Plant-based cheese startup Noquo Foods raises US$3.7m in seed funding

SWEDEN – Noquo Foods has raised €3.25 million (US$3.7 million) in a seed funding to help the Swedish startup accelerate its R&D efforts towards developing plant-based cheese. Founded by Sorosh Tavakoli and Anja Leissner, Noquo Foods was established in early 2019 with a mission of developing plant-based alternatives for cheese and other dairy products. The €3.25 million seed funding round was led by Impact investment firm Astanor Ventures and was joined by 10 new investors including tech venture capital firms Nothzone, Inventure and Creandum. The investment round also counted a…

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Coca-Cola European Partners pilots Einride’s autonomous truck in Sweden

EUROPE – Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has teamed up with autonomous robotic road-riding cargo pod startup, Einride for a sustainable distribution system. Coca-Cola European Partners will deploy Einride’s autonomous, electric transport system to expand in digitalized distribution in its Swedish distribution network. A commercial pilot will be launched at Coca-Cola European Partners’ facility in Jordbro outside Stockholm, Swededn where Einride’s vehicle will be introduced into a real transportation flow. The new partnership is part of CCEP’s continuous focus on efficient and sustainable innovation and technology in line with the DLF…

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Nespresso partners Swedish firm in recycling of aluminium coffee capsules

SWITZERLAND – Nespresso has partnered with Swedish lifestyle bike brand Vélosophy to produce a stylish bicycle made from recycled aluminium coffee capsules. Through the partnership, Vaélosophy will produce RE:CYCLE bicycles which Nespresso says is “a perfect balance of sustainability and style, designed to illustrate the potential of recyclable aluminium and motivate Nespresso fans to recycle their capsules.” Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso, said: “Through our collaboration with Vélosophy, we’re illustrating to coffee lovers the potential of recycling their aluminium Nespresso capsules. “By using recycled capsules to make beautiful bicycles, Vélosophy…

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Ardagh Group secures deal with spirits firm The Absolut Company

SWEDEN – Glass and metal products manufacturer, Ardagh Group has signed a ten-year agreement to supply The Absolut Company with glass bottles for the Absolut Vodka brand. The partnership with The Absolut Company which is owned by Pernod Ricard will focus on sustainability, innovation and future growth. This is expected to reinforce both the companies’ commitment to limiting their environmental impacts by reducing carbon emissions in the production of the iconic glass bottles. “It is very exciting to see the result of a cooperation between two companies located in small…

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AAK launches anti-blooming agent to boost shelf-life in chocolates

SWEDEN – AAK has launched cocoa butter-based anti-blooming agent COBAO Pure, which delays migration and heat-related bloom in chocolates. The new cocoa butter product increases the shelf-life of chocolates with between 50% to 400% by reducing the whitening caused by temperature variations. Blooming is said to have a negative impact on the overall sensory quality of the chocolate and may influence the acceptability of the chocolate by the consumer. COBAO Pure which delays migration and heat-related bloom targets in the premium chocolate segment, which is expected to grow three times…

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AAK launches new plant-based portfolio to meet global demand

SWEDEN – AAK, Sweden based producer of value-adding vegetable oils and fats has launched a new portfolio of tailor-made solutions to meet the growing demand for plant-based foods. Called AkoPlanet, the platform provides manufacturers with solutions to develop plant-based products, with a range of applications in meat, dairy and ice cream segments. According to the company, the new portfolio will enable it to use its distinct co-development approach to work together with its customers to create bespoke solutions. “Vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets are rapidly growing, creating new and exciting…

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Swedish distillery partners Microsoft to brew first AI-generated whiskey

SWEDEN – Mackmyra Whisky, a Swedish single malt whisky distillery has in collaboration with Fourkind, a Finnish technology consultancy and Microsoft created the world’s first AI-developed whiskey. Mackmyra’s AI whiskey was developed through machine learning and models powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and AI cognitive services. It involves a dataset analysis which combines Mackmyra’s existing recipes (including those for award-winning blends), sales data and customer preferences. The new whiskey, which is expected to hit markets in August 2019 features a flavor profile described as “vanilla with fine oak notes,…

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Orkla Food acquires Swedish supplier of bakery ingredients Zeelandia

SWEDEN – Orkla Food Ingredients has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Zeelandia Sweden AB, a manufacturer and supplier of margarine and other edible fats in Sweden. Zeelandia distributes food products including shortening, table oils, margarine, vegetable oils, bakery ingredients and other edible fats and oils in Sweden and exports to Finland, the Baltics and Norway. Its main customers are the bakery industries with headquarters in Stenkullen, near Gothenburg. Owned by the Dutch company Koninklijke Zeelandia Groep B.V., Zeelandia Sweden has its production facilities located in…

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Packaging firm BillerudKorsnäs partners Alpla for sustainable paper bottle

SWEDEN – Swedish packaging materials provider BillerudKorsnäs has joined forces with Alpla, an Austrian plastics manufacturer in a joint venture to develop a sustainable paper bottle. The joint venture will be formed in the Danish paper bottle company Ecoxpac, which is majorly-owned by BillerudKorsnäs. According to the terms of the agreement, both Alpla and BillerudKorsnäs will own equal parts in the JV once the transaction is completed. The partnership will support the efforts to create and commercialize a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle as both the firms strive to…

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Sweden packaging group to acquire Nampak’s Nigeria packaging business

SOUTH AFRICA – AR Packaging group has entered into a definitive agreement with South Africa’s Nampak for the acquisition of its Nigerian packaging business, Nampak Cartons Nigeria at an undisclosed amount. Nampak Cartons Nigeria, Subsidiary of the Johannesburg stock exchange listed firm, Napmak, engages in production of packaging material production for the food and consumer goods segments. André de Ruyter, Nampak’s chief executive, said the disposal of the packaging business in Nigeria was part of the group’s ongoing strategy to sharpen its focus on strategic underlying businesses, reports Business Report.…

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