Rice starch is capable of filling up all of the micropores on the surface of coatings due to its very fine particle size. This so-called “smoothing effect” is especially beneficial for confectionery manufacturers during the production process, since it ensures a stable result where edges do not crack or splinter. Additionally, rice starch allows for the preservation of a brilliant white colour for months.
The supplier leverages the colour-preserving functionalities of rice starch, which translate into improved coatings performance for confectionery manufacturers switching out titanium dioxide for a cleaner label ingredient. Roland Vanhoegaerden, Operations Managing Director Speciality Rice Ingredients at Beneo, notes: “One of the key reasons for our confidence is the clean label trend, where food manufacturers are moving away from artificial additives and replacing them with natural alternatives, such as rice starch.” Beneo forecasts that the growing demand for natural and clean label products, in applications such as coated confectionery, will intensify in major existing markets, including Europe and the Americas.
The Italian automatic packaging machinery manufacturers are the only Italian capital goods producers to report growth in revenues in 2019 (+2.2 %), thereby confirming the world leadership position of a niche mechanical engineering sector which for the first time in its history has broken the EUR 8 bn revenue barrier.
Over the last eight years (2012 to 2019), packaging machinery manufacturers have seen an almost 50 % increase in turnover (from EUR 5.5 to 8.04 bn), 40 % growth in exports (from EUR 4.56 to 6.35 bn) and the creation of 7,000 new jobs.
79 % of the sector’s turnover was generated abroad, amounting to EUR 6.35 bn, an increase of 2.3 % compared to 2018. This export growth is half a percentage point higher than that of domestic Italian sales (+1.8 % in 2019 to EUR 1.69 bn).
The European Union remains the main destination area for Italian packaging machinery and accounts for 37.5 % of total turnover (EUR 2,383 m) including sales in Italy, followed in second place by Asia with a value of EUR 1,402 m and a 22.1 % share, then North America in third place with EUR 814 m (12.8 %). With respect to 2018, non-EU Europe (EUR 637 m; 10 % of the total) has overtaken South America (EUR 559 m; 8.8 %).
In the breakdown of turnover amongst the various client sectors, food and beverage maintained the previous year’s dominant position in 2019, when it accounted for 56 % of total turnover. More specifically, food alone accounted for 29.6 % of total sales (EUR 2,377 m).
Chris Lee, Managing Director, Health and Nutrition Network, Europe, at Informa Markets, says: “The Vitafoods Virtual Expo and Vitafoods Virtual Summit will provide the entire nutraceutical supply chain with interactive online platforms to network, share knowledge and drive innovation in an evolving commercial landscape. Anticipated to run annually alongside our traditional in-person trade shows, these additions to our offering will help further facilitate dialogues, on the topics that matter the most for today and years to come, all-year-round.”
The issue of deforestation for palm oil production is widely known. Still, a new study from the University of Exeter/UK says coconut oil threatens more species per litre produced than palm or other vegetable oils.
According to the study, deforestation related to coconut oil production affects 20 threatened plant and animal species per million litres produced. This is higher than other oil-producing crops, such as palm (3.8 species per million litres), olive (4.1) and soybean (1.3).
The study shows that the main reason for the high number of species affected by coconut is that the crop is mostly grown on tropical islands with rich diversity and many unique species. The researchers flag that consumers lack objective guidance on the environmental impacts of crop production, undermining their ability to make informed decisions.
For more than 30 years, the Munich-based company Denk Ingredients stands for outstanding expertise and qualified sales distribution of health ingredients with a special focus on the dietary supplements industry. Its portfolio is complemented by innovative and high quality ingredients suitable for the bakery & confectionery industry provided through internationally renowned partner companies.
A new addition to the product portfolio of Denk Ingredients are the upcycled coffee grounds Kafflour® from Kaffe Buneo, an innovative biotechnology start-up from Copenhagen awarded with the title “Danish start-up of the year 2018”. The sustainable raw material consists of processed and defatted coffee grounds and is a vegan, gluten-free and fibre-rich alternative to conventional flour. Using Kafflour® in the production process, bakery & confectionery products or fitness bars benefit from a variety of positive and functional properties. Kafflour® is a unique flour alternative due to its water-absorbing capacity and its high content of protein and micronutrients such as magnesium, calcium or potassium. In addition, the recycled coffee grounds add an intensive browning effect to baked goods even at lower temperatures.
In 2019, InViCo Worldwide became part of Denk Ingredients’ international partner network and extended its portfolio with further great tasting products: soluble coconut water powder with high potassium levels up to 60 mg/g, coconut milk/cream powder (free-flowing) and coconut nectar as a healthier alternative to refined cane sugar. InViCo’s one-of-a-kind evaporation technology produces powders and maintains the vital nutrients found in the coconut. Furthermore, pure superfood powders from açaí and acerola complement the product range. The açaí powder contains high levels of antioxidants as well as high levels of omega 6 and 9 fatty acids whereas acerola powder is a natural source of vitamin C. Both superfoods are an improvement for a wide range of confectionary and baking applications.
Since antioxidants are able to extend the shelf life of pastries and baked goods, they are well known in the confectionary and baking industry. Owing to the longstanding partnership between BTSA and Denk Ingredients, natural antioxidants and vitamin E for various applications are an inherent part of Denk Ingredients’ product portfolio. TOCOBIOL® and TOCOBIOL® Blends (available in liquid and powder form) from the global Spanish company BTSA, protect the final products from oxidation and changes in odour or taste. TOCOBIOL® and TOCOBIOL® Blends consist of natural tocopherols, which create together with further ingredients a synergistic effect enhancing the antioxidative capacity. Another positive effect is that they are stable at high temperatures and have no effect on the end product’s colour and aroma.
About Denk Ingredients
Since Denk Ingredients’ foundation in 1986, its international and passionate sales team has successfully contributed to the performance and growth of the company from the offices in Munich/Germany, and Qingdao/China. Apart from the high level of expertise and long-standing professional experience, the family-owned company has particularly distinguished itself through the exclusive distribution of branded ingredients supplied by its internationally renowned and dependable partners such as Gnosis by Lesaffre, Kaneka, Lonza and Nektium.
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Lise Skaarup Mortensen (52) has a strong financial background with many years of experience in large international companies and has for the past eight years been with Microsoft in international senior leadership positions in India and Germany. Prior to joining Microsoft, she has held senior level positions within the fields of finance and strategy at IBM, AP Moller-Maersk and BG Bank.
Lise Skaarup Mortensen will start at Chr. Hansen on October 1, 2020, after which there will be a short transition period until current CFO Søren Westh Lonning leaves, expected by the end of October. She will also join the Executive Board after the transition period is completed.
Lise Skaarup Mortensen is a Danish national, currently living in Munich. She will relocate back to Denmark to take up this position. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration & Economics from the University of Aarhus/Denmark.