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Barentz establishes JV with Tovani Benzaquen Ingredients in Brazil

By Stephen Daniells

Continuing its expansion across Latin America, Barentz International has established a joint venture with Sao Paulo-based Tovani Benzaquen Ingredients. The JV marks Barentz’s first real entrance into the Brazilian market.

Nestlé Brazil organic oats launch, organic supply chain focus

Nestlé Brazil: 'We believe in the organic segment'

By Kacey Culliney

Nestlé Brazil is venturing into organics with a line of certified oats, marking the start of a wider plan the food giant has to develop the organic supply chain in the country.

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Sensient acquires natural color business from GlobeNatural

By Stephen Daniells

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Sensient Technologies completed its acquisition of the natural color business of Lima, Peru-based GlobeNatural. The new entity will operate as Sensient Natural Colors Peru S.A.C.

In 1975, 19% of Brazilian men and 29% of women were overweight: In 2014, those numbers had risen to 54% and 48%, respectively. Image: © Getty Images / Ljupco

Myrtaceae fruit extracts show anti-obesity potential: Study

By Stephen Daniells

Polyphenol extracts from four Myrtaceae species native to Brazil may exert potential anti-obesity effects and protect against obesity-related complications, according to scientists at the University of São Paulo.

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Mexico blue: Researchers develop antioxidant-rich maize dough

By Kacey Culliney

Mexico's National Institute for Forest, Agriculture and Livestock Research (INIFAP) has developed a blue dough from native maize varieties that it says contains up to twice the amount of antioxidants than traditional maize dough.

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Naturex hopes to double LATAM business by 2020

By Kacey Culliney

Naturex has expanded its regional application network with two laboratories in Latin America that it hopes will spur growth and deepen presence in the region.

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Canada-Mercosur exploratory talks hailed as positive

By Stephen Daniells

Exploratory talks on a comprehensive free trade agreement between the Mercosur trade bloc and Canada have concluded on a positive note, opening Canada up to potential reduce tariffs for many of Mercosur’s exports.

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Cracking the baru nut market

By Sorrel Moseley-Williams

Possessing an enviable array of nutrients, an exotic Brazilian heritage and the ‘superfood’ moniker, the relatively unknown baru nut’s future looks promising.

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