ADM opens new Chinese flavour facility in quest to expand global nutritional capabilities

CHINA – ADM has opened a new state-of-the-art, fully automated flavor production facility situated in Pinghu, Zhejiang Province, China in line with goal to expand its global nutritional capabilities.  The Pinghu facility will serve as ADM’s flavor supply hub in Asia Pacific (APAC), allowing it to leverage its expertise and leading-edge technologies.   The 27,000 sq m facility will also build out the ADM pantry to meet customer needs further and advance its growth strategy.  Additionally, the facility is strategically located within an hour of Shanghai, bringing geographic advantages for…

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Ingredion expands pulse-based protein capacity, continues investment in future of sugar reduction

CANADA – Plant-based ingredient solutions provider, Ingredion Inc. has cut ribbon to its new production facility for flours and concentrates at its Canadian manufacturing assets in Vanscoy, Saskatchewan. The pulse-based protein facility which was acquired from Verdient Foods in November 2020, currently produces flours and concentrates from pulses such as peas, lentils and fava beans that are sustainably sourced from North American farms. The added capacity, which includes a new production line with proprietary processing technology, will enable food and beverage brands to answer consumer demand for sustainable, plant-based proteins…

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Oterra beefs up natural colour offering with acquisition of Symrise’s Diana Food’s coloring business

GERMANY – Oterra, formerly known as Chr. Hansen Natural Colors A/S, has signed a transactional agreement with German flavour and fragrance company Symrise, to acquire its natural food coloring business, Diana Food’s. Following the completion of the transaction, Oterra will fully integrate Diana Food’s natural coloring business into its world class offering. This is the second acquisition in a short period of time for Oterra since its acquisition by private equity firm EQT and becoming a standalone company. In June this year, the food ingredients company acquired SECNA Natural Ingredients…

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Booming citrus fibre market gains US$50m investment from CP Kelco to expand processing capacity

BRAZIL – Global ingredient solutions provider, CP Kelco has announced it will invest over US$50 million to expand production capacity for its Nutrava Citrus Fiber at its Brazilian facility, following strong customer demand and market potential. The project will add a second NUTRAVA Citrus Fiber production line to the company’s facility in Matão, increasing total capacity to approximately 5,000 metric tons. This is the second major move in the pectin space this month as Cargill inaugurated a US$150 million pectin production facility in Bebedouro – the heart of Brazil’s citrus-growing…

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JBT-Avure enhances efficiency, versatility of high-pressure pasteurization with launch of FlexiBulk

US – JBT-Avure, formally known as JBT Corporation, has unveiled a new bulk high-pressure pasteurization (HPP) technology aimed at enhancing the efficiency of the pasteurization process.   Known as FlexiBulk, the new technology boasts fill speeds of up to 55 gallons per minute. The machine HPPs both individually packaged products, and food and beverage bulk products, simultaneously.  With FlexiBulk, filling and unfilling is done outside the HPP press, resulting in the FlexiBulk being able to fill bags, in baskets, while other bags are being pressed and unfilled.   The new technology also has an added advantage…

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Cargill opens US$150m pectin processing plant in Brazil to meet demand for clean label texturising ingredients

BRAZIL – American privately held global food corporation Cargill has opened a new US$150 million processing plant in Bebedouro, Brazil to enable it meet the increasing demand for clean label texturising ingredients.  Located in Brazil’s citrus growing region, the new site provides a large supply of fresh fruit peels – the raw material used in pectin production.   With an abundance of raw materials at its disposal, the new site will produce the full suite of Cargill’s pectin offerings, enabling the global food corporation to expand its presence in South America…

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Niall FitzGerald to Chair Olam Food Ingredients’ Board of Directors

SINGAPORE – Olam International Limited has appointed Niall FitzGerald as the Chair of the Board of Directors for its operating group, Olam Food Ingredients (“OFI”), effective 9 September 2021.   OFI was created in early 2020 following the announcement of the re-organization of Olam to unlock and maximize its long-term value.   FitzGerald’s appointment comes as OFI seeks a primary listing on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange, and a concurrent secondary listing in Singapore in H1 2022.   Niall FitzGerald commented: “It is an honour to be invited by the Olam…

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Swiss milling technology supplier Swisca wins IAOM Best of Show Award for unique dampening system

USA – Swiss milling and technology start-up Swisca has won the coveted and prestigious Best of Show Award at the IAOM (International Association of Operative Millers) international milling trade fair in the United States.   Swisca emerged victorious for its unique dampening system that uses nozzles to spray the grain with fog of water at the very beginning of the processing chain in the mill.  Dampening is an important production process in a flour mill as the moisture it imparts to the grain ensures uniform grinding and high yield.   Industry experts acknowledge that…

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SIG invests in a new tech center in Europe to accelerate development of new packaging solutions

GERMANY – Swiss-based packaging supplier SIG is investing €12 million (US$14.19m) in a pilot plant at its new Tech Center Europe, which will be located close to SIG’s packaging plants in Linnich, Germany.  According to SIG, the new pilot plant will help the Tech Center expedite new product and packaging development, to meet the ever-increasing demand for more sustainable packaging solutions.   The pilot plant will be particularly important in boosting the tech center’s capabilities to get the development and validation of new packaging solutions and innovative materials even faster…

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Tetra Pak makes progress on sustainability, achieves 70% greenhouse gas reductions in last decade

SWITZERLAND – Multinational food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak has released its 22nd annual sustainability report highlighting the company progress in creating a better world than it found it.   In the report, Tetra Pak noted that it had managed to achieve 70 percent greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction in its own operations from 2010 to 2020, Scope 1 and 2.   The company, currently working on achieving net-zero GHG emissions in it own operations by 2030, also reported to have reduced total emissions by 19 percent within the same time frame.  “While the COVID-19 pandemic threw up…

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