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  17/09/2020 | Technology

Anders Invest and Gert-Jan Kloppers are new owner of Vormenfabriek Tilburg

Rein Nooteboom, Managing Partner of Vormenfabriek Tilburg B.V. since 1989, founds acquisition partners for the company. SP

Rein Nooteboom, Managing Partner of Vormenfabriek Tilburg B.V. since 1989, founds acquisition partners for the company. Anders Invest has taken over the shares, together with Gert-Jan Kloppers, who has acquired a minority stake and will lead the Vormenfabriek as new Managing Director.

They will add a new chapter to the great and long history of the company. In the almost 100-year history of Vormenfabriek, the company has grown into one of the leading players in the world in the development, manufacturing and worldwide sales of polycarbonate injection moulded-, thermo formed and silicone rubber moulds for the international chocolate and confectionary industry. The entire design, development and production process is being performed in Tilburg.

During this history, the technological expertise, innovative abilities and loyalty of the team of employees made Vormenfabriek what it is today. The new shareholders are looking forward to contribute to the future of this great company. Kloppers has extensive experience as a Managing Director in companies with international sales and marketing activities for technical products. Kloppers said, “We look forward to lead this great company, with its long history and craftsmanship, into its second century.”

vormenfabriek.com

 
 
  17/09/2020 | Ingredients

Fismer Lecithin: Bees and lecithin - protection through the right food

In collaboration with beekeepers, Fismer Lecithin has developed special lecithins for use in pollen substitutes. SP

In collaboration with beekeepers, Fismer Lecithin has developed special lecithins for use in pollen substitutes.  

Pollen forms the basis of natural nutritional support for bees. At certain times of the year, for example in our cultural landscape in spring, an adequate supply of pollen in nature is not guaranteed. Beekeepers can strengthen their bee colonies by feeding them with pollen substitutes. These feeds have a high protein and vitamin content. Lecithin developed by Fismer combined with brewer's yeast is a tried and tested mixture that effectively promotes the spring development of the colonies and helps them through other pollen shortages.

www.fismer-lecithin.com

 
 
  16/09/2020 | Ingredients

21 percent pay rise to cocoa farmers in Ghana

Bloomberg reported that Ghana raised its farm gate price for cocoa by 21 percent after implementing a USD 400 per metric ton premium on futures prices for the 2020-21 harvest. SP

Bloomberg reported that Ghana raised its farm gate price for cocoa by 21 percent after implementing a USD 400 per metric ton premium on futures prices for the 2020-21 harvest. Growers of cocoa beans in the world’s second-largest producer of the crop will receive 625 cedis (approx. USD 108) per 64-kg bag, or 10,000 cedis per ton, for the harvest season that begins 1 October and continues through September 2021 after the so-called Living-Income Differential (LID) was charged on the beans. This compares to 515 cedis per a bag and 8,240 cedis per a ton in the current season that ends 30 September.

Ghana and neighbouring Ivory Coast, the world’s largest grower of the crop, announced in July last year that the LID would raise the pay of farmers. The pricing mechanism received mixed reactions from traders as the premium couldn’t be hedged.

The farm gate price increase for Ghana’s estimated 800,000 cocoa farmers may boost President Nana Akufo-Addo’s chances of re-election in December’s election. He is running against former leader and main opposition candidate John Dramani Mahama.

 
 
  16/09/2020 | Packaging, Particulars

Nulogy’s Josephine Coombe appointed to the board of European Co-Packers Association

Josephine Coombe, Managing Director of Nulogy in Europe, has been appointed to the board of the European Co-Packers Association (ECPA). SP

Josephine Coombe, Managing Director of Nulogy in Europe, has been appointed to the board of the European Co-Packers Association (ECPA). The move comes as the ECPA sees increased demand for contract packing and contract manufacturing services from brands across Europe.

Josephine Coombe joins the four existing board members of the ECPA and will help provide an international perspective on enhancing agility through innovation in the external supply chain. With over 20 years’ experience serving global FMCG and retail brands in North America and Europe, she is a senior leader focused on the digital transformation of supply chains worldwide.

www.ecpacopacking.com www.nulogy.com

 
 
  14/09/2020 | Industry, Industry, Ingredients, Trade Fair, Packaging, Technology, Trends

ProSweets Cologne 2021 offers new digital methods of establishing contacts and product presentation

In addition to the physical event, ProSweets Cologne 2021 is offering a new online industry tool for registered exhibitors and trade visitors as well as for media representatives, which enables networking with potential business partners. SP

In addition to the physical event, ProSweets Cologne 2021 is offering a new online industry tool for registered exhibitors and trade visitors as well as for media representatives, which enables networking with potential business partners. Via “Matchmaking 365+”, exhibitors of the supplier trade fair for sweets and snacks can thus also reach trade visitors in good time before the fair opens, regardless of the physical exhibition dates of ProSweets Cologne 2021 (31.01. to 03.02.2021). “With Matchmaking 365+ we are taking the next step towards hybrid trade fairs,” explains Julia Kölsch, Director of ProSweets Cologne.

