Barry Callebaut’s Wieze factory to restart production, Redefine Meat expands plant-based offerings

Jul 15, 2022 — In industry news this week, Barry Callebaut has revealed that the cleanup of chocolate lines affected by the entry of salmonella-positive lecithin at its Belgian factory is progressing well. Meanwhile, Kellogg’s and Nickelodeon brought nostalgic green slime cereal to American consumers, and International Delight and Dr. Seuss Enterprises launched The Grinch cookies ahead of the holiday season in December.

In Brief: Commercial Movers
Barry Callebaut’s cleaned chocolate lines are expected to restart production from early August 2022, with a gradual ramp-up to full capacity over the following weeks. The Swiss chocolatier detected on June 27, 2022, in its factory in Wieze in Belgium, a chocolate production batch positive for salmonella and quickly identified a batch of lecithin from a supplier as the source. In response, the company halted all chocolate production at the Wieze factory on June 29, 2022, as a precautionary measure, which prevented affected chocolate products from entering the retail food chain.

Bakery and pastry ingredients actor Puratos in partnership with Future Food-Tech to organize the Innovation Challenge for start-ups during the London Summit, September 22-23. Puratos has partnered with Future Food-Tech to seek out early to mid-stage food tech innovators developing solutions to modulate the gut microbiome and its link to physical health and mental well-being.Barry Callebaut’s Wieze factory will restart its first chocolate production lines in August.

Lifestyle and experiential hospitality brand Selina in partnership with Redefining meat to incorporate more plant-based offerings into menus. Redefine Meat’s new meat has been embraced by commercially distinguished chefs because the quality of the product is comparable to that of high-grade animal meat in taste, texture and aroma.

The Delicious candy companya publicly traded Canadian low-sugar and plant-based confectionery company, has been rolled out to 408 Walmart stores in the region.

Fytothe company that leverages automation to unleash the power of specialized aquatic plants, raised US$15 million in Series A funding. The round was led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), including investors existing AgFunder, Refactor Capital, First Star Ventures and Bolt.

In short: NDP
Kellogg’s in partnership with Nickelodeon to create Apple Jacks Slime cereal with sweet, toasty orange and green curls with hints of green apple flavor. The green flecks that appear after milk is added are a fun feature that turns milk into a vibrant shade of Nickelodeon Slime green. The cereal will be available for a limited time at retailers in the United States.Green flecks appear when milk is added to Kellogg’s Apple Jacks Slime cereal, making it a vibrant shade of Nickelodeon Slime green.

Morinaga America has launched a new Hi-Chew candy with 30% less sugar in two classic fruit flavors, Mango and Strawberry, as part of its Better For You product line.

brand of coffee creamer International delight in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to create a festive line of Christmas holiday creamers featuring The Grinch. The line consists of Gingerbread Cookie Dough, Peppermint Mocha and Frosted Sugar Cookies.

In brief: Acquisitions
Global technology solutions provider JBT acquired Alco-food-machines (alco), another provider of food processing solutions and production lines. Food alcohol machines produce everything from sauces to noodles and pizzas to ready meals and snacks.

In Brief: Awards and Recognition
UK based manufacturer of botanical extracts blue sky botany is a 2022 Sustainable Ingredients Award finalist for their FairWild Baobab fruit puree. The FairWild Foundation champions the positive social and environmental benefits that sustainable wild harvesting of natural products can bring to rural communities around the world.Blue Sky Botanics has been named a 2022 Sustainable Ingredients Award finalist for its FairWild Baobab fruit puree. (Blue Sky Botanics)

McDonald’s rewarded its Future 22 leaders with US$10,000 through its Black & Positively Golden movement. The grants were awarded to help advance the community causes of winning change leaders.

In Brief: Other Highlights
The board of directors of the African Development Bank Group approved a €121 million ($121.2 million) loan to Senegal for the implementation of an emergency agricultural program that will benefit 850,000 small farmers, 35% of whom are women.

By Inga de Jong

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