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COVID-19 Update #4, for Customers & Distributors: March 27, 2020

Dear valued customers:

We are glad to inform you that we operate normally and are in contact with our suppliers regularly. We do not face major operational problems except for minor shipping delays due to container shortage and until now our raw material deliveries have not been significantly affected.

As an important part of the supply chain of the food industry, we are happy to confirm that we have been identified as an ‘essential business’ by the Swiss government agency for the Covid-19 crisis. We, therefore, will continue to operate during the lockdown while trying to minimize the impact of outside and out-of-our-control influences.

We will inform you immediately if the situation changes or problems are to be expected.

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Locust Bean Gum – Market Update March 2020

Unipektin Ingredients AG as your supplier and partner feels obliged to keep their customers informed about critical developments affecting the supply situation so that together we can make informed decisions and find the right solution for you.

Since our last market update from January 2020, the raw material prices have increased again and are now on a historically high level. This is paired with an increasing and very high demand for LBG if not most hydrocolloids which could well be co-caused by the Covid-19 pandemic as IMR in their latest Hydrocolloid Tidbits suspect….

…”we find ourselves wondering how the global catastrophe of Covid-19 will impact the world of hydrocolloids. Will people consume more prepared foods or spend more of the home quarantine time in the kitchen preparing home cooked food? Will they consume more indulgent foods like ice cream, sweets, snacks all of which are key hydrocolloid applications? Will there be a stronger trend away from animal products or the reverse? Will organic, GMO free, clean label become less relevant in this life or death Covid world? One of the least affected food sectors may well be pet food. Pets do not eat much in restaurants or drink in bars. Undoubtedly there has been a spike in demand for all forms of non-perishable foods, pasta, canned and frozen goods. Many if not all supermarket shelves are sparse or bare of these types of food. Hydrocolloid suppliers are seeing a spike in demand if for no other reason than inventory building. It is not the production and availability of hydrocolloids that is the bottleneck. It is transportation, financial liquidity and cross-border restrictions that are is causing the most trouble. Some countries, Hungary for one, have closed borders to human traffic but the net result has been a halt also to commercial traffic. Heightening US/China trade and diplomatic tensions will not help.”

Our prediction for the short-term LBG market situation is that there is no easement in price to be expected for the next 6 months. Demand for LBG / VIDOGUM L has soared which forces us to carefully plan and sometimes even restrict the quantity of our sales. This, however, is only caused by production capacity limits and not by a shortage of raw material. Availability of VIDOGUM L is secured, our factory runs at full capacity and will do so for the foreseeable future.

Now would probably a good time to consider switching to alternative recipes based on VIDOGUM L combined with other gums. UPI has successfully developed and introduced such systems during the past price peaks and optimized them further in light of the expected market development. These products can give the LBG users a valid technical and commercial option, reducing their dependence to LBG.

  • VIDOGUM LS series: LBG + neutral flavour guar gum, specifically developed and standardized for dairy applications.
  • VIDOGUM LB series: LBG + tara gum, for various applications.
  • VIDOGUM SP: tara gum with similar viscosity like VIDOGUM L.

If you are interested to discuss the current Market Update and our recommendations, please contact Ulrich Zuber by email or call +41 52 742 3148

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COVID-19 Update #3, for Customers, Distributors, Employees: March 18, 2020

UNIPEKTIN is Prioritising Health:
We acknowledge the increasing threat posed by the growing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus and we are taking measures to mitigate the potential risk of transmission to our employees and our customers. We follow the evolution of the situation globally and adapt our procedures and the functioning of our company as and when decisions are announced by the Government.

Today, our actions target the minimization of the risk of transmission to ensure that our employees and customers are safe. We have made a temporary supplement to our operational regulations for the Eschenz site, limiting the number of persons allowed simultaneously in the canteen, at the coffee machine, the smoker room etc. We also have changed the table layout in the canteen to separate single tables with only one person allowed per table.

We are limiting visitors and postponing non-urgent meetings at our offices and we recommend teleconference or video conference meetings wherever possible. Any non-essential business meetings that cannot be rescheduled as virtual sessions should be held off-site or postponed until further notice. Any approved business-critical visitor must be asked by phone or email in advance to ensure certain risk factors are eliminated. They must answer NO to all of the below questions and visit our office the same day or the following day.

  • Any symptoms of illness e.g. fever, mild cough or respiratory sickness?
  • International travel the past 14 days?
  • Attendance at any large-group event the past 14 days?
  • Associated with any person that has the virus or any business that has been closed due to a person with the virus?
  • Any contact to person who would answer yes to the above questions?

We are operating as usual and until further notice. Some of our employees work remotely.  We will keep you informed regarding the situation as it evolves.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

COVID-19 Update for Customers and Distributors #2, March 13, 2020

To our valued customers

One of our major logistics service providers and freight companies have informed us that presently, all transports in Denmark have come to a standstill and in Italy, disruptions have to be expected in freight transport. Besides Italy and Poland now Denmark closed all schools, kinder gardens and public offices for the next 14 days, with further measures to be expected regards public transport limitations. Our logistics provider were asked not to organize any more transports to Denmark for the time being. We will monitor the situation closely and post an update when we know more.

VIDOFIBRES BF and Carob Protein VIDOGUM PRO as source of Fibre and Protein in Cookies and Biscuits

PROTEIN FOODS AND NUTRITION DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION OF INDIA (PFNDAI)– Bulletin February 2020 – an article from Lars Erik Hansson, Product Manager Nutritional Fibres at UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG

Locust Bean Gum Market Update January 2020

Unipektin Ingredients AG as your supplier and partner feels obliged to keep their customers informed about critical developments affecting the supply situation so that together we can make informed decisions and find the right solution for you.

Since our last market update from November 2019 the raw material situation has changed rapidly and deteriorated significantly. These very recent developments make it necessary to release a new update with our now different views of the outlook in the LBG market.

The Market Update can be downloaded via this link

If you are interested to discuss the current Market Update and our recommendations, please contact Ulrich Zuber or +41 52 742 3148

FIE Paris Day 3 Report

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This report (extract of the report see below) is kindly provided by IMR INTERNATIONAL Hydrocolloid Information Center , Publisher of The Quarterly Review of Food Hydrocolloids.

Day 3 attendance was not as terrible as predicted but certainly a poor return on investment for most exhibitors. Not to mention the attendees that purchased only a one day pass. Attendance was way below even the normally expected poor attendance on the last day. By 2:30-3:00pm most attendees had started to leave and many exhibitors had started to pack up. For those that decided to brave public transport, they were pleasantly surprised. Metro and RER service was available if sporadic and with longer than usual wait times.

In terms of hydrocolloid relevance, visits and interviews conducted during day 3 confirmed the craze over plant based food identified during days 1 & 2. A deja vu of the ‘low fat, no fat craze’ of years gone by. A lemming mentality headed for an inevitable correction.

Of all the marketing and promotional effort expended during shows like the FIE, it is amazing how little is targeted at the most important decision maker, the consumer. A case of ‘out of sight out of mind’. IMR’s saying:- “The Perception of the Consumer is the Reality of the Producer”