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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Bericap acquires German maker of aluminium closures Mala to expand portfolio

GERMANY – Bericap, a leading manufacturer of closures, is expanding its portfolio of closures following the acquisition of German manufacturer of aluminium closures, Mala Verschluss-Systeme. The acquisition of Mala for an undisclosed sum represents an expansion of Bericap’s portfolio (which until now was comprised of plastic closures) into the aluminium material sector. Caps & closures play an important role in packaging, they help to extend shelf-life of the products and provide a barrier to dirt, moisture, and oxygen. “The extension of our product range to include Mala’s aluminium roll-on caps…

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Endress+Hauser opens new vaccination center to bolster Germany’s fight against Covid-19

GERMANY – Leading process instrumentation and automation supplier  Endress+Hauser has opened a new vaccination center in Maulburg as part of efforts to support Germany’s fight against Covid-19. According to a statement from Endress+Hauser, the Maulburg vaccination center was opened as part of pilot project where company physicians are permitted to carry out Covid-19 vaccinations The project aims to a total of 12 facilities in different companies in Germany and is being spearheaded by the  Baden-Wurttemberg Ministry for Social Services, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce. Endress+Hauser says the vaccination…

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Germany extends deadline for PET bottles to become part of mandatory deposit system

GERMANY – The Bundestag, Germany’s federal parliament, has approved changes to the German Packaging Law, extending the period before PET juice bottles are required to become part of the mandatory deposit system. The mandatory deposit system requires that sellers charge a deposit for every drink that is packaged in non-refillable packaging. Buyers would then get refunded once they return their packaging to the point of purchase where it will be processed for recycling. Formulators of the system argued that it would be good for the environment as yields a higher…

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