Packaging specialist Schubert is a pioneer when it comes to sustainability. The company has been using the topic for many years to give its customers a competitive edge. On its homepage, Schubert provides in-depth information on the options available in this regard. One example is the development of sustainable packaging and machinery in order to be able to process environmentally friendly materials.
Ethan Budiansky, Director of Environment at WCF World Cocoa Foundation, says: “In 2021, our collective work on protecting and restoring forests, promoting sustainable cocoa production and farmers’ livelihoods, and engaging communities and boosting social inclusion is progressing fast. One of our main focuses this year is on landscape approaches in the six regions where Ghana’s government has made action to protect and restore forests a priority”.
CEO Gilles Andrier comments: “I am very pleased with the strong start that we have made to 2021, in what continues to be a very uncertain environment related to the Covid 19 pandemic. We have seen continued strong demand across the parts of our business which are less impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic and improving conditions in the parts of our portfolio which have been more affected”.
Givaudan started the year with strong business momentum while maintaining its operations and global supply chain at a high level. The good growth was achieved across most product segments and geographies, with particularly strong performance in the high growth markets, which recorded sales growth of 14.5 % on a like-for-like basis.
Netherlands-based Royal DSM acquired the flavour and fragrance bio-based intermediates business of California-based Amyris in order to extend the Dutch corporation’s presence in bio-based flavour and fragrance ingredients.
Since 2017, these two companies have worked together closely. DSM has already acquired Amyris’ Farnesene – a sugarcane-based chemical reputed for its calming effects – business and licensed it to Givaudan, and has purchased its Brotas (Brazil) biotechnology manufacturing facilities where DSM produces several of Amyris’ flavour products.
Now, this most recent acquisition more tightly ties these two companies together as this agreement comes with the transfer of seven of Amyris’ intermediate products. Four of these products are already generating “meaningful sales,” according to DSM. Two other products recently launched and one is still under development. Amyris will continue to share in the sales growth of products that are just launched or under development until 2024.
According to the Dutch science company, this acquisition strengthens its foundation in biotechnology activities in nutritional ingredients, broadens the company’s portfolio in aroma ingredients, and strengthens its sustainability profile, since these bio-based ingredients provide an alternative to chemical-based products.
Ghana and Ivory Coast supply nearly 60 % of the world’s cocoa, and both countries have established a Living Income Differential in order to force corporations/buyers to pay a more equitable price for cocoa. Since demand has decreased and these two countries are demanding higher prices for their cocoa, large corporations may look to other ways to source the cocoa in order to bypass fair wage policies.
Some traders examining the forecast fundamentals, rather than trend analysis, agree that price pressure will apply because of the LID. It is not clear, however, where the chocolate companies would go to get a regular source of cheap cocoa if the underlying demand was there.
The decline of 3% from 368,934 tonnes in 2020 to 357,815 tonnes was somewhat more moderate than in Germany. The number of companies reporting their grind data to the ECA decreased to 19 in Q1 2021, as one company no longer reports the volume and two companies have stopped grinding.
The eleven bean-to-bar companies in Germany with production facilities participating in the reporting system processed a total of 91,482.1 tonnes of cocoa in the first quarter of 2021 – a decrease of 8,1%.
Well practised in being close to its customers: during the pandemic, Multivac counts on a roadshow to provide comprehensive and personalized information to customers about its innovative labelling solutions.
Full wrap labelling offers a wide range of options in terms of pack design. A typical application is the replacement of cardboard sleeves on skin packs of different product protrusion heights, as well as MAP thermoformed packs or trays in a wide variety of shapes. Variable data, such as for example best-before date or batch number, can also be printed directly onto the label.
The truck covered around 12,000 km in September and November of last year as well as March of this year, travelling throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and the team visited a total of 55 customers at their production sites. There was a very positive response by all customers, particularly given the current Covid situation. Further tours in the neighbouring European countries are already being planned for the coming warmer season, and these will feature a wide range of innovative labelling and inspection solutions.
After discussing the centuries-long relationship Ghana has with Switzerland through missionaries and colonialism, Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo announced the end of trading raw cacao beans with Switzerland.
After witnessing American companies such as Hershey also capitalize on cheap Ghanain cacao, it would not surprise if changes occurred with the US/Ghana cacao trade as well. The CCC (Coffee and Cacao Council of Cote d’Ivoire) believe Hershey avoided paying the Living Income Differential which aims to eliminate poverty within the farming community in Ghana. This differential requires chocolate companies to pay an additional USD 400 per ton of cacao.
Luxury goods should be bought at a price that supports the farmer after all. This shall lead to greater independence for the Ghanaian economy as they focus on developing the capabilities to process more of their own raw materials and gain more control over the cocoa value chain.
ISM Japan is the first trade fair of its kind in Asia and is oriented on the role model of the world's largest trade fair for sweets and snacks - ISM in Cologne. The premiere, at which over 200 brands are awaited, reflects the global leading role of Koelnmesse in the sweets and snacks industry as well as in the food and beverage industry. ISM Japan is a natural enhancement of the existing food and beverage segments of Wine & Gourmet Japan as well as the established food trade fairs that are organised by the Japan Food Journal - FABEX, Dessert Sweets & Bakery Festival, Food & Drink OEM Matching Expo, Noodle Industry Fair and the Premium Food Show.
This will lead to a more efficient synergy between the events and will offer all trade visitors a wider product palette. The seven food shows under one roof will unite extensive industry competence and thus offer an optimal, business-oriented trade fair experience. Several of the key factors that prompted ISM to enter the Japanese market are a forecasted annual 6.2% growth on the Asiatic-Pacific sweets market from 2020 to 2025 and the fact that Japan is the sixth largest sweets market in the world.
Sunny Verghese, Co-Founder and Group CEO of Olam, says: “2020 was one of our strongest years on record as we delivered operational earnings growth of 36.0 percent to USD 677.8 million even as we contended with the Covid-19 pandemic. We also made significant progress on our transformational reorganization plan to unlock and illuminate the current value of our business and develop new strategic pathways that drive sustainable growth for the group”.