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Lower demand for bread forces Hovis bakery closures

Premier Foods will close two of its bakery plants in the UK following lower consumer demand for bread.

Costs heat up under high wheat prices

Bakeries are under further raw material cost pressures following grain prices hitting a ten-year high last week.

Canada Bread expands in premium UK bread market

Canada Bread has expanded its range of speciality breads within the UK, with an £18.75m (€27.7m) acquisition of premium bread La Fornaia.

Kellogg strikes back over superhero battle

Cereal giant Kellogg's has released a statement in response to the Which? campaign announced earlier this week that condemned the use of superheroes in advertising to children..

Bakery segments behind sales turnaround for Sara Lee

Net sales for Sara Lee increased 7.1 per cent to $12.3bn (€9.1bn) for the fiscal year 2007 from $11.5bn (€8.5bn) the previous year, the company has said.

Kids advertising legislation may force Kraft to sell Post

Kraft may be selling the US based cereals business for as much as $3bn (€2.2bn), because of pressure from new legislation in regards to advertising to children, according to a...

Spiderman and The Simpsons are food baddies, says Which?

Consumer watchdog Which? has launched a new campaign to oust cartoon characters from unhealthy snack advertising, claiming that superheros are being exploited to encourage kids to clamour for foods that...

New pregnancy research could cause another bump for food industry

The snacks industry has taken another hit this week after researchers suggest eating junk food during pregnancy and breastfeeding may lead to obese offspring.

High raw material prices pressures CSM margins

Netherlands-based CSM said profit margins were affected by the increase in the price of raw materials, in its first half 2007 report.

Western diet linked to greater colon cancer recurrence

The high calorie, low fibre dietary pattern associated with the Western diet are associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer recurrence, says new research from the US.

Heinz's healthy food focus leads to fat profits

Heinz's sales grew by 9 per cent in the quarter ended 2 August, the company said today in a trading statement.

McCain invests in wind turbines for chip plant

In a sign that the UK's push to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions is working, McCain Foods has announced it will install wind turbines at its potato chip plant...

Bread, rolls and biscuits markets set to grow by 2011

The global bread, rolls and biscuit markets are set to grow substantially by 2011, aided by demands for luxury products, according to two new reports from Datamonitor.

Mitsui acquires share in Multigrain to secure food supplies

Japanese food group Mitsui is to acquire outstanding shares of Brazil-based Mltigrain, a move the firm says will help it meet growing demand for food throughout Asia.

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A helping hand to the confused consumer

Consumers are bombarded with an overload of nutritional advice and product marketing - be it from magazines, television shows, and product advertising - and without a degree in nutritional science,...

Good progress seen in school nutrition, says report

Significant improvements have been made in the nutritional profile of foods sold in schools, according to a new report issued by the School Nutrition Association (SNA).

Children don't want nutritional snacks, says survey

Despite parents pressuring for more nutritional snacks, 70 per cent of children throw them away, according to a new survey in the US.

Bakery expands healthier snacks range

Barbara's Bakery has launched the first all natural snack bars combining fruit fillings and yogurt in a whole-grain crust, the company claimed today.

OFT in UK clears ABF's acquisition

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has cleared international food company Associated British Foods' acquisition of Indian food manufacturer Patak's.

New CSM acquisition in premium market segment

Dutch-based bakery supplier CSM announced today its acquisition of UK-based Kate's Cakes in a deal worth £32.5m (€48m).

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Reflections from IFT

As the dust settles on this year's IFT Food Expo 2007 in Chicago, health and wellness and food safety came through as the star performers, and drivers for the future...

Chiquita operating income hit due to higher input costs

Operating income decreased for US-based Chiquita Brands International following lower results in the salads and healthy snacks segment, the company said.

Bulgarian bakers hit by higher input prices

Bakers in Bulgaria are predicting a 30 to 50 per cent rise in bread prices due to increased input costs, according to a recent market update.

Chocolate biscuit sales hit by obesity concerns

Sales of chocolate biscuits in the UK fell 17 per cent between 2001 and 2006 as consumers made the switch to healthier varieties, according to new figures.

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