As part of its 2020 strategy to strengthen its naturals capabilities and its presence in the high growth markets of Asia Pacific, Givaudan announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Golden Frog, a Vietnamese flavour company.
With headquarters and manufacturing facilities in the Ho Chi Minh area, Golden Frog employs 156 people and caters to the needs of the ASEAN markets. The company’s business would have represented approximately CHF 10 m of incremental sales to Givaudan’s results in 2018 on a proforma basis.
Louie D’Amico, President of Givaudan’s Flavour Division said: “The addition of Golden Frog’s product portfolio, talent and know-how will further enable Givaudan to provide global, regional and local customers with complete and competitive natural solutions.”
After a successful trade fair year in 2019, ProSweets Cologne 2020 has already exceeded all expectations in the initial booking phase. After the early bird phase has expired, 88 percent of the planned exhibition space has already been sold.
The previous edition of ProSweets Cologne 2020 already laid the foundation for this year’s very good early bird result: With a clear theme focus, more depth in content and a forward-looking alignment (among others Industry 4.0, intelligent packing) it convinced both visitors and exhibitors alike. Lars Kistenmacher, CEO, Commercial Director of Fuji Packaging GmbH confirmed this: “In combination with ISM, ProSweets Cologne is a fantastic trade fair with outstanding contact possibilities in the sweets and snacks section. We are already looking forward to next year!”
Numerous strong brands are on the registration list of the coming ProSweets Cologne. Process and packing technology traditionally forms the largest section. The applications received so far include: Andreas Kopp, Baumgartner Schokoladen, Belgian Sweets Design, Capol, Coppenrath Feingebäck, Döhler, Dumoulin, Esbe Plastic, Fuji Packaging, GNT Group, Hacos, Knobel Maschinenbau, Kremers Verpackungsmaschinen, Krüger & Salecker, Lareka Confectionery Equipment, LCM Schokoladenmaschinen, Live-Tech, Maschinenfabrik Seydelmann, Memak Plastik, Norevo, Paradise Fruits, Prewa Verpackungsmaschinen, Prodinger Verpackung, Raytec, Rinsch Schokohandling, Sopp Industrie, Vemag Maschinenbau and Wolf Spezialmaschinen. Among the new and returnee exhibitors are Mesotronic, Paul Craemer and Prewa from Germany, TLM Packaging from Italy and Chocolate World from Belgium. The largest group stands are currently Italy, China and Turkey.
Beginning 1 July 2019, international environmental NGO Rainforest Alliance will be offering further mutual recognition offerings for its cocoa, tea and hazelnut programs, following its June 2017 merger with sustainable farming logo UTZ.
“The launch of this offering will ensure that farmers that invested in meeting our standards can soon access the fullest range of potential buyers we can connect them to,” says Ruth Newsome, Senior Manager of Strategic Markets Solutions at Rainforest Alliance.
This is in addition to the Chain of Custody Mutual Recognition that has been effective since December 2018, which allows companies to purchase both Rainforest Alliance Certified and UTZ-certified ingredients while only having one Chain of Custody certificate in place for either one of the current programs. UTZ and Rainforest Alliance merged in June 2017, forming a single agricultural sustainability standard addressing environmental and social issues around the world, including climate change, deforestation, poverty and unsustainable farming.
“Consumers want ingredients in their foods they recognize,” states Judd Hoffman, Cargill’s texturizers segment leader of starches, sweeteners and texturizers. “Pectin, a nature-derived texturizer with superior functionality, helps to meet these needs. The investment in Brazil in combination with our European pectin facilities illustrates our commitment to customers around the globe to provide innovative and label-friendly solutions.”
Judd Hoffman continues: “Adding a new plant in Brazil is part of our comprehensive pectin strategy. By growing our pectin footprint and investing in our plants in Europe (France, Germany and Italy), we aim to meet the growing demand for label-friendly ingredients. In this context we are also announcing the modernization of our pectin plant in Redon/France.”
Available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the starch can be used across a range of products including cakes and bread. It offers a consumer-friendly ingredient listing of “starch” (or “cornflour” in the UK). It can also enable cost savings by replacing raw ingredients such as fat and oil without compromising texture.
