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Bimbo Bakeries USA soccer sponsorship will cash in on World Cup fever

Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) has renewed its multi-year soccer jersey sponsorship with Philadelphia Union in a deal rumored to be more than $11m.

Actioning environmental pledges: Strategic engagement with suppliers critical, says procurement expert

Strategic partnerships with ingredients suppliers, not simple vendor contracts, will prove critical to the success of environmental programs like carbon emission reductions and sustainable sourcing, says a procurement expert.

More than 800 job cuts proposed at bakery plants

More than 800 job cuts have been proposed at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery and Avana Bakeries, previously owned by 2 Sisters and now owned by Utopia Foods.

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Gut feelings: Researchers suggest microbiota may manipulate eating behaviours from FoodNavigator.com

The link between our microbiota and health and behaviour may go as far as playing a role in the foods we crave, and could be controlled by modifying our gut bacteria speak to us, suggest researchers. 

Confectioners rally against traffic light label proposals in France from ConfectioneryNews.com

Europe’s confectionery association Caobisco has backed French chocolatiers in blocking proposals for traffic light labels on food products in France.

Insight

Human rights due diligence is part of the cost of business in SE Asia from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Recently, it seems that not a week goes by without a lead story in the English-language press raising serious concerns about the adverse impact of some food and beverage companies on their workers, surrounding communities or on the environment.

Eating fish weekly may prevent brain ageing regardless of omega-3 content: Study from NutraIngredients.com

Eating baked or broiled fish once a week may prevent age-related grey matter loss, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains, according to an American study.

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Datassential menutrends: Time important at breakfast

Datassential: Time focus needed in ‘dynamic’ breakfast landscape

Packaged, eat-at-home breakfasts remain the US favorite, but as restaurant competition rises manufacturers must make options easier...

USDA WASDE report: Record global wheat crop
COMMODITY REPORTS: USDA

USDA forecasts record global wheat crop

The USDA has said global wheat supplies for 2014/15 will hit record highs, which is good news...

Hot cereal trends: Fruit & veg and energy

Consumers want fruit & veg servings in hot cereal

US consumers are looking for energy-dense hot cereals that provide a full serving of fruit or veg,...

Fria expands into Ireland

Fria expands into Ireland

Scandinavian frozen free-from player Fria expands into Ireland as part of its ongoing European growth strategy.

Kettle Chips 'reduced fat' lawsuit to continue

Kettle’s ‘reduced fat’ chip lawsuit to continue

Diamond Foods has been granted partial dismissal on claims made against its use of ‘reduced fat’ messaging...

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