February’s top stories: Cargill’s Shady Brook Farms brand, Freedom Foods and Seamild partnership

Cargill announced that its Shady Brook Farms brand met Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use standards in the US, and Freedom Foods partnered with Seamild Group in China. Foodprocessing-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from February.


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Cargill’s Shady Brook Farms obtained CRAU certificate

Food and nutrition company Cargill announced that its Shady Brook Farms brand met Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use (CRAU) standards, which comply with school meal eligibility requirements across the US.

The company explained that it has attained CRAU designation for the Shady Brook Farms brand by creating a supply chain that provided turkey protein to meet the certification requirements.

Cargill turkey brands head of food safety quality and regulatory Scott Eilert said: “It tells schools throughout the nation that they can have confidence when serving Shady Brook Farms products to fuel curious minds and growing bodies.
 

Freedom Foods partnered with Seamild Group in China

Australian company Freedom Foods entered a partnership agreement with China’s oat-based cereal manufacturer Seamild Group.

The agreement will help both companies to enhance the range of Seamild branded oat-based cereal products sourced directly from Australian manufacture.

Later this year, Seamild will be launching oat cereals and clusters, as well as oat-based snacking products in China, where it has a well-established distribution for its branded products across traditional retail and online ecommerce channels.
 

Weetabix planned to invest in UK manufacturing facilities

UK-based food company Weetabix planned to invest £30m across its manufacturing sites in Burton Latimer and Corby.

With this new investment, the company anticipated it would increase its production facility capacity by next year, which would help the firm to meet the growing demand for its Weetabix biscuits in both domestic and international markets.

The investment was also expected to create new jobs.
 

Arla planned to invest €335m in production facilities

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Multinational dairy company Arla Foods planned to invest €335m in its production facilities worldwide to support its Strategy 2020 by moving more milk from bulk into branded retail sales and foodservice.

The new investment was reported to be 50% higher in comparison to last year’s plan, and one of the highest ever single-year supply chain investment forecasts in the company’s history.

The company intended to invest majorly in facilities located in Germany, UK, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Finland, which manufacture products with high returns, as well as on production sites that supply high-quality dairy products to Arla’s emerging markets outside the EU.
 

Kellogg’s planned to adopt warehouse model of snacks business in US

Global cereal company Kellogg planned to exit its direct store delivery (DSD) network in the second quarter of this year.

The cereal company intended to transition the DSD-distributed section of its snacks business in the US to a warehouse model.

This model is already being used by its counterparts in North America, including Pringles. The company anticipated that the warehouse model would reduce the complexity, ease cost structure, and increase growth and profitability.
 

Marapharm Ventures subsidiary planned to produce oils and edible products in Nevada facility

Health and wellness company Marapharm Ventures announced that its subsidiary Econevada is set to develop oils and edible cannabis-infused products in its facility in Nevada, US.

Marapharm's Nevada facility is currently under construction in Apex Industrial Park, and upon completion, will be developing products used for manufacturing various food products, including cookies, chocolates, brownies, candies, topicals and oils.

Marapharm CEO Linda Sampson said: "Since the story in the Marijuana Business Magazine was written, Nevada has legalised marijuana for recreational use. In addition to the Nevada market, there are close to 50 million adults who travel to Nevada annually.

“Tourists might be more inclined to purchase edibles over raw cannabis because they are less conspicuous and easier to consume. Marapharm is preparing to meet the projected needs of the marketplace."
 

Korys acquired textured meat alternatives producer Ojah

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Investment firm Korys acquired the Netherlands-based textured meat alternatives producer Ojah for an undisclosed amount.

Ojah was established in 2009 to commercialise a process of ‘texturing’ vegetable proteins by using a ‘clean label’ high-moisture extrusion (HME) technology.

The textured meat alternatives are claimed to be gluten-free, 100% plant based (non-GMO), rich in proteins, low in fat and salt, as well as high in fibre.
 

Tyson Foods revealed all consumer brand products to offer NAE chicken products

US-based prepared meat manufacturer Tyson Foods has revealed that all its consumer brand products would feature chicken with No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) labels.

The company also said that it will be developing new healthier solutions and reinforcing its commitment towards a sustainable food system.

The announcement was made by Tyson Foods president and CEO Tom Hayes at the 2017 Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) Conference.
 

Glanbia intended to sell 60% stake in Dairy Ireland to Glanbia Co-operative Society

Global nutrition group Glanbia signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Glanbia Co-operative Society (Society) to sell its 60% stake in Dairy Ireland to the the latter.

According to the deal, Dairy Ireland businesses will be combined with the Glanbia Ingredients Ireland and this new entity will be renamed as ‘Glanbia Ireland’, where Glanbia will own a 40% stake and the remaining 60% stake will be owned by Society.

The total enterprise value agreed for Dairy Ireland is approximately €340m.
 

Sanle Sechange planned to open new factory to produce dried fruit products

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Dried mango product manufacturer Sanle Sechange planned to open its new factory in Burkina Faso next month to create organically certified dried fruits.

Last year, Sanle Sechange partnered with Tradin Organic, an organisation that supplies organic raw materials to food manufacturing industries worldwide.

Sanle Sechange has initiated factory construction with the support of Tradin, which claimed it has been playing a key role in increasing the production capacity, as well as improving the quality of the Sanle products.