Karro Food Group, a subsidiary of the UK-based CapVest Partners, is a meat processor that has agreed to acquire Young’s Seafood Ltd. with the aim to create a new multi-protein food group.
Mile High Labs acquired a 400,000 square foot pharmaceutical manufacturing facility of Sandoz Inc., a division of Novartis (Switzerland), in Broomfield, Colorado, with a view to meet the rising global consumer demand for CBD (Cannabidiol) in the form of tinctures, lotions, and gummies.
Tyson Foods is headquartered in Arkansas, US, and is engaged in offering chicken, beef, and pork, as well as prepared foods. The company offers food products under Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, and State Fair brands. It has its presence in Central America, China, Canada, Japan, the Middle East, the European Union, South Korea, and Taiwan. On 13th June 2019, the company announced the launch of its first plant-based blended products under its new brand, Raised & Rooted, as part of its efforts to expand its protein offerings. Earlier, in April 2019, Tyson Foods ended its investment with Beyond Meat, which is engaged in manufacturing plant-based meat, to start its own brand of plant-based meat products. With the rising trend of healthy lifestyles, meat producers need to shift their offerings to products that have improved nutritional profiles. The belief among consumers that plant-based proteins are better for heart health, easier to digest, and better suited to aid weight loss than animal protein, will disrupt the animal meat market in the future. Since Tyson Foods has a major stake in traditional meat such as chicken, pork, and beef, it is more of a precautionary move rather than a strategic one to enter into the booming market of plant-based meat.
As per a press release of the company, on April 30, 2019, John Bean Technology (JBT) acquired Proseal, a United Kingdom based, provider of tray sealing technology for the food industry, in a deal worth USD 246 million. JBT then acquired Prime Equipment Group, a US company dealing in primary and water re-use solutions for the poultry industry, for USD 65 million on June 5, 2019. Regarding these acquisitions, JBT CEO Tom Giacomini said, “The goal of JBT is to become full line solutions provider for poultry customers with the addition of the primary processing capabilities of Prime. The areas of automation and water re-use can be addressed by deep expertise, reputation, and high-quality products and services by Prime, combined with the strategy and winning culture at JBT.” Chicago-headquartered JBT expects that in 2019, both acquisitions would add anywhere between USD 80 million and USD 85 million to its revenue. The potential lies in leveraging JBT’s global reach as Prime’s annual revenue of USD 45 million is only from the US.
Gelymar is a global company involved in the extraction of Kapa II and Lambda Carrageenan. Carrageenans belong to the family of linear sulfated polysaccharides that are extracted from red edible seaweeds. The company caters to the pharmaceutical, food, and personal care industries. It operates through its four manufacturing sites located in Chile and Indonesia, along with its two product technology centers. They also have a strong worldwide distribution network in more than 50 countries. On 21st May 2019, the company completed its investment in two plants, Puerto Montt and Tierra del Fuego, to double its production capacity in southern Chile. This investment will help the company to expand itself in North America and Europe. This is due to the rising awareness about the advantages of seaweed consumption in North American and European countries, which is driving the market for commercial seaweeds. The commercial seaweeds market is dominated by the application of seaweeds in the food products such as cakes, cheese, protein drinks, ice cream, sausages, bread, and jellies; this is due to the high-nutritive values offered them.
Beyond Meat Inc. forayed into the public arena, with its stock price soaring up to more than double. Burgers with no meat but taste like they do—this is what Beyond Meat is serving to the customers.
Firmenich (Switzerland) has agreed to acquire a majority stake in VKL Seasoning Pvt. Ltd (India), an Indian specialist in seasonings and flavors, on 1st May 2019, with a view to expanding its capability and customer reach in India.
Cresco Labs (US) is a multistate cannabis company that produces cannabis plants. It is a grower, processor and retailer of cannabis and operates across the United States. Origin House (US) is a distributor and provider of brand support services in California, the world’s largest regulated cannabis market. The company delivers more than 130 branded products through over 50 brands to most licensed dispensaries. The acquisition will provide Cresco with a large portfolio of brands to work with and on the other hand, Origin House will be able to expand its geographic presence. The acquisition will help in combining the expertise of both the companies that will help them in becoming a key North American cannabis company and one of the largest cannabis brand distributors.
Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) (US) completed the acquisition of the Ziegler Group (Germany), a leading player in the European flavors market producing natural citrus flavor ingredients, on March 21, 2019.
Azelis (Belgium), a specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor, based in Europe, announced its 100% acquisition of Chemroy Canada Holding (Ontario, Canada), a privately owned distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients, on 12th March 2019. The transaction would place Azelis as one of Canada's leading specialty distributors. Additionally, with Chemroy’s dedicated sales force into the food and nutraceutical segments, Azelis will have high growth opportunity in these segments.
BASF, one of the largest chemical manufacturers, got approval for the fungicide, Revysol, for improved farm management. Revysol is the first isopropanol-azole that has been approved to be used in the European market. Revysol would be used for cereal crops, and the first usage of Revysol in cereal crops is expected by 2019–2020. Its usage would help the farmers in managing their farm more efficiently and in reducing weather-related risks. It also delivers higher and more consistent yields, which would maximize the income of the farmers.
Care4u 2’-FL is a human milk oligosaccharide (HMO). HMOs are the third-most-abundant solid component of breast milk that promote infant health by supporting digestion, building immunity, and cognitive development through changes to the microbiome. Commercially produced HMOs such as CARE4u can provide some of the health benefits of the HMOs present in human milk, helping to close an important gap between human milk and infant formula.
Yanmar, one of the major Japanese farm equipment manufacturers, launched two variants of hi-tech tractors in Bangkok, Thailand on January 29, 2019. The two tractor variants—YM357A and YM351A—have engine outputs of 57 hp and 51 hp, respectively; they are fuel-efficient and can be accessed by means of a smartphone. The tractors have the SmartAssist technology, which allows operators to see the machine's operating status, receive error notifications via a smartphone, and provide customer service options in the event of breakdowns. These tractors can work for rice paddies & dry fields and haul loads.
Molinos Río de la Plata, Argentina’s largest branded food products company, acquired La Salteña, a company producing refrigerated doughs and fresh & dry pasta, from General Mills, Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The purchase is scheduled to be closed on the 28th of January, 2019.
According to the National Association of Plant Breeders, “plant breeding is the science-driven creative process of developing new plant varieties that goes by various names, including cultivar development, crop improvement, and seed improvement. Breeding involves the creation of multi-generation, genetically diverse populations on which human selection is practiced to create adapted plants with new combinations of specific desirable traits.”
Cannabis is a drug derived from cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and hybrid strains. Although cannabis is composed of different cannabinoids, the two main cannabinoids that are considered to be the most active compounds are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound, and cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive compound.