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World Food Day shines light on supply challenges


Food security and climate change have again been in the spotlight. The theme of this year’s World Food Day was "our actions are our future," as the UN’s FAO urged greater awareness on hunger, nutrition and the future of the planet. This came as a new study revealed how climate change could affect global beer supply, with decreases in barley yields becoming increasingly widespread. Also on the sustainability front, Olam called for international cooperation on reducing rice greenhouse gas emissions. 

The Global Food Security Index was released and for the first time, Singapore claimed the top spot, as the US and UK dropped to joint third place. Target and ADM outlined their commitments to protect freshwater resources by joining the AgWater Challenge, while Nestlé joined forces to form the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare.

In business news, Chr. Hansen acquired dairy ingredient supplier Hundsbichler, as it raised its organic growth targets. Nestlé, Danone and Unileverall reported growth in categories geared towards health and nutrition. Nexira and Synthite reinforced their partnership in India, the world’s largest acacia gum market and Roquette signed a partnership with Equinom, an innovative breeding technology company, for the development of high-protein peas. Finally, UK-based TasteTech launched a new Gum Kit designed for longer lasting chewing gum in sugar-free applications, reported.