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Magnum Ice Cream Launches First-Ever Non-Dairy, Vegan-Certified Bars with New Magnum Non-Dairy in the U.S.

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Made with non-dairy Belgian Chocolate and a velvety vanilla base, Magnum Ice Cream introduces new Certified Vegan frozen dessert bars

 Magnum Ice Cream announced the launch of new Magnum Non-Dairy frozen dessert bars in the United States. Expertly crafted with non-dairy Belgian chocolate and a velvety vanilla base, Magnum Non-Dairy delivers the brand’s first-ever plant-based indulgence bar. Available in two decadent flavors, Classic and Almond, non-dairy fans can now experience the signature Magnum “crack” with each and every bite.

Certified Vegan by Vegan Action, the new Magnum Non-Dairy bars deliver the indulgence expected from the chocolate ice cream brand synonymous with decadence. Master chocolatiers source cocoa beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms and pair it with a deliciously creamy vanilla base made with a blend of coconut oil and pea protein, a plant-based alternative to dairy.

“This week we’re thrilled to bring our next-level chocolate to the vegan and dairy-free market. This is our first launch in plant-based indulgence and we can’t wait to share with Magnum ice cream fans,” said Leslie Miller, Marketing Director of Ice Cream at Unilever.

Wrapped in a green package with a gold leaf design, new Magnum Non-Dairy bars are available in two indulgent flavors:

  • Magnum Non-Dairy Classic: Velvety vanilla flavored indulgence dipped in non-dairy Belgian chocolate.
  • Magnum Non-Dairy Almond: Velvety vanilla flavored indulgence dipped in non-dairy Belgian chocolate and almonds.

Magnum Non-Dairy bars are now available in the non-dairy frozen and ice cream section of grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $4.99-5.49.

For more information, please visit www.MagnumIceCream.com

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SOURCE: Magnum Ice Cream

 

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THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2019 returns with a greater business focus and an elevated trade show experience to equip visitors for the future of F&B

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Enhancements to Hosted Buyer Program and VIP services, new supporting programs, and an inaugural innovation and start-up zone to bring greater value to buyers, exhibitors and visitors

The largest dedicated food and beverage (F&B) trade show in the region, THAIFEX-World of Food Asia, is set to return for its 16th edition. To be held from 28 May to 01 June 2019, at the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand, the trade show will feature brand new programs and experiences to equip visitors for the future of the industry, along with enhanced buyer programs and VIP services to further strengthen the show’s focus on quality business and trade.

According to recent research by Euromonitor International, disposable incomes in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region are projected to grow by 78.0% (in real terms) over the 20172030 period, spurring an explosion of growth in the middle class (source) and a surge in demand for modern products and services  including F&B. In fact, APAC is set to become the largest consumer of F&B by 2030, creating a huge market potential for established businesses and start-ups in the industry. Against this backdrop of opportunity, THAIFEX-World of Food Asia provides a gateway for international businesses keen on entering the region, and a springboard for Asian companies to expand to the rest of the world with its strategic location in Thailand.

Enhanced buyer program and new services to boost business and show experience

As a sign of renewed commitment to facilitating quality business and trade, THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2019 will feature an enhanced Hosted Buyer Program. Hosted buyers will be able to access an online business matching platform from the end of April onwards to target and pre-arrange business appointments with around 2,700 exhibitors during the trade show, ensuring that each meeting is productive and meaningful for both parties.

“Business has always been, and continues to be, a huge priority for THAIFEX-World of Food Asia. Through the new online business matching platform and enhancements to the Hosted Buyer Program, we want to optimize the trade show environment to make it conducive for exhibitors and buyers to strike deals with one another,” said Mathias Kuepper, Managing Director of Koelnmesse Pte Ltd.

