New edition of ISO 22000 on food safety management systems released

WORLD – A new edition of ISO 22000 on food safety management systems has been released after reports were made that over two hundred diseases spread through the food chain and therefore, sustainable food production has become a challenge. Food safety is about the prevention, elimination and control of foodborne hazards, from the site of production…

Ingredion expands Idea Labs platform with new virtual lab

USA - The US based incorporated ingredient solutions provider, Ingredion has launched a virtual lab for beverages, ‘Inside Idea Labs’, an extension of the global network of Ingredion Idea Labs® innovation centers. The virtual lab is an interactive online platform equipped with resources and content developed by experts at the company’s brick-and-mortar labs around the…

Del Monte collaborates with AgroFresh to extend shelf life of bananas

USA - Del Monte Foods, the American food production and distribution company has announced an agreement with AgroFresh Solutions to give the former direct access to a technology that enhances extended shelf life and quality of bananas. The deal brings Del Monte, one of the world's leading banana distributors, AgroFresh’s RipeLock quality system to more…

Israeli’s Tipa company partners with Bio4Pack and Servo Artpack to create compostable packaging

ISRAEL – Tipa, a bio-based packaging company, has partnered with Bio4Pack and Servo Artpack to create compostable packaging for Dutch coffee brand Peeze. According to the company, the making of Peeze’s packaging is designed to be entirely compostable in industrial compost facilities and it can be treated as organic waste after use. Tipa, which won…

Coca-Cola temporarily pauses production due to the shortage of CO2 gas

EUROPE - Coca-Cola, the world’s soft drinks producer, has said it has "temporarily paused" some production because of the shortage of CO2 gas, even though the shortage so far has not affected supplies. BBC reported that at least five CO2 producers in northern Europe are offline for maintenance, according to the publication Gasworld, which was…

Asda listed as Britain’s worst big four supermarkets in treatment of suppliers

UK – Asda, a British supermarket retailer, has been listed as the worst of Britain’s big four supermarket groups in its treatment of suppliers, according to the UK grocery regulator’s annual sector survey. According to Reuters, almost 8% of Asda’s suppliers said the British arm of Walmart “rarely” or “never complied” with the Grocery Supply…

DuPont launches a new label-friendly antioxidant in powder form

USA - DuPont Nutrition & Health, one of the largest chemical producers, has announced its debut of Guardian Toco 30p, a highly effective and label-friendly antioxidant from naturally sourced mixed tocopherols in a powder form. According to the company, the manufacturers of cereal and granola brands will have a convenient, easy-to-use antioxidant protection product when…

Dangote Sugar pay shareholders 192% more in dividends

NIGERIA - Refined sugar manufacturer, Dangote Sugar has increased dividend pay out to shareholders by 192% to US$58.38 million, a move that supports its vision of delivering decent returns on investments. The company also announced US$336.38m payout on asset acquisitions for the 2017 financial year, according to the Guardian. In the period, the sugar refinery…

Danone Manifesto Ventures to invest in start-up companies by 2020

FRANCE - Danone Manifesto Ventures, an investment fund set up by the French food giant, is to target start-up companies challenging the dominance of big brands, expecting to have invested in 20-25 companies by 2020. Managing Director Laurent Marcel told Reuters the fund was looking at sectors ranging from healthy drinks, snacks and baby food,…

Fonterra enhances water efficiency at milk powder drying operation

NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand co-operative group, Fonterra has developed and installed ‘a ground-breaking reclaimed water system’ in New Zealand with a goal to save half a million litres of ground water daily (equivalent to 18 milk tanker’s worth). The site reuses water from condensation that is produced from milk powder manufacturing process. The…