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Ingredients Maker Unveils Organic Ginger, Vitamin C Extracts

Supplements ingredients maker Applied Food Sciences has introduced organic ginger extract and vitamin C extract for use in the natural beverage market. The company says its powdered organic ginger extract (Pur-Ginger) is highly water soluble and clear when dissolved, leaving no sediment or pulp. The Pur-C extract is made from organic gooseberry, which contains 20 times more vitamin C than other fruits. The extract is water soluble and clear, making it appropriate for organic beverages, the company said. [ Image credit: © Applied Food Sciences ]

"Beverage Expert Applied Food Sciences Makes Breakthrough with two new Launches in Organic Ingredients", PRLog, December 01, 2016

Unilever Applies Zero-Based Budgeting To Adjust Operational Margins

Unilever says it is further applying zero-based budgeting to reset its operating margin goals. The new target for the “core operating margin” will be between 40 and 80 basis points a year from 2017 to 2019. The company’s current goal is annual growth of 20 to 40 basis points. CFO Graeme Pitkethly said the company will continue to improve the mix of the business with “margin-accretive innovation” and a focus on margin in the ice cream and home-care categories. Zero-based budgeting cost savings and savings from organizational changes should be about €1 billion by 2019. [ Image credit: © Unilever ]

"Unilever Sets New Margin Target with Help from Zero-Based Budgeting", Just-Food, November 30, 2016

Arla Enters Iced Coffee/High-Protein RTD Market With Whey Product

Danish food ingredients company Arla has introduced a whey-based iced coffee that delivers 20 grams of protein per 350-ml (12 ounce) serving. Arla is pitching the drink to “busy urban consumers” looking to build or maintain muscle mass. The product contains calcium and phosphorous from milk minerals, and caffeine, equivalent to two cups of espresso, from coffee beans. Iced coffee RTDs and protein-rich drinks are a hot item these days. One market researcher reported that the CAGR of iced coffee RTDs was 8.4 percent from 2012 to 2015; the CAGR of high-protein beverages in the same period was 34 percent. [ Image credit: © Arla ]

"Arla Launches Protein Iced Coffee", The Food & Drink Innovation Network, November 29, 2016

Mondelez Signals Importance Of E-Commerce To Its Growth Plans

The departure of chief media and e-commerce officer Bonin Bough has led to organizational changes that affect Mondelez’s e-commerce and marketing strategies. Jeff Jarrett will now head global e-commerce under chief growth officer Tim Cofer, who said the move demonstrates that e-commerce is “a key priority and growth pillar” and signals the company’s strong belief in the value of direct-to-consumer channels. The e-commerce team will have complete responsibility and accountability for its revenue, margin and operations. According to Cofer, the goal is to build an e-commerce snacks business worth $1 billion by 2020. [ Image credit: © Wikimedia ]

"Mondelez Separates E-Commerce from Marketing Following Bonin Bough Exit", The Drum, November 28, 2016

Advanced Technologies Can Help Consumers, Businesses Avoid Food Waste

Research data suggest that a large amount of the £17 billion of food waste generated in the U.K. annually could be avoided if consumers and businesses behaved differently. Newly developed technologies can help with behavior change. The Wrap charity says 58 percent of the 1.9 million tons of surplus food created by industry is avoidable, and emerging tech solutions could play a major role. British trade publication The Grocer outlines eight of the “most exciting innovations solving food waste.”  Among them: an app that allows businesses to share information about their surplus food with registered charities; a robotic “chef” that boosts efficiency and precision in food production; and a tech solution called Winnow that foodservice ...  More

"How is New Technology Tackling Food Waste?", The Grocer, November 24, 2016

Cargill Expands Poultry Processing Operations In Asia-Pacific Region

Increasing customer demand in Thailand for Cargill’s chicken products has spurred the Minn.-based company to spend $50 million expanding its poultry processing facilities in the country. Cargill Protein Southeast Asia, which employs 13,500 workers in 14 locations in Thailand, said the expansion will create 1,400 new jobs. Construction on the addition to a current factory has begun, and the larger facility should be operational early in 2018. Through joint ventures, Cargill recently opened a poultry processing plant in the Philippines and a fully-cooked chicken production facility in Indonesia. [ Image credit: © Cargill ]

"Cargill Invests $50 Million to Expand Poultry Processing Operations in Thailand", News release, Cargill, November 24, 2016

“Pay As You Feel” Food Waste Market Opens In U.K.

