US exports of feed grains set new record at 120 MMT led by corn

USA - The United States exports of feed grains and co-products for the 2017/2018 marketing year reached 120 million metric tonnes led by higher corn shipments, setting a new record for the second year in a row. According to the U.S. Grains Council, the year’s exports increased 6% (6.5 million tons) above last year’s record,…

IRRI to receive US$1.4m a year funding from Crop Trust to conserve rice varieties

SINGAPORE - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is set to receive US$1.4 million worth of funding from non-profit organization, Crop Trust in a partnership to ensure conservation and sharing of 136,000 varieties worldwide. The seeds, stored at IRRI’s high-tech facility in Los Baños, Philippines, will be used by scientists worldwide to develop improved rice…

Carrefour joins the IBM Food Trust platform to implement food traceability standard

EUROPE - Carrefour, a European leader in food traceability through the gradual application of blockchain technology to its Carrefour Quality Line products, has joined other participants involved in building the IBM Food Trust platform. The company said that the objective of the collaboration between Carrefour and IBM Food Trust is to implement a global food…

Fonterra Group revises Farmgate Milk Price as a result of higher global milk supply

NEW ZEALAND - Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, has revised its 2018/19 forecast Farmgate Milk Price from US$6.75 per kgMS to a range of US$6.25-US$6.50 per kgMS and increased its forecast New Zealand milk collection volumes by 1.3 per cent to 1,550 million kgMS. According to Fonterra’s Chief Executive, Miles Hurrell, the change in the forecast…

Australia and New Zealand alcohol producers to develop warning labels on products

AUSTRALIA - Alcohol producers will be forced to label their products with warnings relating to the risks of drinking during pregnancy in an agreement reached by Australian and New Zealand ministers. According to Food Business News, the labels will be developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand in consultation with the alcohol industry, and will…

Irish Senate passes alcohol law, introducing minimum price and labelling

IRELAND - Ireland has adopted legislation on the risks associated with alcohol consumption, for the first time, in a country where alcoholism has had devastating consequences. According to EURACTIV, it is the first law in Ireland that treats alcohol as a matter of public health, and that the new legislation affects the price, access, marketing,…

Kroger and Home Chef meals roll out in-store meal kits in select locations

USA – Kroger, an American retailing company, and meal kit and food delivery company Home Chef, have announced the launch of weekly rotating in-store meal kits at Kroger Family of Stores in select locations. According to the company, it will roll out a limited market test of the new Home Chef Express product, a quick-cook…

USDA bans use of synthetic substance flavourings in food

USA - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has banned the use of six synthetic flavorings in candy, cookies, ice cream, and all other foods and beverages because the chemicals have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. According to USDA, the affected chemicals—benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, eugenyl methyl ether, myrcene, pulegone, and pyridine—are typically…

Cal-Maine Foods announces definitive agreement to acquire Featherland Egg Farms

USA – Cal-Maine Foods, a fresh egg producer, has announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Featherland Egg Farms, Inc., relating to its commercial shell egg production, processing, distribution and sale business. According to the company, the assets to be acquired, subject to the completion of…

Dixie Vodka partners with Savannah Bee Company to launch honey-flavoured vodka

USA - Dixie Vodka, an all-American craft vodka, has announced its most recent flavor innovation in a regional collaboration with Savannah Bee Company: Dixie Wildflower Honey Vodka. According to the company, its newest product uses SBC's Georgia Wildflower Honey infused in Dixie's award-winning Dixie Southern Vodka, 6x distilled from non-GMO corn. The result is a…