“Especially in times like these, it is essential that we offer our customers extensive support and solutions that in addition to the physical trade fair provide a clear added value and additional options of establishing contacts, networking and an exchange.”

In comparison to the former Matchmaking platform, the new version 365+ offers the exhibitors additional options regarding the product presentation. The users can present their products as photo and text information within the exhibitor showroom and increase the attention their company attracts by embedding video content. New products are especially highlighted here in order to present them to potential customers and media representatives in a targeted manner.

In addition to contents, further company contacts are displayed in the exhibitor showroom, because user colleagues can be invited to join the platform. In addition to conventional forms of establishing contacts, the platform now also enables meetings per video, chat or audio. Due to functions like online appointment scheduling, the targeted product search or virtual meetings, the supplier trade fair for sweets and snacks enables an optimal preparation and follow-up of the trade fair visit.

Beyond this, Matchmaking 365+ makes industry-related content in the form of industry knowledge, interviews or also the contents of the trade fair event programme available. In this way, both trade visitors and media representatives can inform themselves about the latest products and further industry contents of the companies prior to, during and after the trade fair. Access to the digital Matchmaking platform of ProSweets Cologne will be granted to registered trade visitors and media representatives free of charge.

www.prosweets-cologne.com

 
 
  14/09/2020 | Ingredients, Particulars

Gelita: new appointments to the management board

Gelita AG, global market leader in the field of gelatine and collagen peptides, appoints Dr Sven Abend to the executive board of Gelita AG, effective from 1 November 2020. SP

Gelita AG, global market leader in the field of gelatine and collagen peptides, appoints Dr Sven Abend to the executive board of Gelita AG, effective from 1 November 2020. Dr Abend will succeed Dr Franz Josef Konert as of 1 January 2021, who is retiring at his own request at the end of the year. Dr Abend’s most recent position was COO of the Lonza Group, where he was responsible for the Specialty Ingredients division, and was also a member of the executive board.

The supervisory board furthermore appointed Jan Christoph Teetz as CFO of Gelita AG from 1 October 2020. Prior to this, Mr Teetz was CFO at Tesa SE, a company of the Beiersdorf Group, for more than ten years. Together with the current COO, Michael Van Elsacker, the new executive board shall shape the company’s continued expansion.

www.gelita.com

 
 
  11/09/2020 | Industry, International

Lindt Home of Chocolate opening: spectacular unveiling of the chocolate fountain

The world is another chocolate-themed attraction richer. With a spectacular inauguration, the curtain was raised on the new Lindt Home of Chocolate in Kilchberg. The unique Chocolate Competence Center with interactive museum, research plant, open-view production line and many other highlights will be delighting visitors from Switzerland and across the world from Sunday on. SG

The world is another chocolate-themed attraction richer. With a spectacular inauguration, the curtain was raised on the new Lindt Home of Chocolate in Kilchberg. The unique Chocolate Competence Center with interactive museum, research plant, open-view production line and many other highlights will be delighting visitors from Switzerland and across the world from Sunday on. A few days before the official opening, the new destination of Switzerland’s chocolate industry was inaugurated with a grand opening ceremony. The impressive chocolate museum is a comprehensive information platform on all matters concerning chocolate and is open to the public.

Together with Swiss Federal Council Ueli Maurer and tennis star Roger Federer, President of the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation Ernst Tanner unveiled the highlight of the Lindt Home of Chocolate. During an imposing ceremony in the entrance hall, the protagonists brought down a golden curtain and revealed the over 9-meter high spectacular chocolate fountain, accompanied by a shower of golden confetti. “The chocolate fountain is the centerpiece of the Lindt Home of Chocolate and represents a homage to the globally renowned and popular Lindor truffles,” explained Tanner. Of course, the epic ceremony also featured the famous Master Chocolatiers.