The U.K.’s first “food waste market” in Leeds stockpiles and sells edible food discarded by supermarkets because of expired “sell by” dates. Needy shoppers purchase the food on a “pay as you feel” basis, with money or work. The Real Junk Food Project, which operates cafés around the world on the same basis, opened the grocery, and hopes to replicate it all over the country. New food waste markets are planned for the English cities of Sheffield and Bradford. [ Image credit:

© The Real Junk Food Project ]

"UK’s First Food-Waste Supermarket Opens near Leeds", Eco-Business, November 23, 2016

Sourdough Bread Maker Finds National Audience

A California bread bakery that began as a restaurant sideline has become so popular, among locals and nonlocals, it is shipping its product around the country. Manresa Bread of Los Gatos makes only sourdough breads that are highly hydrated and highly fermented. They therefore have a longer shelf life and can withstand shipping times. With each shipment the company sends detailed instructions for warming and storing the bread for maximum freshness, along with recipes. The company bakes the loaves, packs them (in plastic bags) and ships four-loaf orders every Tuesday via two-day or faster shipping. [ Image credit: © Manresa Bread Project ]

"This Los Gatos Bakery's Bread is so Good that it's Now Shipping Nationally", Business Journals, November 23, 2016

Dr Pepper Snapple Takes Strategic Step Away From Soft Drinks

In a move that signals a strategic decision to diversify its product line away from sugary soft drinks and toward healthful beverages, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) said it will acquire Princeton, N.J.-based Bai Brands, LLC. Bai’s better-for-you product lineup includes high-growth premium antioxidant infused beverages such as Bai Bubbles, Antiwater, and Cocofusions. The cash price of $1.7 billion includes a tax benefit of about $400 million financed through new unsecured notes and short-term commercial paper. DPS invested in Bai in 2015 and has been a distribution partner since 2013. DPS CEO Larry Young said the relationship with Bai “contributed greatly” to its allied brand portfolio in the last six years. [ Image credit: © Dr Pepper ...  More

"Dr Pepper Snapple Group To Acquire Bai Brands, LLC", News release, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, November 22, 2016

After Reports Of Food Waste, Meal Delivery Firm Fires Co-Founder

The co-founder of a San Francisco-based meal delivery start-up was replaced as CEO after news reports that the company wastes money on marketing and makes more food than customers use – as much as 16 percent wasted. Munchery denied it wasted food, noting that it was proud of the fact that any unsold food is donated to charities for redistribution to the poor. Nevertheless, the company replaced co-founder Tri Tran with new CEO James Beriker, a former chief executive of Simply Hired. [ Image credit: © littlepicklepress.com ]

"Munchery CEO Replaced as it Grapples with Reports it Wastes 16% of Food Made", Business Journals, November 22, 2016

Pie Or Cake For Dessert? How About Both, In One Pastry?

Thanksgiving is over for 2016, but a peculiar leftover remains. The holiday dessert category now includes a mashup, or hybrid, known as the piecaken, a name that conjures up another Thanksgiving oddity, the turducken. The piecaken comprises a layer of pecan pie, a layer of pumpkin pie and a layer of apple upside-down cake, topped with cinnamon buttercream. Other incarnations feature fudge cake, peanut butter or cheesecake. The idea seems novel, but a baker in Minnesota has been turning out something similar for a while, but dubbed the "piesplosion." One version of it (the Black Forest) consists of cherry pie baked inside chocolate and red velvet cake. [ Image credit: © Jason Rogers ]

"Thanksgiving's most bizarre mashup bakes pie into cake — behold, the 'piecaken'", StarTribune, November 22, 2016

