www.foodtechnology.co.nz 29 INGREDIENT NEWS BRITAIN A new ingredient developed by scientists in Scotland could mean that you’ll never have to suffer from melting icecreams again. A naturally occurring protein called BsIA can be used to create icecream that stays frozen for longer in hot weather, meaning products could be made with lower levels of saturated fat and fewer calories. It should be available in five years. UNITED STATES Starbucks has announced a reformulated version of the popular drink ‘pumpkin spice latte’, which will include real pumpkin ahead of its autumn launch this year, following criticism from food blogger Food Babe about a lack of transparency around the drink’s ingredients. SOUTH AFRICA The US Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Nestle SA, the world’s largest food maker, and two other companies to throw out a lawsuit involving their alleged use of child slaves in harvesting cocoa on the Ivory Coast. The companies have also offered financial and technical assistance to local farmers in a bid to guarantee the cheapest source of cocoa, prosecutors say. ITALY Health chiefs have taken a tough stance on the use of activated charcoal in baked goods, banning bakers from describing such products as bread and clamping down on health claims. Black bread, or pane con carbone vegetale, will be covered by new guidelines on production and marketing. Known as E153 Carbon Black, the additive is approved for use in food in New Zealand. GERMANY A new translucent gum coating involving a sugar replacer called ISOMALT developed by BENEO will provide manufacturers the chance to create attractive chewing gum products that are translucent and shiny, multi-coloured or crunchy, using print and sparkle effects. ASIA A bit sick of the usual McDonald’s offerings? Then go to Asia. Menus there reportedly include green tea and red bean icecream sundaes, samarai pork burgers, seaweed seasoned fries, McRice, McSpaghetti and Filet’o’Shrimp . A firm favourite, however, must be Indonesia’s Bubur Ayan, chicken strips in thick porridge with vegetables. AUSTRALIA Snap-frozen smashed egg product in a free-flowing format similar to frozen peas is a new innovation by Sunny Queen. The company pre-cooks and freezes egg without seasoning, mayonnaise, sauces or preservatives, which is ready to thaw and use in minutes. HERE AND AWAY What’s been going on in the world of food and beverage? NZ Food Technology takes a round-the-globe look at the latest stories coming out of Europe, Africa, the United States, Australia and Asia this month.
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