World cereal production in 2021 to increase for the third consecutive year – FAO

GLOBAL— The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has projected that the world cereal production in 2021 will increase for the third consecutive year thanks to sharp rebounds in key production markets in Europe, India and South Africa. According to the FAO, global wheat production is forecast to reach a new high of 785 million tonnes in 2021, up 1.4% from 2020, driven by a likely sharp rebound across most of Europe and expectations of a record harvest in India. Above-average outputs also are expected for maize, with a record harvest…

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Olam’s 2020 annual report, a reflection of a company committed to sustainable growth

SINGAPORE – Global food and agri-business company Olam International has released its 2020 Annual Report, highlighting its key achievements for the year with a particular focus on financial achievement and progress in sustainability commitments. The company noted in its report that it successfully navigated the pandemic and emerged stronger, with a robust operational financial performance in 2020. The company’s overall annual revenues went up 8.6%, totaling US$35.8 billion, including US$12.5 billion for its food division, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In the report, Olam was also proud of the significant…

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Nestlé launches dairy free Milo in Asia, commits to protect region’s forest landscapes

ASIA – Nestlé has launched its plant-based version of popular chocolate malt beverage, Milo in Asia in response to a rising tide of consumers preferring more dairy alternatives in their diet. This new version replaces the milk in the original recipe with almond and soy, but the other two core ingredients – malt and cocoa – remain the same. Its launch follows the roll out of a plant-based Milo powder in Australia in 2020, a launch that created huge excitement in the country where Milo was first introduced in 1934.…

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Tate & Lyle appoints new Inclusion Officer, launches platform to share stabiliser science expertise

UK – Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global provider of food and beverage ingredients and solutions, has appointed Lauren von Stackelberg as its new Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Officer, effective 19 April 2021. In her new role, Lauren will lead the development of Tate & Lyle’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy, policies, and programs aimed at creating a truly inclusive and diverse culture and workforce. According to a statement from Tate & Lyle, Lauren has a strong track record of leading and delivering…

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France latest country to be included in Carrefour’s grocery delivery partnership with Deliveroo

EUROPE – French retail Carrefour has announced that its grocery delivery partnership with Deliveroo will be now expanded to include stores in France. The partnership will enable the French retailer to deliver on-demand groceries in less than 30 minutes to their customers’ homes. The service is already available in Belgium, Italy, and Spain. It will available in Paris with plans for a rollout to 10 other top cities over the coming months. Meanwhile the rollout is picking up speed in Belgium with the extension of the service to Antwerp in…

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DSM launches personalised nutrition company as Kemin expands portfolio of ingredient solutions

NETHERLANDS – Global biosciences company DSM is launching a new nutrition company that aims to provide consumers with personalised nutrition solutions. FoodBev reported that the Netherlands-based company is investing US$100 million into the development of the company which will be operating as Hologram Sciences. DSM says that the newly-formed company seeks to disrupt the nutritional marketplace by creating brands that target various health conditions. Hologram Sciences brands will offer consumer-facing personalised nutrition solutions that have been clinically proven to address a variety of health needs, including those related to immunity,…

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Schur Flexibles Group, Berlin Packaging make new acquisitions in Italy as Altopack develops packaging robot

ITALY- European packaging companies Schur Flexible Group and Berlin Packaging have made new acquisitions in Italy to strengthen their market positions and offer more options for customers. Schur Flexibles Group which produces flexible packaging at 22 facilities located across 11 European countries has acquired packaging specialist Sidac for an undisclosed sum. The company is expected to leverage Sidac’s production plant in Forli, near Bologna, and its portfolio of packaging solutions to expand its network in the Italian market. Sidac’s portfolio primarily consists of complex laminates supplied on reels, which are…

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Nestlé Waters North America renamed BlueTriton Brands

US – A few weeks after Nestlé announced completion of sale of its North America Water business to One Rock Capital Partners, the business has begun operating under a new corporate name, BlueTriton Brands. The business was sold to One Rock Capital Partners, in partnership with Metropoulos & Co for US$4.3 billion with the deal being finalised on 31 March. Referring to Triton, the god of sea in Greek mythology, the new name is said to reflect the company’s role as a guardian of sustainable resources and provider of fresh…

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Plant-based meat biggest winner of alternative protein boom in 2020, achieves US$1.4bn in sales

GLOBAL – The plant-based meat category experienced a boom in 2020 thanks to a raging pandemic that impacted supply chains of conventional meat leading to consumers discovering new brands on store shelves. According to a recently released SPINS data by the Good Food Institute and the Plant-Based Foods Association (PBFA), the Plant-based meat had US$1.4 billion in sales, growing 45% overall compared to 2019 and making up 2.7% of all U.S. retail packaged meat sales. Refrigerated plant-based meat sales saw the highest growth percentage, up 75% in 2020, according to…

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Molson Coors debuts organic beer as Beam Suntory unveils a new zero-sugar vodka line

US – Molson Coors Beverage Company has launched a new organic, low-calorie brew targeting health-conscious consumers while its counterpart, Beam Suntory has expanded its Pinnacle Vodka range with the introduction of a new zero-sugar vodka line. Dubbed Coors Pure, the new beer is Molson Coors’ first alcoholic beverage to be certified as organic by the USDA. Coors Pure being launched at a time when better-for-you beers are proving to be better performers even as the category at large flags facing the explosion of interest in other alcoholic beverage options such…

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