World grain production to increase 2% with more wheat harvests – IGC

WORLD - World total grains production in 2019/20 is projected to climb by 2% to 2.178 billion tonnes attributed to bigger harvests of wheat and barley, according to International Grains Council’s (IGC) Grain Market report. According to IGC, despite increased output, overall availabilities will edge only slightly higher owing to the smallest opening stocks in…

Global wine production on record high, Italy remains largest producer

WORLD - Global wine production reached record high level at 292.3MHL (millions of hectolitres) in 2018 as Italy remains the world’s largest producer, according to recent report by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). The year’s production was exceptionally high compared to last year when production registered 8.2% decline to 246.7 MHL, with…

Dairy alternatives market expanding at 8.3% CAGR as consumers turn to vegan diets

WORLD – As demand for plant-based food products surges, a report by Future Market Insights (FMI) suggests that the revenue of the dairy alternatives market will reach US$34.6 billion by 2029.   This category is expected to register a CAGR of 8.3% during the forecast period boosted by an upsurge in demand for vegan diets…

Norwegian seafood exports reach US$2.98b with strong growth for salmon

NORWAY – Norway exported 640,000 tonnes of seafood valued at US$2.98 billion (NOK 25.6 million) in the first quarter of 2019, representing a 7% increase in export value from the same comparable period of the year before. In March alone, 205,400 tonnes of seafood worth US$1.06 billion (NOK 9.1 billion) were exported, but this was…

Food Drink Europe publishes updated Toolbox to aid acrylamide mitigation

EUROPE – Food Drink Europe, the European organisation representing the food and beverages industry has updated its Acrylamide Toolbox in its 15th edition with new scientific and technological developments. The updated toolbox highlights the organisation’s ‘most complete collection’ of knowledge on acrylamide (AA) formation and mitigation across a variety of foodstuffs. It identifies commitment undertaken…

Japan feed production highest in five years at 23.9 million tonnes

JAPAN – Japan feed production reached 23.9 million tonnes in 2017-18 driven by strong demand from the poultry sector, rising to its highest level since 2012-13, a World Grain report suggests. Citing reference to a March 15 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), World Grain indicates that while livestock levels…

DuPont’s clinical study shows more health benefits from higher doses of multi-strain probiotics

USA – DuPont, the world’s leading science-based products and services company has released clinical study results demonstrating benefits of high-potency, multi-strain probiotic formulations. The study suggests that higher doses of a DuPont Multispecies Probiotic Formulation may permit more benefits for healthy adults than lower doses. According to a clinical trial carried out in collaboration with…

US feed grain exports rise 25% to 38.9MMT helped by increased corn purchases

USA – US exports of feed grains increased by 25.2% to 38.9 million metric tons in the first four months of 2018/19, boosted by exports of corn, dried distillers’ grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s report and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the US feed grains…

UK Government pledges to set zero tariff regime on some imports in no-deal Brexit

UK – The UK government has pledged to set the majority of import tariffs to zero while maintaining tariffs for the most sensitive industries within the food, beverage and agricultural space. If the case that UK leaves the European Union with no deal, the government has said it will cut tariffs on a range of…

USDA’S FSIS issues best practices guideline in response to customer complaints

USA - Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a best practices guideline to help the meat and poultry industry respond to customer complaints related to adulterated or misbranded products. The guidance reinforces the need for the industry to clearly respond to customer complaints of foreign materials…