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  • 15 Jul
    Global – Citrus and grape by-products could serve as food preservatives

    Global – Citrus and grape by-products could serve as food preservatives

    Large amounts of citrus and grape by-products that are normally treated as waste and generally disposed of in landfills could potentially be used in the production of natural food preservatives. This is one of the main findings of an interdisciplinary study at Stellenbosch University (SU).

    “Our research has shown that the use of bioactive-rich citrus and winery by-products could provide an efficient, inexpensive, easily available and environmentally friendly platform for the production of natural and sustainable food preservatives,” says Dr Cletos Mapiye from the Department of Animal Sciences at SU. He conducted the research with colleagues from the Department of Food Science and the Postharvest Technology Research Laboratory in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at SU. The study was published recently in the open access journal Sustainability.

    “Bioactive phytochemicals play an important role in preserving food quality by retaining flavour, colour, texture and nutrients, while reducing the chance of contracting a foodborne illness and potentially contributing to the prevention of chronic diseases due to their antioxidant properties.” Stellenbosch University

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 15 Jul
    Kenya – Del Monte invests Sh580m in new fresh fruit packing facility   

    Kenya – Del Monte invests Sh580m in new fresh fruit packing facility  

     

    Fruit juice maker Del Monte Kenya has invested Sh580 million in a new fresh fruit packing facility with a processing capacity of 60 tonnes of fresh fruit per year.

    The new facility, which is being constructed within Del Monte Kenya’s plantation is scheduled to be completed in August 2019 to expand production of pineapples avocados, mangos and passion fruit juices.

    “Del Monte Kenya plans to source fruit from local and regional growers in Murang’a and Kiambu Counties, we will prepare and package the products from the new facility for both local and international markets,” said Del Monte managing director Stergios Gkaliamoutsas.

    Currently, Del Monte Kenya employs over 6,500 employees and creates additional 28,000 jobs indirectly through its activities. The company houses half of its workforce within the company’s premises.

    He added that Del Monte is supporting the realisation of Kenya’s Big Four Agenda for local cultivation, agro-processing, and full-value-added support for manufacturing and food security.

    “We are looking forward to continuing to demonstrate the many ways in which Del Monte Kenya can be a valued, respected, responsible corporate citizen of the Republic of Kenya, its economy, and the well-being of all its citizens’’, Gkaliamoutsas said. The-star-.co.ke

     

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 15 Jul
    US – pest alert ‘lebbeck mealybug

    US – pest alert ‘lebbeck mealybug

    Lauren Diepenbrock, assistant professor of entomology at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, discovered the first appearance in 10 years of one such pest, the lebbeck mealybug, at a Highlands County orange grove on June 14, according to a pest alert from the Division of Plant Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

    The lebbeck mealybug’s first Florida appearance occurred in December 2009 on a tallow wood plant in Palm Beach County, according to a Plant Industry pest alert at the time.

    The pest didn’t spread any further, said Trevor Smith, the Plant Industry director, on Tuesday, and “it looked like it was fading into the background.”

    Since the Highlands discovery, Plant Industry workers have found outbreaks of lebbeck mealybugs in two other Highlands citrus groves near Diepenbrock’s initial finding, he said. They continue to look for the bug.

    Not much is known about what pesticides are effective against the lebbeck mealybug, Smith said. He speculated they may have moved into Florida groves because the pesticides used against the citrus psyllids are less lethal to the mealybug.

    More than 90% of Florida citrus trees are infected with greening. Citrus growers in Jordan and South Africa have experienced major outbreaks of lebbeck mealybug that caused significant damage, including fruit losses of up to 50%, according to the Plant Industry alert.

    The lebbeck mealybug cannot fly, Smith said. It is spread mainly by wind or attached to plant material and farm equipment.

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 15 Jul
    US – Purees offering sugar reduction solutions

    US – Purees offering sugar reduction solutions

    Fruit purees are emerging as a viable solution for US food companies as they work towards complying with challenging new rules on the labelling of sugar.

    The FDA introduced new labelling regulations in 2016 and the compliance date of January 1, 2020 for these is looming large. The soon-to-be-implemented rules will mean that manufacturers and brands will be required to declare ‘added sugar’ in addition to the standard total sugars on nutrition facts panels – even if some of those sugars are added by way of fruit juice powders or concentrates.

