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Seven Bro7hers launches limited-edition ‘Peanut Butter on a Jaffa Cake’ stout to mark craft brewer’s 7th anniversary

Innovative UK-based brewery Seven Bro7hers Brewing Co. has announced it is launching a limited-edition ‘Peanut Butter on a Jaffa Cake’ stout to kick of its seventh birthday celebrations. read more

KFC owner Yum Brands reports digital sales of $17bn in 2020, up 45% YoY

Despite the blow of pandemic restrictions in 2020, Yum Brands’ earnings for the year topped analysts’ estimates. How well the company has faired has had much to do with embracement of digital innovation across its quick-service restaurant chains, which include KFC, Taco Bell, The Habit and Pizza Hut. read more

Demand for red-fleshed Kissabel® apples continues to outstrip supply

As recent plantings across Europe result in higher volumes of Kissabel® – a group of highly distinctive red- or pink-fleshed additions to the apple category – suppliers continue to report strong commercial interest, with demand far above the available supply, indicating a bright future for the innovative new brand. read more

Toyo Printing Inks unveils new GMP-compliant offset inks for food packaging

Toyo Printing Inks, Inc. – a member of Japan-based Toyo Ink Group, one of the world’s largest ink manufacturers – has launched a new series of sheet-fed, offset inks with low odour and low migration characteristics. read more

Al Islami Foods expands into frozen dough segment with new paratha

UAE-based Al Islami Foods – one of the GCC’s largest frozen food companies, and 2020 winner of a global iHalal award for Best Halal Food Brand – has just expanded into the frozen dough business with the launch of a new paratha. read more

New research reveals UK attitudes towards futuristic foods

From lab-grown meat to crickets, algae and even edible water bottles, futuristic foods are becoming increasingly acceptable to UK consumers, according to new YouGov survey by Readly. read more

ChickP goes commercial with novel protein

FoodTech start-up ChickP Protein Ltd has announced full commercial production of its 90-per-cent chickpea isolate. In tandem, the firm is expanding its global activities, having kicked-off a venture in the US by sealing a joint market development agreement with Socius Ingredients, Inc. read more

From bean to cup – sustainability and innovation in coffee to showcase at HostMilano and TuttoFood

From bean to cup, and from vending to professional machine manufacturers: At a time when the keyword in the entire HORECA sector is sustainability, the entire coffee supply chain returns as the protagonist in what promises to be the place to be for the related F&B and professional hospitality sectors. HostMilano and TuttoFood return to fieramilano as a double-bill from 22–26 October. read more

TopGum targets US market with new subsidiary

Innovative functional gummy supplement manufacturer TopGum Industries Ltd is set to make waves on US shores with the establishment of TopGum Inc. – its new subsidiary, located in New Jersey. read more

Bureau Veritas presses firms to renew their sustainability focus following a rise in single-use plastics

UK businesses are being urged to prioritise their efforts to reduce single-use plastics by certification leader Bureau Veritas, following a rise in plastic waste in 2020 as firms took steps to limit human contact during the coronavirus pandemic. read more

New research on curcumin and the ‘brain in your gut’

A new clinical study establishes curcumin’s potential for supporting digestive health, with subsequent positive effect on mood and quality of life. The research endorses high-bioavailable Curcugen™ curcumin extract for gut health and mood. read more

iba.CONNECTING EXPERTS: Countdown to global baking industry’s first meeting is on

Countdown to the first global baking industry meeting of the year has begun, with the organiser of iba – the world's leading bakery sector trade fair – creating an additional innovative virtual format, iba.CONNECTING EXPERTS, set to run from 15–17 March 2021. read more

Astaxanthin ready-to-mix powder concepts pack a powerful anti-oxidant punch

As the consumer health trend continues to build momentum, Solabia-Algatech Nutrition has launched new astaxanthin solutions for today’s dietary supplements and beverage concepts. The company’s micro-encapsulated, cold water-dispersible powder contains 2.5-per-cent natural astaxanthin – a powerful anti-oxidant derived from micro-algae. read more

