Africa’s wheat consumption grows as imports hit 47million tonnes

AFRICA – Africa’s grain consumption has over the past decade posted remarkable growth amid increasing demand propelled by the increasing population and changing consumer habits. According to a report by World Grain, wheat was among the major grains that recorded significant increase in consumption. Wheat imports in the continent increased to 47 million tonnes from…

Givaudan partners Israeli incubator The Kitchen to drive food innovation

ISRAEL – World’s leading flavor and fragrances company, Givaudan has partnered with the Israeli-based technology incubator owned by the Strauss Group, to accelerate innovation in the food sector. According to Givaudan, the partnership will enable expand its innovation ecosystem further by connecting with Israel-based food entrepreneurs who are contributing to the creation of healthier and…

Coca-Cola European Partners launches line of Espresso Monster coffee drinks

UK - Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has unveiled a new line of ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee drinks under the Monster Energy portfolio as it looks to delight coffee and energy drink consumers with new products. The on-the-go coffee drinks will be available in the UK starting March in a premium ‘touch ink’ black 250ml can. They…

Kellogg collaborates to test eye-tracking technology in retail stocking

USA - The Kellogg Company has partnered Accenture and Qualcomm to launch a a pilot test that uses eye-tracking technology in a virtual reality headset to determine the best way to stock shelves for retailers. The partnership looks to transform retail merchandising by enabling companies to do market research faster, more affordably, and on a…

Wessanen UK launches dark roasted Whole Earth peanut butter

UK - Wessanen UK, an organic and natural food company has launched a new, intensely roasted peanut butter under the Whole Earth brand, expanding its spreads portfolio. The dark roasted peanut butter simulates the flavour of dark roasted coffee and according to the company, it contains high-oleic peanuts that have been through a special slow-roasting…

Tate & Lyle launches stevia sustainability project in partnership with Earthwatch

UK – Food and beverage ingredients supplier, Tate & Lyle has partnered Earthwatch, an international environment body to launch a new research project to assess the sustainability of the stevia sweetener supply chain. The strategic review will be carried out by Earthwatch, Tate & Lyle and its stevia partner Sweet Green Fields will join expertise…

Ishida Europe opens Quality Control Demonstration Centre in the UK

UK – Food packing machinery company, Ishida Europe has inaugurated a Control Demonstration Centre at its UK headquarters in Woodgate, Birmingham to demonstrate its capabilities in packing line systems for food industries. The center will be open to food manufacturers who will have an opportunity to see how the equipments and their entire systems work…

Nestle launches range of Starbucks coffee products after US$7.1b deal

SWITZERLAND – Nestle has announced the global launch of a new range of coffee products under the Starbucks brand following last year’s US$7.15 billion tie-up deal to sell Starbuck’s coffees and teas. The new range involves 24 products including whole bean and roast and ground, as well as the first-ever Starbucks capsules developed using Nespresso and Nescafé Dolce…

Muller unveils US$128m cost and margin improvement program

UK - Müller Milk & Ingredients has launched a new US$128.71 million (£100m) program to promote cost and margin initiatives meant to secure a vibrant and sustainable future for the business. Called ‘Project Darwin’, the initiative involves a comprehensive review of every aspect of the company operations, logistics, back office and people organisation, all looking…

Global plant-based beverages market reaches US$247.8b driven by health and wellness trends

WORLD – The global plant-based beverages market is estimated at US$247.84 billion in 2018 and this is expected to grow at annual growth rate of 6.7% to reach US$474.66 billion by 2028, according to latest report by Future Market Insights. The increase is attributed to rising demand for health and wellness products in the global…