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The Weekly for February 12, 2020


Top Stories

African swine fever continues to spread in the EU
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its latest annual update on the presence of African swine fever (ASF) in the European Union. In 2019, the area of the European Union affected by ASF expanded progressively, moving southwest.

U.S. President Trump’s proposed budget slashes SNAP funding
On February 10, U.S. President Donald Trump released his proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year, which came in at a record high of $4.8 trillion. In terms of food security, one area that took a hit in the budget was the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


Research Briefs

The majority of global consumers love to discover new flavors
A new report from Innova Market Insights shows that interest in novelty and variety is high, with three-quarters of global consumers saying they “love to discover new flavors.”

Lower protein diet may lessen the risk for cardiovascular disease
A study published in The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine journal suggests that diets with reduced sulfur amino acids—which occur in protein-rich foods, such as meats, dairy, nuts, and soy—may be associated with a decreased risk for cardiovascular disease.

British seek to feed their dogs more plant-based meals
According to new Mintel research, one-third (34%) of UK dog food buyers believe it is good for pets to have a plant-based meal instead of a meat-based one regularly.

Folic acid, B12 supplementation may not improve children’s cognition
A study published in Pediatrics suggests children who receive vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements as infants and toddlers, may not have improved cognition as they age.

Half of U.S. consumers want to lose weight
According to The NPD Group, losing weight is still a top goal for half of the U.S. adult population. Some of these consumers will not follow a diet plan, opting instead to lose weight by carefully choosing the food they eat, while about 25% of consumers will adhere to a diet plan.


Company News

Tyson Fresh Meats, Jacob Stern & Sons launch a joint venture
Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, and Jacob Stern & Sons, distributor of oleochemicals and exporter of tallow, have launched a joint venture, JST Global, to serve the worldwide fats and oils market.

Rich Products announces three acquisitions to expand its product portfolio
Rich Products has announced the expansion of its product portfolio with three acquisitions: Rizzuto Foods, a U.S. manufacturer of pizza dough; Morey’s Seafood International, a seafood company based in Minnesota; and two manufacturing plants from TreeHouse Foods, a manufacturer and distributor of private label breads, rolls, and cakes.

Cargill invests $6.4 million to expand Minnesota food pilot facility
Cargill is investing $6.4 million to expand its food pilot capabilities at its North American Pilot Development Center in Savage, Minn., enabling bakery customers to increase their speed to market with new products.

Henniez mineral water bottles now made of 75% recycled plastic
Nestlé Waters has announced that the entire plastic bottle range for the Swiss mineral water brand Henniez is now made of 75% recycled PET plastic (rPET).

Palsgaard acquires Turkish food ingredients distributor
Palsgaard has announced the acquisition of Turkish food ingredients distributor Teknaroma. The Danish emulsifier ingredients supplier acquired 90% of Teknaroma’s shares on Feb. 5, 2020, with its previous owners retaining 10%.

Tate & Lyle, Zymtronix partner to leverage novel enzyme immobilization technologies
Tate & Lyle PLC has announced a new partnership with Zymtronix, developer of enzyme immobilization technologies.

Kemin hires Guilfoyle to its bakery team
Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer, has hired Emily Guilfoyle as a bakery R&D manager.

Regulatory News

PepsiCo’s takeover of Pioneer Food Group receives conditional approval
According to Reuters, South Africa’s Competition Commission has conditionally approved PepsiCo’s $1.7 billion acquisition of food and drinks producer Pioneer Food Group, saying it is unlikely to lessen competition in relevant markets.

U.S., Kenya launch trade negotiations
According to Reuters, the United States and Kenya have agreed to launch negotiations that could lead to the first U.S. bilateral trade deal with a sub-Saharan African country.

FDA releases sample test results of herbs, guacamole, and processed avocado
As of Sept. 30, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tested 1,214 fresh herb samples (746 domestic, 468 imported). And as of Oct. 15, 2019, the FDA has tested 887 processed avocado or guacamole samples (777 domestic, 110 imported).

IFT & Meeting News

See food innovation with a whole new lens at SHIFT20 in Chicago July 12–15
SHIFT20—the place, the platform, and the event where you will be inspired to imagine, learn, connect, and shift to what’s possible in the future of food. Mark your calendar! Early registration opens March 2. Take advantage of early registration and hotel discounts March 2 through April 16. IFT Premier Members have the benefit of registering February 26. Be sure to register early to get first dibs on your preferred hotel. Learn more.

Food Science for the Non-Food Scientist—Only 9 seats left!
IFT Short Course | March 3–4 | Chicago | 14.00 CH
This popular short course takes you through the basic principles of food science and equips you with an enhanced understanding of the role of food science in the development of food products. You will learn about the importance of food safety, basic regulatory issues, and food science trends. This course is perfect for getting your team up to speed before IFT20. Learn more.

Food Laws & Regulation: A Practical Road Map
IFT Short Course | March 31–April 1 | Chicago, IL | 14.00 CH
A working knowledge of requirements, issues, and controversies in food laws and regulations is essential to navigate today’s policy landscape and to apply practical approaches to compliance. IFT has developed an opportunity for you to learn the legal requirements and policy expectations for food inspection and assuring food safety and quality. This course will introduce you to the essential road map of the food regulatory landscape. Learn more.

Achieving Packaging Design and Innovation that Resonates with Consumers
IFT Webcast | February 19 | 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. CT | IFT Food Packaging Division | Free for Premier Members
How do you know if a package innovation can add value to consumers? Join us for a webcast that will provide an update on how package design and innovation sways consumer purchase and satisfaction of food products and how consumer research in packaging is performed. Learn more.

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