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General Mills launches 150 products inspired by food trends

General Mills introduces a range of 150 products across the U.S inspired by leading consumer food trends: protein, bold flavors, gluten free, indulgence and whole grain.

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AAK acquires Colombian bakery fats firm FANAGRA

Swedish-Danish oils and fats giant AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) has acquired Colombian company Fabrica Nacional de Grasas (FANAGRA), which specializes in vegetable oils and fats for the bakery segment.

Chia seed, tartary buckwheat gluten-free bread ticks nutritional boxes: Research

Gluten-free bread made with omega-3 and flavonoid-rich chia seed and tartary buckwheat flour has 12 times greater alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) content and 75% greater total antioxidant capacity than wheat bread, according to researchers.

Crumbs' closure could spell trouble for the cupcake category

The death of the cupcake?

The struggling retail cupcake chain Crumbs Bake Shop closed its doors for good this week as it mulls filing for bankruptcy. Analysts from market research firm NPD Group weigh in on what went wrong, and whether this signals the end of the cupcake’s reign.

2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries sale offers staff hope

The sale of 2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries site has offered hope to workers who faced losing their jobs because of its previously announced closure, although concerns remain about its future.

Campbell Soup launches SpaghettiOs snack attack

The company has launched MicrOs, a sized-down version its heat-and-eat pasta, in single-serve snack packaging.

Sugar prices to blame for ABF's poor sugar revenues

Associated British Foods (ABF) has blamed lower sugar prices and weak EU sales volumes for its poor sugar revenues in an interim management statement today (July 10).

IFT 2014

Continental Carbonic freezes food contaminants with dry ice

By eliminating water from the cleaning process, the company's dry-ice blasting technology avoids downtime and reduces the risk of harmful bacterial growth.

Aim high: Dynamic launches vertical food-grade conveyor

The vertical DynaClean Z conveyor is geared toward food operations needing to move product over significant heights.

Bread measurement boosted by Stable Micro Systems

Stable Micro Systems has added calculations to its non-contact laser-based volume measurement instrument to respond to industry needs.

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Unilever sells Slim Fast to private equity firm Kainos Capital for undisclosed sum from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Unilever has sold its Slim Fast weight management brand to private equity firm Kainos Capital, but will retain a minority stake in the business. 

UK political party rules out sugar or fat tax, but takes aim at advergames from FoodNavigator.com

The UK Labour party will has ruled out the possibility of taxes on sugar or fat, but will take aim at marketing to children and online advergames, says shadow Public Health Minister Luciana Berger.

'We have seen complex cocktails in feedstuffs' - EU feed safety expert says mycotoxin legislation not strong enough from FeedNavigator.com

Mycotoxins pose the greatest threat to animal productivity and need greater legislative focus, says a professor who has led an EU funded project evaluating emerging risks in the animal feed sector.

Fat is back in fashion, suggest analysts from FoodNavigator.com

Data indicates that sales of fatty foods such as butter are rising as consumers focus on limiting sugar and increasing protein in their diet, says Euromonitor International.

Dark chocolate can help people walk: Study from ConfectioneryNews.com

Researchers claim that dark chocolate could improve the walking ability of peripheral artery disease patients.

Brazil factory ready for commercialization in September

Tetra Pak completes €65m packaging plant upgrade from FoodProductionDaily.com

Tetra Pak has completed a €65m upgrade for its packaging material plant in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, which will be ready for commercialization in September.

Wanted: food and drink manufacturing heroes from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Wanted: manufacturing heroes worthy of awards stardom, to win the food and drink manufacturing industry's Oscars.

New Zealand

Cities with fluoridated water see half the tooth decay among kids from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Children who live in New Zealand cities where fluoride is not added to the water supply have up to 95% more tooth decay than those where fluoridation is the norm.

Spotlight

Gluten-free kids food huge opportunity: Mintel

Brands should eye up children’s gluten-free: Mintel

The market for gluten-free children’s food will be a big area for growth, predicts market research firm...

Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could discourage fortification, DSM
Dispatches from IFT 2014

DSM: Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could discourage fortification

Proposals to shift focus to vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium on the US FDA’s Nutrition Facts...

Stevia in bakery: More R&D needed, says Sweet Leaf
Dispatches from IFT 2014

Sweet Leaf science chief: Baking with stevia needs much more R&D

Stevia in bakery faces huge technical hurdles given baking temperatures and duration and it’s an area that...

Fortified foods vs naturally healthy: IFIC says consumers like both

Fortified foods vs naturally functional: Consumers consider both ‘worthwhile’, says IFIC

Consumers are open to fortified foods just as much as those that contain naturally occurring functional ingredients,...

Acrylamide opinion ESA to seek clearer categorization

ESA on acrylamide safety concerns: 'We’ll be seeking clarity and clear categorization'

The European Snack Association (ESA) says it welcomes EFSA’s recent draft opinion on acrylamide in food, but...

Fazer closes Hyvinkää and Ulvila bakeries

Fazer closes 2 factories in industrial to in-store shift

Finnish firm Fazer has announced the closure of two of its bakeries – a move it said...

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