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‘Important changes’ as gluten-free label laws move under FIC

Rules on gluten-free labeling have been published under the EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation, and there are some important changes for the future, says the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS).

Ending the lockout is 'just and proper' rules judge

US district judge orders Kellogg to cease Memphis lockout

A US district judge finds Kellogg guilty of unfair labor practices and grants an injunction to force an end to its Memphis lockout, nine months on.

Optimizing bakery production: Modified genetic algorithm most ‘promising method’

Using a modified genetic algorithm (MGA) to design scheduling plans in an industrial bakery can save costs and resources, scientists say.

Australia

Victorian grains to reap long-term research benefits

Grain growers in the state of Victoria will benefit from a new five year agreement that will increase research and development in their industry, according to the Australian agriculture minister.

ADM to pay $430,000 settlement for violations

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $430,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at five large oil storage facilities.

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Kraft: 'We have to unlearn what we believed to work in the past'

The food industry is caught up in a promotional trap, says Kraft CEO: ‘All of us have to realize it’s not the long-term way to run a business’ from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Trade spending is not delivering in the way that it used to, and if the food industry wants to deliver profitable growth, it needs to reallocate resources into bigger and better innovations and brand-building - which “requires discipline”, says Kraft Foods Group boss Tony Vernon.

Patent watch

Watertight idea? Mars files patent for multi-texture caramel from ConfectioneryNews.com

Mars has filed a patent for ‘multi-texture’ caramel products, using a method that prevents moisture migration from caramel to crispy components without the need for a fat-based moisture barrier.

Genetic appeal: Brain responses to food cues may vary based on DNA from FoodNavigator.com

People with a common genetic mutation linked to obesity respond differently to pictures of appetising foods than overweight or obese people who do not have the genetic mutation, according to new research.

US and Mexico align on produce safety from FoodProductionDaily.com

Food safety officials from the US and Mexico have announced plans to unite on increasing the safety of fresh and minimally processed foods.

Spotlight

Bread innovation needed amid carb, additive backlash: Mintel

Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Stephanie Pauk and Pam Yates

Analysts, Mintel

Dietetic bakery products ‘easily attainable’: Review

Dietetic products an ‘easily attainable’ goal for bakers: Review

Baked goods that meet specific nutrient needs, food intolerances or strict diets and still taste good are...

Garuda International B-CAN: Business to be bolstered by big players

Garuda International: We’ll ride the coattails of bigger oat beta-glucan players

The oat beta-glucan industry is tough as prices remain too high for most manufacturers, but as bigger...

Pecan Innovation Center pushes pecan potential beyond pies

Pecans: America's forgotten nut?

Pecans are not top of mind for US manufacturers and ingredient players but the antioxidant-rich nuts can...

General Mills revamps climate change policy; Oxfam praises

Oxfam praises ‘bold’ climate change move from General Mills

Following a damning report published by Oxfam in May, General Mills has revamped its climate change plan;...

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