Other production benefits include the ingredient’s functionality in low-shear instant applications and throughout broad processes from low shear to cold process. In addition, the starch is agglomerated, making it easier to disperse. This also brings the potential to reduce the volume of dust typically generated by fine powders during the manufacturing process.
As expected, the consolidated group operating result was down sharply to € 27 (previous year: 445) m. The previously announced decline was driven mainly by the sugar segment’s substantial losses in the second half of the fiscal year. The CropEnergies segment’s operating result was also down sharply. The special products segment’s operating result was comparable to last year’s, while the fruit segment’s was slightly higher. In light of the reassessment of the sugar market environment, restructuring expenses as well as goodwill impairment in the sugar segment led to a substantial group consolidated loss of € 805 (previous year: net earnings of 318) m. According to Südzucker, the vast majority of these one-time charges do not impact liquidity.
For a pilot project, GEA won a key customer, starting with e-commerce for ordering spare parts, smaller components and technical service. The platform also includes a documentation part where the customers are being provided with certificates, operating manuals and training documents, for example. The new portal will be launched in July 2019 for the first German customers. Until the end of 2020, additional services will be implemented, like condition monitoring, PLC connections and video support.
Ruby, the fourth type, which has been welcomed by artisans, brands and consumers across the globe, is now broadly available in the biggest chocolate and confectionery market, the United States, as well as in Canada.
The artisan proposition, Callebaut® RB1 Couverture, will be celebrated at a private chef-led event in Miami on Monday, May 20, 2019; the Food Manufacturer offering, Barry Callebaut Ruby, will be spotlighted at the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA’s) Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Both events will feature chef demonstrations, product application sessions, and sampling.
“Fueled by the overwhelming consumer response around the globe, Barry Callebaut collaborated with a small group of pioneering artisans over the last six months to soft launch ruby in the US marketplace. The sales of those consumer products have been very strong. As a result, to help ensure that our business partners have access to the product, we feel that now is the time to take the next step in our global roll-out campaign, and introduce ruby to the entire North American market”, said Peter Boone, CEO & President, Barry Callebaut America.
Responding to growing demands by politicians and from a growing number of organizations in the cocoa sector, in April 2019 the International Cocoa Council at the International Cocoa Organization issued a communiqué about the issue. The Council said it recognized that many ICCO exporting members have in place national programmes and policies aiming at fighting deforestation and favouring reforestation, but also recognized that the agricultural sector is a major driver of deforestation and that the impact of cocoa is significant in certain deforestation hotspots. The Council acknowledged that deforestation is a global issue that needs a global solution and took note of the EU initiative on deforestation and forest degradation, but it also highlighted the fact that improvement in the revenues and the living conditions of cocoa farmers must be integrated into policies aimed at fighting deforestation.
The communiqué noted that cocoa can play a key role in the process of forest restoration, given that cocoa’s growth environment favours agroforestry systems and the presence of shade trees. It recommended setting up a platform enabling all relevant stakeholders within the world cocoa economy to join forces and scale up their common actions on the issue of deforestation. The cocoa body further committed to encouraging ICCO member countries to enforcing policies and practices that ensure environmental protection, including anti-deforestation and reforestation measures, soil protection, and agroforestry systems.
The company named Holz- und Gerätebaugesellschaft mbH was founded in Verden/Germany in turmoil of the penultimate year of the war, and in 1950 rebranded into Vemag Verdener Maschinen- und Apparatebau GmbH. The producer of diverse investment and consumable products, such as honey separators, has emerged into a globally active company and an innovation leader for vacuum technology. The development of the continuous vacuum filling machine for the mid-size and small-scale industrial segment, in order to fill and transport dough mass and sausage emulsion reliably and evenly, has been the key factor of success.
Yet, another mile stone has been the innovation of the double screw technology, a unique selling point of the company till today. The Double Screw Feed System handles the filling material with utmost care, reducing product losses and optimizing the total costs of the process through the stability of this proven technology. Different types of double screws, alternatively also rotary vane pumps, serve only one purpose: the combination of a vacuum filling machine and the matching attachment shall help the customers to succeed.