FDA investigates E. Coli illness outbreak linked to California-grown Romaine lettuce

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched an investigation into the outbreak of E.Coli infections possibly linked to Romaine lettuce grown in California. According to the CDC, since the outbreak was reported in October, 52 people have been infected…

FrieslandCampina acquires US cheese distributor Jana Foods

USA – Global dairy company, FrieslandCampina has announced that it has acquired US based importer and distributor of cheese, Jana Foods for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition builds the already existing relationship between FrieslandCampina and Jana Foods and further strengthens the former’s position in supplying Dutch specialty cheese to the US consumer. Jana Foods imports…

Kellogg’s expands breakfast cereal line with new Strawberry Krispies

USA – The US food company, Kellogg’s has introduced a new flavor variant for its breakfast cereals line, Strawberry Krispies, its first new flavor in more than 10 years. The new product is an addition to Kellogg's Rice Krispies, a classic, delicious, Snap, Crackle and Pop brand that claims to be a vital source of…

US and China ease tariff war with a ‘90-days ceasefire’ period

USA – China and the United States of America have agreed to ease their stances in a bid to avoid escalation of tariff war that has since negatively impacted the nations’ agricultural and other trade. Following the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two leaders agreed to withdraw some…

PureCircle to sell stevia-based proteins, fibers and antioxidants

USA – World’s leading manufacturer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle plans to begin commercial production and sale of new stevia ingredients including proteins, soluble fibers and antioxidants in 2019. The company said the products are a result of extensive research and development using its proprietary stevia technology and enables it to utilize much more of each…

RiceBran completes acquisition of Golden Ridge for US$7.8 million

USA - Specialty ingredient company, RiceBran Technologies has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the assets and operations of Golden Ridge Rice Mills at a consideration of approximately US$7.8 million. The transaction also includes Golden Ridge’s milling and rice bran stabilization facility in Wynne, Arkansas, U.S. The Company expects Golden Ridge to add…

Kraft Heinz acquires US condiments firm Primal Nutrition for US$200m

USA – Kraft Heinz has announced that it has agreed to acquire the US based condiments, sauces and dressings firm, Primal Nutrition, LLC for approximately US$200 million. Primal Kitchen will join Kraft Heinz under Springboard, which is Kraft Heinz’s dynamic platform created to partner with founders and brands that will disrupt the food industry. For…

Syngenta to scale development of hybrid wheat ahead of 2020 release

USA – The world agricultural company, Syngenta has said that it remains committed to development of hybrid wheat in North America after expectations for the release of hybrid wheat in North America around 2020-21, reports World Grain. The company said it has decided to scale back late-stage development work in hybrid wheat in North America…

Buhler names Andy Sharpe new North American president and CEO

USA – Buhler Inc., global company in process engineering and technology for food, feed, and advanced industrial materials has named Andy Sharpe as the next president and chief executive officer of Buhler, Inc., effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Rene Steiner, who is retiring following a 50-year career with Buhler, and will remain with the company…

Bunge names Robert Coviello new executive VP and chief strategy officer

USA – Bunge Ltd has appointed Robert Coviello as the company’s new executive vice-president and chief growth and strategy officer effective Jan. 1, 2019. Coviello will report to Soren Schroder, chief executive officer (CEO) at Bunge Ltd. He will drive the development of Bunge’s strategic plans, working alongside the executive committee to evaluate strategic alternatives…