Up-to-date products and announcements from the food and beverage sector

The next big trend
Givaudan, the world’s leading flavors and fragrances company, has unveiled the results of its latest research conducted in collaboration with University of California, Berkeley’s Product Development Programme. The research investigates the hottest trend in alternative proteins – plant-based fish products – and explores the opportunities and challenges for manufacturers today and for future market development.

Consumer interest in plant-based fish alternatives is growing and is poised for a rapid rise like other alternative protein products. While it is being driven by the same macro trends as meat substitutes, the interest in fish and shellfish alternatives reflects some of the specific challenges faced by the fishing and shellfish industry. The position paper explores these challenges and identifies new opportunities for manufacturers.

The paper also looks at taste, texture, color, proteins, nutritional content and processing, and how these must be addressed holistically by manufacturers when developing plant-based fish products.

“As a global leader in the alternative protein space, Givaudan has collaborated with the brightest and best minds from across the industry to help tackle the complex challenges of these products,” said Sylvain Jouet, Global Product Manager, Meat Substitutes, Fish and Seafood, Givaudan. “We are always looking for new ways to create great tasting, more complete future-facing food experiences. This research complements our extensive knowledge in alternative proteins, further guiding our innovation and product portfolio in this space and assuring the development of plant-based products that consumers love.”

Digital sweet spot
Infor has announced that Cloetta, a leading confectionery company in Northern Europe, has selected Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage to support digital transformation and drive innovation across its operations. The solution is expected to go live in 2021 for 650 users.

Serving markets across Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Germany and the UK, Cloetta has eight production facilities in five countries. The nature of the confectionery sector is that most purchases are impulse driven and experiential, therefore keeping pace with demand whilst ensuring quality is paramount to its success.

Cloetta selected Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage based on a number of factors. Having been an Infor M3 customer for many years, a long-standing and trusted relationship with Infor existed. In addition, the confectionery leader was impressed with the deep industry functionality in Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage, which supports the nuances and dynamics of its business, including aspects such as quality control, recipe management and traceability. In line with its quest to modernize, the solution’s multi-tenant cloud architecture was key to the decision.

“In meeting the needs of our market, it’s imperative that we have the agility to respond quickly to trends in order to capitalize on new opportunities, and ultimately maximize sales,” comments Per Svensson, Cloetta IT director. “Through moving to a more modern, digitalized platform from which to channel innovation and optimize our business, we had absolute confidence that Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage was the right solution for Cloetta.”

Committing to carbon neutrality
Nespresso has committed that every cup of Nespresso coffee, both for at-home and for professional customers, will be carbon neutral by 2022. This new ambition builds on more than ten years of work during which Nespresso has reduced its carbon emissions and compensated the remainder through agroforestry.

“Climate change is a reality and our future depends on going further and faster on our sustainability commitments. That is why we are accelerating our commitments to offer our consumers a way to drink a carbon neutral cup of coffee by 2022,” said Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO of Nespresso.

Having already achieved carbon neutrality in its business operations (scopes 1 & 2) since 2017, the company’s new commitment will tackle emissions that occur in its supply chain and product life cycle (scope 3).

Nespresso will achieve carbon neutrality through the following initiatives: the reduction of carbon emission; the planting of trees in and around coffee farms where Nespresso sources its coffee (insetting); and through support and investment in high quality offsetting projects.

The 2022 carbon neutrality roadmap has been endorsed by the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board (NSAB) members. “Climate change is happening now, which means that we must all take responsibility and action, quickly,” said George Clooney, actor, Nespresso Global Brand Ambassador and member of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board. “It’s clear that Nespresso understands this urgency and is putting our planet and people front and center of the choices it makes. These ambitions and vision build on a commitment to sustainability that I have been privileged to have been involved in over the last seven years. I’ve seen how far we’ve come in that time, and I’m excited to see the good that Nespresso can deliver in the next ten years.”

Ahead of schedule
According to the United Nations, to curb the devastating effects of climate change on the global food supply, the world must halve greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. As part of its Kellogg’s® Better Days commitment, Kellogg is making tremendous progress limiting GHG emissions in its operations by using low carbon and renewable energy sources, purchasing renewable electricity and increasing energy efficiency. Since 2015, Kellogg has reduced scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions in its manufacturing plants by more than 28%, and exceeded one year ahead of schedule its goal to reduce GHG emissions by 15% per pound of food produced.

Kellogg set its first sustainability commitments in 2008, and in 2015 was one of the first companies to set Science-Based Targets to help limit the global warming to below 1.5°C.

To mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, Kellogg has helped more than 433,000 farmers globally adopt sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices through its Kellogg’s Origins™ program. Rice farmers in Spain reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 45% through leveraging new irrigation techniques and optimizing fertilizer use. In the United States, farmers in Illinois who planted cover crops reduced greenhouse gas emissions to the equivalent of removing more than 13 million vehicle miles off the road.

“As a global food company, we have a responsibility to address the significant risks climate change poses on people and our planet,” said Amy Senter, Kellogg Company Chief Sustainability Officer. “We’re proud of our progress and are working on multiple fronts to reduce emissions across our supply chain.”