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The Shift to Plant-Based Foods: Former Animal Industry Workers Lead the Way

In recent years, several former animal-industry workers have founded start-ups focusing on plant-based foods, illustrating significant transformations in their professional and personal lives. In 2016, Andy Shovel and Pete Sharman found themselves at a crossroads after selling their UK burger business. Searching for a sustainable venture, they initially considered recycling waste management and electric sports cars. Their focus eventually turned to alternative proteins, a growth industry well-suited to their food industry experience. The turning point for Shovel came when his girlfriend showed him a graphic video of chicks being culled in the egg industry, which sparked his transition from a meat-eater to a passionate vegan advocating for animal welfare. This personal journey paralleled

GoodLife Foods to Acquire Audens Group Solutions

Dutch vegetarian-foods maker GoodLife Foods is set to acquire Spain’s Audens Group Solutions. The terms of the acquisition, including the purchase price, have not been disclosed. GoodLife Foods, based in Breda and renowned for its spicy beanburgers and falafel, has been under the ownership of the UK private-equity firm
Articles

Agriculture on a Knife-Edge: NFU President Calls for Political Support and Investment in UK Farming

The agricultural sector in the United Kingdom stands at a critical juncture, as National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Tom Bradshaw highlights the urgent need for political parties to delineate policies that will support farmers in investing in sustainable food production. Addressing the pressing issues faced by the industry, Mr. Bradshaw has called for a significant increase in the UK agricultural budget to £5.5 billion annually. This investment is deemed essential for meeting environmental targets and bolstering sustainable agricultural practices. Mr. Bradshaw emphasizes the necessity of measures to prevent the importation of food not produced to the standards legally required in the UK. He also advocates for the reform of planning rules to assist farming businesses in investing in

Transforming Food Systems: A Path to Sustainable Agriculture

The food sector significantly contributes to the climate and nature crises, with the processes involved in growing, distributing, consuming, and disposing of food responsible for one-third of annual greenhouse gas emissions. Food systems also contribute to biodiversity loss and account for 70% of freshwater

Addressing Food Waste: An Urgent Climate Priority

In December of last year, COP28 – the United Nations conference on climate change – brought together climate scientists, business leaders, politicians, journalists, and NGOs to seek solutions to one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change. While energy dominated much of the conversation, there was a
Ingredients & Additives

Green Plains Innovates Ethanol Production with Groundbreaking Dextrose Facility

Green Plains, a leading ethanol producer in the United States, is poised to revolutionize the industry with the imminent launch of a pioneering dextrose production facility. Situated within a dry corn milling plant in Shenandoah, Iowa, the facility represents a significant advancement in ethanol production technology, promising lower capital intensity and a remarkable 40% reduction in carbon footprint compared to conventional wet milling processes. Scheduled to commence shipments to customers in the second quarter of 2024, the facility is currently undergoing the commissioning phase after achieving mechanical completion. Anand Sundaresan, Senior Vice President of Green Plains, emphasized the transformative potential of the project, citing the innovative "clean sugar technology" developed
Packaging

Proco Machinery Unveils Versatile Cobot Palletizing System at NPE 2024

Proco Machinery, a leading innovator in manufacturing automation, is set to unveil its latest cobot palletizing system at NPE 2024, scheduled from May 6th to 10th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This cutting-edge system represents a significant advancement in the realm of industrial robotics, offering a versatile solution aimed at enhancing efficiency, reducing costs, and streamlining operations for manufacturers. Designed specifically for palletizing trays and tier sheets for plastic bottles, Proco's cobot palletizing system stands out for its remarkable flexibility and seamless integration capabilities. With the ability to palletize trays and tier sheets up to 104 inches high, this system promises to revolutionize the way manufacturers handle their packaging
Processing

