Ingredion adds new potato starches to cheese portfolio to improve functionality and choice

USA - Ingredion Incorporated, a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, has added three functional potato starches to its processed cheese ingredient portfolio, giving manufacturers greater functionality and choice. According to the company, the CheeseApp 50, 70 and 80 enable recipe cost savings in processed analogue block cheeses while delivering the appealing…

Walmart partners with Microsoft to boost ecommerce against Amazon

USA - Walmart Inc., the American chain of hypermarkets has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft Corp for wider use of cloud and artificial intelligence technology that for faster, convenient and easier shopping by customers at its stores. The five-year agreement will see Walmart utilize Microsoft’s cloud solutions, which is Microsoft Azure and Microsoft…

Supermarket chain Kroger launches personalized nutrition app

USA - The American retailer, Kroger Co. has unveiled a personalized nutrition mobile platform OptUp, a wellness app that provides customers with nutritional information on the produce they purchase at the grocery stores. With the app, customers can see product recommendations, scan, search items to find nutrition facts and product alternatives, and helps make healthier purchase…

Group of innovators design records management software to boost farmer sales

BOTSWANA - A group of young innovators in Botswana have designed a farm records management system, Montsamaisa meant to aid farmers in monitoring their farming activities with a long-term goal of ensuring improved farm performance sales. According to an article by AllAfrica, the software helps farmers get accurate feedback vital in making informed decisions. The…

DuPont unveils new generation of POWERBake enzymes for South America

USA - DuPont has unveiled a new generation of POWERBake® 8000 enzymes for bakery industry in South America for a more efficient and stable baking process. This is an expansion of DuPont Danisco POWERBake range of fungal xylanases providing bakers with benefits including increased final product volume and characteristics. The enzymes are important in improving consistency…

DSM acquires an equity stake in Mixfit Inc. to enter B2C personalized nutrition

USA - Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and sustainable living, announces it has acquired an equity stake in personalized nutrition company Mixfit Inc. as the largest shareholder with approximately 50% of shares. Mixfit is a privately-held personalized nutrition solution start-up company based in Boston (Massachusetts, USA). This investment builds on…

Chr. Hansen reports 9% growth in revenue in the first nine months of 2017/18

EUROPE - Chr. Hansen, a global bioscience company, has solid organic revenue growth of 9% in the first nine months of 2017/18. The company reported a 3% reported growth due to adverse currency impacts to which Food Cultures & Enzymes grew 12%, Health & Nutrition 8% and Natural Colors 5%. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)…

Microsoft to introduce check-out free retail to take on Amazon Go

USA - Microsoft Corp is working on check-out free retail that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores, meant to compete with Amazon’s automated grocery stores, Amazon Go, reported Reuters. With the technology, the company’s systems will be able to track what shoppers add to their trolleys. According to people familiar with the matter,…

Nestlé and XPO Logistics build digital warehouse of the future in the East Midlands

UK - Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, and XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of transport and logistics solutions, are co-creating a 638,000-square-foot distribution centre at the new SEGRO East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park in UK. According to the company, the new facility- digital warehouse of the future- will be occupied predominantly…

Ingredion launches nature-based plating agent that transforms liquids into powders

ASIA - The US based ingredients maker, Ingredion has launched a high-capacity, nature based plating agent that allows manufacturers transform a variety of both oil and water-soluble liquids into powdered ingredients. Developed by Ingredion scientists in their Idea Labs, N-ZORBIT 2144 is a unique, porous structure that increases the surface area exposed to liquids, facilitating…