National craft beer associations form Independent Brewers of Europe partnership

EUROPE - European craft brewing associations Independent Brewers of Ireland, The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), Syndicat National des BrasseursIndépendants (SNBI), Unionbirrai, Scanian Beverage Producers, Det Fri Øl, and Craft Brewers Netherlands have formed the Independent Brewers of Europe (IBE). According to Food & Drinks Insight, the partnership will represent craft brewing associations from various parts…

Ghana shippers slash cocoa freight charges to Europe by 9.4% for 2018/19

GHANA - Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and shippers have said that freight charges for exporting Ghana’s cocoa to Europe have been slashed by 9.4% for the 2018/19 season. According to Reuters report, the reduction was made following the about 40% decline in cocoa prices on the world market in the 2017/18 season. “The reduction in…

Brenntag partners with Cargill for exclusive cocoa and chocolate distribution in Central Eastern Europe

EUROPE – Brenntag, a German chemical distribution company and Cargill have reached an agreement, making Brenntag the exclusive distribution partner for Cargill’s industrial cocoa and chocolate in the Central Eastern European (CEE) region. According to the company, the distribution agreement includes Cargill’s leading Gerkens® cocoa powder brand, as well as its broad chocolate range, which…

Craft beer market in Europe has doubled up by 178% since 2013, surpassing N. America

EUROPE - North America, since 2013, has dominated the global craft beer market, accounting for 52% of all craft beer launches, but now another continent has taken the lead. According to data from Mintel, the number of craft beer launches in Europe has more than doubled since 2013 (up 178%) making it a global leader…

PepsiCo to introduce start-up accelerator programme in the U.S. after Europe’s success

USA – PepsiCo, an American multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation, has announced that it will introduce its Nutrition Greenhouse start-up accelerator programme in the US, following the success of the scheme in Europe. According to FoodBev, the programme aims to find and support ten emerging brands in the food and beverage sector who have…

Avocado farming booms as Kenyan farmers cash in from increasing European demand

KENYA – Farming and sale of avocado is proving to be profitable to Kenyan farmers as farmers are switching coffee and tea for avocados in a bid to profit from increasing European demand. According to News24, avocado toast is becoming a staple of European menus, as said by Laura Hannoun, a blogger who has listed…

EU and Eastern Europe drought causes damage to wheat, maize and barley crops

EUROPE - The drought in many regions of the European Union and Eastern Europe has caused significant damage to wheat, maize and barley crops, according to FAO of the United Nations. FoodingredientsFirst reported that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said that the prices of these crops could remain under upward…

Ukraine doubles grain shipments to China with 1m tons in exports

EUROPE - Ukraine through its grain firm, the State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine (SFGCU) shipped more than 1 million tonnes of grain to China in the MY 2017/18, more than double exported in the previous year, reports World Grain. According to SFGCU, 90% of the grains shipped to China National Complete Engineering Corp.…

China agrees to lift ban on imports of German poultry meat

CHINA - China has agreed to reopen its market to imports of German poultry meat, since it had stopped imports after an outbreak of the bird flu disease in Germany, according to German agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner. Reuters reported that Kloeckner said in a statement after talks in Berlin with Chinese agriculture minister Han Changfu…

Firmenich successfully completes registration for transparent ingredients

SWITZERLAND – Firmenich, a private Swiss company in the fragrance and flavor business, has announced a successful completion of registration of chemical substances as part of the European Union’s REACH regulation. The company stated that the registration was designed to improve the protection of human health and the environment, and that REACH is a major…