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18.00 – That’s all from us!

And that rounds up our coverage for today, thanks for joining us!

FoodBev Live will be back for the next major industry event, but be sure to stay up to date with the latest industry news on in the meantime.

17.41 – Emerson set to acquire Aventics from Triton

Engineering company Emerson has agreed a deal to acquire Aventics from Triton for an undisclosed sum.

The deal is subject to regulatory approval, but is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.

Peder Prahl, managing partner and CEO of Triton said: “Emerson is an ideal partner for Aventics going forward with an ideal cultural fit. This partnership will open new opportunities for both companies”

17.17 – FoodBev daily podcast is now live

Today’s FoodBev daily podcast is now live, featuring the latest updates from the food and beverage industry.

Today’s stories include 2 Sisters Food Group, Nestlé, Ocado and Kroger, so tune in to find out more!

17.00 – The deadline is tonight

It’s not too late to enter the World Dairy Innovation Awards 2018. The final deadline for entries is tonight. Winners will be announced as part of the Global Dairy Congress, to be held in Warsaw next month. Don’t let your R&D efforts go unrecognised – enter today, and today only!

16.52 – Over but not out

We like the thinking of the organisers here…

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Vitafoods Europe might be over for another year but, with flocks of visitors leaving Palexpo this afternoon and many making the long journey (correction: 10-minute walk) to Geneva Airport, the networking and business meetings could continue long into the night.

16.37 – Talking ingredients with Frutarom

At Vitafoods Europe 2018, FoodBev’s Alex Clere has been speaking to Dr Itay Shafat of Frutarom about the company’s Neuravena ingredient solution.

That’s one of many interviews and features to look forward to over the next couple of days on

16.30 – And with that the show ends

The organisers tweet…

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Vitafoods closes for another year, and all of the delegates and visitors head home slightly earlier today than on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hopefully they managed to secure some last-minute business before heading out for another year.

16.17 – Calocurb launches 100% plant-based weight management supplement

New Zealand-based nutrition company Calocurb has released a 100% plant-based weight management food supplement, which it claims is clinically proven to reduce calorie intake by up to 20% at meal times.

The product is made from three ingredients,  Amarasate, rosemary leaf and canola oil, and the company claims that Amarasate triggers ‘the bitter brake’ – an evolutionary response whereby bitter compounds trigger a ‘stop eating’ signal in the brain.

15.45 – Bang Energy releases ‘world’s first’ carbonated ketone drink

Bang Energy claims that it has released the world’s first carbonated ketone drink for consumers who want a burst of energy without consuming caffeine.

The brand claims that the ketones in the drink increase mental focus, enhance energy, and improve body composition when consumed on an empty stomach in conjunction with exercise.

Bang Energy Ketone drink

15.11 – Sun Basket releases diabetes-friendly meal plan

Sun BasketMeal kit delivery service Sun Basket has released a diabetes-friendly meal plan, which meets the American Diabetes Association’s guidelines.

Adam Zbar, CEO and Co-Founder of Sun Basket said: “Healthy eating is not one-size-fits-all. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and an additional 84 million with prediabetes, so we wanted to create a Diabetes-Friendly Meal Plan featuring amazing flavours that also meets the recommended nutrition goals for people with diabetes.

“In collaboration with the ADA, we look forward to helping Americans with diabetes make healthy cooking easy, delicious, and fun again.”

14.16 – Tetra Pak manufactures new extrusion wheel for ice cream products

Tetra Pak Extrusion Wheel

Tetra Pak has manufactured an innovative extrusion wheel which is capable of producing stick ice cream products with large inclusions, such as cookie dough pieces, nuts and fruit.

The Tetra Pak Extrusion Wheel was created following a four-year development process, and Tetra Pak claims that the new wheel is capable of producing 12,000 ice cream products per lane every hour, which the company claims is double the capacity of any extrusion line currently on the market.

Read more here

13.45 – Collagen the buzzword

Ellactiva’s Marcelo Bravo has been telling FoodBev that collagen, which is one of the buzzwords at this year’s Vitafoods Europe, is ‘exploding’. Many companies are exhibiting their latest innovation in collagen, but the price will continue to challenge consumers and force brands to adapt. More on that coming soon to


13.37 – Brick Brewing Company acquires licensing agreement for Chudleigh’s Orchard Cider

Ontario-based Brick Brewing Company has signed a brand licensing agreement with Chudleigh’s Farm for the Chudleigh’s Orchard Cider Brand.

