Biscuit International to extend European leadership position with acquisition of Continental Bakeries

NETHERLANDS –  Biscuit International is seeking to reinforce its position in the European private label biscuit and bread substitute market through the acquisition of Continental Bakeries from its majority shareholder, Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  The two companies share numerous synergies, both being leading European manufacturers of private label goods like biscuits, bread replacements and toast.  “The proposed acquisition of Continental Bakeries is a game changer for Biscuit International,” said Giampaolo Schiratti, chief executive officer of Biscuit International.   “Continental Bakeries is a very well-established company in Europe, and its addition to our group will…

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Unilever trials Zero-emission refrigeration on trucks in drive towards carbon-free future

NETHERLANDS –  Unilever has partnered with equipment service provider TIP Trailer Services, green tech experts Maxwell and Spark, and transport company Daily Logistics Group (DLG) to run a pilot in the Netherlands to test battery-powered refrigeration in trucks.  According to a statement for the company, if successful, the trial would provide a new solution for lowering the environmental impact of its range of refrigerated products, including ice cream brands such as Magnum, Wall’s, and Cornetto.  Currently, refrigerated trucks rely on diesel engines to power the cooling systems in refrigerated trucks,…

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AAK to acquire BIC Ingredients to bolster presence in Europe’s lecithin market

NETHERLANDS – AAK, one of the leading suppliers of plant-based oils, is in the process of acquiring BIC Ingredients, the lecithin arm of BIC International Holding.  According to a statement from the company, the acquisition will significantly increase its footprint in the European lecithin market and further its strategy of becoming a key supplier of specialty lecithin.  Located in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands BIC Ingredients supplies non-GM specialty lecithin and lecithin compounds.   Lecithin is a natural emulsifier produced from plant-based oils such as soy, sunflower, and rapeseed.  Upon successful acquisition, AAK plans to integrate…

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Enough starts project to build the world’s largest fermentation-based mycoprotein facility

NETHERLANDS – Alternative protein company Enough has broken new ground on the construction of its “first of its kind” protein factory, touted as the world’s largest non-animal protein farm.  The factory to be built in 2022 will have an initial capacity to produce 10,000 metric tons of mycoprotein per annum, the equivalent of more than five cow’s worth of protein every hour.  The 15,000 square meter facility is co-located alongside the Cargill facility in Sas van Gent in the Netherlands and is expected to initially create 25 new jobs.  The company expects…

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Corbion unveils expands Pristine range with new dough conditioners that reduces need for gluten

NETHERLANDS — Amsterdam, Netherlands-based global ingredients leader Corbion is expanding its Pristine range of dough improvers with the launch of a new consumer-friendly dough strengthening solution that helps bakers bake more efficiently.  According to a statement from the company, the new Pristine 3000 allows bakers to overcome quality hurdles such as wheat protein inconsistencies and high-speed processing without relying on gluten supplementation and other artificial systems like DATEM (diacetyl tartaric acid ester of monoglycerides).  Removing the need for wheat gluten is cost-effective for bakers as supplementation often subjects bakers to volatile pricing which they…

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Upfield’s plant-based spreads save 6 million metric tonnes of CO2 annually

NETHERLANDS – Global consumer packaged foods company Upfield has published data revealing that consumers and chefs – using their plant-based butters, margarines and spreads instead of dairy butter – have avoided emitting an estimated six million metric tons of CO2-equivalent within 12 months.  “The Upside” – which can also be referred to as “emissions savings” – is largely due to ingredient production and was measured based on data and product sales over the calendar year of 2020.  It puts into consideration the environmental cost of using plant-based ingredients instead of butter. According to Upfield, the average plant-based margarine…

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Fuji Oil joins Europe’s plant-based protein revolution with launch of a new R&D center

NETHERLANDS – Japanese food ingredients company Fuji Oil Holdings, has established its fourth R&D center in Netherlands to enable it take part of the plant-based revolution that is currently taking place in Europe.   According to a statement from the company, the new center is based on the Wageningen Campus in the heart of the Dutch Food Valley where it will be able to have easy access to the technical trends and innovations that are impacting global food systems.    Dr. Liz Kamei, currently director of open innovation and external partnerships at Fuji Europe and Africa, has been appointed…

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Heineken posts 109% profit growth in H1 but full year optimism falls as commodity costs rise

NETHERLANDS – Dutch brewing company Heineken has more than doubled its first-half operating profit mainly driven by beer volume growth and a strong Heineken brand.  The maker of Heineken, Tiger, and Sol, said operating profit before one-offs surged 109% on an organic basis to 1.63 billion euros ($1.93 billion).   This is an impressive feat for a company that reported a first-half net loss of €297m (US$352m) in 2020 and was forced to introduce a raft of measures including 8,000 job cuts across its global portfolio.  The company’s net revenue jumped 14.1% on an organic basis…

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Coca-Cola, FrieslandCampina introduce new solutions to cut their packaging carbon footprint

EUROPE – European bottler of carbonated soft drinks Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) and Dutch multinational dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina have introduced new solutions aimed at cutting down their respective packaging carbon footprints.   CCEP is trialing a new drink dispensing technology in Spain that allows consumers in out-of-home venues such as restaurants, cafes, offices, and stadiums that offer Coca-Cola brands to serve themselves and refill drinks directly from the tap.  “The self-pour, self-pay technology offers consumers a convenient packaging-free delivery method for their drinks, while also cutting down queues, reducing the need for unnecessary contact, and freeing up serving staff…

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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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