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General Mills and The Land Institute report promising restorative benefits of Kernza to farms

Cascadian Farm and its parent company General Mills announced that their work with The Land Institute (TLI) to help commercialise organic Kernza, a perennial grain (intermediate wheatgrass) and wild relative of annual wheat, has shown promise to boost soil health, carbon sequestration and water retention.

This nutty-tasting grain serves as an ingredient for cereal and snacks.

Cascadian Farm agreed to purchase an initial amount of the perennial grain, which enables TLI to arrange with farmers to plant on commercial-scale fields as against the test sized plots currently being grown.

Tereos opens new production unit in France

French wheat, starch potatoes and alfalfa processor Tereos opened its new unit that manufactures food products using plant proteins.

The new unit was established at Tereos Marckolsheim site in Alsace, a region in northeastern France.

Tereos CEO Alexis Duval said: “The inauguration of this industrial pilot unit is an important step in the work Tereos has been conducting around plant proteins for many years."

Cargill completes sale of oilseed processing facilities to Bunge

Global food company Cargill completed the sale of soybean / rapeseed crush and oil refinery and the beans discharging operation alongside its processing plant located in the port of Amsterdam, Netherlands to Bunge, a global agribusiness and food company.

Bunge will also acquire Cargill’s facility in Brest, France.

The deal was announced in August last year, and as per the terms of the deal, around 120 employees associated with the business in the Netherlands and 51 in France have been transferred to Bunge.

Fresca partners with Colombian avocado grower Cartama

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UK-based fresh produce company Fresca formed a joint venture (JV) with Colombian Hass avocado grower Cartama to create Cartama UK, which will be engaged in the marketing of Cartama avocado production.

The new JV formalises an eight-year trading relationship between the two companies.

Cartama UK general manager Paul Frowde said: “Cartama have proved themselves time and again to be a world-class grower. We have developed a very special respect and the relationship between our companies, which I know will make this venture a great success.

“The high fruit volumes from Cartama UK add to and complement our existing supply base for avocados. I have every confidence that we have created a very different and very powerful proposition to suit the retail, wholesale and foodservice sectors.”

Cal-Maine Foods acquires Happy Hen Egg Farms' production assets

US-based Cal-Maine Foods completed the acquisition of all Happy Hen Egg Farms assets and all capacities relating to commercial production, processing, distribution and sales.

Under the acquisition, Cal-Maine Foods will be take over commercial egg production and processing facilities of Happy Hen Egg Farms, which has nearly 350,000 laying hens and related distribution facilities near Harwood and Wharton, Texas.

The existing site of Happy Hen Egg Farms’ is designed to hold approximately 1.2 million laying hens.

Maple Leaf Foods closes Lightlife Foods acquisition

Canadian consumer protein company Maple Leaf Foods completed the acquisition of Lightlife Foods, a US-based manufacturer of refrigerated plant-based protein foods.

The transaction value of C$140m ($104.2m), in addition to related costs, was financed from cash on hand.

Maple Leaf Foods anticipates that the acquisition would provide a growth opportunity in one of its strategic growth platforms.

ADM unveils flavour creation and innovation centre in Australia

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Global ingredients company Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) opened its new flavour creation and customer service centre in North Ryde, Sydney, Australia.

The new 600m² centre includes two application laboratories, which will be used for prototyping and sampling of beverage, dairy, sugar and chocolate confectionery, as well as bakery products.

ADM wild flavours and speciality ingredients business president Vince Macciocchi said: "We are growing our capabilities in the Australia-New Zealand (ANZ) region so we can offer customers the full capabilities of our extensive flavours and speciality ingredients portfolio."

Tate & Lyle and Sweet Green Fields to distribute stevia ingredients worldwide

Global food ingredient company Tate & Lyle partnered with stevia ingredient firm Sweet Green Fields to distribute stevia ingredients and solutions to customers worldwide.

The new partnership will combine Tate & Lyle’s expertise in sweetener products, as well as its global sales and distribution network, with Sweet Green Fields’ portfolio of stevia-based ingredients and supply chain.

The new distribution partnership will be effective from 3 April.

Sanderson Farms to invest $200m for new poultry complex in Texas

US-based chicken processing company Sanderson Farms tentatively selected sites in Smith and Wood Counties, Texas, to build a new feed mill, hatchery poultry processing plant and wastewater treatment facility.

The sites would feature a modern poultry complex with the capacity to process 1.25 million birds a week for retail chill pack customers.

Sanderson Farms chairman and chief executive officer Joe Sanderson said: “We are grateful for the cooperation from the economic development and governmental officials in Tyler, Mineola and Lindale, Texas; Wood and Smith Counties; and the State of Texas."

PHE releases guidelines on reducing sugar in UK food industry

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The Public Health England (PHE) released new technical guidelines for the UK food industry to reduce sugar consumption by children through everyday foods.

According to the new guidelines, UK food manufacturers are advised to reduce 20% of sugar content by 2020, and 5% by August.

PHE has recommended sugar limits for nine food groups that include breakfast cereals, yoghurts, biscuits cakes, breakfast items, puddings, ice creams, lollies, sorbets and confectionery.