Endress+Hauser integrates measurement specialist SensAction AG, launches new flowmeter with enhanced reliability

GERMANY – Endress+Hauser, a Swiss-based process and laboratory instrumentation and automation supplier, has fully integrated concentration measurement specialist SensAction AG. Following the integration, SensAction AG –founded in 2008 and part of the Endress+Hauser Group since 2017 – will from now on operate as Endress+Hauser Flow Germany AG.  Chairman of the Board Stefan Rothballer said the company has been growing together with Endress+Hauser for years, and the new company name and the adapted appearance “now make this change visible.”   Endress+Hauser Flow Germany AG is a specialist in instruments for measuring concentrations in liquids that utilize surface acoustic waves (SAW).  SAW is a form of…

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HelloFresh to acquire ready meals firm Youfoodz to strengthen its Australian brand portfolio

AUSTRALIA – German-based meal kit company HelloFresh has agreed to acquire Australian ready-to-eat meal manufacturer Youfoodz to enhance its Australian brand portfolio and product offering.  FoodBev reported that the US$93.3 million deal marks an important step in HelloFresh’s growth strategy and will strengthen its direct-to-consumer (D2C) ready-to-eat capabilities.  Youfoodz provides and distributes fresh readymade meals, as well as snacks and drinks through both home delivery (D2C) and retail (B2B).   The company operates three production facilities in Brisbane, which it claims produce more than 400,000 ready-made meals, 80,000 snacks, and 25,000 drinks per week. …

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Refresco to expand presence in German beverage market with acquisition of Hansa-Heeman

GERMANY – Refresco, the world’s largest independent bottler of beverages, has entered into an agreement to acquire Hansa-Heemann, a German independent beverage manufacturer that specializes in the production and bottling of mineral water and CSDs.  A majority of the company’s volume (60%) is in mineral water, with the remaining 40% in carbonated soft drinks.  The independent bottler has five production sites across Germany and serves three different market segments: private label, own brands, and contract manufacturing for A-brands.  Hansa-Heeman reportedly has annual revenues of approximately €300 million (about US$355 million) and employs over 800 people.  According…

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Taiyo, Asiros partner to produce high-in-fiber fruit powders for the health-conscious consumer

GERMANY – German expert in natural dietary fibers Taiyo has partnered with Asiros, the Danish fruit powders specialist to develop a new high-fiber fruit powder range targeted at producers of health and wellness products.   The products will be marketed under BerryShield Premium Conventional and BerryShield Organic brands and will be mainly aimed at companies in the nutraceuticals sector and the food & beverage industry in the EMEA region.  Taiyo says the soon-to-be-launched health and wellness products can be enjoyed pure or processed in high-quality applications.  The production of BerryShield Premium Conventional and BerryShield Organic is timely as food and beverage formulations that offer health…

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KHS boasts of significant progress in protecting the environment in latest sustainability report

GERMANY – KHS, an international manufacturer of filling and packaging equipment for the beverage, food, and non-food sectors, has reported great progress in reducing the impact of its operations and those of its customers in its fourth voluntary sustainability report.  In the report titled Global responsibility – acting reliably and with foresight, KHS also for the first time provided in-depth details on progress made on its own operations outside Germany.  The Dortmund company for instance highlighted progress made by KHS India where the company already runs a number of extensive sustainability programs.   Its programs in India include countless initiatives…

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Coca-Cola, Alibaba CEOs appointed Co-chairs of Consumer Goods Forum as Merit Buama takes charge of GISCO

FRANCE – James Quincey, Chairman & CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, and Daniel Zhang, Chairman & CEO of Alibaba Group have been appointed as the new co-chairs of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF).   The announcement was made after the Board of Directors meeting held during this year’s Global Summit, which is being held virtually for the first time.  Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is a global, parity-based industry network that encourages the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide.  It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400…

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Oterra eyes natural color businesses of flavour and fragrance giant Symrise

GERMANY —Oterra, formerly known as Chr. Hansen Natural Colors A/S is eyeing the natural food coloring business of German flavour and fragrance company Symrise in an effort to bolster its position in the food ingredients space. According to a statement from Symrise AG, Oterra’s offer includes approximately 80 employees of Diana Food in two production facilities located in France and the United Kingdom. “Symrise welcomes the offer from Oterra,” said Jean-Yves Parisot, PhD, president of Flavor & Nutrition at Symrise. The two production sites that would be affected by a…

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IFC, German partner to strengthen supply chains for smallholder farmers in Africa with launch od US$25m program

AFRICA – IFC and BMZ, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, have launched a new program that will leverage greater private sector investments to support the food production value chain across Africa and increase access to finance for rural farmers and businesses.  The Euro 21 million (US$25.45 million) Food Systems Development Program, focuses on giving food producers, ranging from smallholder farmers to small and medium-sized agri-businesses in Africa, greater opportunities to improve their incomes. IFC’s technical assistance will strengthen agricultural value chains from farm to market. “The battle…

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Bühler, Hosokawa Alpine partner to develop technology for high value protein concentrates

SWITZERLAND – Swiss technology group Bühler has partnered with Hosokawa Alpine Group from Germany to development technology for the production of high value protein concentrates. Bühler, as a leader in pulses processing, offers solutions for the intake, cleaning, dehulling and grinding of pulses. The company also has offers extrusion technology which facilitates further processing of the grains, texturizing plant-based proteins into products with a fibrous texture similar to meat. Hosokawa Alpine complements the production process by adding its technology for the dry separation of pulses’ protein – fine grinding and…

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Molson Coors invests in UK hard seltzer brand as Germany’s Müller’s Mühle inaugurates new legume flours plant

EUROPE – Molson Coors Beverage Company, a US-based multinational drink and brewing company is investing approximately £5 million in its UK hard seltzer brand, Three Fold, in an effort to expand its share of the country’s hard seltzer category. According to a report by FoodBev, the investment marks the biggest brand investment made by the company in a new category in the UK. The company first entered into UK’s hard seltzer market in June last year through an exclusive distribution partnership with Bodega Bay to support the brands further roll-out…

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