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  20/05/2020 | Ingredients, Trends

Ingredion debuts polyol sweetener as sugar replacement

Ingredion launched Erysta, its first polyol sweetener that comes in a range of crystalline particle sizes for different moisture applications. SP

Ingredion launched Erysta, its first polyol sweetener that comes in a range of crystalline particle sizes for different moisture applications. This sugar alcohol is 70 % as sweet as sugar and has zero calorie content. According to a statement from the company, the sweetener is intended to provide an avenue for manufacturers to place value-add labels on their packaging, such as “no added sugar” and “reduced calorie.”

Although not as sweet as sugar, Erysta has an advantage over other sweetener alternatives in that it mimics the mouthfeel that traditional sugar imparts on products. However, despite the manufacturer claiming that this additive is applicable in products like baked goods, chocolate or fruit preparations, the sweetener features a distinct cooling sensation that is transmitted to the foods that are sweetened with this polyol.

It is also helpful that Erysta can be paired with other sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit to increase the level of sweetness while also masking the off tastes for which these two natural sweeteners are notorious. The sugar alcohol is also valuable for its ability to offer a sugar-like mouthfeel to foods that are sweetened with stevia.

www.ingredion.com

 
 
  20/05/2020 | Industry, International

Confiserie Sprüngli presents its new Grand Cru Absolu chocolate

As a pioneer in grand cru chocolate in Switzerland, Sprüngli launched a world first: Grand Cru Absolu – an intense chocolate experience made from just two ingredients. SG

As a pioneer in grand cru chocolate in Switzerland, Sprüngli launched a world first: Grand Cru Absolu – an intense chocolate experience made from just two ingredients. According to a press release, Confiserie Sprüngli AG uses Bolivian single-origin cacao beans and juice from the cacao fruit to handcraft dark chocolate truffles and outstanding macarons.

The deliberate use of single-origin cacao beans gives the Grand cru chocolate an intense and sophisticated flavour. To make Grand Cru Absolu, small-scale farmers hand-pick rare cacao fruits and their beans which boast a fruity-citrus and intense chocolate flavour. Only the naturally sweet, aromatic juice coming from the white pulp of the cacao fruit is added. Sprüngli has united these two components to create a pure, raw chocolate experience with a fruity and intensely dark character.

To Sprüngli, responsibility means using natural ingredients from sustainable sources, and processing these with care to guarantee exquisite quality. Using the entire cacao fruit ensures a careful approach to the environment and allows the cacao farmers to create added value.

www.spruengli.ch/grandcruabsolu

 
 
  19/05/2020 | Industry, Industry, Trade Fair, Technology

Anuga FoodTec 2021 with top topics automation and digitalisation

As the leading international supplier trade fair of the food and beverage industry, with its two new segments “Automation” and “Digitalisation”, Anuga FoodTec 2021 (23 to 26 March, Cologne) is creating a compact platform for two of the industry’s top topics and will demonstrate how digital transformation can be implemented today and in the future. SP

As the leading international supplier trade fair of the food and beverage industry, with its two new segments “Automation” and “Digitalisation”, Anuga FoodTec 2021 (23 to 26 March, Cologne) is creating a compact platform for two of the industry’s top topics and will demonstrate how digital transformation can be implemented today and in the future. At the trade fair, many “Automation” ideas and solutions will be covered in a breadth and depth that is hitherto unknown. Thanks to digitalisation, automated processes can be linked with each other. Accordingly, in the “Digitalisation” product segment, a multitude of companies, which supply the OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) with digitalisation and automation solutions, will be exhibiting.

Blockchain, Big Data, Cloud services, Industry 4.0, RFID, cyber security, M2M communication, artificial intelligence, VR/AR and “digital twins” are just a few of the many examples that will be shown in action at Anuga FoodTec. Safety and legal challenges that go hand in hand with an increased digitalisation are also topics that will be dealt with. Hence, the visitors will be offered an extensive offer of complete solutions as well as modular and cross-process elements from the digitalisation and automation section of the food and beverage industry. Thus, they get a comprehensive insight into how digital transformation can be realised in concrete terms, how processes can be interlinked even further, but also which challenges it involves and how these can be solved.

In accordance with the high relevance of the topics within the industry, the event programme of Anuga FoodTec 2021 also addresses topics that go hand in hand with digitalisation and automation. Among others, lectures on “Digital Factory”, “SmartTec 4Food” and “Integrating existing machines” are planned.

www.anugafoodtec.de

 
 
  18/05/2020 | Packaging

Thimm wins the Axia Best Managed Companies Award 2020

Northeim-based Thimm Group GmbH & Co KG has received the Axia Best Managed Companies Award 2020. The award is presented as a quality seal for outstandingly managed medium-sized companies and is awarded by the audit and consulting firm Deloitte, WirtschaftsWoche, Credit Suisse and the Federation of German Industries (BDI). SG SP

Northeim-based Thimm Group GmbH & Co KG has received the Axia Best Managed Companies Award 2020. The award is presented as a quality seal for outstandingly managed medium-sized companies and is awarded by the audit and consulting firm Deloitte, WirtschaftsWoche, Credit Suisse and the Federation of German Industries (BDI).  

