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Irish salt slashing campaign focuses on bread

Bread has been highlighted as the biggest single source of excess salt intake in Ireland, according to the country's Food Safety Authority, which is now stepping up the pressure on...

Warburtons banking on bread market growth

UK family-baker Warburtons is gambling more than most on the growth of the UK bread market, having doubled output in Scotland and started building Europe's biggest bakery in Yorkshire -...

War in trans fats spears new product development

The battle for market share in the growing zero trans fats oil marketplace has gathered pace after a small US co-operative joined the large commercial players by rolling out its...

Healthy eating plans under UK regulator's scrutiny

The UK's competition watchdog has moved to calm a potential storm between the government and the food and drink industry after warning an industry association that new goals for healthier...

Omega-3s fuel product innovation

Food companies around Europe are adding heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids to traditional products as they seek to meet increasing consumer demand for healthy food.

Wheat stocks up but prices still exposed

A rise in global stocks of wheat after a 30-year low will offer continued relief to the tighter prices experienced by the food industry in previous years, but the food...

Novozymes enzyme pierces trans fat market

Breakthroughs in the lab provide food makers with a competitively priced technology designed by Danish enzyme leader Novozymes to cut the artery-clogging trans fats out of food products, writes Lindsey...

Czech harvest best in 10 years

This year's Czech harvest has been hailed as the best since 1993, producing almost nine million tonnes of crops, showing that the farming industry has recovered well from a poor...

Kraft nutrition labels to appease US government

The rising pressure on US food producers to play their part in improving the health of the world's fattest nation has led Kraft Foods to promise more nutritional information on...

APV Baker secures Venezuela contract

Another cooker-extruder line from UK-based APV Baker is on its way to South America to help a long-established family cereal company increase its production as it strives to stay ahead...

Crossover marketing gathering pace

Confectionery manufacturers are increasingly turning to other food categories to drive growth, building on the strong brand awareness of their products to garner additional profits, suggest market analysts Euromonitor.

New bakehouse goes gluten-free

A new bakehouse to be used exclusively to make gluten-free products for those with special dietary needs has been opened by US-based natural and organic supermarket Whole Foods Market, giving...

Cargill-Monsanto introduce trans-fat alternative

Cargill, the largest private firm in the US, will link up with biotech giant Monsanto to bring food makers an alternative source of soybean oil, used to reduce the artery-clogging...

Investment in GI

Food manufacturers offering products with a low glycaemic value will help generate the necessary evidence to convince sceptics of the merits of the nutritional strategy, suggests an industry expert, even...

Sandwiches contain high fat levels

The UK's booming sandwich industry has come in for criticism after a survey found that some of their products contain around two-thirds of the whole day's recommended fat intake for...

Baking news in brief

UK beverage group Diageo has sold 49.9 million shares in US company General Mills to reduce debt, while US-based Sara Lee is to shed 60 of its smallest businesses to...

Troubled rejig curbs Cerealia profits

The last 18 months or so have been tough for Cerealia, with profitability well down on previous years as a result of a number of disposals designed to refocus the...

Wheat quality scuppered by rain, says survey

UK wheat quality has been pushed even further below the national three-year average, according to the first survey of wheat harvested during the worst period of the UK's summer rain,...

Atkins comes in for more flak

This week has seen more trials and tribulations in the Atkins diet saga with the Partnership for Essential Nutrition launching a campaign to prevent marketers of low-carb diets from distributing...

Safety first in the packaging supply chain

US-based packaging distributor Hughes Enterprises argues that attention to packaging is vital in ensuring total supply chain safety, reports Anthony Fletcher.

Investment key to IAWS bakery profit rise

Cunning investment, joint ventures and an expanding foods division have helped Irish baked goods and agribusiness group IAWS to increase pre-tax profits by 19 per cent for the year to...

Sweetener business booming for Tate & Lyle

Month-on-month growth for Tate & Lyle's zero calorie sweetener will offset a dip in figures at the firm's European starch operations as long term investment in added-value ingredients starts to...

Malsena targets starch ingredients market

Lithuanian flour and pasta manufacturer Malsena is aiming to further develop its position as a multi-functional manufacturer with plans to make a huge investment in the production of value-added ingredients...

Buhler completes extrusion range with lab tool

Buhler has unveiled the latest model in its range of extrusion systems. The BTSK-30 is a co-rotating twin-screw extruder, which the company claims is suitable for laboratory use and corresponding...

UK still cold on low-carbs says report

Low-carb diets are still on the fringe of British eating habits, with high drop-out rates and consumer cynicism over health benefits, according to a new report - confirming the UK...

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