FrieslandCampina half-year profits drop 42.6% battered by Thai court ruling and an underperforming infant nutrition business

NETHERLANDS – Dutch dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. has reported 42.6% drop in half-year profits, attributing the huge decline to a €57m ($67.2m) provision for a court ruling in Thailand and an underperforming infant nutrition market.   Provision for the court ruling was arguably the biggest driver of the profit drop as the company’s underlying operating profit, excluding provision for the court ruling in Thailand and currency translation effects, decreased by 8.6% to €202m ($238.3m).  While the company’s profits recorded a double-digit drop, the company’s revenue only dropped 1.8% to reach €5.5bn ($6.49bn).  Probing results in detail revealed a…

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DSM unveils new phage-robust culture rotations to help manufacturers overcome spoilage issues in cheese

NETHERLANDS – Dutch multinational health and nutrition company DSM has expanded its Dairy Safe cheese biopreservation portfolio with a new range of phage-robust culture rotations.  The company notes that the new range comprised of four new culture rotations offers a more robust system that effectively manages bacteriophages (phages) and overcomes spoilage issues in cheese.  Insufficient management of phages can lead to fermentation delays and production slow-down, which can contribute to increased food loss and have a detrimental impact on cheese flavour, yield, and texture.  At the same time, demand for great-tasting, sustainable and natural…

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DS Smith sells Dutch paper mill to focus on light-weight fibre-based packaging

NETHERLANDS – British multinational packaging group DS Smith has agreed to divest its De Hoop paper mill in the Netherlands to De Jong Packaging for €50 million, as part of its strategy to focus more on light-weight fiber-based packaging.   The De Hoop mill produces 370,000 tonnes of mainly heavier grades of recycled paper per year and its continued stay in DS Smith was no longer necessary as the company enjoys access to a greater amount of external capacity. Under the terms of the deal, DS Smith will continue to purchase from and supply to the paper mill a certain amount…

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FrieslandCampina launches hydrogen-powered milk truck in journey towards CO2-neutral future

NETHERLANDS – Dutch multinational dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina is putting its first 50 tonnes hydrogen-powered milk truck into use as part of efforts to improve the sustainability profile of milk transport.  According to a statement from the company, the trucks will be used in the Netherland’s Groningen region where infrastructure supports their use as the company explores possibilities of introducing them to other parts of the country.  This is not the first time FrieslandCampina is revolutionizing milk transport in pursuit of an emission-free supply chain.  Over five years ago, the Dutch dairy company started using…

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Kaak’s baking equipment solutions to operate under one brand name as company celebrates 175 years

NETHERLANDS – Kaak, an international leader in stand-alone machines and complete bakery lines, is bundling all specializations in the organization within one brand name: Kaak in line with its vertical integration strategy.   In a statement, the Dutch family-owned company noted that the decision to bring all its operations under one name represents the desired focus of the internal organization.  “We are pleased to inform you that all bakery-related entities within our group will be rebranded in order to facilitate our vision of one Kaak organization,” Kaak said.  “This vision will enable us to continue…

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Kerry to acquire preservation technology company Niacet for US$1.01B

NETHERLANDS – Kerry, an Irish-based global taste and nutrition company, has signed an agreement to acquire preservation technology company Niacet in a deal estimated to be worth US$1.014 billion (€853 million).  Niacet specializes in food preservation and has exclusive drying and granulation process technologies in its key market categories of Bakery, Meat and Pharma.  It also has cost-effective low-sodium preservation systems for both meat and plant-based food across conventional and clean label solutions.  According to a statement from Kerry, the acquisition will bolster its efforts to strengthen its own technologies for food protection and preservation. …

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DSM launches new yogurt culture to help manufacturers meet clean label requirements

NETHERLANDS – DSM, a Dutch multinational health and nutrition company, has extended its yogurt culture portfolio to include DelvoFresh YS-042 that helps manufacturers meet clean label requirements without compromising on quality. According to a statement from DSM, the new culture enables dairy processors to create stirred yogurt that stays “extra mild, creamy and thick throughout its shelf life,” without the need for extra texturizers. “Manufacturers can reduce the number of thickening agents and added proteins needed to create a creamy and thick stirred yogurt with the DelvoFresh YS-042 culture,” says…

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Corbion upgrades listeria control model to bolster food safety efforts

NETHERLANDS – Corbion, a leading food ingredients supplier, has upgraded its Listeria control model to increase the accuracy of food safety measures and enhance speed-to-market for new product developments. Improvements to the newly relaunched CLCM have made the job of identifying the most effective and cost-efficient Listeria control method very simple, says the Dutch company. It uses pH, Aw water activity (Aw), salt content and other parameters to determine the optimum antimicrobial to achieve the desired level of Listeria control. Developers of the enhanced Corbion Listeria Control Model (CLCM) leveraged…

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Bunge partners IMCD to expand presence in Europe’s lecithin market

NETHERLANDS – Bunge, a leading oilseeds processing company and one of the world’s largest lecithin producers, is looking to expand its presence in Europe’s lecithin market through a partnership with IMCD. The exclusive distribution partnership was entered by Bunge Loders Croklaan, Bunge’s plant-based lipids business and IMCD’s Food and Nutrition division. According to a statement from Bunge, the agreement which is effective immediately, allows IMCD to distribute Bunge Loders Croklaan’s complete BungeMaxx lecithin portfolio in Europe. Specifically, IMCD will be the exclusive distributor of Bunge’s lecithin portfolio in Austria, Belgium,…

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Cargill invests in Bflike to accelerate development alternative proteins that closely resemble conventional meat

NETHERLANDS- Agricultural commodities trading giant, Cargill has announced that it is investing in Bflike, a Dutch-based start-up with a portfolio of solutions for meat and fish alternatives as part of its effort to bring tasty plant-based products to market quickly and affordably. Cargill’s 50 percent investment in Bflike is realized through a JV with Blue Ocean Xlerator NV (BOX), a Dutch private incubator focused on sustainable innovations in the food sector. Bflike has developed a range of technologies and premix ingredient solutions for meat and fish analogues which includes patent-pending…

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