Daily Archives: 09/06/2021

Port of Rotterdam publishes new White Paper on key trends in today’s agrofood sector and supplychain

Our Port Partner for 2021 the Port of Rotterdam has released a new White Paper ‘A delicate balancing act’ focusing on key trends in today’s agrofood sector and supplychain with a spotlight on foodservice and retail. Gerard Harleman of Bakker Barendrecht B.V. and Reinder Zuidhof of HANOS Internationale Horeca Groothandel share their vision on customer centricity, sourcing, sustainability and more. You can download this new White Paper at the link below.

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IMO’s new CO2 rules could ‘disproportionately’ impact reefer transport

Changes to the IMO CII index could impact reefer shipping 'disproportionately'

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The CII index  measures a ship’s efficiency when it sails and can be affected by various things such as the power generated to keep temperatures low when transporting refrigerated foods or gas.

Proposed changes to the CII index could mean that those ships using power and fuel to keep temperatures down, will demonstrated reduced efficiency causing the CO2 accounts to look poor in comparison.

Such a change has implications that are ‘disproportionate’ for reefer shipping, argue several leading shipping organisations.

Source: Freshfruit Portal.com

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New Zealand AgTech companies well placed to meet UAE’s food and water security goals

With the UAE aiming to become the most food-secure nation by 2051, New Zealand is accelerating efforts to bring its world-leading AgTech solutions to the region.

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New Zealand AgTech companies are well placed to meet UAE’s food and water security goals. Recognised globally for its leadership in sustainable farming, production and nutrition.

Food security is a major concern for the GCC region and will be a major topic for discussion at the forthcoming Cool Logistics Middle East one-day online seminar, 22 June 2021. If you haven’t yet registered to join us, you can do so here 

Source: Food Business Gulf and Middle East

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Food scraps get a new life as food waste is turned into materials

Scientists at Institute of Industrial Science at The University of Tokyo developed a new method to reduce food waste by recycling discarded fruit and vegetable scraps into robust construction materials.

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A team of scientists at the University of Tokyo have found a way to turn food scraps into materials strong enough to be used for construction projects.

With shocking levels of global food waste, amounting to hundreds of billions of pounds per year, a large proportion of  such waste  comprises edible scraps, like fruit and vegetable peels.

Using a heat pressing concept, the team mixed food powder with water and seasonings to then press it into molds at high temperatures. 

Such innovation will be vital in helping global efforts to recycle food waste.

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Tomato sales boom in Britain

British tomato industry looking to grow more on home soil as consumers want to shop locally for home-grown produce

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The British tomato industry has plans to produce more than half of the tomatoes consumed in Britain by 2030. 

The British Tomato Growers’ Association (BTGA), which makes up 90 per cent of large UK growers, said consumption is up by 12 per cent over the last 12 months.

Britons are now more willing to pay more for tomatoes, though more than a third still keep their tomatoes in the fridge, according to a recent poll.

Tomatoes grown on the vine in Britain will be on the vine for longer so will be rich in flavour and nutritional value by the time they reach consumers’ plates.

Source: FPC FreshtalkDaily

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UN: Cost of food rises at fastest rate in a decade

UN reports that global food costs have rised at the fastest rate in a decade

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The UN has reported that Global food prices have jumped at their fastest monthly rate in over a decade.

Suppliers have been affected by disruptions to production, labour and transport during the pandemic.

Additional concerns are growing about broader inflation and how higher grocery bills will impact the world’s economic recovery post-pandemic.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) food price index tracks prices around the world of a range of food including cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar.

Source: BBC News

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