DuPont Nutrition & Health, New Century, Kan., is expanding its research and development (R&D) team by creating a “clean label hub” at the Brabrand, Denmark, facility. Intending to boost its project pipeline in healthy nutrition and clean-label texturant offerings, six new employees will join the existing team to focus on both ingredient and process development, the company says. The hub will feature experts with backgrounds in clean label and sustainability, it adds.

TIC Gums, White Marsh, Md., has added 13 Non-GMO Project Verified seals to ingredients in their existing portfolio, including acacia, gellan gum and guar products. Courtney Pineau, associate director at the Non-GMO Project said in a statement, “The Non-GMO Project applauds the achievements of TIC Gums in verifying a variety of its products and their commitment to providing consumers a transparent choice in the marketplace.” With the addition of 13 new Non-GMO Project Verified seals, TIC Gums now offers 18 products that carry the seal.

Roquette, La Madeleine, France, has completed the acquisition of Sethness Products Co., Skokie, Ill. Operations and businesses of both companies will be run independently. Sethness is a leader in the production of high-quality caramel color for food and beverage sectors with manufacturing facilities in the United States, France, India and China. This acquisition will reinforce Roquette’s position as a leading player in these markets and further drive value for its customers, it says.

Corbion, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has achieved a gold rating in its latest Ecovadis assessment. The independent review put Corbion in the Top 3 percent of all suppliers audited worldwide across a wide range of industries, it says. Ecovadis evaluated Corbion’s policies, actions and results across all its production facilities worldwide, and the company scored highly in the areas of environment and labor practices, it explains.

Flavorchem Corp., Downers Grove, Ill., offers a line of clean-label extracts which are derived from wholesome sources, using only the cleanest methods of processing for a true-to-nature flavor, the company says. Because there are no federal regulations defining clean-label ingredients, Flavorchem follows standards set by industry leaders in foodservice and retail. These standards include, but are not limited to, no artificial ingredients, no synthetic chemicals, propylene glycol (PG) free, caramel color free, Prop 65 free, natural/natural WONF, Non-GMO Project Verified, and organic compliant/certified.

Northbrook, Ill.-based Bell Flavors and Fragrances hired Ron Stark as the company’s new president and chief operating officer.

New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) announced that it has received antitrust clearance from all relevant antitrust authorities around the world, and all applicable antitrust and competition laws have been satisfied. “We are pleased that we’ve received our final antitrust clearance from Russia to proceed with our combination with Frutarom,” said IFF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andreas Fibig, in a statement. “Building on our strong momentum — having obtained Frutarom shareholder approval and receiving all relevant antitrust clearance — we continue to make significant progress in our integration planning. With great execution from our teams, we are on-track to close the transaction in early October, ahead of our original expectation.”

B&D Nutritional Ingredients (B&D), Carlsbad, Calif., named Don Nardini as the company’s new director of sales.

Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Fort Collins, Colo.-based Rodelle Inc., an originator, processor and supplier of vanilla products. Rodelle also sells non-vanilla products, including flavorings, extracts, spice blends and organic spices. Its sales last year were $40 million, the company says.

In a blog post, iTi Tropicals, Lawrenceville, N.J., touted the benefits of using coconut water to support research and development application growth. Available to read at, the article states that coconut water can help lower calories in 100 percent juice blends and can be used with applications beyond juice products.