International

Borregaard’s ‘radical innovation’: A wood-based dietary fibre that can replace fat

[13 August/Food Navigator] Technology leader in biorefineries that produce biochemical and biomaterials to replace oil based products, Borregaard, recently innovated a wood-based dietary fibre that worked as a fat replacer. It said the fibres in the wood were converted to advanced grades of speciality cellulose for products in the construction and oil industries. Sales Director...

Kellogg’s Kashi partners with kids to launch new cereal

[13 August/Food Dive] According to a news release, Kashi launched a line of organic cereals that were co-created by children called Kashi by Kids. The company was owned by Kellogg and worked with kids aged 12 to 17 to develop the breakfast cereal. It came in shapes such as swirls and filled pillows. Flavours included...

USD470m cheese and whey facility coming to St. John’s, Mich.

[10 August/Dairy Reporter] According to Glanbia Nutritionals, Dairy Farmers of America, and Select Milk Producers, a new large scale cheese and whey factory would be developed in St. Johns, Michigan. It was chosen over other cities in Michigan because the site met key selection criteria. It was close to milk supply, had strong transport links,...

Qantas pitches in with millions for drought-stricken regions

[10 August/NZ Herald] Qantas and its customers will donate AUD3 million to help provide relief to Australia’s drought affected farming communities. It announced a partnership with Rural Aid to help fund hay bales, water trucking, groceries, and mental health counsellors. It included an immediate AUD1 million cash donation. Qantas aimed to provide AUD3 million by...

Bumper EU apple crop forecast

[9 August/Euro Fruit] The World Apple and Pear Association revealed that the 2018 European apple harvest would be the largest in a decade. It forecast 12.61 million tonnes of apples grown. The estimate represented a 36 percent increase on last year’s total of 9.25 tonnes. A large portion of the growth would be delivered by...

Large cattle farm may have caused romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

[8 August/CNBC] The large E. coli outbreak across the US earlier in the year through tainted romaine lettuce may have been caused by a large industrial farm according to a hypothesis by the Food and Drug Administration. A concentrated animal feeding operation was near a canal. Its water came in contact with the affected lettuce...

Singapore’s largest indoor farm to give food firms national food security a boost

[8 August/Food Navigator] Singapore will receive help just in time with its largest indoor farm which will boost local produce. With assistance from Sanan Sino-Sciences Photobiotech, VertiVegies will build a 20,000 square metre indoor vertical plant factory. The new factory would produce a variety of fresh and sustainable vegetables to supply the country. VertiVegie Director,...

Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN announces acquisition of Agren

[31 July/Cision] Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN announced Land O’Lakes Inc had acquired the assets of a software company whose soil health and conservation planning software was already helping it lead the way on innovative conservation stewardship, Agren Incorporated. The Agren business and tools would be used by the Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN division. It had held a...

Vivera sees growing demand from US and Australian retailers

[1 August/Global Meat News] According to Vivera, it received requests from Australian and U.S. retailers to stock its plant-based meat products following its success in Europe. Its Head of Sales, Richard Janson, said it currently sells its products to 26 countries, which were reporting significant sales uplifts. Neilson recently released data showing plant-based meat sales...

Vinamilk produces the first A2 milk in Vietnam

[2 August/Dairy Reporter] Vinamilk, a Vietnamese dairy company, said its first A2 dairy cows imported from New Zealand had started producing milk. The Vinamilk A2 milk products were available in UHT milk and pasteurised milk formats. It differs from regular cow’s milk in that it only contains the A2 beta-casein protein which is easier to...

Molson Coors makes cannabis-infused beverage deal in Canada

[1 August/CNBC] According to Molson Coors, its Canadian unit is entering into a deal that will develop cannabis infused beverages in Canada. The company will team with The Hydropothecary Corporation to create a joint partnership. Marijuana use will become legal in Canada later this year. CEO of Molson Coors Canada, Frederic Landtmeters, said Canada was...

Gove pledges drought support

[2 August/EuroFruit] DEFRA Secretary, Michael Gove, called for increased flexibility to help drought hit farmers in the UK, but the National Farmers Union want to also address market volatility. The summer of 2018 is turning out to be one of the driest summers in memory and the warmest July on record. Mr Gove promised to...