UFlex’s strong financial results fuel major capacity expansions in packaging films

The company’s expansion in India will see the establishment of a greenfield BOPET and CPP plant in Karnataka, with a new CPP line also to be set up in the UAE. Furthermore, UFlex’s commissioning this quarter of a BOPET Line in Poland makes it the largest BOPET manufacturer in EU today. read more

Bizarre industry secrets to the perfect Instagram ‘foodie’ shot revealed

An online community for photographers has revealed the photography secrets bloggers and influencers use to capture the perfect foodie shot. And bizarrely, most of them don’t actually involve food. read more

One-quarter of Brits have food intolerances or allergies, according to new study

More than one-quarter of the UK population have food allergies or intolerances today, according to research conducted with the aim of understanding the growing need for ‘free-from’ food options. The study was carried out by Kirsty’s, one of the nation’s favourite free-from brands, which has reported that sales of its chilled and frozen free-from products are up 127-per-cent YOY as demand for allergen-free food options grows. read more

Better Juice inks JV with process engineer GEA to shake up the global juice industry

Better Juice has signed a joint venture with food & beverage process engineering giant GEA Group, as it strives to scale up its sugar-reduction technology. read more

Challenger brand Mawé hits shelves with caffeine-free vitamin energy drink

A drinks start-up has launched ‘Mawé,’ a new vitamin-packed beverage set to rival the high-caffeine and high-sugar energy drinks market. read more

Sorma Group launches HyperVision – the new high-tech platform for SormaTech optical sorting machines

The patented system selects 15 pieces of fruit per second based on their internal and external quality, and guarantees elimination of almost all defects – an unprecedented level of achievement on the market. read more

fairtrade launches ‘Virtual for all Middle East Africa 2021’

After the great success of Virtual agrofood & plastprintpack Africa in November 2020, German trade show specialist fairtrade Messe is launching another digital format with Virtual for all Middle East Africa (31 May to 2 June 2021). The new event will contribute to deepening global relations between the Middle East and Africa in the agrofood and plast-print-pack sectors. read more

Bunge Loders Croklaan’s new infant lipid solution mimics natural balance in Chinese mother’s milk fat

The Dutch firm’s new product, Betapol® Select, is said to be a next generation innovation with balanced OPL and OPO structured lipids developed in response to recent research demonstrating that mother’s milk displays regional differences in terms of its fat composition. read more

New global networking initiative: iba.CONNECTING EXPERTS 2021

iba, the world’s leading trade fair for the baking and confectionary industry, is once again responding to the sector’s needs by showing its power as a trend-setter and driving force via a three-day online live event running from 15–17 March. ‘iba.CONNECTING EXPERTS’ is set to offer an unrivalled 72 hours of meeting new people and establishing new contacts ahead of the return of the physical iba tradeshow in October this year. read more

StePac’s new-tech standing pouches cut fresh food waste

Fresh produce packaging innovator StePac Ltd is gaining growing interest in the retail sector for its functional standing pouches. California-based fruit and veg distributor Divine Flavor is an early adopter of the Israeli firm’s modified atmosphere standing pouches for extending produce shelf life. read more

AGW selects 50 farms globally for new regenerative agri certification pilot

Following the recent announcement of its newest label, Certified Regenerative, non-profit farm certifier A Greener World (AGW) has selected over 50 farms to join the programme’s pilot phase. The new certification will provide a whole-farm assurance of sustainability, measuring benefits for soil, water, air, biodiversity, infrastructure, animal welfare and social responsibility. read more

Freestar’s 0.0% ABV beer is a winner for both planet and consumer

Award-winning beer brand Freestar has succeeded in its mission to provide the first truly alcohol-free, great tasting, sustainable beer. read more

Global online food delivery market to hit $151.5bn in revenue this year

According to data presented by StockApps.com, the global online food delivery market is expected to hit US$151.5 billion in revenue and top 1.6 billion users in 2021 – a 10-per-cent jump year-over-year (YoY). read more

