July 1, 2004
Cargill Inc. announced that it is selling its Brazilian juice operations, which include four citrus production farms, two processing plants, fruit supply agreements and related assets, to two Brazilian companies — Citrosuco and Cutrale — in separate transactions. Cargill plans to continue to serve its worldwide juice customers with Brazilian-origin citrus products from Citrosuco and Cutrale — all parties have agreed to honor the supply agreements with the fruit suppliers. The company says this repositioning will allow Cargill to strengthen and expand its presence in the global market for value-added juices and beverages.
California Custom Fruits and Flavors, Irwindale, Calif., announced that Jack Miller came on board as director of operations. In this position, Miller will oversee manufacturing, quality assurance and warehousing, helping California Custom Fruits and Flavors with its recent expansion.
Nutrinova, the patent holder of acesulfame K (Ace K), said that it reached a settlement with Kaltron Pettibon, which was allegedly infringing on its patent by importing and selling into the United States Ace K that was made in China. Kaltron Pettibon has agreed to stop importing and selling Ace K manufactured by the Chinese supplier. Zhangjiagang Hope Chemicals Co. Ltd. and any other Ace K known to be made by a process that infringes on Nutrinova’s U.S. patent.
U.S. Flavors & Fragrances, Wauconda, Ill., announced the sale of its fragrance business to Orchidia, a wholly owned subsidiary of FlavorChem. The sale of its flavor business positions USF&F to focus on continued expansion in the flavor markets that it serves. To service its growing flavor business, USF&F also expanded its facility this year with construction of new applications and flavor creation labs and increased manufacturing capacity.