Vitafoods has announced it will be hosting a Digital Week (11 to 15 May 2020) dedicated to supporting and inspiring the nutraceutical industry by giving exclusive access to the latest science, insight and trends.
A preview of trade show Vitafoods Europe’s State of the Nation report will also be made available during the week. Featuring an in-depth analysis of the nutraceutical industry and what lies ahead for the next decade, the full report will be launched at the show (now 1 to 3 September 2020, Palexpo, Geneva/Switzerland) to provide insight-driven commentary to inspire the industry, and ultimately the end consumer, to help to shape the future of the food industry.
In view of the current crisis with Covid-19, Horst Bittermann, Marketing Manager of Mayr-Melnhof Karton and President of Pro Carton, the European Association of the Carton and Cartonboard Manufacturers, makes an appeal to the branch.
There will inevitably be challenges ahead. To ensure wide availability of goods, the supply chain needs to work smoothly from its start right through to the consumer’s home. For us that means having sufficient raw material, both virgin and recycled fibre. It is essential that the supply of wood pulp is maintained and equally that paper based packaging and other paper products are sent for recycling (with separate collection where this is practised). It is imperative that local Governments and Councils maintain the operation of these recycling systems to guarantee that sufficient recycled paper fibre is available.“
As of 1 April 2020, Prof. Andrea Büttner is the new Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Freising. Prof. Büttner joined Prof. Horst-Christian Langowski as Co-Director of the Institute on 1 November 2019, and now takes over the full role as Executive Director following his retirement on 31 March 2020.
After almost 30 years at Fraunhofer IVV, the past 16 of which as Director of the Institute, Prof. Langowski is stepping down and passing on the directorship to Prof. Büttner, who also succeeds him as scientific head of the Competence Center Food and Packaging Technology – Klevertec for Fraunhofer IVV in Kempten. Work undertaken at Fraunhofer IVV tackles key challenges with partners from industry, science, and politics to guarantee safe, sustainable, high-quality foods and to develop innovative packaging concepts. The mission of Fraunhofer IVV is to effectively utilize available raw materials and resources for the benefit of society and the environment.
The Schumacher Packaging Group, one of the largest family-run manufacturers of corrugated and solid board packaging solutions, has now officially renamed its new production site in the English city of Birmingham: On 1 April 2020, Jaffabox Ltd will become Schumacher Packaging Ltd.
The group acquired Jaffabox, a manufacturer of various corrugated board packaging solutions that is also family-run, in November 2019. At the same time, a generational shift took place in the family that used to own the company: Annette Amyes is now Managing Director in the Birmingham plant, and her brother Mark has the role of Sales Director. The rebranding of the English plant emphasizes that customers from the United Kingdom can now also access the entire range of solutions offered by the European Schumacher Packaging Group – including consultation, services and logistics.
“Developments in the first few months of the group operating the Birmingham plant have been really positive,” reports Björn Schumacher, Managing Director of Schumacher Packaging Group. “Our international customers in particular see this as very positive, as we in the UK can now offer the same full service as our other European sites in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.”
Although the plant in Birmingham is already at a high technological level, the group plans to push ahead with further expansion there as well. “Depending on the further economic situation in connection with the Corona crisis, we intend to invest six million Euros in a first step,” explains Björn Schumacher.
The future Executive Board team, to be headed by Burkhard Eling, takes over on January 1, 2021. After 31 years of close cooperation in operational management positions at Dachser SE, CEO Bernhard Simon and his deputy Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics, will join the logistics provider’s Supervisory Board in 2021.
Eling, who joined the DACHSER Executive Board as CFO in 2013, will become the new CEO of the family-owned company on January 1, 2021. Alexander Tonn, Managing Director European Logistics Germany (from 1.1.2021 COO Road Logistics), Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics; Burkhard Eling, CFO (from 1.1.2021 CEO); Bernhard Simon, CEO; Edoardo Podestà, COO Air & Sea Logistics; Stefan Hohm, Corporate Director Corporate Solutions, Research & Development (from 1.1.2021 CDO)
“At the end of 2020, Michael Schilling and I will pass on our responsibility on the Executive Board to the next generation of management. This joint move, which has been in the planning for a long time, will create new impetus for the company’s future,” explains Bernhard Simon, CEO of Dachser. “The coronavirus crisis is certainly a great challenge for the entire management team, but it does not call our long-term strategy into question. What’s important now is to pass the company on to a new generation, starting at the top. We are convinced that we can steer Dachser well through the coming months. By keeping our own network stable and the supply chains running, we will continue to serve our customers with reliability and quality.”
