Chr. Hansen completes its US$939m sale of Natural Colors business

DENMARK – Global biosciences company Chr. Hansen has completed the sale of its Natural colours business to global investment organization EQT in line with its 2025 strategy of focusing on microbial and fermentation technology platforms. The divestment covers business operations with asset transfers in more than 30 countries including the transfer of five separate corporate entities and around 600 employees. According to a FoodIngredientsFirst report, the Danish-based company had agreed to sell its business to EQT in September 2020 for US$939 million on a cash and debt-free basis. The company…

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Speciality chemical supplier Azelis opens smoke flavors production facility in Denmark

DENMARK — European speciality chemical supplier Azelis has opened an extraction and distillation plant in Denmark to produce smoke flavors. This new facility located in Copenhagen, Denmark,  is one of the few units in the world producing highly concentrated smoke flavors for a range of food applications, including blends and sauces. The new plant consists of distillation columns, storage, blending, a laboratory and office facilities covering a surface of 6,500 m². Smoke flavorings are widely applied in the flavor and food blender industry for an extensive range of flavors and…

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Carlsberg’s 2020 revenues plunge as Covid-19 takes toll on major revenue streams

DENMARK – Danish multinational brewer, Carlsberg has posted an 8.4% decline in organic revenue in its 2020 results, following significant impact to its on-trade channel amid a “challenging year”. The company posted revenues of DKK 58.54 billion (US$$9.42 billion) in 2020 and further reported a 3.1% decline in organic operating profit to DKK 9.7 billion ($1.56 billion). Despite of the decline in revenues, Carlsberg says it delivered a “solid set of results despite Covid-19” and that the group’s financial situation remains strong. Beer sales plummet Accounting for around 25% of…

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Novozymes expands into agricultural biocontrol, to co-develop enzyme solutions with FMC

DENMARK – Danish biotechnology company Novozymes is expanding beyond its current base of microbial products and is entering the biocontrol segment of agriculture with a promising enzyme-based technology. As part of the entry into the biocontrol, Novozymes will partner with FMC, a leading global agricultural sciences company, to research, co-develop, and commercialize biological enzyme-based crop protection solutions for growers around the world. Together, the companies will combine their respective R&D capabilities with FMC serving as commercial partner and Novozymes as the manufacturing partner. The partnership will leverage Novozymes’ enzyme biocontrol…

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Novozymes newly launched enzyme to improve taste of high protein drinks

DENMARK – Danish based global biotechnology company Novozymes has launched a new enzyme which it says will help improve the taste of high protein drinks. According to Novozymes, the new enzyme christened Formea® Prime will help the industry produce better tasting protein beverages that consumers seek to buy in a growing market. Formea Prime is being launched at an opportune time when, consumers around the world are becoming increasingly concermed about their health and want to buy food that support their well-being. As a result of this new trend, protein-enriched…

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Danish Crown to invest US$322m in modernization of meat processing factories

DENMARK – Europe’s largest pork producer Danish Crown has announced an investment of around DKK 2 billion ($322 million) in the coming year in modernization of its factories in Denmark and Germany. With a primary focus on automation, the capital will be used to further improve working conditions, as well as future-proof production. Its pork business which accounts its largest share of revenue will receive the largest share of the US$322 million investments, according to a report by FoodBev. The investment which is about 25% higher than the company’s budget…

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Arla’s use of biogas pays off with record 60,000 tonnes of CO2 saved annually

DENMARK – Arla Food Ingredients, a subsidiary of Scandinavian dairy products giants Arla Foods has been using biogas to meet some of its energy demands, saving around 60,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Since 2019, Arla Foods has received methane from a biogas plant which processes manure from Arla farms, as well as production waste. To date, green sources such as biogas supply over 30% of the energy needs of the company’s production facilities in Denmark. Arla Foods Ingredients’ two largest production plants has two 4000 horsepower biogas engines that…

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Food ingredient company Chr. Hansen unveils FreshQ DA, a bioprotection solution for fermented plant-based products

DENMARK – Global bioscience company Chr. Hansen has expanded its FreshQ line with the launch of FreshQ DA, a bioprotection solution designed for fermented plant-based products. According to Chr. Hansen, FreshQ DA is a food culture that helps strengthen fermentation of plant-based products, providing better protection against spoilage caused by yeasts and moulds. As well as keeping foods safe and fresh for longer, Chr. Hansen says that its FreshQ solution can help manufacturers meet demand for food with fewer artificial ingredients. It further notes that extending freshness can also help…

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Amy Byrick to head Novozymes’ Strategy & Business Transformation Unit

DENMARK – Danish biotechnology company Novozymes has appointed Amy Byrick as the new Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Transformation. A statement from Novozymes said that Amy Byrick will assume her new position in April 2021 and will become a member of the Executive Leadership Team reporting to President & CEO Ester Baiget. Byrick has a solid strategic and commercial track-record with strong focus on execution and joins Novozymes from DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, where she led the Global Food & Beverage business. Prior to her time at DuPont,…

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Carlsberg appoints Joris Huijsmans as new as Chief Human Resources Officer

DENMARK – Dutch national, Joris Huijsmans has been appointed as the new Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Copenhagen based alcoholic beverages giant, Carlsberg. In his new role, Joris will lead the brewer’s global HR Leadership Team and serve as HR business partner to the executive committee. The Dutch national with a masters in in Civil Law from Leiden University in The Netherlands will start his new role in 1 January 2021, according to a statement from Carlsberg. Carlsberg in a statement said, Joris joined Carlsberg in…

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