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Folic acid fortification: The current global state of play

To date 75 countries globally have implemented mandatory fortification programmes for folic acid with the aim of preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies. Yet despite growing calls from NGOs, health...

Drop in wheat production to push down global cereal supply in 2016/17 – FAO

Global cereals supply is set to be the third highest on record in 2016/17, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), but down on last season.

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Processor-turned-manufacturer aims to grow presence in snack bar market

Food importer and processor Western Commodities is ramping up its finished products business following the debut of snack bar brand Good Full Stop.

Cargill scraps its crop inputs business in Central and Eastern Europe

Cargill is to axe its crop inputs business – comprising seeds, fertilizer and chemicals – in parts of Central and Eastern Europe.

Oreo bakers’ union files lawsuit against Mondelēz

Mondelēz International faces a court case brought by disgruntled employees at its plant in Chicago, half of whom will lose their jobs after the company shifted the factory’s Oreo production...

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Fancypants Baking eyes further growth after rebranding Crunch Cookie range

Massachusetts-based Fancypants Baking Co has redesigned its Crunch Cookies’ packaging to highlight that they are free from peanut and tree nut allergens.

Kellogg on Australia packaging row: design was changing before complaints

Kellogg has said it was in the process of changing its Australian breakfast cereal packaging before a row broke out over its use of the country’s health labeling system.

Seed mix: buyers facing peaks and troughs in seeds ingredients market

Good availability is pushing down the price of some key seed crops – but the situation isn’t so bright for buyers of sunflower seeds.

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That’s It expands line-up with Zesty flavors and new Bites snacking format

Fruit bar brand That’s It is launching two new ranges - Zesty and Bites - designed to meet the flavor and health demands of Millennials.

US wheat prices tipped to stay low despite reduction in planted area

US wheat prices have been tipped to stay down despite a fall in plantings and an expected rise in global consumption.

Ardent Mills meeting with farmers to drive organic wheat initiative

Flour milling and ingredient business Ardent Mills is hosting a series of meetings with farmers as part of its bid to double US organic wheat acres by 2019.

New microbes can increase US corn and soy yields, claims The BioAg Alliance

A microbe developed by The BioAg Alliance – a collaboration between Novozymes and Monsanto – is claimed to have increased corn yields by around four bushels per acre in US field tests.

Insurance will cover financial impact of UK storms, says flour supplier Carr's

UK milling, agriculture and engineering business Carr’s Group has said its insurance cover will mitigate the financial impact of storms that devastated parts of northern England and Scotland last month....

UK makes sustainable palm oil strides – but will it make its 100% certified target by 2015?

UK palm oil imports were 72% sustainable in 2014 – up from 55% in 2013, according to an annual progress report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Mars to source 100% of its rice sustainably

Food giant Mars has said it will sustainably source 100% of its rice by 2020.

TPP trade agreement ‘good news' for US confectioners: SUA president

The recent finalization of the Trans Pacific Partnership is good news for confectioners and sugar-using manufacturers across the US, according to Rick Pasco, president of Sweetener Users Association (SUA).

Corn yields up, price remains uncertain

Corn yields are expected to rise again, seeing record highs in many Midwestern states, for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

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Two new barley plant genes discovered

A group of international researchers have discovered two new genes in the barley plant that will shed light on the history of agriculture and also bring new capabilities to barley...

Scotland to ban GM crops: ‘GM would damage our clean, green brand’

Genetically modified (GM) crops will not be allowed in Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has announced.

Crop strains developed in ‘no time’

French grain co-operative Limagrain is using the latest gene selection techniques and advanced computer technology to speed up the development of wheat and maize varieties with characteristics that provide benefits...

EU wheat to maintain competitive edge over US

More bakers could source more EU wheat as a strengthening dollar and uncertain weather conditions in the US make prices more competitive, says a grains expert.

Limagrain and Canterra Seeds in new Canadian jv

Canadian farmers are set to benefit from access to the very latest wheat seed varieties with enhanced characteristics, following a new research joint venture (jv) known as Limagrain Cereals Research...

Rabobank: Minimal movement expected on corn and wheat prices

Manufacturers can expect a stable few months on the commodities front with no reason for corn and wheat price increases, subject to weather conditions remaining favorable, says Rabobank.

Slump in sugar prices driving down overall food prices: FAO

A sharp drop in sugar prices is the main factor behind a fall in overall global food prices, says the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Mondelēz to bear costs in wheat futures manipulation charge

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) charged Mondelēz International and Kraft Foods for manipulation and attempted manipulation of the prices of cash wheat and...

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