In addition to an optimized business matching platform, improved VIP guest services will cater to the administrative and logistical needs of top buyers and visitors to create the best trade show experience. A new THAIFEXclusive Membership Card will be introduced to provide members with special discounts for THAIFEX conferences and at F&B outlets within the IMPACT Exhibition Center, along with access to the THAIFEXclusive Club which has been expanded to accommodate more business meetings. VIPs will receive complimentary luggage delivery and storage (limited to 1 piece per person) to provide greater convenience.

“With the sheer number of exhibitors present at a trade show like THAIFEX-World of Food Asia, the ability for buyers like ourselves to select and arrange business meetings with specific companies ahead of time really helps us to cut through the noise and connect with the right products and services to take our business to the next level,” said Mariana Sudarma, Merchandising Manager of PT. Swalayan Sukses Abadi, The Food Hall.

Apart from VIP-specific services, new guest services will be introduced to create a more seamless and hassle-free trade show experience for all. Self-check-in systems and self-print counters will be set up to shorten the time required for registration. Free river taxi rides from IMPACT Muang Thong Thani (requires pre-registration) will provide an alternative and reliable mode of transport connecting visitors to Bangkok city center within an hour. Paid luggage delivery services to and from the airport will also be available upon request. Put together, these services will alleviate administrative burdens on guests and provide levels of convenience and flexibility.

Brand new programs and partnerships showcase the future of F&B

To immerse visitors in the future of the F&B industry, this year will see the unveiling of a new program – THAIFEXfuture Food Experience+. The new special show will feature engaging talk shows and interactive product demonstrations presenting specially curated content on revolutionary technology, products and designs from the F&B segment covering the following four themes: Food and Nutrition Trends, Business Operations, Beverage Innovation, and Technology and the Food Experience.

Housed under this program is the inaugural THAIFEX Startup pavilion which brings together the best young and innovative companies showcasing new innovative solutions including drone F&B delivery to augment and improve food service and the customer experience. The show organizers will also introduce THAIFEX Tech Pavilion, a platform created to showcase the best of new food technology ideas and solutions. These include cloud-based vending management systems, cloud-based POS and restaurant management systems, robotic customizable solutions, and innovative food delivery applications.

Michael Currie, CEO of urban drone solution start-up, Flingsaid, “New technologies like drone delivery in the F&B space have the potential to disrupt existing business models and create new value for customers and companies alike. We’re excited to be a part of THAIFEX-World of Food Asia presenting the future of F&B to an international audience, and we look forward to meeting other companies to network and share ideas on how we can grow and advance the industry.”

For the first time in the show’s history, the Thailand Food Innovation Forum will be collaborating with the flagship knowledge conference, innofood Asia Conference, to launch the groundbreaking Leadership in Food Innovation Conference Series. The series will present ideas and solutions that are transforming the way people view and interact with food, sparking discussion and knowledge exchange to take industry players forward in the process.

“Through the public-private partnership between the show organizers, we are able to integrate our well-established Thailand Food Innovation Forum with the innofood Asia Conference to facilitate greater knowledge sharing, and create more value for visitors and industry players at THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2019,” said Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of The Thai Chamber of Commerce.

The revamped THAIFEXtaste Innovation Show will also feature a curation of the top innovative products submitted by regional and international companies across each of the 11 trade shows and special shows. These top products are picked based on criteria ranging from uniqueness in taste, packaging, type of ingredients and overall presentation.

The internationally acclaimed Thailand Ultimate Chef Challenge (TUCC) will also return for its 8th edition, and feature a new focus on Asian Cuisine for this year. Contestants will be able to choose their competing classes, based on their personal forte, out of 23 exclusive competing classes. New classes designed for the next challenge include the “Asian Gourmet Challenge” and the “AEC Culinary Challenge”. As testament to the international reputation of the show, this year marks the third time THAIFEX-World of Food Asia will be hosting the Qualifying Final Asia round of the Global Chef Challenge (GCC). Finalists will compete for the chance to represent their countries for the three categories: the “Global Chefs Challenge”, the “Global Chef Pastry Challenge”, and the “Global Young Chefs Challenge  The Hans Bueschkens Trophy”.