    Implementation is staggered, with large companies obliged to meet the requirements by January 1, 2020 date, and smaller businesses by 2021. But the change is already forcing businesses to re-think how they formulate their products, in order to avoid the negative perception associated with added sugar.

    However, a simple solution is at hand, in the form of fruit purees, says Welch’s Global Ingredients Group. Purees are not included in the definition of added sugar and therefore the fruit sugars naturally present in purees only need to be included in the total sugars declaration.

    “Purees deliver natural sweetness, but their sugar content isn’t considered to be added sugar by FDA,” said Kevin Kilcoyne, VP & General Manager at Welch’s Global Ingredients Group. “This means they offer a good option for food companies who prefer not to see added sugar on their nutrition facts panels or wish to minimize the amount of added sugars they are obliged to declare.”

    Manufacturers will still be able to use fruit juice concentrates or powders. However, they will need to declare some of the sugar contributed by these ingredients as added sugar, depending on the final application. FDA regulations stipulate that the portion of sugar above what would normally be found in an equivalent volume of 100% juice must be labelled as added sugar. The calculations involved in establishing this often need to be carried out manually – a cumbersome and costly process. Using purees and puree concentrates means companies can avoid this extra burden.

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 16 May
    Kenyan Juice Tycoon Kimani Rugendo Secures USD11 Million Loan From German Fund

    Kenyan Juice Tycoon Kimani Rugendo Secures USD11 Million Loan From German Fund

    Kevian Kenya, a juice manufacturing company owned by Kenyan multi-millionaire businessman Kimani Rugendo, has secured an USD11 million facility from Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), a Development Finance Institution owned by the German government.

    According to a press statement issued by Kevian Kenya, the USD11 million loan facility will be used to finance the company’s expansion of its production facilities. Rugendo said the company will also use part of the funds to develop a new range of beverages targeted at children and young adults. This is the second funding Kevian Kenya has received from DEG following a USD7 million loan DEG issued to the juice manufacturer in 2012.

    Kevian, which started producing beverages in 1995, is based in Thika, an industrial town north of Nairobi. It is one of the largest beverage companies in East Africa. The company produces bottled water, fruit juices, malt drinks, coffee, and tomato paste. The company has more than 800 direct employees and revenues in excess of USD20 million according to information disclosed to this writer by a prominent investment bank in Kenya.

    Forbes.com

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 16 May
    GLOBAL – New whey protein hydrolysate adding sparkle to sports drinks

    GLOBAL – New whey protein hydrolysate adding sparkle to sports drinks

    The advanced 100 % whey protein hydrolysate solution from Arla Foods is specially developed for formulating sparkling protein waters.

    Full-scale factory trials have shown that Lacprodan® HYDRO.Clear can be used to produce sparkling water products with up to 6 % protein. This makes it straightforward for sports drinks manufacturers to create crystal-clear, sparkling, high-protein RTD beverages with strong health credentials.

    Lacprodan® HYDRO.Clear is fat and sugar-free and delivers optimized taste, a low bitterness profile and long shelf life. It is lactose-free, low in energy, very low in salt and easy to flavour.

    SPORTS DRINKS STATS

    Sales of sports protein drinks increased by an average of 9.5 % a year between 2013 and 2017 and are forecast to grow by 8.4 % annually between 2018 and 2022 SAY Euromonitor. Sales of functional and fortified waters, meanwhile, rose by 4 % a year from 2013-2017 and are forecast to grow by 6 % a year from 2018-2022. The carbonates segment is also robust, with a 22 % a year increase in new launches globally between 2007 and 2017 say Innova Market Insights.

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 16 May
    GLOBAL – Döhler Group acquires majority stake in ZUCASA

    GLOBAL – Döhler Group acquires majority stake in ZUCASA

    Döhler Group and Zumos Catalano Aragoneses S.A. (ZUCASA) have reached an agreement on the acquisition of the majority of shares in ZUCASA by the Döhler Group. Döhler will manage ZUCASA’s juice production facility located in the Huesca region through its subsidiary Döhler Fraga S.L.

    For Döhler, this transaction marks another great step forward in one of Europe’s largest fruit production areas. Customers will benefit from a more diverse offering in the stone fruits segment as well as in apples and pears; furthermore, the combined businesses will offer greater efficiency in a global market with regard to customised all-in-one solutions.

