São Paulo, October 18th, 2023 - Givaudan, Bühler, Cargill, Ital and The Foodtech Hub Latam today jointly announced the opening of Tropical Food Innovation Lab, an innovation ecosystem for the development of sustainable food and beverages focused on the Brazilian biodiversity. Equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, the innovation center is located in a 1,300 square meter area within the Institute of Food Technology (Ital) and is the result of a consortium formed by the founding companies in collaboration with the Food Tech Hub LATAM and the Food Technology Institute (Ital).

This ecosystem will connect research institutes, universities, companies, investors and startups providing them access to cutting-edge resources for rapid prototyping and direct connection to the global food and beverage science and technology world.

The hub's infrastructure includes small-scale processing lines in the pilot plant equipped with state-of-the-art wet and dry extrusion systems for plant-based proteins. Soon, a beverage processing unit will add complementary resources to Ital's existing facilities. The space also features application and analysis laboratories. In the cutting-edge demonstration and experimental kitchen, companies, food engineers, nutritionists, chefs, mixologists, and other professionals will be able to collaborate to create new products. In the interaction areas, there is a coworking space for creative workshops and pitching.

The Tropical Food Innovation Lab is the latest addition to Givaudan’s global innovation network, which provides the specialized expertise, technology, and solutions to accelerate new product development and co-create exciting new food experiences with customers. Other facilities include the Protein Innovation Center in Singapore, the Zurich Innovation Center in Switzerland, and the MISTA Center in San Francisco.

With more than 20% of the planet's plant biodiversity, spread across six major biomes, and a food industry that historically accounts for 10% of GDP, Brazil is among the largest global producers and exporters of grains and protein. “This innovation ecosystem, not by chance located in Campinas, a reference city for technology in Brazil, brings together the intellectual, technological, scientific, and creative power to establish the best connections and solutions for the food chain. It also contributes to Brazil's prominence, which is already a global exponent," emphasizes Paulo Silveira, the visionary and manager behind Tropical, as well as the founder and CEO of FoodTech Hub Latam.

Eduard Fontcuberta, Regional Head of Innovation for Latin America at Givaudan, says: "Givaudan has been intensifying its investments in innovation in a collaborative way, which is why we are thrilled to announce the opening of the Tropical Food Innovation Lab. Alongside our partners, we are committed to driving the development of the food industry and promoting solutions for global food safety and sustainability challenges. We will strengthen food innovation in Latin America, with proposals that will delight people's palates while also delivering nutritious and delicious food experiences."

"We are honored to be part of this innovation ecosystem that meets the growing demand for the development of new products for the food and beverage industry. We bring our expertise in processes, our cutting-edge technology, and our innovation DNA, always striving for efficient and sustainable solutions that bring value and results to our customers, partners, and society," says Damien Chapelier, Head of Bühler South America.

Carlos Prax, Innovation and Technology Leader LATAM at Cargill, states that the Tropical Food Innovation Lab is totally connected to Cargill's purpose of nourishing the world. "Innovation is one of the keys to achieving this, especially with the growing population and challenges ranging from climate change to new consumption profiles. We are very honored to lead this project alongside such relevant partners for food production not only in Latin America but also in the world," he emphasizes.

"The Tropical Food Innovation Lab is the materialization of Ital's vision that the future is built by combining competencies and infrastructure and applying knowledge to generate innovation and promote entrepreneurship in the field of food science and technology," says Eloísa Garcia, Ital's General Director.


BURNABY, B.C (October 31, 2023) — Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Humane Society International/Canada’s Forward Food program are hosting a summit Thursday that marks the official launch of SFU Roots, an initiative to foster a resilient food system by encouraging the integration of more local, plant-based and Indigenous foods into food service operations.

While there is a growing demand for more local, plant-rich foods, many food service professionals have not yet had the experience and training to support local, plant-forward food systems. By embracing local and plant-based choices, industry professionals can help to mitigate climate change and meet the evolving preferences of a conscientious consumer base.

The SFU and Forward Food Summit: Deepening Local Roots in Food Service (Plant-Based Edition) is for local leaders committed to a greener, healthier, and more equitable future. The summit is expected to draw at least 150 food service professionals for networking, knowledge exchange and skill development.

“We are so excited to be working with Simon Fraser University to host this game-changing event,” said Riana Topan, senior manager for Forward Food. “The world is facing so many pressing problems connected to our food system, from the climate crisis and food insecurity to the rise in non-communicable diseases and the suffering of more than 92 billion land animals who are bred, kept and slaughtered for food annually. By shifting to more plant-forward menus, the food service industry has enormous potential to address many of these challenges and positively transform our food system. We are proud to be supporting SFU Roots in its goal to help B.C.’s food service operations introduce more sustainable, healthy, and compassionate offerings.”

“The Roots Initiative and the Forward Food Summit both exemplify Simon Fraser University's steadfast commitment to fostering a robust local food system in British Columbia,” said Sid Mehta, Senior Director of Ancillary Services at SFU. “These collaborative efforts are a key part of SFU’s climate action plan, to drive innovation and enhance food security. By equipping food service professionals with skills to integrate local and plant-based foods into their operations, we are not only nurturing a sustainable food system but also making strides towards a more prosperous and environmentally-responsible community.”

Industry leaders, chefs, cooks, directors, managers, dietitians, and restaurateurs will have the chance to connect, share insights and learn from leaders in their fields, fostering a community dedicated to advancing sustainable practices in the culinary world. This summit is designed to equip attendees with the knowledge and skills needed to seamlessly and successfully integrate plant-based foods into their menus.

