 558.0 million in H1 2016, reflecting 6.1 percent year-over-year growth in pro-forma terms on a constant currency basis. Frutarom’s sales in the second quarter of 2017 rose 14.4 percent to a record US$ 343.6 million compared with US$300.2 million in the parallel quarter, reflecting the year-over-year internal growth of 6.8 percent in pro-forma terms on a constant currency basis.