    ZUCASA’s extensive expertise and ability to provide fruit and vegetable juices, purees and concentrates for food and beverages, combined with the broad product portfolio and the comprehensive industry knowledge of the Döhler Group, will create unique synergy effects.

    In the coming years, Döhler Group aims to set a benchmark within the sector and develop a plan of expansion and sustainable growth within its business model.

    doehler.com

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 16 May
    ADM deal to buy citrus specialist Ziegler

    ADM deal to buy citrus specialist Ziegler

    GLOBAL – ADM has reached an agreement to acquire the Ziegler Group, a leading European provider of natural citrus flavour ingredients. The agreement comes shortly after ADM completed its addition of US -based citrus flavour provider Florida Chemical.

    Vince Macciocchi, president of ADM’s Nutrition business, said, “Ziegler is highly respected as a cutting-edge leader in citrus, and we’re excited to welcome their outstanding leadership and talent to ADM. The combination of Ziegler and Florida Chemical will immediately position ADM for growth as a global leader in natural citrus ingredients, with a complete range of innovative citrus solutions and systems for food, beverage and fragrance customers.”

    Founded in 1963, Ziegler uses proprietary cold concentration technologies to produce natural high-quality citrus oils, extracts, concentrates and compounds for flavour, food, and beverage industry customers, focusing on Europe, the US and Japan. The company is privately held and headquartered in Aufsess, in Southern Germany. ADM are one of the world’s largest food ingredient providers today, providing ingredients such as emulsifiers and sweetening solutions for the confectionery industry.

    “Citrus is one of the fastest-growing, highest-demand flavours for food and beverages, which is why the creation of a global citrus platform offering a complete product line for our customers is such an important capability for our growth strategy,” Macciocchi continued. “We’re continuing the most ambitious portfolio transformation in our company’s long history, and as we build the world’s leading nutrition company, the beneficiaries will be our customers and our shareholders.”

    The deal is expected to close near the end of 2019.

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 15 Mar
    Northern Ireland and the ‘Brexit backstop’

    Northern Ireland and the ‘Brexit backstop’

    Brexit and the ‘Backstop’

     

    Comment from Michael Bell, Executive Director, Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association

    “Given our land border with the EU and our reliance on export markets, it is clear that we face unique challenges posed by Brexit. It is important to stress that whilst Great Britain imports 50% of its food and drink, Northern Ireland exports 80%, so we are particularly sensitive to any potential barriers to export.

    “The ideal outcome for the industry would be that we can continue to trade with the EU as normal – without any changes to tariffs and standards. We have submitted technical papers to the government on behalf of the industry to advise on the particular issues which face the NI agri-food sector and we have provided information on solutions that would minimise disruption to trade.

    “We are actively involved in engaging with government to avoid a no-deal situation at all costs as this would be devastating to our industry and would result in immediate chaos along the supply chain. We currently have no reassurances about our ability to continue frictionless trade with other key markets post-Brexit. It is very difficult to develop solid contingency plans whenever there has been little to no information about what will happen after March 29th. Businesses cannot invest in alternative arrangements when they don’t know what those arrangements should be!

    “As a representative body for the leading agri-food businesses in Northern Ireland, we have voiced our support for the backstop as it offers vital assurances to our members. We recognise that some amendments may be required to the current backstop proposal, and we are happy to engage with politicians as they continue to seek a solution.”

    NIFDA

    NIFDA is a voluntary organisation committed to helping Northern Ireland food and drink companies compete successfully and to representing and promoting their interests.  It was established to provide services to enhance, promote, inform, educate and develop our members’ business.

    NIFDA’s vision is a strong and united membership working together towards a sustainable and growing internationally competitive food and drink industry in Northern Ireland. We are committed to maximising the growth potential of the industry and growing turnover to £7bn by 2020 by export led growth.

     

    What is the backstop?

    The backstop is a position of last resort, to maintain an open border on the island of Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing an all-encompassing deal.

    At present, goods and services are traded between the two jurisdictions on the island of Ireland with few restrictions.

    The UK and Ireland are currently part of the EU single market and customs union, so products do not need to be inspected for customs and standards.

     

    By Caroline Calder Features News
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