Ingredion launches new certified, clean label organic starches in North America

USA - The Illinois ingredient provider, Ingredion has launched two new certified, organic starches, an addition to its clean-label range for the US and Canada. The starches, Novation Prima 309 and 609 boast of superior eating experiences suitable for organic products that undergo harsh process conditions and require high freeze/thaw stability, such as organic savory…

Seaboard’s joint venture increases capacity with second shift at Iowa pork plant

USA - Seaboard Triumph Foods (STF), a joint venture between Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods has announced that it plans to increase production with a full second shift at its pork processing facility in Sioux City, Iowa by mid-October. The second shift has been running since May but on a limited basis, with continued hiring…

USA and China trade war intensifies with new tariffs on soybeans and technology

USA - The United States has threatened to impose a 25% tariff on products with ‘industrially significant technologies’ from China while the latter has promised retaliatory measures on 100 types US goods including 25% tariff on soybean. The new measures were announced by US President Donald Trump on June 14 prompting a haste response from…

Walmart starts dairy production with own milk plant in Indiana

USA - The American multinational retail corporation, Walmart has inaugurated a new dairy processing plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, its first food production facility in the United States. The facility will produce liquid milk sourced from 30 dairy farms in Indiana and Michigan, serving some 500 Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Northern…

Starbucks raises price of brewed coffee in most US stores

USA - Starbucks Corp has raised prices for brewed coffee by an average of 1 to 2% in the past year and according to the company, it was in line with industry practices, reported ET Retail. Some of the products affected included a regular drip coffee whose price rose by 10 cents to 20 cents…

USDA and FDA launch audit program to reinforce produce safety requirements for farmers

USA - The US government in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit Program (USDA H-GAP) as part of their strategy to strengthen food safety. The announcement made by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb,…

Heineken USA appoints Maggie Timoney as first female CEO

USA - Heineken USA has appointed Maggie Timoney, former Heineken Ireland CEO as its new CEO, the first woman to serve as chief executive at the Dutch brewing company Heineken International effective 1 September 2018. She succeeds Ronald den Elzen who took over the position in 2015 and will be returning at Heineken N.V headquarters…

ShopRite launches into meal kit space with new lines of gourmet and specialty food

USA - The retailers’ cooperative of supermarkets, ShopRite has expanded its range of store brands with the launch of private-brand meal kits, a new line of gourmet and specialty food, creating an internationally inspired food brand. According to FoodDive, the new line by the ShopRite Trading Company includes ethnic-inspired private brand meal kits under the…

EU offers possible counter-measures to Trump’s metal tariffs

EU - The European Union has issued a list of possible measures in retaliation against US’s metal tariffs which came into effect 1 June unless Trump administration shuns away from the trade war which threatens the economies of both the countries. According to FoodIngredientsFirst, the EU has pledged to implement the retaliatory measures and seek…

Ingredion launches nature-based plating agent that transforms liquids into powders

ASIA - The US based ingredients maker, Ingredion has launched a high-capacity, nature based plating agent that allows manufacturers transform a variety of both oil and water-soluble liquids into powdered ingredients. Developed by Ingredion scientists in their Idea Labs, N-ZORBIT 2144 is a unique, porous structure that increases the surface area exposed to liquids, facilitating…