Barry Callebaut to use segregated certified palm oil
Leading cocoa and chocolate products manufacturer, Barry Callebaut, announced on 23 February that it would use fully segregated certified sustainable palm oil for compounds and fillings in all its European factories starting from January.
Brazil increases ethanol blend as sugarcane output grows
The Brazilian government has published an official notice that the mandatory blend level for anhydrous ethanol into gasoline will be increased from 20% to 25% from 1 May.
EC fails to ban pesticide linked to decline in bees
A European Commission (EC) attempt to ban neonicotinoid pesticides, due to their alleged harmful links to bees, failed on 15 March because EU member states failed to reach a majority vote.
Vopak expands at Vlaardingen
The first of 52 new tanks which are part of Vopak’s expansion of its liquid tank storage terminal at Vlaardingen, The Netherlands, arrived at the company’s quayside in February.
EPA fans flames with latest standard for cellulosic biofuels
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its renewable fuel standards for 2013 at the end of January.
Heinz sold off in US$28bn takeover
Investment guru Warren Buffet – known as the world’s most successful investor – has teamed up with private equity firm 3G Capital to buy H J Heinz Co for US$28bn in one of the biggest food acquisitions ever.
The maker of Heinz baked beans and ketchup also produces other iconic brands such as Heinz mayonnaise, Ore-Ida french fries, Weight Watchers SmartOnes meals and Classico pasta sauce.
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