During the celebrations, brand ambassador Roger Federer presented a new video that brought a smile to people’s faces. In the film, the world tennis star and a Master Chocolatier set out on a secret mission of discovery through the Lindt Home of Chocolate, with numerous funny moments and several surprising scenes. Sport ace Roger Federer is full of enthusiasm for the new chocolate museum: “The Lindt Home of Chocolate is a unique chocolate experience and I look forward to coming here with my kids.” Swiss Federal Council Maurer is also impressed by the new Chocolate Competence Center and emphasized in his speech: “Chocolate is a part of our national identity and the chocolate industry is an extremely important economic sector of our country. For this reason, fostering local chocolate expertise is synonymous with boosting Switzerland as an economic location.”

More than CHF 100 m were invested in the Chocolate Competence Center. Situated close to Zurich and benefiting from excellent public transport connections, the new attraction will provide an exciting destination for up to 350,000 chocolate fans from Switzerland and abroad.

lindt-spruengli.com

 
 
  10/09/2020 | Trade Fair

Upcoming interpack in Düsseldorf continues to be fully booked

The upcoming interpack in Düsseldorf was postponed from its original date in May 2020 to the following year, due to the Corona pandemic. It will now take place from 25 February to 3 March 2021 and continues to be fully booked. SG SP

The upcoming interpack in Düsseldorf was postponed from its original date in May 2020 to the following year, due to the Corona pandemic. It will now take place from 25 February to 3 March 2021 and continues to be fully booked. Messe Düsseldorf relies on a comprehensive hygiene concept in order to protect exhibitors and visitors. “interpack is the most important event in the international packaging industry and, especially in times of crisis, provides crucial stimuli in order to build a successful future for the companies involved. Therefore, we give our all in order to do justice to this responsibility and simultaneously guarantee the best possible protection of the health of the people coming to our trade fair centre”, emphasises Thomas Dohse, Project Director at interpack.

The hygiene plan has already proved that it lives up to its motto: “PROTaction - Back to Business” with Caravan Salon, the first trade fair at the Düsseldorf trade fair centre after the Corona break. After selling personalised tickets exclusively online before the trade fair, extensive hygiene measures shaped implementation of the concept on-site.

www.interpack.com

 
 
  10/09/2020 | Trade Fair, Packaging, Technology

A change of leadership at interpack

Thomas Dohse (50) has been the new leader of interpack in his capacity as Project Director since the start of September. He follows Bernd Jablonowski, who rose to the Managing Board of Messe Düsseldorf as an Executive Director. SG SP

Thomas Dohse (50) has been the new leader of interpack in his capacity as Project Director since the start of September. He follows Bernd Jablonowski, who rose to the Managing Board of Messe Düsseldorf as an Executive Director.  

Dohse has woven an excellent web of connections within the global packaging industry and the related process industry. He has been part of the interpack team at Messe Düsseldorf since 2005 and led interpack 2017 on an operative level as Deputy Director. During this period, the father of three supported many formative themes for interpack, such as Save Food and the special shows under the innovationparc label. These are now also successful at the international events within the scope of the interpack alliance, which will also be led by Dohse in the future.

www.interpack.com

 
 
  09/09/2020 | Ingredients

Nigerian cocoa output projected to fall for 2020/2021

According to Mufutau Abolarinwa, President of the Cocoa Association of Nigeria, Nigerian cocoa output is likely to drop by at least 20 % this season as measures aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus and drier weather increase the chances of a poor harvest. SP

According to Mufutau Abolarinwa, President of the Cocoa Association of Nigeria, Nigerian cocoa output is likely to drop by at least 20 % this season as measures aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus and drier weather increase the chances of a poor harvest. Output for the last 2019/20 season declined to an estimate of 250,000 t – lower than the International Cocoa Organization’s forecast of 260,000 t. The association previously estimated last season’s output at 305,000 t.

Nigeria, the world’s fifth biggest cocoa grower, has been hurt by lockdown measures initiated to slow the spread of the outbreak as farmers have been unable to import inputs, while drier weather has hindered pod formation. The statistics office said in a report that the pandemic could cause agricultural yields to fall due to the limited access to inputs for crop production.

“We are expecting a poor harvest by November, and Export volumes have also fallen,” Mufutau Abolarinwa said. “For the past seven weeks there has been no substantial rain in the cocoa regions”. Cocoa trees need a delicate balance of rain and dry weather. Too little rain, and they wither; too much, and they become susceptible to insects or fungal black pod disease. Beans can also go mouldy if small farmers are unable to dry them outside.

Scant rainfall between April and June helped the bean count to rise from 230 g to 270 g, but was not sufficient to boost new pod formation. Farmers have started an early harvest for the main crop in anticipation that rainfall might improve before November, the peak of the harvest.

 
 
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