Hedge Fund Viking Invests in Battle to Keep Avocados Ripe Longer

[1 August/Bloomberg] Viking Global Investors led a $70 million fundraising round for Apeel Sciences. Apeel Sciences is a California startup that uses food waste and other plant material to delay the aging of fruit and vegetables. It has raised a total of USD110 million. Avocados treated by its solution stay ripe twice as long and...

DouxMatok Partners with Europe’s Largest Sugar Producer to Commercialize Sugar Reduction Tech

[31 July/AgFunder News] According to its CEO, Eran Baniel, DouxMatok has entered into a partnership with Europe’s largest sugar producer, Südzucker. DouxMatok is an Israeli company that has developed a sugar reduction technology. It had boosted the amount of sweetness perceived per gram of sugar by binding sucrose molecules to the mineral silica. Silica is...

Malcolm Turnbull consoles grief-stricken drought charity worker as he announces emergency relief

[5 August/ABC News] Charity worker, Edwina Robertson, broke down during an emotional confrontation with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbill in relation to the drought in the area. Mr Turnbull comforted her. She said it was worse than anything in the media and she worried every day. Mr Turnbull promised to do more to help those under...

Chinese tariffs a tough nut to crack to US almond farmers

[30 July/Robert Dawes Consulting] US almond farmers were under pressure as they approached what was likely to be a record season. Prices of California almonds fell nearly 10 percent over the past few months. The drop was due to steep tariffs and expectations of a bumper crop. China added a 50 percent tax to almond...

Rethink Water raises $6.7M for kid-sized boxes

[25 July/Food Dive] Boxed water company, Rethink Brands, received a USD6.7 million investment for growth and expansion. The funding round was led by AccelFoods. It would be used to increase distribution throughout the U.S. and fund new product launches. The flavoured water contains zero calories, sodium and sugar. It can be found in more than...

Republicans Pan Trump’s USD12 Billion Farm Aid Plan

[25 July/Bloomberg] The Trump administration proposes to deliver USD12 billion in aid to farmers who are affected by the trade war. The announcement raised soybean futures prices. Senator, Ron Johnson, said his thoughts were with the farmers and said they wanted trade not aid. Farmers were a key part of the rural political base that...

Key ingredient in ‘Impossible Burger’ approved by FDA

[24 July/CNBC] The FDA has approved the key ingredient in the Impossible Burger which was a win for Impossible Foods. The ingredient that was improved was soy leghemoglobin. It releases a protein called heme which gives the meat substitute its colour and taste. The FDA deemed the ingredient as safe in its most recent review....

Grocers Are Failing to Meet $20bn Consumer Demand for Local Food

[25 July/AgFunder News] According to Packaged Facts, the local food market grew from USD5 billion in 2008 to USD12 billion in 2014 and was expected to reach USD20 billion by next year. The reason for this rise is undetermined. Some think it was due to the environmental costs of large scale industrial farming and the...

‘Ideal for relishes, jams & juices’: Haskap berries gain novel food approval

[24 July/Food Navigator] According to Soloberry, haskap berries have up to 13 times more antioxidants than blueberries and offered manufacturers a new ingredient with superfood credentials for relishes, jams and juices. Soloberry’s request for novel food approval was granted which meant it could plan to commercialise the berry through the European Union. The berry had...

Bayer to appeal neonics verdict

[30 July/EuroFruit] Bayer announced that it would appeal against the ruling by the General Court of the European Union in a case which covered neonicontinoids. The company said it was concerned about the verdict, and the far reaching consequences it could have on the certainty and predictability of active substance approvals in the European Union....

Rabobank issues Global Dairy Top 20 – no new entries and Nestle stays top

[26 July/Dairy Reporter] According to a Rabobank Research report, dairy price recovery in 2017 positively affected the turnover of the top 20 companies. Rabobank Senior Analyst, Peter Coppes, said for the second year running there were no new entrants into the Dairy Top 20 list. The USD5 billion threshold was hard to achieve due to...

NSW Government announces extra AUD500m in drought assistance for struggling farmers

[30 July/ABC News] After a cash injection for struggling farmers, the New South Wales Government’s drought assistance reached AUD1 billion due to the dry winter. The Government had been criticised for not doing enough to support those on the land. Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced an additional AUD500 million in emergency funding which included AUD190 million...