A national effort to enhance farm sustainability through soil health has additional backing from a major consumer foods manufacturer.
Leaders from General Mills, The Nature Conservancy, the Soil Health Institute and the Soil Health Partnership announce a collaborative effort to advance soil health on America’s farms and ranches, paving the way for measurable economic and environmental gains for farmers, businesses and communities for generations to come.
USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides nutritionally at-risk, low-income, pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, as well as infants and children up to age 5, with supplemental foods, nutrition counselling, and access to health services.
These WIC benefits are provided at no cost to the participant. In fiscal 2016, an average of 7.7 million people per month participated in WIC, about half of whom were children.
Protein products have long ceased to be marketed only to athletes and people with weight problems. More and more people are using high-protein products to boost their personal well-being.
Innova Market Insights has labelled this latest top ten trend "Body in tune". SternLife has come up with attractive product ideas that enable the sellers of sports and health foods as well as drugstores and supermarkets, with their own private brands, to cater for the ongoing protein trend. At this year's Vitafoods in Geneva, the specialist for functional foods presents inspiring private label concepts for diverse target groups.
International plant health body adopts new global standards
The international body that oversees plant health has taken a big step forward with the adoption of a new global standard to help ensure that the international trade in plants and seeds, while very profitable, is also safer.
Tyson Foods, Inc. announced it’s partnering with Bimbo Bakeries USA and Hugg & Hall Equipment Co. to enhance the company’s Meals that Matter® disaster relief response capabilities. The companies will collaborate to bring assistance to disaster victims and aid workers.
Food corporation General Mills has made a sizeable investment in another vegan company, breakfast brand Purely Elizabeth. The vegan granola and cereal company received $3 million from General Mills’ investment arm 301 Inc., for a minority stake.
Dinnissen has recently built a complete mixing plant for a German client, which includes six bulk bag unloading stations for the raw materials. The installation was intended for their new plant in Asia and the client wanted absolute assurance that the system worked smoothly with their somewhat sticky raw materials. It was also necessary to set up the facility in Asia in a very short period of time.
The Super Bowl is coming to Atlanta in 2019. As a result, the show dates for the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will be moved to February 12 – 14, 2019. IPPE will continue to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., and all IPPE contracted hotels will still be available as normal.
On the 11th of April Cargill celebrated the establishment of its own licensed buying company (LBC) – Cargill Kokoo Sourcing Ltd – in Ghana, in the presence of Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah; Deputy Minister designate for Food and Agriculture, Hon William Quaitoo; the Ambassador of the United States to Ghana, H.E Robert P. Jackson; the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ghana, H.E Ron Strikker; representative of the Chief Executive Officer, COCOBOD; and representatives from Cargill.
The largest plant for infant food in Europe, was recently put into operation in central Brittany, France. The plant has a capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year. In addition to the drying towers, the heart of the process is based on an innovative dry mixing concept by the Dutch manufacturer, Dinnissen Process Technology, called Lean Gravity Mixing.
Vortex Global Limited, a solids and bulk handling components company, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA) Company of the Year Award.
In order to be considered for the award, companies must demonstrate achievement, improved sales success, or deployment of industry best practices. Vortex was selected as a finalist for the award due to the company’s rapid growth in both company size and sales.
The sporadic nature of saddle gall midge (SGM) is slowing efforts to understand the pest’s development and its impact on cereal yields. Led by ADAS, the latest three-year project was conducted during periods of relatively low pest infestation and this limited the overall power of the results.
When bakers begin discussing flour quality, the conversation quickly turns to gluten. During mixing of wheat flour and water, gluten forms. Gluten becomes the elastic framework of dough; it entraps the gas produced by fermentation and results in leavened dough.
Like other proteins, gluten becomes hard and dry on exposure to heat during baking (denaturation). Gluten denaturation, combined with starch gelatinisation, contributes to the structure of most baked products.
Bayer has confirmed the presence of two new mutations in German ramularia populations that severely impact the performance of SDHI and azole fungicides, respectively.
Although field efficacy of SDHIs and azoles against ramularia in the UK remains good, the findings in Germany provide a timely reminder of the need to follow guidance issued by the UK Fungicide Resistance Action Group (FRAG-UK).
Glencore Agriculture UK has expanded its business with the acquisition of animal feed product supplier Mercury Commodities.
The firm, which is the agricultural arm of global commodity trader Glencore, said the purchase of the Dorset-based company would enable it to offer a full range of animal feed ingredients to UK farmers.
Dinnissen has broadened the deployability of its mixers, thanks to a mix of innovations. The mixers have been further improved in several areas, and, moreover, they explicitly consider the role of the mixer in the overall operation. That is why the validation of mixing processes have now been added to their service.
AIB International’s catalogue of Baking Process Kill Step Calculators now includes a profile for flour tortillas. These calculators, along with AIB’s kill step validation consulting services, are empowering bakeries to validate their food safety preventive controls and accurately evaluate Salmonella destruction in bakery products.
The FDA’s Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) requires validation and verification of thermal processes to ensure product safety.
Japan’s Ajinotmoto has agreed to invest $15 million in Hinoman, an Israeli plant protein company focused on the Mankai plant. Under the terms of the agreement, Ajinomoto also will gain the exclusive rights to sell Hinoman’s Mankai plant protein products on the Japanese market.
COCERAL, Copa-Cogeca, FEDIOL and FEFAC welcome comprehensive overview of protein crops used for feed purposes in the EU.
The European Commission published for the first time on April 10 a comprehensive EU protein balance sheet. The EU protein balance sheet 2015/2016 is an overview of total EU production, consumption and trade of all marketable sources of proteins used in animal feed production. Next to well-known protein-rich materials such as soybean meal, rapeseed meal and pulses, the balance sheet includes sources with lower protein content like cereals.
Pick up the AHDB Nutrient Management Guide at Cereals 2017 Visitors to Cereals 2017 will be among the first to get access to the AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209).
Scheduled for release in May, the new publication will be available at the event (which takes place on 14 and 15 June 2017 at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire) from the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds stand (919).
In 2016, Nutreco has made steady progress against its sustainability objectives. The launch of Nuterra, Nutreco’s new sustainability programme was an important milestone. Aligned with and contributing to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, Nuterra sets out a more focused sustainability strategy and provides tools to implement it throughout the entire organisation.
The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association™ (IDDBA) added Molly Fletcher to the speaker lineup at IDDBA 17. Fletcher’s presentation is titled “Fearless at Work.” IDDBA 17 runs June 4-6 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
A trailblazer in the world of professional sports and entrepreneurship, Molly Fletcher is unwavering in her success and fearlessness as CEO and business woman.
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