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Food and drink moves toward more automation and control systems

A combination of technological innovation, legislation as well as sprawling production facilities and complex supply chains are driving the European food and drink industry toward investments inautomation and control solutions,...

BakeryAndSnacks' publisher to be branded as Decision News Media

Novis, the publisher of BakeryAndSnacks, 22 other business news websites and more than 50 specialist e-newsletters, is changing its name to Decision News Media, to convey the editorial ethos that...

Cereal eating teen girls weigh less

Supporting evidence for the health benefits of regular cereal consumption, girls who eat breakfast cereal daily weigh less than their friends who opt for a different morning sustenance, reveals a...

Glass and needles in bread raise questions of risk

Food makers on the alert for contamination risks after leading UK industrial bakery reports fragments of glass and needles in sliced bread products.

European food agency stresses red colour risk

European food scientists warn that a host of illegal dyes pinpointed in foods on the supermarket shelves may pose a genotoxic and carcinogenic risk, a conclusion reached despite insufficient data...

Grain exports on Mississippi river start to recover

A joint effort between government and industry is ensuring that normal levels of grain export movement along the lower Mississippi river are resumed as quickly as possible.

Nut link to lower cholesterol gains credence

A new meta-analysis of scientific evidence for nuts' ability to lower cholesterol levels confirms that almonds, peanuts, walnuts and pecans could be useful as part of an overall heart-healthy diet.

Food firms agree salt aims in Ireland

Food makers in Ireland agree to reduce salt from food formulations by 2010, the country's food agency announces this week.

Organic foods taste better, claims new poll

Consumers opt to buy organic food because it tastes better, so claims a recent survey from the UK's organic body the Soil Association, putting increasing pressure on the food makers...

Bakery industry cashes in on wholegrain trend

With wholegrains fast becoming the new health trend, food and ingredients companies are tripping over each other to launch new products and marketing strategies in order to cash in on...

Scientists measure moulds in cornflake brands

Concentrations of harmful moulds called fumonisins were higher in organic samples of cornflakes, finds an investigative study on over 200 samples of this popular breakfast cereal.

EU to develop new grain varieties to combat metabolic syndrome

Health-promoting cereal foods and ingredients aimed at fighting metabolic syndrome are to be developed in a five-year project involving 43 partners from 15 European countries.

Spain to turn to bread to boost low-fibre diet?

Spanish scientists are carrying out further investigation into the nutrient content of bread in an attempt to persuade consumers to eat more of the fibre-rich food.

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Water wastage syndrome

Praise where praise is due. And it is certainly due for one small-time drinks firm in southern Britain, which is spear-heading answers to global water shortages that threaten to wreak...

Prices stable on stronger yields for confectionery nut ingredient, pistachios

As prices for hazelnuts, two-thirds of which are sourced from Turkey, slowly start to recover following global shortages, pistachio production also shows signs of improvement following last year's frosts.

Nestlé, ADM and Cargill go to court over cocoa child labour

Leading cocoa suppliers Nestle, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill are being sued by a US labour rights firm over accusations of forced child labour.

Almond prices boost US exports

Agricultural exports are forecast at $63.5 billion for 2006, up $1.5 billion from the revised 2005 estimate, says new report from US department of agriculture.

Kellogg puts its weight behind fiber

Leading cereal maker Kellogg on Monday launched a new initiative in the US to promote its fibre-rich cereal products. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of dietary fibre...

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Waiting for the super-nutrition revolution

Henry Ford's famous aphorism that if he had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses, provides food makers with a lesson they must learn.

Latest figures reveal wholegrain surge

US sales of wholegrain cookies have skyrocketed 1,364 per cent in the past year, marking them as the nation's fastest growing wholegrain bakery product, according to market researcher AC Nielsen.

Mega-trends: convenience food and health to double in ten years

Ten mega trends stretching from age to individualism will determine the success and shape of any new products to hit the market in the near future, claims market analysts Datamonitor.

New study unravels human taste perception

Ramifications for food formulation as fundamental research on chocolate smells finds olfaction is uniquely a "dual" sense, in that the brain perceives the same smell molecule differently if it arrives...

Morrisons sells more stores to competitor

Another shuffling of the deck in the competitive UK supermarket sector was announced today, as Morrisons plans to sells nine more former Safeway stores to rival Sainsbury's.

Wheat classification system aids UK exports

A new, simplified wheat classification system designed to help the UK compete directly with other global wheat suppliers is bringing in results, with a breakthrough agreement that could see substantial...

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In food makers we trust?

In among the hollers about obesity and the concerns over nutrition, food companies now need to work hard to ensure they clinch public trust, as a matter of insurance. This...

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