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Ecolab invests in Brazil R&D Center

By Stephen Daniells

Water, hygiene and energy services company Ecolab has opened its new Customer Experience Center (CEC) in the city of Campinas, São Paulo state, providing support for customers cross Latin America.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Cargill suspends business with Guatemalan palm oil supplier

By Stephen Daniells

Agri-giant Cargill has announced it has suspended sourcing palm oil from Reforestadora de Palmas del Petén, S.A (REPSA) after the Guatemalan supplier failed to meet Cargill’s sustainable palm oil policy.

From left, Edmund Ayres, Country Manager Chile, Peru & Bolivia; Mark Pollard, SrVP, Global Films SBU & Americas Region; and Andreu Gombau, Director, Sales, South America, cut the ribbon to officially open UPM Raflatac's new terminal in Santiago, Chile.   Image: UPM Raflatac

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UPM Raflatac opens new terminal in Santiago, Chile

By Stephen Daniells

UPM Raflatac, a leading supplier of pressure sensitive labeling solutions, has opened a new labelstock slitting and distribution terminal in Santiago to expand its customer reach Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Peru.

The global stevia market is expected to grow by 8.5% year-on-year and is forecast to be worth US$ 565.2 million by 2020, according to Future Market Insights. Image © Getty Images / HandmadePictures

Mexico’s COFEPRIS approves next gen stevia use

By Stephen Daniells

Mexico’s Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS), led by Julio Sánchez y Tepoz, has approved SweeGen's next-generation Reb M sweetener for use in food and beverage categories already approved for steviol glycosides.