Bulltec Revolutionizes Fennel Processing for Colt.Or Cooperative

In a bid to elevate the standards of fennel processing, Bulltec, a leading innovator in agricultural technology, has recently collaborated with Colt.Or Cooperative in Ortucchio, L'Aquila, to introduce a cutting-edge electronic processing and grading system. The initiative marks a significant milestone in the realm of agricultural technology, promising enhanced efficiency, quality, and sustainability in the production process. Ruggero Ricci, the owner of Bulltec, elucidated on the groundbreaking system, emphasizing its unparalleled features. Comprising entirely of stainless steel, the system is meticulously designed to process harvested fennel, rendering it primed for shipping. A patented grader forms the nucleus of the system, boasting 7 + 1 outputs to ensure precise grading and sorting of
Catering & Hospitality

Navigating the Essentials of Corporate Catering: An Introductory Guide for Businesses

In the fast-paced realm of corporate operations, orchestrating a seamless catering service for company events or daily sustenance can pose a significant challenge. Administrators and HR officers tasked with this responsibility often find themselves navigating a labyrinth of choices while striving to ensure both quality and convenience. Understanding the intricacies of corporate catering is essential for streamlining this process and achieving optimal outcomes. Defining Corporate Catering Corporate catering encompasses the provision of food to the staff of an organization or company. Typically initiated by an administrative call, caterers collect individual orders from employees either on-site or through remote means. The service can manifest in various forms, ranging from food trucks

Berry Launches New Range of Tableware, Designed with Sustainability in Mind

In today's foodservice industry, the call for sustainable solutions is becoming increasingly urgent. Addressing this demand head-on, Berry Global has introduced an innovative reusable tableware range aimed at tackling environmental concerns while meeting the needs of businesses and customers alike. At the heart of

How Unique Entertainment is Spicing Up Restaurants and Boosting Your Bottom Line

In today's competitive dining landscape, delicious food alone isn't enough. Diners crave experiences, connections, and memories that set your restaurant apart from the rest. This is where the vibrant trend of unique entertainment comes in, offering a potent blend of fun, engagement, and, yes, even increased revenue for
Country Reports

German Consumers Show Ambivalence Towards Reducing Meat Consumption

Introduction Recent surveys conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Good Food Institute (GFI) Europe shed light on the attitudes of consumers in Germany and Austria towards meat consumption and plant-based alternatives. Despite a majority recognizing the environmental impact of meat production, the willingness to reduce meat consumption remains tepid. However, there are promising signs for the future of plant-based and cultivated meat products. Mixed Sentiments on Meat Consumption In Germany and Austria, nearly six in 10 consumers believe that meat consumption is excessive. However, less than half of them consider meat and animal products detrimental to the climate, highlighting a disconnection between awareness and action. Despite being Europe's largest plant-based market, only a minority

Greeneration Launches in the UAE

Dubai, known for its vibrant culinary landscape and diverse palate, is witnessing a groundbreaking shift with the introduction of Greeneration, a horticulture firm specializing in the cultivation of rare crops and ingredient sourcing tailored for the Hospitality, Restaurant, and Catering (HoReCa) industry. Established
Events

Fi Europe 2023 setting new milestones as the global F&B industry reunites in Frankfurt.

In a significant year for benchmarking the success of organized events, Fi Europe 2023 demonstrated an unprecedented demand for a dynamic platform that unites the international ingredients industry. This year's event, which drew 23,149 attendees from 135 countries worldwide, proved to be a resounding success, reinforcing its positive impact on innovation, collaboration, and dialogue within the F&B industry. Looking ahead, Fi Europe is scheduled to return to Frankfurt from November 19-21 next year. The build-up commenced on November 20, with the event platform going live, providing attendees exclusive content previews, meeting coordination, and access to a live keynote session. On November 27, the Future of Nutrition Summit initiated a meticulously curated, in-person content program aimed

Gulfood 2023

Gulfood 2023 20 – 24 February 2023 The Largest F&B Sourcing Event in the World Gulfood underscores the UAE’s status at the forefront of sector change and leading the role in tackling global issues. Driving creativity and change, in February 2023, the 28th edition of Gulfood will continue to unite food and beverage

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