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Be future focused, says packaging expert

Most food companies are too short-term focused when it comes to adopting new technology, claims a packaging expert. They need to adopt long-term strategic planning and pay closer attention to...

Swiss exports take the biscuit

Switzerland's sweet and savoury biscuit sector saw a return to growth in 2003 due entirely to a strong upswing in export sales - but domestic sales fell for the second...

Folate eases the mind

Evidence continues to mount suggesting a link between various stages of depression and low blood levels of the B vitamin folate, according to research funded by the Agricultural Research Service...

Redefining wholegrains to improve consumer understanding

A group of cereal scientists is looking to rewrite the definition of a wholegrain to help consumers identify the healthy ingredient in foods and lift their intake of wholegrains.

Cereal stocks to continue to fall in 2004, says FAO

Rising prices for ingredients sourced from raw materials may find little relief in 2004 with the UN-backed Food and Agriculture Organisation yesterday predicting a fall in cereal stocks again by...

Which? exposes the 'cereal' offenders

Despite repeated pledges to tackle the problem, many of the big brand breakfast cereals on supermarket shelves in the UK still contain excessive levels of sugar, salt and fat, according...

International scientists gather to discuss acrylamide

In the same week that the US food watchdog releases new findings on the presence of acrylamide, the probable human carcinogen, in processed food products, the American Chemical society will...

UK consumer opts out of cooking as convenience grows

Ready-to-go food products continue to meet the needs of the UK consumer, say market analysts Mintel, reflecting current growth trends in the food industry and confirming the future direction for...

What's on at Total

A two-day conference on aseptic filling technologies is just one of the events that is taking place at the Total Processing and Packaging show in Birmingham, UK this week. FoodProductionDaily.com...

Threshold of allergen food ingredients needs more research

As food manufacturers and ingredients suppliers work towards tough new rules on the labelling of food allergens, Europe's risk assessment body concludes that current scientific evidence is 'insufficient to establish...

UK bakery ingredients firm to make a mark

Driving into value-added bakery ingredients is a key area for growth in the mature bakery market. Recently baptised Bakemark UK, a new merger between Arkady Craigmillar, Readi-Bake and Caravan Brill,...

Grain processor goes multifunctional

One of Lithuania's leading grain processors, Malsena, has announced that it is to invest in a pasta manufacturing venture aimed at diversifying its current product portfolio and turning its operations...

Traceability from beginning to end

End-to-end traceability is like the table stakes in a poker game - if you don't have it, you won't stay in the game, argues an industry expert. This new way...

Millions of euros poured into food contaminants

A lack of integration at a European level is 'severely hampering' efforts to co-ordinate stakeholder efforts - food industry and independent scientists - in the area of chemical contaminants in...

Egg safety still an issue

An FSA survey of UK-produced eggs has found that the level of salmonella contamination is now one third of what it was in 1996. But one industry expert says that...

World vanilla crops hit by cyclone

The key ingredient in the most popular ice cream in the world faces a rise in price, already at a 10 year high, as the worst cyclone in two decades...

Developments for the staff of life, bread

Much of the flour that goes into breads, pasta, cakes, breakfastcereals and other foods comes from so-called 'winter wheats', planted in autumn and harvested in spring. New research has identified...

The cutting edge of food

FoodProductiondaily.com recently visited a research unit in the south of France to find more out about the role science plays in improving the quality of cereal-based foods. Some recent discoveries...

New look ingredients labels highlight allergens

European food manufacturers starting to get to grips with incoming rules on food allergen labelling in the EU block face similar adjustments in the US as the Senate clears new...

Doctors attack 'benefits' of low-carb diets

The reason low-carb dieters often lose weight and sometimes show improvements in their cholesterol, blood sugars, and blood pressures is because they are, in essence, sickened by the diet, writes...

UK to clear GM crops?

Favourable news for the pro-GM camp as a team of British scientists claims that genetically modified (GM) maize is less damaging to wildlife than conventional varieties. At the same time,...

Raw material pricing will continue to knock food industry in 2004

Wheat, corn and soybean prices will remain high for much of 2004, warns the US agency Fitch Ratings, with the industry likely to see a continual shifting of higher ingredients...

Cereal chemists redefine wholegrains

Rubbing shoulders on the shelves with 'low-carb' friendly food products, wholegrains must reach out to the consumer to remain in the game. Cereal chemists in the US bring wholegrains into...

Weighing up food allergen ingredients

Countdown to new rules for the labelling of allergen ingredients begins with national governments and stakeholders in Europe getting to grips with the small print before enforcement next year. The...

Freight costs to cut US wheat exports by half

The US could see its share of the wheat market in Indonesia, southeast Asia's biggest buyer, cut by half this year as a result of surging freight tariffs. Rocketing prices...

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