The agreement grants Brick Brewing the Canadian rights to the brand for an initial ten-year term.

George Croft, president and CEO of the Brick Brewing Company said: “We are so thrilled to be working in partnership with our neighbours at Chudleigh’s.

“This partnership fits perfectly with our strategic direction, allowing us to further utilize our leading-edge manufacturing capability and available capacity, while building our branded volume business.”

13.05 – ABN AMRO Participaties acquires MPS Group

ABN AMRO Participaties, the private equity arm of ABN AMRO, has acquired MPS Group, the parent company of printing solutions provider MPS Systems.

MPS’s flexographic (“flexo”), offset and flexo-digital hybrid printing presses are used in the fast-growing label and flexible packaging industries, with end-markets such as food & beverage, household products and pharmaceuticals.

12.38 – The Co-op to reduce food waste with new donation scheme

UK retailer The Co-op is set to introduce a new food donation scheme in an effort to cut down food waste levels.

The supermarket will remove products with a use-by/best-before date for that day from its stores two hours before closing time, and will then donate these products to charities.

This scheme was successfully trialled at 50 branches, and will now be rolled out across the retailer’s 2,500 stores, and the company estimates that the scheme could create up to eight million meals a year. 

12.24 – Azelis further boosts Nordic presence with deal for Ingredi

Chemicals specialist Azelis has further bolstered its position in the Nordics with the acquisition of Ingredi, a Swedish firm which distributes raw materials and ingredients for the company’s food and health industries.

Ingredi has more than 25 years of experience in consulting, sales, stockholding and distribution of ingredients, with a broad selection of natural functional ingredients with clean-label and organic appeal, Azelis said.

Read more here

11.57 – Ocado shares soar following partnership with Kroger

UK-based grocery delivery service Ocado’s shares have soared following the announcement of a new partnership agreement with US retailer Kroger.

Ocado’s technology will be exclusively utilised in the US by Kroger, and the two companies will attempt to find three new locations for automated warehouses in the near future.

In early trading, Ocado’s shares jumped as much as 51% following news of the agreement.

11.25 – Friesland Campina’s Chocomel brand to use 80% plant-based litre pack

FrieslandCampina’s Chocomel brand will utilise a new cardboard litre pack made from 80% plant-based materials.

The new packaging is predominantly derived from sugar cane, but also contains other plant-based materials, and the company claims the packaging reduces CO2 by 17% when compared to the previous packaging.

The new packaging will be available in stores in the Netherlands at the end of this week.

11.11 – Owens-Illinois set to close Atlanta production facility

Glass packaging industry - contributing to the EU circular economyOwens-Illinois (O-I) has announced that it will close its production facility in Atlanta, Georgia in July 2018.

O-I claims that the required capital outlay for the Atlanta operations and continued decline of beer in the domestic market influenced the decision to close the plant. 

10.38 – 2 Sisters Food Group appoints Ronald Kers as its new CEO

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Ronald Kers as its new CEO, effective from 1 June 2018.

Kers formerly served as the global CEO of Müller, and he brings with him more than two decades of experience at global FMCG companies including Nestlé and Procter & Gamble.

We’ll have more detail on this later on

10.26 – Kellogg’s releases first new Fruit Loops flavour in a decade

Kellogg’s has released the first new Fruit Loops cereal flavour in ten years in the build-up to summer, and the new product also features a new shape as well as a new flavour.

10.07 – Ingredients company BGG merges with Solix Algredients

BGG and Solix Algredients have merged to form a new company which will supply functional ingredients to clients in the food and beverage industry, particularly in the nutrition segment.

The new company’s portfolio of natural extract ingredients originates from three segments: algae, fruits and plants.

Charlie Bowman has been appointed as the managing director of the new company. Bowman brings extensive functional ingredient expertise in biotechnology, microalgae and hydrocolloids from leadership roles at CP Kelco, Solazyme, and Cargill.

09.43 – FoodBev magazine at Vitafoods Europe

09.30 – Today on FoodBev Live

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09.28 – Good morning

Hello and welcome to FoodBev’s live coverage of Vitafoods Europe 2018 from Geneva, in Switzerland. Stay with us for the day’s biggest headlines from the food and drink industry, as well as updates from the show.

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