From riches to rags and back again. Any company which experiences hard times requires four key ingredients to recover: courage, strong leadership, top-quality products and a ready market for those wares. Pomurske mlekarne d.d., a dairy in Slovenia with a 70-year history, experienced just such a situation but has bounced back in an incredibly short period of time to become a successful supplier of pure and natural milk-based treasures once again.
Food & Drinks
Growing conditions for fruit and vegetables vary dramatically from one region to the next as unique climate conditions, soil quality and pest presence all contribute to the success or failure of the harvest. GSN Semences SAS is a specialist French seed company that offers farmers a full selection of seeds bred specifically to thrive under a variety of conditions. As the effects of climate change alter growing conditions worldwide, its work can only grow in importance.
Ancient India is the home of the “knowledge of life” – in short: Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the foundation of a holistic yogic lifestyle which enables people to live in a happy, healthy, and conscious way. The spiritual Sikh Dharma community, which used to live in an Indian ashram, followed this Ayurvedic lifestyle. To earn a living and support the community, members started selling the tea they brewed and drank after their yoga lessons. In the late 1960s, Yogi Bhajan, a master of Kundalini Yoga, brought this knowledge to the West and laid the foundation for today’s Yogi Tea Company.
It takes an extra portion of perseverance to achieve the seemingly impossible. Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH in Rheinbreitbach, Germany, had this perseverance – and succeeded. The company, which was founded in 2005, decided to focus on the commercial development of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), rare sugars found only in human milk and which promise a range of health benefits. Since then, the German enterprise has developed a range of new and exciting products for use as active food ingredients or R&D reagents.
Quality control in the food industry is of the utmost importance. Consumers are increasingly demanding that food be not only economical but also healthy, tasty and safe. For this reason, Raytec Vision SpA in Parma develops and manufactures innovative sorting and inspection machines for raw materials such as tomatoes and potatoes as well as processed products such as lettuce and diced fruit. The company sets new benchmarks on a regular basis and is convinced that even the smallest detail can make huge difference.
When sitting down to a delicious fish dinner, one seldom considers the steps needed in order for the fish to end up on the plate. The people behind Valle Ca’ Zuliani Società Agricola SRL have been contributing to an important part of this process with its family-owned fish hatchery and breeding facilities. Since 1982, the Italian company has been a valuable source of fry (juvenile fish) both to the area around its headquarters near Venice, as well as internationally.
Coffee is the world’s favourite hot beverage. Enjoyed for its flavour and properties as a stimulant for hundreds of years, it continues to reinvent itself for new generations as new trends come to the fore. Today, the role of the coffee roaster has never been more important as consumers demand an ever-greater variety of choice in the coffee they drink. From mild roasts to intensely flavoured espresso, there is a roast to suit every mood. One of the largest coffee roasters in Europe is UCC Coffee Benelux BV in Bolsward in the Netherlands. It has been experiencing strong growth in recent years also thanks to the trend for single portion coffee-making.
Citrus fruits flourish in the warm, sunny climate of Southern Europe. For consumers in the cooler north, drinking orange juice is like drinking in the sun. Most fruit juice sold in supermarkets is made from concentrated juice to which water has been added. By concentrating the juice, it is possible to greatly reduce its volume and therefore transportation costs. With a daily production volume of up to 70 t, one of the leading Italian producers of concentrated fruit juices is Agrumaria Reggina S.r.l.
It is the delicious pizza in the small pizzeria, the tasty sandwich from the local deli and the crunchy salad at the canteen’s salad bar – cheese is consumed in many varieties, forms and sizes. No wonder that the demand for block, grated and sliced cheese is rising. Tippagral SAS, which specializes in cheese transformation, has benefited from changing eating habits and has experienced rapid growth recently. Its customized grates, cuts and sizes are increasingly popular with B2B customers.
No get-together or meeting of any kind is complete without a drink. Beers, wines, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks are made to be enjoyed, and we all have our favourites. Family concern Spendrups Bryggeri AB has been tempting Swedish tastes with its comprehensive portfolio of beers and other beverages for the past 100 years.
Worldwide, there are hundreds of different tea varieties, each with its own characteristics, taste and health benefi ts. They are generally categorized into black teas, green teas, white teas, Chai teas, Oolong teas, Rooibos teas, herbal teas and tea blends. In Austria, the place to go for all tea lovers is Tea & Co Handelsges.m.b.H., which runs two stores in the Mozart city of Salzburg. For all other tea connoisseurs, the company offers a worldwide delivery service.
Modern farming is a challenge. On the one hand, you have to ensure a healthy and ethical life for your animals and conform to environmental regulations. On the other hand, you have to use modern technologies and machines in order to ensure efficiency and profitability. Sermap SAS, based in France, is a specialist in livestock farming equipment. Following an integrated solution approach, the company recently introduced a new methanation method.
In an era of hectic lives, time has become a sacred commodity. For many years, people turned to fast food and ready-made meals to compensate for the time crunch, but today they want to return to the unadulterated flavour of home-cooked dishes made without additives or preservatives. Cooking from scratch is sinfully labourious, however, leaving consumers with a feeling of choosing between time and taste. Saint Jean, based in the Rhône-Alpes region of France, manages to bring together home cooking and time efficiency. Its ready-to-cook French food favourites save consumers time while offering flavour that is nothing less than divine.