Our lowdown on new F&B products tapping into the vegan trend

In its eighth year, Veganuary has gained a record 500,000 sign-ups this year, with a huge 25 per cent of those being Brits. Food & Beverage Networker takes a look at some of the new F&B product launches tapping in to the growing vegan trend. read more

KETTLE Chips’ Thai Sweet Chilli over-delivers on volumes and sales targets

KETTLE Chips’ most recent seasoning – Thai Sweet Chilli – has overdelivered on volume, profit and sales since its launch in April 2020, demonstrating that it is already a firm favourite amongst consumers despite hitting shelves in the midst of a national lockdown. read more

Organic Food Iberia postponed until September 2021

Organic Food Iberia and co-located Eco Living Iberia – Spain and Portugal’s biggest trade event dedicated to organic food and sustainable products – has been rescheduled from June to September this year. read more

Africa is now trading under new rules – what does this mean for the F&B sector?

The trading phase under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), signed by 54 of the 55 countries in Africa, was launched on 1st January 2021. The deal unites an estimated US$3 trillion market and could help to realise more than US$84 billion in untapped intra-African exports, according to the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank). But what does this mean for the food & beverage industry? read more

Good Catch launches plant-based tuna products, as demand for vegan seafood rises

Vegan seafood is becoming a fast-moving trend all over the world, although better quality attempts at plant-based ‘fruits of the sea’ are now starting to emerge in earnest, with greater attention to health and natural ingredients. Enter ‘Good Catch’ – a chef-driven innovative food company developing flavourful, plant-based tuna. read more

Vegan food sales soar in the wholesale and catering sectors

Vegan food sales aren’t just a boom segment for brands and high-street chains, it seems: In the lead-up to Veganuary 2021, wholesale and catering businesses are busy filling orders for vegan products and preparing their new Veganuary menu offerings as the popularity of vegan dishes soars in these industries. read more

DalterFood Group launches exclusive Italian Simmental breed Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

DalterFood Group is adding a new speciality to its product portfolio: PDO Parmigiano Reggiano made only using organic milk from the highly prized Italian Simmental-breed cows. read more

Al Islami Foods enters vegan market with new plant-based burger

The UAE-based halal food giant has made its first foray into the vegan market with a plant-based burger based on sunflower protein. reads more

Veganuary 2021 is already biggest yet – and growing every 3 seconds

As Veganuary 2021 gets underway, this year’s cohort is already the biggest since the pledge began in 2014. More than 440,000 people have already signed-up for the 31-day vegan challenge – surpassing 2020’s total of 400,000 – and sign-ups are continuing at a rate of one person every three seconds. read more

Plant-based bottles: Finnish researchers technology transforms citrus peel into recyclable bottles

New technology developed at VTT enables the use of pectin-containing agricultural waste – such as citrus peel and sugar beet pulp – as raw material for bio-based PEF-plastics for replacing fossil-based PET. read more

Whole Foods Market and Infarm tie-up brings ‘vertical farms’ in-store

Whole Foods Market has become the third major retailer in the UK to install vertical farms, as it looks to grow produce in store and offer its customers a more sustainable way to shop. read more

Singapore’s landmark approval of ‘cultured meat’ is a major step forward for the sector

On Wednesday, December 2nd, the Singapore Food Agency said that the cultured chicken produced by San Francisco-based start-up Eat Just met the safety standards for use in nuggets. In so doing, Singapore becomes the first country on Earth to approve cultured meat for commercial sale. read more

Join leading F&B players in January to explore fermentation – the next big thing in alternative protein

Join Clara Foods, The Good Food Institute, Perfect Day, Quorn and many more at the REFORMULATE: Fermentation-Enabled Alternative Protein Innovation Digital Summit – held online from 28–28 January 2021. read more

UFlex to double capacity at its aseptic liquid packaging plant

UFlex Limited – India's largest multinational flexible packaging and polymer science company, and the country’s first manufacturer of aseptic liquid packaging – has announced it will double the production capacity at its aseptic plant to reach seven billion packs per annum. The expansion project at Uflex’s Asepto facility in Sanand, Gujarat, is slated for completion within the next 10 months. read more

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