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Trump and pope put potica’s political popularity centrestage

An exchange between Melania Trump and Pope Francis is not the first time the Eastern European cake has made it to the political podium.

AGRANA Fruit expands into India through acquisition

Austrian fruit ingredient company AGRANA Fruit, part of the AGRANA Group, has acquired a fruit processing plant from the Indian company Sai Krupa Fruit Processing Pvt. Ltd.

Rising butter price stirs up discontent in bakery and pastry sector

The price of butter has risen sharply in the past year raising concern in the bakery and pastry sector globally.

OmegaIngredients launches sweetening flavour modifier in powder form

OmegaIngredients' "smarter than a sweetener" flavour modifier in powder form allows manufacturers to shift sugar reduction efforts beyond beverages to cakes, biscuits and ice cream, it says.

French yeast giant Lesaffre establishes APAC hub in Singapore

Lesaffre, a 164-year-old French company specialising in yeast and fermentation products, has officially opened its regional expertise hub in Singapore, consolidating its different APAC business streams.

Univar to bring Bunge lecithin range to Europe

Bunge has partnered with ingredient distributor Univar to bring its lecithin brand BungeMaxx to Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Unicorn Ingredients offers gluten-free guarantee with its seeds for bakers

Unicorn Ingredients has unveiled its latest range of seeds, which meet the growing demand for gluten-free and nutritionally beneficial additives.

Real Bread Campaign urges Defra to regulate UK bread sector

The Real Bread Campaign has called on the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to enact legislation requiring manufacturers to list all ingredients, including processing aids.

Against the Grain: Food Waste

Too good to throw away

Innovative snack start-ups are proving there’s no reason for the world to continue wasting 1.6bn tons of food valued at almost $1 trillion yearly.

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Fresh bread following craft beer’s trajectory, says Novozymes

Danish biotech firm Novozymes AS is investing in R&D to help meet changing consumer demands for bread with immediate freshness and low carbs.

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Sainsbury’s removes a number of Houmous products after complaints over the taste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has temporarily removed a number of Houmous products from its stores due to a ‘taste issue’.

RSPO issues first ever RSPO Next palm oil certification

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has issued its first RSPO Next certification, a stricter voluntary add-on, to Colombian-based agribusiness Daabon Group.

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Manning Impex ups Asian offering for UK market with seaweed snacks

UK-based importer and distributor Manning Impex has added Tao Kae Noi seaweed snacks to its Asian snack portfolio.

Pecan Deluxe Candy adds cheesecake bits to its inclusions portfolio

Inclusions supplier Pecan Deluxe Candy has developed cheesecake pieces that can be added in bakery applications, such as brownies, muffins and cookies.

Perfetti Van Melle’s JV with Greencore to launch Chupa Chups cake

Italian-Dutch confectionery manufacturer Perfetti Van Melle has partnered with Irish convenience food giant Greencore to produce a cake under lollipop brand Chupa Chups.

Acacia gum improves texture and shelf-life of bread, says supplier

Adding between one and 3% of acacia gum to either gluten-free or white bread can improve softness and extend shelf-life, according to French supplier Alland & Robert.

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Calbee, Koike-ya halt snack production amid Japan's potato shortage

Inclement weather has led to Japan’s smallest harvest of potatoes since 1983, prompting the country’s snack giants to stop production of several potato snacks.

The Cornish Bakery puts a meaty twist on Easter

The Cornish Bakery has created the world’s first Cornish Pasty Easter Egg.

Snaxpo 2017

Ingredion introduces new texturizers for baked chips

The Illinois-based ingredient supplier has released several texturizer proptotypes that will enhance the taste and texture of baked potato and tortilla chips.

Mr Trotter: British pride secures listings on high street

Matthew Fort and Tom Parker Bowles received “an overwhelmingly positive response” from the moment they launched Mr Trotter’s Great British Pork Crackling onto the UK market in 2011.

Pulses are popular but don't stop investing in consumer awareness, say researchers

The Year of the Pulse may be over but pulses are still a trending ingredient, although industry needs to invest in greater consumer awareness if it is to benefit from the...

Snaxpo 2017

Ideal Snacks introduces probiotics to air-popped snacks and suggests big CPG brands do the same

A stronger focus on gut health is pushing manufacturers to add probiotics to their snacks, but the larger CPG companies are struggling to keep up with the trend, the company...

Barry Callebaut-owned Mona Lisa brand ups cocoa sustainability by joining Horizons

Barry Callebaut is one step closer to its goal of sourcing fully sustainable cocoa by 2025 as its chocolate cups and decorations making subsidiary, Mona Lisa, has joined the Cocoa...

Snaxpo 2017

Kraft Food Ingredients ups clean label portfolio with dairy-based snacking prototypes

Kraft Food Ingredients (KFI) said the Kraft Heinz merger is a definite advantage in developing novel clean label snacks.

Almarai, ADM ‘preparing bid’ for Saudi milling monopoly sell-off

Almarai is rumoured to be among the companies in line to bid for Saudi Grains Organisation’s milling monopoly.

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