Lesaffre opens new baking center in Austria dedicated to industrial customers

EUROPE – The French yeast manufacturer, Lesaffre has inaugurated a new Baking Center dedicated to serving industrial customers in the baking industry in Austria. The company said the center will mainly focus on development of new products and processes to meet the growing demand for novel ingredients in the baking industry. It further expands its…

Granarolo buys majority stake in Italian cheese company Venchiaredo

EUROPE – Italian dairy company Granarolo has acquired a majority stake in Venchiaredo, a producer and distributor of cheese products for an undisclosed amount. Granarolo which makes fresh milk and dairy-cheese, dry pasta, deli meats and vegetable foods has increased its stake in the Italian firm from 33.5% to 57.5%. Founded in 1968 and is…

Agrana and Amalgamated Sugar forms JV to construct US$45m betaine plant

EUROPE – The sugar and starch processing company, Agrana has joined forces with US-based Amalgamated Sugar to build a US$45 million (€40 million) betaine crystallization plant in Austria. Construction of the facility has started at Agrana’s sugar refinery in Tulln and it is expected to be completed in one year. The investment aims to increase…

Emmi acquires majority stake in Austrian milk processor Leeb Biomilch

EUROPE – The Swiss dairy company, Emmi has acquired 66% stake in Austrian goat’s and sheep’s milk processor Leeb Biomilch GmbH for an undisclosed sum. Emmi says the move will enable expand its international dairy business supported by rising demand for goat, sheep milk and related products. As part of the agreement, the company co-founders…

European Commission selects 5 reference laboratories to promote plant health

EUROPE – The European Commission has chosen five centers as its first European reference laboratories (EURLs) in the field of Plant health. These include four consortia and one laboratory, which have been designated to support the European Union in diagnosis of regulated existing and emerging pests and contribute to a more rapid and focused intervention…

Orkla Food to buy majority stake in Greek ingredients firm Kanakis

EUROPE – Orkla, through its fully owned subsidiary Orkla Food Ingredients AS has agreed to purchase a majority stake in Stelios Kanakis, a leading supplier of confectionery, bakery and ice cream ingredients in Greece. Orkla has acquired approximately 65.8% stake in the ingredients firm from Stelios and Maria Kanakis at a purchase price per share…

Orkla buys Portugal health drinks and Swedish frozen foods businesses

EUROPE – Norwegian branded consumer goods company, Orkla has announced two acquisitions in Portugal and Sweden to expand its portfolio of organic and health-focused products. Orkla has completed an agreement to buy a 43.5% stake in the Portuguese company Asteriscos e Reticências, S.A. which produces fermented tea-based health drinks sold in Europe under Captain Kombucha…

EU parliament approves ban on single-use plastics to fight pollution

EU – The European Union legislators have approved a sweeping ban on single-use plastic products in renewed efforts to tackle plastic waste and micro plastic pollution. The European Parliament has voted in favor of ‘The Single Use Plastics Directive’ (SUDP) which criminalizes the use of ten single-use plastics that are most commonly found across European…

Coca-Cola to launch its first energy drink in Europe starting April

EUROPE – The Coca-Cola Company has announced that it will launch its first, own-branded energy drink in Europe in April, marking an entry into a space dominated by Monster and Red Bull. Dubbed Coca-Cola Energy, the new beverage will first debut in Spain and Hungary with plans to launch the energy product in additional countries…

Food Drink Europe publishes updated Toolbox to aid acrylamide mitigation

EUROPE – Food Drink Europe, the European organisation representing the food and beverages industry has updated its Acrylamide Toolbox in its 15th edition with new scientific and technological developments. The updated toolbox highlights the organisation’s ‘most complete collection’ of knowledge on acrylamide (AA) formation and mitigation across a variety of foodstuffs. It identifies commitment undertaken…