Start-Up Hopes To Open Up Market Possibilities For Oats As A Grain, Not A Flake

A start-up company is basing its future on the idea that oats needn’t be only a flaky breakfast cereal. Grainful’s innovative concept is that oats are a grain – not a Quaker-processed flake – and can be prepared and eaten in place of rice for lunch and dinner. The company says the benefits of oats dovetail neatly with prevailing market trends, such as gluten-free, non-GMO, and whole grain. They are high in fiber, a plant-based protein, heart-healthy, low-glycemic index, etc. Grainful is ramping up commercialization after time spent market testing, scaling up and market validation. Products will be available in more than 1,600 U.S. stores by the end of 2016. [ Image credit: © Grainful ]

"Oats Market is Ripe for Disruption, Claimed Grainful’s President", BakeryAndSnacks.com, November 22, 2016

Juice From “Wonky” Fruits Is Good For Consumers And The Environment

Ugly, misshapen fruit – deemed unsaleable by producers and grocers – is being diverted away from British landfills and into recyclable bag-in-box containers by a new company known as Wonky Fruit. The short-term goal of the British company is to save 300 tons of malformed fruit by April 2017 and turn it into “the most sustainable juice brand in Europe.” If successful, the initiative would reduce fruit waste by 70 percent. According to the company, its low carbon footprint juice boxes do not require refrigeration, and are compact and easy to transport and store. The juice itself is all natural, free of “nasties” such as powders, oils, infusions, or acids. [ Image credit: © endfoodwaste.org ]

"Cardiff, United Kingdom: Wonky – Drinks that Give Wonky Fruit a Chance! Help us to Save 300 ", News release, Wonky Fruit, November 21, 2016

Food For All App Eases Access To Surplus Restaurant Meals

The Food for All project, funded by a Kickstarter campaign, has developed an app that eases the purchase of surplus restaurant food, helps reduce food waste, and saves consumers money. Food for All is based on a simple premise: people should be able to buy cheaply the unsold food prepared by restaurants, cafeterias, fast food eateries, and caterers – which together toss out more than 43 billion pounds of food annually. The app allows people to search for the closest restaurants that have available food; reports the price set by the restaurant (usually 50 to 80 percent cheaper); and tells the time when the food can be picked up (usually at closing or shift-end). [ Image credit: © Neighboring Food Co-op Association  ]

"An app that allows you to buy food restaurants did not sell by the end of the day, up to 80% cheaper.", News release, Food for All, November 20, 2016

British Grocery Chain To Use Special Packaging To Improve Potato Shelf-life

Sainburys will soon be using special packaging that keeps potatoes from turning green and bitter. The fully opaque and breathable bags prevent exposure to light, the main cause of greening. Too much light triggers the release and buildup of a chemical known as solanine. Potatoes are the most commonly wasted vegetable in the U.K., where 730,000 tons are trashed by households annually. Sainsburys is certain the new packaging will improve the shelf-life of spuds. The new packaging is one of the food waste solutions under the company’s “Waste less, Save more” initiative. [ Image credit: © EatByDate LLC ]

"New Sainsbury’s Packaging Tackles Potato Discolouration", Packaging News, November 17, 2016

Cadbury Commits To Fairtrade’s Sustainable Cocoa Farming Initiative

British confectioner Cadbury and sustainable farming advocate Fairtrade announced expansion of a partnership whose goal is to help more cocoa farmers and their communities globally through the Cocoa Life program. Cocoa Life is a $400 million sustainable cocoa farming program that will launch in the U.K. and Ireland in 2017. It will target 200,000 cocoa farmers and one million people in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, the Dominican Republic, India and Brazil. Mondelēz International, parent company of Cadbury, will invest $400 million over ten years to 2022. Cadbury products will carry the Cocoa Life logo on the front of pack beginning next year. [ Image credit: © Cocoa Life ]

"Cocoa Life Sustainability Programme Expands to Cover Cadbury Chocolate through New Partnership with Fairtrade", News release, NASDAQ, November 17, 2016