Speakers at the summit are experts in multidisciplinary fields and will share their knowledge of the transformative power of plant-based foods. The event will serve as a platform for engaging discussions that will shape the future of sustainable dining and will include topics such as environmental sustainability and culinary innovation, along with a tradeshow featuring a dozen local industry innovators that will showcase and sample their cutting-edge plant-based products. The summit will be preceded by an exclusive plant-based culinary training session for 22 local chefs on November 1.

This event is a unique opportunity for food service professionals to explore the latest trends in the industry, connect with peers and the food processing sector, and gain ideas for implementation in their workplaces.

Event Details:

Date: November 2, 2023

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: The Diamond Family Auditorium, SFU Campus (8888 University High St, Burnaby, BC V5A 0A9)

Cost: A $10 donation to the SFU food bank

For more information: Visit our website

To register: Click here


Sydney, Australia, 31 October 2023 — TNA solutions, a market leader in integrated confectionery processing and packaging solutions, announces the addition of a third manufacturing site in Australia, at Wetherill Park, Sydney. This expansion aims to meet the burgeoning demands of the global confectionery and nutraceuticals sector.

“Our confectionery processing capabilities are continually evolving,” said Thiago Roriz, Chief Operating Officer at TNA solutions. “With our new Wetherill Park facility, we extend our ability to deliver complete solutions to our global customers efficiently and with short lead times. We understand our customers’ needs for reliability and efficiency as they cater to the ever-evolving palate and increasing demands of consumers.”

“Since acquiring NID in 2017, TNA has been updating existing technologies while retaining industry defining standards in reliability in the confectionery arena. This added manufacturing capacity ensures that customers worldwide can receive state-of-the-art solutions in a timely manner”, added Thiago. The company creates and integrates complete processing and packaging solutions, that include everything from kitchen operations, starch conditioning, mogul tray handling, de-moulding, product cleaning and finishing, to depositing, distribution, packaging, and case packing.

In today’s unpredictable environment, the security of supply is paramount. TNA’s unique offering includes comprehensive expertise and support in project management and aftermarket services. Through a global network, spread across 30 countries, the company ensures seamless access to experts, spares, and technicians, enabling customers to realize their goals, and exceed expectations.



"Tate & Lyle is a purpose-led company with a strong desire to make a positive impact on society" said Nick Hampton, Chief Executive Officer. "We are proud that our ESG performance and high level of transparency have earned us ISS's Prime rating, underscoring our commitment to acting as a responsible business in everything we do."

ISS is one of the world's leading rating agencies for corporate governance and sustainable investments. ISS ESG Corporate Ratings score companies based on an analysis of more than 100 sector-specific ESG factors. 'Prime' status is awarded to companies with an ESG performance above the sector-specific Prime threshold, which means that they fulfil ambitious absolute performance requirements. According to ISS, the Prime rating classification qualifies Tate & Lyle for responsible investment.

Tate & Lyle's ESG programme includes establishing science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable agriculture programmes for corn and stevia, and a commitment to achieve net zero by 2050. It also comprises policies for employees on areas such as equal parental leave and clear targets to measure progress on equity, diversity, and inclusion, including achieving gender equality in its top 500 leadership and management roles by 2025. Tate & Lyle is committed to contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is a signatory of the UN Global Compact.

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1 Prime rating calculated as of 20 July 2023


CALGARY - Decisive Farming by TELUS Agriculture, an innovative technology and data solutions provider, and GrainFox announced a new partnership to bring more digital grain trade and sell options to Canadian farmers, providing technology-based solutions to support the ongoing transformation of Canada’s agriculture industry. 

Between crop contracts, ever-changing market conditions, and the advice farmers get at their local elevator, the process of selling crops and finding and comparing the best grain prices can be overwhelming. GrainFox, a leading provider of digital agricultural and financial tools, delivers personalized, data-driven insights to farmers through a mobile or desktop interface. It’s a key tool for making decisions, delivering up-to-the minute marketing insights and crop sales recommendations customized to each farm business. By integrating this tool with Decisive Farming capabilities, such as Farm At Hand, all data will be accessible and optimizable so customers can cut through the clutter and make more informed decisions anytime, anywhere. 

"Currently, navigating one's way around grain markets isn’t easy and it gets more complicated as farmers get into the areas of trading futures contracts and options strategies,” said Kolby Nichol, Director at Decisive Farming. “Through this collaboration with GrainFox, we will be providing one integrated solution for our customers that is powerful yet simplified and cost effective, helping farmers spend more time on what matters most.”

This joint innovation will allow sustainable agriculture tech company Decisive Farming to continue to grow its agriculture pipeline and ensure all customers have the access to the best tools and technology to accelerate their operations, while GrainFox will be able to reach more customers and ensure its market expertise supports farmers from bin to bank.

Liz Pham, Chief Growth Officer of GrainFox, said “Through the dynamic partnership of GrainFox and Decisive Farming we're revolutionizing the agricultural industry. This collaboration harnesses cutting-edge technology and data-driven insights to empower farmers, seamlessly bridging the gap from bin to bank. Together, we're sowing the seeds of a more efficient, sustainable, and prosperous future for agriculture.”

GrainFox, no matter how large or small an operation is, can be used to create more sustainable and efficient grain trade to the farm. Customers of Decisive Farming will get access to an exclusive subscription discount.

To learn more about GrainFox and Decisive Farming services, and to sign up for GrainFox, visit


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