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Food Ingredients First 03/26/2020 20:00
27 Mar 2020 --- The global coronavirus outbreak is causing significant disruption in the fresh produce supply chain and concerns around the potential contamination of unpacked foodstuffs when handled. This is according to reports by StePac, an Israeli-based specialist in functional packaging for fresh produce. StePac is promoting the shelf-life-extending capabilities of its portfolio amid calls from The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) for the European Commission to recognize packaging as critical to the uninterrupted flow of perishable goods.
Food Ingredients First 03/26/2020 20:00
27 Mar 2020 --- Consumers can now shop “in store” from their homes thanks to virtual reality (VR) technology, paired with a white-glove delivery service. Florida-based tech company, LifeStyles in 360, says the business model aims to help and support as many people as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. The VR company says this is an advantage for the community by reducing in-store traffic while providing a service designed to ensure the safety of all its customers.
Food Ingredients First 03/26/2020 20:00
27 Mar 2020 --- This week, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented increase in demand for food and household products. As a result, retailers Tesco, Aldi and Co-op are recruiting temporary colleagues to help feed British families. Meanwhile, Unilever announced a contribution of more than €100 million (US$109.4 million) to help people affected by the virus around the globe and the Coca-Cola Foundation is also set to donate US$5 million to families following the outbreak. Also this week, Nestlé revealed its milestones in helping end deforestation and restoring forests in cocoa.
Food Ingredients First 03/25/2020 20:00
26 Mar 2020 --- Since the insurgence of COVID-19 in Italy, European supply chains have increasingly dealt with bottlenecks and disruptions caused by the sweeping pandemic. Now as countries go into lockdown and quarantine measures are in place across the continent, industry bodies underscore that the entire food and drink industry (including finished products, ingredients, packaging and transport) must be regarded as “essential.” The workforce cannot stay at home if the food supply chain is to remain fully functional.
Food Ingredients First 03/25/2020 20:00
26 Mar 2020 --- The 2020 Sweets & Snacks Expo, originally scheduled for May 18-21, 2020, in Chicago, has been canceled. It joins a growing list of trade show disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. Restrictions and recommendations on mass gatherings continue to build in cities and states across the US. In light of the situation, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Confectioners Association says canceling the show “was the only path forward to protect the well-being of our community.”
Food Ingredients First 03/25/2020 20:00
26 Mar 2020 --- California-based ice brand Coolhaus is debuting its latest innovation: Queens’ Coffee ice cream, which is made in partnership with Allegro Coffee using its Three Queens blend. The specialty coffee is grown and produced in East Africa by women who are influencing their communities and advocating for economic equality. According to company founder, Natasha Case, “the Allegro Coffee touch gives our ice cream its aromatic, nuanced and smooth taste.”
Food Ingredients First 03/24/2020 20:00
25 Mar 2020 --- The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) have announced continued progress in the implementation of the agriculture-related provisions of the . The Agreement entered into force on February 14, is proving highly favorable for livestock traders. In particular, trade with China in beef is pegged by the USDA as a fast-growing market that imported US$8.4 billion worth of beef products in 2019. Meanwhile, the government agency underscores new opportunities in grain trade following China’s newly updated list of US facilities eligible for export.
Food Ingredients First 03/24/2020 20:00
25 Mar 2020 --- High-protein bread is the next bold step for Finland-based start-up Solar Foods on its quest to disconnect protein production from agriculture. Earlier this year, the food-tech company announced its breakthrough solution, Solein, which enables anywhere by using air and electricity. Using this pioneering ingredient and the company’s food laboratory and test kitchen, Solar Foods has been baking bread, which the company describes as “living magic.”
Food Ingredients First 03/24/2020 20:00
25 Mar 2020 --- The European food and beverage industry is under mounting pressure to ensure consumers have access to enough safe, affordable and quality products during the coronavirus pandemic. FoodDrinkEurope has identified five urgent actions to help ease food supply pressure in these troubling times and is urging the European Commission to take action now. The recommendations include greater support for the food sector workforce, recognizing the entire food supply chain as “essential,” unblocking transport bottlenecks, supporting struggling businesses and facilitating global trade.
Food Ingredients First 03/24/2020 20:00
25 Mar 2020 --- Freeze dried ingredients manufacturer European Freeze Dry has revealed its top five most popular vegan ingredients as demand spikes from consumers. The announcement comes as the company sees a continued rise in popularity for freeze-dried ingredients to be used in new products or food production processes. Moreover, vegan and plant-based ingredients have been in the spotlight and enjoying significant growth for many months. The top five freeze dried ingredients are Turtle beans, diced sweet potato, black-eyed beans, diced beetroot and caramelized onion.
Food Ingredients First 03/23/2020 20:00
24 Mar 2020 --- Leading food policy experts from a UK university are warning Britain’s supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables, which predominantly come from Spain and Italy, could be severely disrupted by the coronavirus crisis. They also explain how supermarkets’ move to “just-in-time” supply chains has severely dented their resilience to cope during this unprecedented time. The UK Government needs to enact rationing immediately to prevent food shortages exacerbating the crisis, they warn.
Food Ingredients First 03/23/2020 20:00
24 Mar 2020 --- In a bid to be more conscious of what they are putting in their bodies, consumers are increasingly seeking clean label products. This challenges industry to deliver a certain type of natural product without there being a clear definition of clean label to begin with. Nonetheless, the trend intersects with other current F&B demands, from healthy offerings to the attention on provenance. FoodIngredientsFirst speaks to key companies in this space to find out what exactly it means to have a clean label offering.
Food Ingredients First 03/23/2020 20:00
24 Mar 2020 --- An enzyme solution marketed as holding an “unprecedented ability” to maximize beer flow, especially on barley, has been released to the Australian beer market by DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (DuPont). Branded as Laminex MaxFlow 4G filtration enzyme, the solution is the latest offering within DuPont’s brewing enzymes range. For large-scale brewers, the solution is presented with a cost efficient quotient and a high and consistent throughput.
Food Ingredients First 03/23/2020 20:00
24 Mar 2020 --- Nestlé has released its Annual Report for 2019, highlighting a strong focus on fast-track innovation targeting rapidly changing consumer preferences. Competing in an increasingly digitized market, the company seeks to gain a foothold through leveraging its data, artificial intelligence (AI), automation and predictive analytics capacities. In addition, the F&B heavyweight is moving to connect with consumers in a “relevant and personalized” way, through the buildup of e-content studios.
Food Ingredients First 03/23/2020 20:00
24 Mar 2020 --- Mondelēz International US is undergoing a series of actions that will enhance its ability as a large American food manufacturer, to keep its food supply going, protect its employees and support communities impacted by COVID-19. This includes enhanced benefits and support for its US workforce, the hiring of additional colleagues and a global commitment to donate US$15 million to community partners advancing COVID-19 relief efforts in the US specifically but also around the world. The company will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and provide further updates to programs and policies as appropriate.
Food Ingredients First 03/22/2020 20:00
23 Mar 2020 --- In a new Rabobank analysis, the outlook for global poultry in 2020 will be materially affected by the current coronavirus pandemic. Even during the economic slowdown, poultry demand may yet stand to benefit among other animal-based proteins due to its price competitiveness. Meanwhile, a further drop in Asian pork production due to African swine fever (ASF) is expected this year, which the report outlines could lead to potential growth in local poultry production and international trade if rising supply chain challenges can be managed.


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