Eling will assume the position of CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and Spokesperson of the Executive Board on January 1, 2021. The 48-year-old joined Dachser’s Executive Board as CFO in 2013. He was responsible for the worldwide implementation of the SAP system and shaped the company’s transition to the legal form of an SE. He also managed the company-wide strategic innovation program Idea2net. Together with Michael Schilling and Bernhard Simon, he orchestrated the post-merger integration of the Iberian logistics provider Azkar (now Dachser Iberia).
Hohm will head a newly created Executive Unit, IT & Development, as CDO (Chief Development Officer) starting on January 1, 2021. An experienced manager who has been with the company for 27 years, he will be responsible not just for research and development topics but also for the further development of IT, contract logistics, and the global industry solutions business. The 47-year-old started his career in contract logistics at Dachser before taking over management of the branches in Erfurt and Hof, Germany. As Corporate Director since 2016, he has been responsible for the logistics service provider’s research and development work as well as its solutions business.
Tonn will assume the position of COO Road Logistics on January 1, 2021, with responsibility for the business development of the European Logistics and Food Logistics business lines. The 46-year-old has been with the company for over 20 years. Following his first management duties as deputy branch manager in Memmingen, Tonn moved to Dachser Head Office in 2014, where he was responsible for the international development of contract logistics. Since 2017 he has also led the European Logistics Germany business unit; he will continue in this role after his appointment as COO Road Logistics. Alfred Miller will retain his role as Managing Director of the Food Logistics business unit.
The future management team will be completed by Edoardo Podestà, who has been a member of the Dachser Executive Board since October 2019 as COO Air & Sea Logistics. Podestà is responsible for the global air and sea freight business as well as the rail services business between Europe and China, and he also heads the ASL Asia Pacific business unit.
The organizers of the trade shows Free From Functional & Health Ingredients (FFFHI) and Free From Packaging (FFP) have confirmed that the events, which were planned to take place at the RAI Amsterdam from 24 to 25 June, will be postponed to 24 to 25 November 2020, following the global escalation of Covid-19.
Free From Packaging aims to service the food, pharma, cosmetics and luxury markets. This dedicated event focuses on the requirement for sustainable packaging and the latest developments within this arena, making this the industry’s most comprehensive Free From focused event.
Reflecting one of the food and drink industry’s most dynamic sectors, FFFHI and FFP will return in November to showcase pioneering developments across five distinct product categories including Free From, Vegan, Natural/Organic, Functional and Ingredients.
Puratos, a manufacturer of ingredients for the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors, and Bakeronline, a Belgian start-up, have joined forces to help businesses increase service to customers while facing the Covid-19 outbreak.
Starting this week, Puratos and Bakeronline are allowing businesses to launch their online webshop platform for free. This supports governments’ efforts to fight the spread of the virus, while helping customers in isolation to continue accessing nutritious and wholesome food.
Bakeronline is a tool that allows bakeries to create personalized webshops where customers can place orders. Through this tool, customers receive an overview of the available produce, clear product descriptions, as well as allergen information. Once they’ve confirmed their selection, customers can then pay online and choose when to pick-up their order.
In addition to customers being able to order 24/7, online ordering will make it easier for bakeries to manage their orders and react to the demand. As well as this, customers will also have access to a personalized webshop with an assortment of 20 products, online payment methods and an in-store communication kit for optimal customer onboarding.
Furthermore, customers will not need to queue; upon arrival at the bakery, customers will show their order number, collect their goods in a timely manner– all payments are managed digitally which will help maintain hygiene measures and social distancing.
Online stores can be created within 48 hours. Bakeronline is currently available in Belgium, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany, but Puratos and Bakeronline are extending their help to bakeries across the globe.
The high-protein bread is the latest development for the start-up company founded three years ago to find sustainable solutions to protein production. The bread’s key ingredient Solein is a carbon dioxide-binding, single-cell protein produced using water, CO2 and electricity. The company uses a fully natural fermentation process similar to the production of yeast or lactic acid bacteria, which reduces CO2 emissions. Solar Foods’ process yields a plain protein flour that can be used as a neutral additive across a range of foods, including being used in nutritious food ingredients and, now, bread.
Currently, the supply of the customers is guaranteed despite high demand In many countries, the corona pandemic has brought public life to a standstill; Südzucker Group has also consistently switched to crisis mode.
"As a producer of food and animal feed, we are part of the ‘critical infrastructure’ that receives special support from politics and administration to ensure that people in many countries continue to be supplied with food," says Dr Niels Pörksen, chairman of the executive board of Südzucker AG. "Currently, the supply of our customers is guaranteed despite high demand. The employees of the Südzucker Group are doing everything in their power to maintain our ability to operate and act - we are all aware of our social responsibility in this difficult phase. We thank our employees, our suppliers, farmers, industry and retail customers and consumers for their commitment and pragmatic cooperation in this time of crisis."