Nespresso invests US$178m in expansion of Swiss facility to meet rising demand for premium coffee

SWITZERLAND – Nespresso, a coffee brand owned by the Nestlé Group, has invested US$178m in expanding its Romont coffee manufacturing facility in Switzerland to meet the increasing demand for premium coffee. According to a statement from Nestlé, work has already started at the site with the first new production lines expected to be fully operational by June 2022. The Romont factory, inaugurated in 2015, is the center of production for Nespresso’s Vertuo coffees, now available in 24 countries across North America, Europe and Asia. The new capital injection will see…

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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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WHO launches new handbook to help countries enhance effectiveness of their food safety systems

SWITZERLAND – As the world celebrates the World Food Safety Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a new handbook to help countries address food safety challenges in their respective jurisdictions. According to a statement from the WHO, the new handbook will provide a guideline on how countries can measure their foodborne disease burden. Additionally, the handbooks provide countries with information on how they can identify food safety system needs and data gaps so they can strengthen national infrastructure and better protect people’s health. “Food should sustain and support human…

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Nestlé throws its weight behind EU fight against deforestation

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food manufacturing giant Nestlé has voiced its support for ambitious action by the European Union (EU) to tackle issues of deforestation that currently face a number of commodities such as coffee, cocoa, and palm oil. The EU plan includes increasing supply chain transparency and traceability for commodities that may be linked to deforestation such as the one mentioned above. Palm oil has for instance been considered as one of the major drivers of deforestation,  contributing to an estimated 5% of tropical deforestation in tropical areas, according to…

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Lindt & Sprüngli achieves target of tracing 100% of its cocoa beans

SWITZERLAND – Lindt & Sprüngli, a Swiss chocolatier and confectionery company known for its chocolate truffles, has said that it has achieved its goal of tracing 100% of its to cocoa beans back to the farmers. Sustainably sourced and high-quality cocoa beans are crucial to Lindt & Sprüngli chocolates and traceability plays a major role in providing confidence in the ability of the supply chain to only deliver sustainably sourced coffees. Lindt & Sprüngli developed its sustainability program for cocoa beans in 2008, the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program. The…

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Nestlé launches Wunda, new plant-based milk that performs just like milk in all applications

EUROPE- Nestlé has announced that it is launching Wunda, a new pea-based beverage that is ‘epic in everything that you would otherwise use milk for. According to a statement from the company, you can drink the new drink straight from the packaging, pour over cereal, use in hot beverages, froth it, cook with it and much more. The Wunda range is made from yellow peas which provide high-quality protein and are sourced in France and Belgium. The drinks are high in fiber, low in sugar and fat, enriched with calcium and…

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Endress+Hauser delivers strong performance in 2020 as China overtakes US to become company’s largest single market

SWITZERLAND – Endress+Hauser, a Swiss-based globally operating process and laboratory instrumentation and automation supplier, weathered the 2020 pandemic year well, managing to report sales higher than the industry average. According to a statement from the company, group’s sales for the year amounted to €2.577 billion (US$3.09bn). When compared to 2019, this was a 2.9% drop in revenue but Endress+Hauser notes that were it not for the heavy influence from exchange rate developments, the business would have almost reached the previous year’s level in sales. Endress+Hauser noted that Digitization which picked…

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Nestle confirms talks to buy US vitamins firm The Bountiful Company

SWITZERLAND – World’s largest food company Nestlé has confirmed media reports that it is in talks to acquire The Bountiful Company, a New York based manufacturer of vitamins and supplements majority-owned by private-equity firm KKR. Based in Long Island New York, Bountiful has been headed up by CEO Paul Sturman since 2017 and is a branded producer of vitamins and supplements under product lines such as Nature’s Bounty, Pure Protein and Puritan’s Pride. Bountiful has manufacturing, packing, distribution, and warehouse facilities across the US and in Canada and the UK…

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Peter Boone to succeed Antoine de Saint-Affrique as Barry Callebaut CEO

SWITZERLAND – Leading cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer, Barry Callebaut has announced that Peter Boone,  its current Americas zone president, will succeed Antoine de Saint-Affrique as the company’s CEO. Antoine de Saint-Affrique has served as CEO since October 2015 and will be stepping down at the end of the group’s fiscal year paving way for Boone who will take on the role of CEO on 1 September 2021 Boone joined the company as chief innovation officer in 2012 and has served as Barry Callebaut Americas region president since September 2017.…

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Tetra Pak introduces 14 new best practice lines to bolster production of high quality cheese

SWITZERLAND – Swedish-Swiss multinational food packaging and processing company, Tetra Pak has announced 14 new Best Practice Lines (BPLs) for cheese manufacturers in an effort to bolster sustainable production of high-quality cheeses. Cheeses that will benefit from the new BPLs include Mozzarella, Semi-hard cheese, Cheddar, Fresh cheese production, and Cottage Cheese. Together, these cheese types make up 79% of all cheese volumes and have a CAGR forecast of 3% (2021-2025), according to Tetra Pak. “The processing lines utilise proven equipment combined with industry-leading expertise to create a safe and easy…

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