Renaissance BioScience partners with Mitacs for US$1.44m research project

CANADA - Renaissance BioScience, a global leader in proprietary yeast-based technology solutions has announced a US$1.44 million research and development project in partnership with Mitacs, a research and training organisation. The project, equally funded by the two companies supports the development of next-generation, systematic tools and methods for expanding, screening and selecting biodiversity in non-GMO…

Monsanto chief advocates for GMO adoption to curb food shortages

KENYA - Monsanto, the US-based agriculture and chemical giant, has been advocating the adoption of biotechnology to sustain agricultural productivity in the face of declining output partly due to climate change. Kenya remains a reluctant player when it comes to adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and has since 2015 only allowed controlled approved field…

Kenya inching closer to disease-free GMO cassava

KENYA - Cassava farmers are about five years away from accessing disease-resistant genetically modified varieties, currently being tested in specific locations around the country. Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) scientists are developing a transgenic variety that is resistant to the Cassava Mosaic Virus and the Cassava Brown Streak Disease the two diseases that…

AFS receives Non-GMO Project verification for its caffeine ingredients

US - Applied Food Sciences, Inc has received Non-GMO Project verification for four of its caffeine ingredients allowing the use of organic caffeine into its products and brands. As an ingredient supplier, AFS is boosting its clean label which consumers are increasingly associating with natural, organic and non-genetically modified organism claims. AFS offers PurCaf organic…

Sensient acquires GlobeNatural to expand color business

USA - Sensient Technologies Corp, a maker of colors, flavors and fragrances has announced that it has acquired GlobeNatural at an undisclosed sum in a move to expand its color business. The transaction to acquire Lima, Peru based natural food and ingredient maker is expected to close in the first quarter as the company seeks…

Cayuga Milk Ingredients achieves Non-GMO Project Verification

USA - Cayuga Milk Ingredients have been granted a non-GMO Project Verification for all of its milk ingredients in a committed strategy to deliver the most recognized symbol for natural food quality in the industry. According to the company, this verification positions it to meet the most stringent needs of its customers, the Non-GMO Project…

Tate & Lyle doubles non-GMO maltodextrins capacity

SLOVAKIA - Tate & Lyle Plc has expanded its food range products to double the capacity of the company’s non-GMO maltodextrin product line at its facility in Slovakia, over the next two years. The non-GMO Maltosweet infant food grade facility will be expected to be complete in 2019, according to the company spokesperson. Maltosweet Maltodextrin…