Sustainability

Gordon: 'Bringing in National Starch was transformational for our business'

Big Interview: Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and CEO, Ingredion

Ingredion CEO: ‘Some manufacturers are outsourcing NPD to their suppliers’

By Elaine WATSON

With R&D departments at some food manufacturers pared down to the bone as bosses slash overheads to control costs, open innovation has moved from a hot topic on the conference circuit to a practical necessity, says Ingredion CEO Ilene Gordon.

Samy Jandali: 'People are beginning to realize that it’s more important to reduce fat than to just lose weight. It’s all about body shape.'

Interview: Samy Jandali, VP Nutrition & Health, North America, BASF

Open innovation at BASF: ‘We want to move beyond the buzzwords'

By Elaine Watson

Chat to any major ingredients supplier at a trade show and you can expect to hear liberal use of buzzwords from ‘partnership’ and ‘collaboration’ to ‘open innovation’ says Samy Jandali.

What tops the food industry CSR agenda?

What tops the food industry CSR agenda?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting is increasing rapidly in the United States, and as more companies get on board, the most important food industry-specific issues are becoming better defined, according to a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)...

Mintel: Shoppers 'don’t feel OK about eating junk food just because they are on the go'

Dispatches from the 6th Annual Food Technology & Innovation Forum, 2012, Chicago

Mintel: Health and quality key to next generation of on-the-go foods

By Elaine Watson

Foods with ‘on-the-go’ claims represent a small - but rapidly growing - proportion of global new product launches, but firms that want to cash in need to think about health and quality as well as convenience, says Mintel.

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Blommer predicts looming cocoa supply crisis

By Oliver Nieburg

Demand for cocoa is expected to climb 30% in the next 10 years creating a 25% shortage of current supply, according to North American cocoa processor and chocolate ingredients supplier Blommer Chocolate Company.

Givaudan springs off innovation in its flavours division, according to industry analyst

Innovation and developing markets underpin Givaudan flavours

By Kacey Culliney

Success in the developing markets of Latin America, Africa and Asia combined with an ‘impressive’ innovative platform has secured strong Q1 results for Givaudan’s flavour business, according to one analyst.

Linda Eatherton: 'Consumers want food companies to behave more like NGOs. They want you to be activists and advocates for social change...'

Dispatches from IFT Wellness 2012

IFT Wellness 2012 trend watch: Protein is hot hot hot

By Elaine Watson

Once the preserve of sweaty men pumping iron, protein has emerged from an image overhaul as the ingredient of choice for food developers targeting consumers of all ages and both genders keen to battle the bulge and stay strong, according to one trends...

Every kind of food industry progress must be sustainable: DNV expert

Every kind of food industry progress must be sustainable: DNV expert

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Sustainability in food supply chains is likely to become crucial to the food industry as the global population expands – and it is also central for companies’ long term financial health, according to Stefano Crea, global director of food and beverage...

GMA report highlights ‘success stories’ in industry sustainability

GMA report highlights ‘success stories’ in industry sustainability

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Cargill’s reuse of methane, water-saving strategies from ConAgra and Coca-Cola, and Campbell Soup’s energy efficiency measures are among sustainability success stories highlighted in a new report from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).

Egg laying hen welfare proposal prompts diverse criticism

Egg laying hen welfare proposal prompts diverse criticism

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Proposed legislation to formalize an agreement over welfare conditions for egg laying hens been criticized by farmers for involving the politics of animal welfare, and an animal welfare organization for endorsing “abusive confinement systems”.

Responsible approach to GM fish is to assume escape: Committee hearing

Responsible approach to GM fish is to assume escape: Committee hearing

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The responsible approach to considering whether genetically engineered (GE) salmon pose a risk to the environment is to assume that the fish will escape and disregard assurances from the company that they would not, said Senator Mark Begich at a committee...

Kraft’s carbon emissions from plants ‘negligible’

Kraft’s carbon emissions from plants ‘negligible’

By Oliver Nieburg

The vast majority of Kraft Foods’ carbon emissions come from outside its manufacturing facilities, according to a survey mapping its environmental footprint, but the full picture may look quite different as full results are withheld.

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