Undergirding the fresh supporting programs are the 11 core trade shows which have, over the years, become the centerpiece of THAIFEX-World of Food Asia. Altogether, the trade show will see the participation of around 2,700 exhibitors from across more than 40 countries with new country entrants for the year, including Australia (AUGVEG), Brazil, Columbia, PolandSpainSri Lanka, and the United States.

This year marks a special edition of THAIFEX-World of Food Asia with the host country, Thailand, currently heading the ASEAN Chairmanship.

Commenting on this landmark year for the country and the trade show, Banjongjitt Angsusingh, Director General of DITP, said, “With the theme of Advancing Partnership for Sustainability for our ASEAN Chairmanship this year, we hope that THAIFEX-World of Food Asia and all its programs will serve as a key platform to strengthen connectivity and partnerships between local, regional and international F&B players to drive sustainable growth in this industry.”

As part of THAIFEXWorld of Food Asia 2019, DITP will also be bringing in several entrepreneurs who have developed innovative products and creative solutions in response to the latest future trends in S-Curve industry, particularly, food for the future.

THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2019 will be held from 28 May to 01 June. More information about the event is available here:

www.thaifexworldoffoodasia.com

 

SOURCE: Koelnmesse

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JBS Couros creates new production model and launches a sustainable leather range

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JBS Couros, the world’s largest leather processing company, has unveiled a new concept of sustainable leather: the Kind Leather range. It is the result of two years’ research and development driven by current and future consumer requirements.

“Kind Leather will revolutionize the industry, changing the way leather is made globally and building a closer connection to consumers,” said Roberto Motta, CEO of JBS Couros. The new leather is made using an innovative process and a more efficient format, providing several environmental, social and economic benefits based on intelligent use of raw materials and resources.

“Leather is an organic and highly durable product. But what makes Kind Leather truly sustainable is the way it is processed, using only those parts of the hide best suited for leather. We’re able to create a higher quality product while avoiding waste and using fewer products to treat the hide,” said Fernando Bellese, Head of Marketing and Sustainability at JBS Couros.

Kind Leather also provides additional sustainability through its end-to-end traceability program, which gathers data throughout the leather production chain. JBS Couros is the industry’s only company offering this level of production chain visibility, at large scale, combining a robust leather traceability program with a modern monitoring system that verifies more than 80,000 cattle suppliers in Brazil, ensuring they comply with social and environmental standards.

This change in the production process also boosts productivity from leather cutting machines and finishing plants, improves hide use and guarantees more ergonomic working conditions. JBS Couros carried out productivity tests in partnership with companies involved in the leather cutting process, focusing on the automotive market, showing the new system improves yields by up to 10 percentage points compared with the traditional industry models. Another benefit of sustainable leather is that natural hide components that were previously discarded, or turned into goods offering little added value after processing, can now be used elsewhere to make food items, such as bovine collagen, or beauty products.

Kind Leather in numbers

  • 65% fewer CO2 emissions in wet-blue leather transportation by reducing the number of trucks needed to ship the product;
  • 54.2% less water  and a 20% drop in energy used during the tanning process;
  • 28% reduction in finishing products used;
  • Up to a 45% decrease in trimming waste from leather cutting.

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Top FMCGs in Race to Keep Up With Conscious Consumers

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– FMCGs need to accelerate innovation to keep up with changing consumer preferences for plant-based products and less packaging

– M&A appetite for small, ethical brands has been on the rise, more than quadrupling over the last five years

– Industry faces potential disruption from physical risks caused by climate change, as well as upcoming packaging and labelling regulation

– Some companies stand out in tackling these challenges with Danone and Nestlé leading the Food and Beverage sub-sector and Unilever and L’Oréal leading Household and Personal Care. Laggards include Kraft Heinz and Estée Lauder

The world’s top FMCGs including Nestlé, Coca Cola and P&G are in a race to adapt to rapidly changing consumer trends, including a rise in veganism and increasing activism on plastic packaging. This is revealed in a new report ‘Fast Moving Consumers’ from environmental non-profit and investment research provider CDP today. The report ranks 16 of the largest and publicly listed Food and Beverage and Household and Personal Care companies on business readiness for a low carbon transition.