“We are both delighted and very proud to win this award. It shows we are pursuing the right course with the strategy, philosophy and vision of our growing family business and that we are making good decisions,” says Mathias Schliep, Chairman of the Management Board, Thimm Group. “This award also represents a particular commendation for all our employees at all our sites both in Germany and abroad who are accompanying us sustainably along this successful course.”

The Axia Best Managed Companies Programme is a competition and quality seal run in Germany for successful medium-sized companies run by Deloitte, WirtschaftsWoche, Credit Suisse and BDI. Its vision is to develop a national and global eco-system of outstandingly managed medium-sized companies. One significant unique selling point of Best Managed Companies is its international aspect. Best Managed Companies was created in the 1990s by Deloitte in Canada and since then it has been introduced successfully into 20 countries.

“As one of the prize-winners Thimm Group also impressed the panel with its first-class corporate management – with its high innovative capacity, a long-term strategy and strong governance structures. Thimm is not only a benchmark for outstandingly managed medium-sized companies, but is also emblematic of the future of Germany as a business location,” emphasised Lutz Meyer, Partner and Head of the German SME Program at Deloitte.

The winners of the Axia Best Managed Companies Award were determined in a multi-stage process. As a first stage the companies submitted an online questionnaire which requested corporate data and focused on the four core areas of the award, namely strategy, productivity and innovation, culture and commitment, governance and finances. Using the application data submitted, evaluations and personal interviews, the expert council of the Axia Best Managed Companies Award drew up the shortlist. The prize-winners were then selected by a jury made up of renowned representatives from business, science and the media.

www.thimm.de

 
 
  18/05/2020 | Ingredients

Uelzena and BHI offer health food from a single source

The northern German dairy Uelzena eG will hold a 50 % stake in Biohealth International GmbH (BHI), Münchberg/Germany, and will integrate its nutrineo health food solutions (nutrineo) business division into the joint company. SP

The northern German dairy Uelzena eG will hold a 50 % stake in Biohealth International GmbH (BHI), Münchberg/Germany, and will integrate its nutrineo health food solutions (nutrineo) business division into the joint company. The contract was signed on 13 May 2020. With this move, partners Stefan Gebhardt, Midas Private Equity, and Uelzena eG wish to jointly serve the fast-growing market for nutritional supplements, sports nutrition and dietary foods. A joint investment programme to expand production capacities is in the pipeline.

BHI and nutrineo have a joint turnover of about EUR 45 m and employ more than 200 staff at three sites in Germany and Austria. The new company offers a broad range of product solutions: from powdered blends in various small package sizes to capsules, tablets, ampoules and bars to liquid supplements and ready-to-drink beverages – all standard product categories are available to customers. As a contract manufacturer for brand products and retail, the joint company shall be characterized by its speed and professionalism.

www.uelzena.de www.nutrineo.com www.biohealth-int.com

 
 
  15/05/2020 | Ingredients, Products

Ocean Spray and Foodist introduce Crunchy Cranberry to German market

Ocean Spray and Germany-based Foodist have joined forces to launch a new Crunchy Cranberry snack “with the speed of a start-up.” SG SP

Ocean Spray and Germany-based Foodist have joined forces to launch a new Crunchy Cranberry snack “with the speed of a start-up.” Ocean Spray reportedly sought out Foodist to promote cranberries on the German market. Using Foodist’s “turbo test lab,” its access to target groups and its growing e-commerce platform, the snack was brought to market in accelerated time, taking about six months to complete.

For Ocean Spray’s Crunchy Cranberry, Foodist created a concept of a crispy snack that is made of 100 % natural ingredients, free of additives or flavour enhancers and available in three varieties: Crunchy Cranberry with roasted corn and peanuts, with roasted pumpkin seeds and corn kernels, and with roasted almonds and pretzel balls. The cranberry’s nutritional benefits, the slow baking and special drying procedures as well as the packaging complement shall create a snack experience that meets the needs of the target groups.

www.oceanspray.com www.foodist.de

 
 
  14/05/2020 | International

Hershey to divest Scharffen Berger and Dagoba premium chocolate brands

The Hershey Co. is considering divesting its Scharffen Berger and Dagoba premium chocolate brands as well as Krave jerky. This stated said Michele G. Buck, President and CEO, Hershey, during an earnings call on the first quartal 2020. SG

The Hershey Co. is considering divesting its Scharffen Berger and Dagoba premium chocolate brands as well as Krave jerky. This stated said Michele G. Buck, President and CEO, Hershey, during an earnings call on the first quartal 2020.  