Majority Of Food Retailers Are Working To Reduce Food Waste

Nearly three-fourths (71 percent) of food retailers who responded to an industry survey indicated that they were “aggressively investing” in ways to improve food donations to charities that feed the hungry. Retailers are also investing in areas related to food waste recycling (67 percent), food waste reduction (63 percent), and food waste disposal (58 percent). Within these areas, companies are devoting capital and employee time on improving food waste measurement and tracking. The survey was sponsored by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, which includes the Food Marketing Institute. The FWRA analyzed food waste among U.S. food manufacturers, retailers, and restaurants. [ Image credit: © Wikipedia ]

"Food Waste Initiative Suggests Food Retail Industry Making Significant Reduction Efforts", Food Marketing Institute, November 16, 2016

Consumers Are Not To Blame For The Bulk Of U.K. Food Waste

Environmental author and Feedback founder Tristram Stuart told a British legislative panel that blaming consumers for most of the country’s food waste – more than 50 percent – is “bogus.” Stuart, testifying with other activists before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, said that data from higher up the food chain is either nonexistent, or “self-generated” and unaudited. There has been no reliable measurement of food waste in manufacturing, in supermarkets or on farms. No one has thought to monitor fish wasted at sea or edible offal in slaughterhouses. Stuart and colleagues called for mandatory reporting of corporate food waste data, similar to the information volunteered by grocery retailers Tesco and Sainsbury's. [ Image ...  More

"Figures Blaming Shoppers for Food Waste are Bogus, MPs Told", The Grocer, November 15, 2016

Pie-Sharing Program Benefits The Community, And The Pie Baker

An innovative pie-baking entrepreneur with a soft spot in her heart for her fellow man has launched a program that encourages customers to share pie with strangers. The “Pie-It-Forward” initiative is also clever marketing, of course, because customers not only buy pie for themselves, they buy one-slice coupons that are displayed in the Detroit, Mich., bakery (Sister Pie, left)and can be grabbed by anyone. "It's a way to provide pie for a variety of people, people who are hungry, or people who have never been to our pie shop before," said Sister Pie owner Lisa Ludwinski. [ Image credit: © EaterWire (Detroit) ]

"Giving Chains: Holiday Customers Enjoy Paying It Forward", The New York Times, November 15, 2016

Will Trump Wreak Havoc On Obama’s Food, Nutrition Initiatives?

A former White House nutrition advisor says food advocates are already worrying about what fast-food fan Donald Trump might do to the Obama administration’s many food-related policy tweaks. These include: healthier school meals, a tougher food safety law, food labeling regulations, a phase-out of trans fats, calorie labels on restaurant menus, and sodium content limits. Republican legislators and others say a Trump administration could target school meals and food safety rules (that create “food police”). Food stamp rules might be overhauled. But it’s unlikely that other initiatives – new "nutrition facts" panels on food packages, a labeling law for GMO foods, and menu calorie labeling – will stay. "Most of them have been implemented and ...  More

"Fast-Food Fan Trump Could Remake Healthy School Lunches", The New York Times, November 15, 2016

Bakery Waste Is A Major Problem In The U.K.

One of the biggest sources of food waste in the U.K. is the baking industry. Waste is not only costly, it generates a lot of negative publicity. The country’s Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP) estimates the bakery, cake and cereals manufacturing sector generated 90,000 tons of avoidable waste in 2014 and 2015. That's about 10 percent of food manufacturing's total avoidable waste. Baked goods manufacturers are developing ways to cut waste. For example, foodservice and own-label supplier Fosters Bakery reworks a percentage of leftover dough back into the next batch, sells unsold bread loaves as breadcrumbs, and turns food waste into animal feed at £40 a ton. Nevertheless, the bakery still generates about £100,000 a year of food waste ...  More

"A waste of dough", British Baker, November 11, 2016

Australian Community Group Hopes To Reduce Fruit Tree Waste

An organization in the Australian state of Tasmania says it is launching a regional harvest cooperative next fall to link fruit tree growers with volunteer pickers. The goal is to reduce waste associated with unpicked fruit. A representative of the Meander Valley Local Food for Local People said excess produce would be shared with harvesters and with charities. Workshops might also be held to process unsold fruit into jams, chutneys, juice, vinegar and dried fruit. [Image credit: © Stephen Craven  ]

"Group aims to reduce wastage", The Examiner Newspaper, November 04, 2016

 
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