RAPS launches vegan barbecue products made from pea-protein

GERMANY – RAPS, a leading supplier of the meat industry has launched new vegan barbecue products made from pea-protein in an effort to bring even more variety to the plant-based market that is currently in vogue. The new products range from burger patties and bratwurst, to barbecue skewers and meatballs and promise “flavoursome, flame-grilled enjoyment”. The German based company said the new products addresses the demands of manufacturers who want to expand their barbecue range with diverse, plant-based applications. The launch is timely as meat-free products for vegans, vegetarians and…

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Ingredion acquires German food solutions provider KaTech, complementing its specialty ingredients portfolio

GERMANY – American multinational ingredient provider, Ingredion has acquired KaTech, a German provider of advanced texture and stabilization solutions, effectively expanding its specialty ingredients portfolio. The acquisition comes five months after Ingredion agreed to acquire the remaining stake in Verdient Foods, taking its ownership of the plant-based protein joint venture to 100%. KaTech offers a variety of solutions that assist food and beverage manufacturers with product formulation, ingredient functionality and technical assistance. The firm is said to have application expertise in areas such as stabilisation, texture enhancement, protein enrichment and…

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Symrise appoints Dr Jean-Yves Parisot as head of newly created Flavor & Nutrition segment

GERMANY – Symrise AG, a major producer of flavours and fragrances, has appointed Dr Jean-Yves Paris to the newly created Flavour and Nutrition segment. Jean-Yves Parisot (56) has been Head of the Nutrition/Diana business unit since 2014 and a member of the Executive Board of Symrise AG since October 2016. In his role, he was most recently responsible for the successful acquisition of ADF/IDF in the U.S. Prior to the acquisition and integration of Diana Group, he headed the Food Division within the Diana Group for five years. The Flavour…

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Westfalia Fruit to acquire Hausladen Fruchthandel to bolster position as a global avocado market leader

GERMANY – Westfalia Fruit, a leading multinational supplier of fresh fruit and related​ products to international markets, has signed an agreement to acquire a controlling stake in German fruit supplier Hausladen Fruchthandel. Westfalia aims to leverage Hausladen’s acquisition to capitalise on the German retail avocado market and expand its position as a global avocado market leader. The South African company has operations in all major origins, including southern Africa, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru and California in the US and boasts of the largest avocado-growing footprint in the world. From this…

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Nestle’s popular snack brand Smarties switches to 100% recycled paper packaging as core cereal brands minimize plastic use

GERMANY – Swiss food manufacturing giant Nestlé has announced that its popular Smarties brand is now using recyclable paper packaging for its confectionery products worldwide. The announcement follows a decision by Nestlé Cereals UK that well-known cereal brands including Cheerios, Shreddies and Shredded Wheat are set to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging by more than 600 tonnes annually. Nestlé Cereals UK said the new packs will also mean that fewer lorries are required to transport the products to stores across the UK, saving an estimated total of…

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Tough times for German and French vintners as US imposes punitive tariffs on their high-alcohol wine

US – German and French wine producers are facing a new challenge in accessing the US market following the decision by the White House to place 25% tariffs on high alcohol wine from their countries. According to a document filed by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative the tariffs were part of a long-running trade dispute over aircraft parts. The United States has been claiming that subsidies made by France, Spain, Germany and the U.K. to European aircraft manufacturer Airbus were hurting the US aircraft giant Boeing. In retaliation…

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GEA introduces new thermoforming packaging machine that enables use of paper-based packaging alternatives

GERMANY – GEA, one of the largest technology suppliers for food processing and a wide range of other industries, has unveiled a new packing machine that functions with paper The new machine called PowerPak Plus is a thermoforming packaging machine that enables the use of paper-based packaging alternatives to meet sustainability demands. GEA in a statement revealed that following technical modifications, the machine is now able to use paper in its range of solutions – including vacuum, MAP and shrink packaging – for a variety of food products such as…

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Swiss dairy company Hochdorf sells German flour, vegetable oils business

GERMANY – Hochdorf, Swiss market leader in developing, producing and marketing wholesome foodstuffs and ingredients is seeking to offload its German vegetable oils and flour business, Marbacher Ölmühle, as part of a strategic realignment. Hochdorf has agreed to sell the business to a German family office company focusing on long-term commitment in the organic food industry. The sale is said to be motivated by the company’s strategic focus on its baby care and dairy ingredients divisions. Marbacher Ölmühle produces a range of organic oils including apricot kernel oil, sesame oil,…

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GEA to sell barn equipment and milk cooling technology business to private equity firm Mutares

GERMANY – GEA, a leading technology supplier for food processing company, has agreed to sell its barn equipment and milk cooling technology businesses to private equity firm Mutares SE & Co KGaA for an undisclosed sum.  The companies concerned; GEA Farm Technologies Japy, and Royal De Boer Stalinrichtingen, were part of the groups farm technologies division. Japy is a a French manufacturer of milk cooling tanks while Royal De Boer Stalinrichtingen is a European supplier of barn equipment based in the Netherlands. Together, the two companies reportedly generated revenues of…

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Germany’s Haribo to build one of the largest confectionery production plants in the US

US – Haribo Group, one of the fastest growing confectionery brand in North America, has launched the construction of its first-ever manufacturing plant in the US. Based in Bonn, Germany HARIBO GmbH & Co. KG, is a market leader for fruit gum and licorice products in Europe and has market share of about 60 percent in Germany. It makes over 200 other chewy sweets, including fruit gum products, licorice, marshmallow candies, chewing gum, and so-called Kaubonbons–chewy candy with the texture of gum that dissolves in the mouth. The company plans…

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