The life cycle environmental impact of products from the industry is significant and FMCGs have a key role to play in curbing over a third of global greenhouse gas emissions[2]. 90% of the sector’s carbon emissions lie in the value chain, leaving companies exposed to raw material risks and product consumption risks. The proximity of the sector to consumers means companies are exposed to changes in consumer preferences, but also have the opportunity to drive behavior change in order to ensure the longevity of their brands.

Some of the most transformative low carbon innovations delivered by these companies include developing vegan and organic product ranges. Our analysis shows 5 out of the 7 food and drinks companies that originally offered dairy or meat-based products are innovating with new vegan alternatives.

Similarly, Household and Personal Care companies are creating more plant-based, natural options – 6 out of 7 companies including L’Oréal are actively innovating to replace petrochemicals with natural, biodegradable ingredients. Unilever is among the 4 companies to have developed vegan personal care product ranges.

A tide of consumer activism on plastic packaging has resulted in increased scrutiny and changing preferences for circular, zero-waste business models. This is forcing companies to rethink their approach, with around 60% of companies investing to advance biodegradable plastic and recycling infrastructure, and Danone leading the way.

Despite this innovation in the sector, almost 60% of the top 10 revenue generating brands for each company have failed to deliver low carbon innovations in the last 10 years. Given most companies (88%) generate over 50% of their revenues from these key brands, including Nescafé, Budweiser and Dove, they must up their game or risk falling foul of changing consumer demands.

Many FMCGs are responding by acquiring smaller, sustainable brands. 75% of companies have directed M&A efforts towards the acquisition of niche, environmental brands in the last 5 years and this type of activity has more than quadrupled over that time. For Food and Beverage companies, this trend is further driven by the alignment of health and environmental trends, demonstrated by Nestlé’s recent acquisition of Sweet Earth and Pepsico’s purchase of Bare Foods. However, this approach will not be sustainable if their fundamental business models – which are based on driving more consumption – remain unchanged.

Beyond reputational risks, impending regulation is also threatening these companies, as more robust rules on packaging and waste are introduced. The EU 94/62 directive’s 2018 amendment has set measures for reducing packaging waste at source as well as improving recycling and recovery, while product labelling and carbon footprinting is on the horizon.

The sector is also highly exposed to the physical risks associated with climate change. For example, heat stress and water scarcity have the potential to disrupt agricultural supply chains and cause price volatility. This poses a real threat to the sector, especially for diversified food companies like Nestlé and Kraft Heinz that rely on a variety of raw materials. When it comes to physical risks in the consumption phase, personal care and home care companies are most exposed, due to the amount of water it takes to use their products.

Notwithstanding the media scrutiny around palm oil, some companies are being slow to respond. Despite the palm oil exposure faced by all Household and Personal Care companies, less than 45% is supplied from physically certified sources. Of the palm oil users, only Danone and L’Oréal have already achieved a 100% physically certified supply.

Carole Ferguson, Head of Investor Research, CDP commented“As consumer facing brands, at risk not just from climate change but water scarcity and deforestation too, these companies have a unique role to play in driving forward the sustainable economic transition. Ongoing activism around plastics and packaging is just the tip of the iceberg, and we expect to see more environmental issues come to the fore as consumers start to question what goes into the products they buy, use and dispose of. 

Leading companies are taking action across their entire value chain and redefining the role of business in society – by engaging with suppliers, innovating their product lines and even working with consumers to drive behavior change. This level of action is impressive but necessary to address fundamental risks. And these efforts need to be replicated by others in the sector, if they are to justify their role in a society that can no longer be based on fast paced, rising consumption and linear business models.”

Kweichow Moutai, a Food and Beverage company listed on the Shanghai stock exchange, did not respond to CDP’s 2018 climate change questionnaire.

 

SOURCE: CDP

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