Cargill has announced its intent to grow and diversify its product portfolio at its starches and sweeteners plant in Krefeld/Germany with products such as vegetable wheat protein, specialized industrial wheat starches and advanced bio-fuel.
Cargill’s corn processing facility at Krefeld produces high-quality starches and sweeteners from corn for a series of food, feed and industrial applications. As part of Cargill’s long-term strategy, the transformation to wheat will broaden Cargill’s product portfolio to address changing consumer needs such as an increasing demand for protein rich foods, rising need for paper & packaging solutions and renewable energy sources. The transformation is expected to be completed in 2020. The new facility will be using the latest production technologies, allowing Cargill to further increase its plant reliability and to further improve its service to customers.
“Cargill wants to address the growing needs of its customers and the market – both in Germany and across Europe – such as the increasing demand for vegetable proteins driven by a growing world population and the rising need for industrial starches used in packaging“, says Alain Dufait, Cargill Starches & Sweeteners Europe Managing Director. “In addition, we are exploring the opportunity to manufacture and offer our customers advanced bio-fuel produced from low-value streams”.
Presentations, workshops and special shows will enrich the ISM 2018 and the simultaneously held ProSweets Cologne fair. The “Trend and Theme Day” on Wednesday, January 31st, will present a very special programme for both retail and wholesale buyers as well as the industrial sector alike.
Visitors to the fair will find input and inspiration for the ISM‘s themes featured on the fair‘s central boulevard this year. The New Snacks exhibition will present an attractive selection of products from the ”New Snacks” pavilion, providing the perfect transition to hall 5.2, where visitors can then find the appropriate contact persons. The ”Halal-Info-Point” on the main ISM boulevard will be on hand to provide information for any interested parties with questions regarding the classification and certification of Halal products.
The ISM‘s ”ExpertStage” will also be located on the main boulevard, featuring exciting presentations every day on a variety of topics and issues relevant to the industry. The Expert-Stage partner is once again Innova Market Insights. On Sunday, January 28th, there will also be an additional presentation on the issue of the customer experience called, “How can store design influence sweets categories?”, featuring Martin Gaber, Senior Consultant and partner of JosDeVries The Retail Company.
This year for the first time the final day of the ISM fair takes centre-stage with a special programme. On “Trend and Theme Day” starting at 11 am the topics under discussion on the Expert-Stage will range from trends in the industrial and commercial sectors, to start-ups, digital commerce, “Halal” and the market in the Middle East.
Under the sale, Robern Menz will acquire the iconic brand and its associated intellectual property, plant and equipment. The production will transfer to the Robern Menz factory in Adelaide, South Australia in the coming months. Violet Crumble has been manufactured at the Nestlé factory in Campbellfield, Melbourne since 1983.
Nestlé General Manager Confectionery, Martin Brown said: “The sale of the Violet Crumble brand to Robern Menz recognises that they are well positioned to combine their existing honeycomb manufacturing with that of Violet Crumble and continue to invest behind this well-loved brand. We are delighted that the history and tradition of this iconic Australia brand will continue under the ownership of a strong, Australian owned business.” There will be no changes to staffing at the Nestlé factory. Nestlé invested USD 8 m in the factory in 2017 to grow key locally manufactured chocolate brands and support growing KitKat exports.
Since the announcement in Shanghai on September 5, 2017, Ruby chocolate has been attracting strong interest from chocolate connoisseurs throughout the world. The Ruby chocolate used in KitKat® Chocolatory® Sublime® Ruby has a fresh berry-fruity taste and characteristic colour. Ruby chocolate is made from the Ruby cocoa bean. No berries, berry flavour nor colour are added. The bean has a specific set of attributes, which Barry Callebaut managed to unlock through an innovative process that took many years to develop.
Sublime® Ruby was created through the craftsmanship of top pâtissier Yasumasa Takagi. KitKat® Chocolatory® is a specialty store in Japan and South-Korea selling premium KitKat® chocolates created with meticulous attention to ingredients and preparation methods under the direction of Yasumasa Takagi, owner-chef of Le Pâtissier Takagi.
Herza has developed various types of small vegan organic chocolate pieces to meet the growing demand for vegan products. They include dark chocolate cubes and two vegan alternatives to milk chocolate. They can both be labelled soya-free and lactose-free. One variety is made with rice milk powder instead of full milk. Hazelnut paste and tigernut semolina round off the flavour whereas puffed amaranth gives the chocolate a slightly roasted note and a decent crunchy bite. The company offers this option as chopped chocolate pieces. The second lighter coloured variety, available as small leaves, has a coconut milk powder base which imbues it with a discrete coconut taste. The vegan organic chocolate pieces are suitable for baked goods and baking mixes as well as for vegan ice cream.
