Yum Brands, Land Weston announce new investments to expand capacity in China

CHINA – Fast food restaurant licensee Yum China and French fries processor Land Weston have announced new investments that will see them expand their respective capacities in China. In a statement, Yum China, the owner of exclusive rights to fast food restaurants such as KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in China, said it will invest US$27.9 million in the construction of a new logistics hub in Chengdu, China. The company says that the new hub will significantly enhance the firm’s supply chain capabilities and cold chain logistics service in…

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IFF introduces new anti-staling enzymes in China amid boom in sweet baked goods

CHINA – International Flavour and Ingredients (IFF) is launching a new range of bakery enzymes for the Chinese market touted as improving productivity and reducing product returns. The enzymes, Powerfresh and Powersoft are marketed under the Danisco range of food ingredients that is now part of the IFF family. IFF in a statement said that consumers in China are looking for a more refined quality and a more indulgent experience from baked goods. Consequently, improver houses and bakeries in the country, have been working tirelessly to make products that enhance…

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Beijing’s radical law to curb consumer-level food wastage

CHINA – It may soon be extremely expensive for consumers living in the Chinese city of Beijing to waste food.   According to a report by Xinhua news agency, the city is debating a new law that requires eateries to deploy people who will warn customers against extravagant dining and food wastage. According to the draft law, the person tasked with this unique responsibility will be required to remind diners to pack leftovers and caution against placing excessive orders. The draft law also requires catering service providers to sell dishes of…

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Arla Foods Ingredients launches premium dairy products targeting Chinese children

CHINA – Danish multinational dairy cooperative Arla Foods is targeting Chinese children with its newly launched concepts – yogurt in pouches and cheese snacks – featuring its Nutrilac range of functional protein solutions. The cheese snacks combine Nutrilac organic milk protein with real cheese to provide children with much of their daily recommended calcium and protein intake.  The offerings are available in plain or sweet versions and offer a mild, milky taste and smooth structure. Meanwhile, Arla Foods Ingredients’ yogurt in pouches is marketed as an “easily squeezable” concept.  Arla…

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Scientists in Asia create high yielding rice that sequesters more C02 from air

ASIA – Scientists from Asia have succeeded in created a new paddy-field grown that achieves higher yields while sequestering more CO2 and using less fertilizer than traditional varieties. The new rice variety developed by researchers from Nagoya University in Japan and Nanjing Agricultural University in China is reported to achieve 30% more yield than other varieties grown under the same environment. The researchers achieved this functionality by increasing the expression of the plasma membrane proton pump gene OSA1 in the rice plant, which was previously found to influence stomatal opening.…

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Kerry acquires China’s Jining Nature Group to expand its savoury offering in Asia Pacific

CHINA – Irish global flavour and ingredients company Kerry has acquired China’s Jining Nature Group, as it looks to expand its savoury offering in the Asia Pacific region. Jining Nature Group is one of the largest savory flavor manufacturers in China. It’s the owner of popular food ingredient brands Tianbo and Tianzheng. The company owns two factories. One is Shandong Tianbo Food Ingredients Co Ltd, another one is Jining Nature Foods Co Ltd, which is a separate Halal factory The acquisition is expected to strengthen Kerry’s portfolio with a wide…

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Germany’s Brenntag acquires Zhongbai to expand its Chinese food and nutrition business

CHINA – German Chemical and ingredients distribution company, Brenntag, has announced plans to acquire Chinese speciality ingredients supplier Zhongbai Xingye Food Technology (Beijing) Co. Brenntag aims to expand its food and nutrition business in China through the acquisition and has described the move as an “important step for our company to become a full-line distributor of food ingredients in the Asian market”. “The chemical distribution market in Asia Pacific, and especially in China, is growing dynamically,”  said Christian Kohlpaintner, CEO of the Brenntag Group. “We see a substantial potential there,…

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Adisseo and Calysta’s Joint Venture to build world’s first commercial-scale single-cell protein production facility in China

CHINA –  Calysseo, an alternative protein  joint venture between worldwide animal nutrition leader Adisseo and protein innovator Calysta, is building a first facility in Chongqing, China. In a joint release, Adisseo and Calysta said that upon completion in 2022, the China facility is expected to become the world’s first commercial-scale production facility of single-cell protein. The facility is a paradigm shift in protein production as it uses no arable land and almost no water in its production, making it a completely new sustainable way of making alternative proteins. “Calysseo’s facility…

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Chinese KFC and Pizza Hut targets to reduce 8,000 tons of non-biodegradable plastics annually in new sustainability drive

CHINA – Yum China – the operator of fast food chains including KFC in mainland China – has launched a raft of plastic reduction and sustainable packaging initiatives across its brands. As a result of these actions, Yum China says that it expects to see a reduction of approximately 8,000 tons in non-degradable plastics annually starting this year. According to Yum China, the initiatives are in line with the latest regulations in China, while also aligning with its company-wide packaging strategy, which includes the goal of a 30% reduction in…

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China to boost corn production amid spike in demand and drop in national reserves

CHINA — Chinese authorities have revealed that the nation will be keen on increasing its corn acreage to meet the spiking demand of the yellow grain. According to a statement from Tang Renjian, the new Chinese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the government is currently focusing on expanding corn acreage in the northeast and around the Yellow River, Huai River and Hai River. The new push for increasing corn production comes after China depleted its corn reserves due to rising corn prices.  Importers have been bringing in record amounts…

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