“These are great brands that continue to resonate with consumers, but they require a different go-to-market model that we believe is better supported by other owners,” she said. “The actions will enable us to prioritize our recently acquired scale assets within salty snacks and nutrition bars.” The company tracked double-digit lifts across grocery and snack items, including chocolate syrup, baking chips, cocoa and popcorn during the pandemic weeks.

The company’s confectionery business, however, has struggled as shoppers limit visits to convenience and drug stores, said Buck. Net sales in the first quarter ended March 29 increased 1% to USD 2.04 bn from USD 2.02 bn. North America net sales rose 2.1% to USD 1.84 bn, while International and Other sales tumbled 8.1% to USD 192.5 m. Net income attributable to The Hershey Co. was USD 271.14 m, down 11% from USD 304.36 m.

“While we still have an opportunity to capture impulse purchases at checkout in other classes of trade, the significant changes we've seen in overall trips and basket size, over the past several weeks, has limited the amount of flowback we've seen to other classes of trade,” Buck added. “In addition, the gum and mint category has been significantly impacted by social distancing. These categories are much more functional than emotional, and they've experienced declines of 40% to 50% over the past several weeks.”

www.thehersheycompany.com

 
 
  14/05/2020 | Ingredients

BLC: new total fat system allows for 50 % sugar reduction

Confectionery players can now achieve 50 % sugar reduction in final products without compromising on product taste following Bunge Loders Croklaan’s (BLC) latest creation Sweetolin. SP

Confectionery players can now achieve 50 % sugar reduction in final products without compromising on product taste following Bunge Loders Croklaan’s (BLC) latest creation Sweetolin. The edible specialty oils and fats giant is unveiling its patent-pending, first-of-its-kind total fat system with solutions in confectionery coatings and fillings applications. Pegged as a “breakthrough,” the innovation shall deliver guilt-free indulgence.
The product has an overall functionality to enhance the sugar perception in the final chocolate confectionery coating and pralines. This allows for the reduction of sugar content and helps overcome an undesirable taste profile i.e. any lingering aftertaste. According to BLC, it is the first innovation that targets sugar reduction through fat. Sweetolin shall help confectionery manufacturers looking to urgently redefine their portfolio and strengthen their well-being offerings to adhere to both, market needs as well as industry demands.

 

www.bungeloders.com

 
 
  08/05/2020 | Ingredients

Barentz announces acquisition of US-based Ingredients Inc

Barentz International, a leading global distributor of life science ingredients headquartered in the Netherlands, has expanded its activities in the dynamic world of taste and nutrition. SP

Barentz International, a leading global distributor of life science ingredients headquartered in the Netherlands, has expanded its activities in the dynamic world of taste and nutrition. The company announces its acquisition of Ingredients Inc – a successful family business in the USA, and a leading developer and supplier of high-quality ingredients to food (e.g. bakery and confectionery) and beverage, pet food and nutraceutical manufacturers. The acquisition diversifies Barentz’ sources, enabling it to deliver a wider range of high-quality ingredient solutions in the USA market.

Ingredients Inc and Barentz share a proven track-record in developing, formulating, manufacturing and producing ingredients and custom-blends for their clients. Both companies add value by developing new ideas and innovative solutions through their expertise and network of specialized application laboratories. Headquartered in Chicago, and serviced by a network of warehouses, Ingredients Inc strengthens Barentz’ national USA coverage.

www.barentz.com www.ingredientsinc.com

 
 
  08/05/2020 | Industry, Industry, Packaging, Technology

Syntegon building on stable business performance

The process and packaging technology specialist Syntegon, formerly Bosch Packaging Technology, reported stable business performance in 2019. SP

The process and packaging technology specialist Syntegon, formerly Bosch Packaging Technology, reported stable business performance in 2019. Sales increased to EUR 1.33 bn (2018: EUR 1.28 bn). Performance remained stable, despite a downturn in the mechanical engineering sector. Sales are divided roughly equally between the company’s two product segments Pharma and Food. Overall, sales are divided roughly equally between the regions of Europe, North and South America, and Asia, with Europe being the company’s largest market.

New orders in the Food segment grew strongly in 2019 and also remained at their usual high level in the Pharma segment. In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the systems supplier to the pharmaceutical and food industries is seeing increased demand in its services business. After the sale of Bosch to CVC Capital Partners in 2019, the company implemented the formation of a stand-alone organization and the launch of the Syntegon brand without any issues.

Since interpack – the largest trade show in the industry that was originally scheduled for May – has been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Syntegon is presenting its latest process and packaging technology at a virtual trade show from until 13 May 2020. In this context, a special focus is on intelligent and sustainable technologies. Following the introduction of the Syntegon corporate brand at the beginning of the year, the company is also unveiling its new product design for the first time at the event.

www.syntegon.com

 
 
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