Two new types of organic yoghurt chocolate also guarantee a fresh flavour sensation in snacks or ice cream. The double leaves, made from organic whole milk chocolate and organic strawberry yoghurt chocolate, contain powdered organic yoghurt and organic strawberries. In this way, they offer a fruity-fresh flavour experience. The two-colour optic is an added extra. The organic yoghurt chocolate leaves made from Greek-style yoghurt with honey and the popular ancient cereal quinoa are completely on trend, too.
Nestlé’s U.S. confectionery business represents about three percent of U.S. Nestlé Group sales. It includes popular local chocolate brands such as Butterfinger, Crunch, BabyRuth, 100Grand, Raisinets, Chunky, OhHenry! and SnoCaps, as well as local sugar brands such as SweeTarts, LaffyTaffy, Nerds, FunDip, PixyStix, Gobstopper, BottleCaps, Spree and Runts.
Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider commented: "With Ferrero we have found an exceptional home for our U.S. confectionery business where it will thrive. At the same time, this move allows Nestlé to invest and innovate across a range of categories where we see strong future growth and hold leadership positions, such as pet care, bottled water, coffee, frozen meals and infant nutrition." The transaction covers the U.S.-focused confectionery brands only and does not include Nestlé’s iconic Toll House baking products, a strategic growth brand which the company will continue to develop.
Nestlé remains fully committed to growing its leading international confectionery activities around the world, particularly its global brand KitKat. With sales of CHF 26.7 bn in 2016, the U.S. is Nestlé’s largest market. Nestlé products can be found in 97% of U.S. households under brands such as Purina, Nestlé Pure Life, Coffee-Mate, Gerber and Stouffer’s. The company employs 50,000 people in more than 120 locations across the U.S., including 77 factories and 10 R&D centers.
“We achieved our ambitious growth targets as promised and even added a bit on top,” says Koelnmesse CEO Gerald Böse, for whom this latest success is symbolic of the “turnaround and sustained growth that the company has achieved in recent years as a result of hard work.” The profit amounts to more than EUR 20 m. Over the past year, the number of employees worldwide rose by almost 5 % to 821. Of these, around 650 work in Cologne.
The good result is primarily due to the company’s core business: the organization of events in Cologne and in key foreign markets. In 2017, the turnover of the trade fairs in Cologne increased by around 13 % on average compared to the respective preceding events. Eight events from all the areas of expertise in Cologne grew at a double-digit rate. Some of the foreign trade fairs, in Brazil, India and Thailand for example, also saw significant increases in the number of exhibitors and visitors. The turnover from services for trade fair participants continued to rise as well.
For the first time in its history of almost 175 years, Lindt & Sprüngli achieved sales worth CHF 4 bn. Besides gaining significant shares in almost all markets, Lindt & Sprüngli once again grew faster than the overall chocolate market.
Group sales in 2017 amounted to CHF 4.088 bn, equivalent to a 4.8% increase in Swiss francs. 2017 saw a degree of fluctuation in terms of currency trends. This resulted in a positive currency translation effect on the consolidated results – mainly due to a stronger euro. The organic sales growth of Lindt & Sprüngli was with 3.7% below the range of the long-term strategic growth target due to the modest growth of the US companies. Excluding Russell Stover, Lindt & Sprüngli achieved 5.9% organic sales growth and underlines that the business remains in a strong position. Lindt & Sprüngli generated good results in Europe, where it achieved organic sales growth of 6.2%. Lindt performed particularly well in the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. France and Italy showed a positive sales growth development and almost all the smaller subsidiaries accomplished double-digit growth.
In the NAFTA region, Lindt & Sprüngli recorded a slight 1.6% organic decline in sales in the challenging US market. A highlight in the region was the outstanding result achieved by Lindt Canada which achieved double-digit growth. The Rest of the World segment is becoming increasingly important and making an ever greater contribution to the development of the Lindt & Sprüngli Group. Business in the countries of this region are reaching faster-than-average organic sales growth of 12.4%.
The starting point for the modernization was the purchase of a neighboring lot where up until 2013 pickled vegetables had been produced. Within the framework of a strategic master plan, Uelzena was able to secure a large part of these premises a few years ago.
The new lot is the size of a soccer field; the high-rise storage warehouse to be built on half of the lot will be as high as 37 m. The new high-rise storage facility will offer room for approximately 13,000 pallets and is in the direct neighborhood of the main site of Uelzena Group. In the new storage depot up to 1,350 pallets may be handled per hour. Lack of space at the original premises is the reason for the EUR 17 m investment.
Investment and modernization does not end with the new premises next to the headquarters. Uelzena is also remodeling its drying technology.