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California sues food firms over acrylamide

The state of California is suing nine top food manufacturers over their reluctance to issue warnings that some popular snacks could contain a potential cancer-causing chemical.

Allied Starch strengthens position in tortilla market

Allied Starch & Chemical (ASC) has acquired Californian-based firm Ingredients Unlimited as part of its plan to capitalize on the lucrative North American tortilla market.

Novozymes consolidates food enzyme distribution with Fiske

Strenghtening supply chain number one enzyme supplier Novozymes will consolidate its numerous distributor agreements in Europe under one firm, ingredients and additive distributor Fiske.

Bakeries to face sorbate price hike from Nutrinova

German-based ingredients firm Nutrinova passes raw material and energy price rises onto the market, announcing double-digit price hike for its sorbate products, used increasingly by food manufacturers to preserve baked...

Hazelnut prices to stabilise in forthcoming months?

Hazelnut prices remain at all time highs but the imminent crop from key producer Turkey could offer some stability to snack makers and confectioners impacted by the record highs.

Plant lighting: Turn on, turn off with intelligence

An intelligent system for modulating fluorescent lighting could slice 30 per cent off a food plant's energy bills.

Ingredients boost 4Q for Cargill

Core business segments, including food ingredients, contribute to an 18 per cent leap in quarterly profit for expanding, and ambitious, US firm Cargill.

Rumours that Purac to build lactate production in Thailand

Leading Dutch lactic acid supplier is believed to be in discussions to expand its presence in the East with plans to build an acid plant in Thailand that uses sugar...

Degussa ingredients sale in 'final negotiations'

German chemical group Degussa is in the final stages of talks to shed its food ingredients unit, says chief financial officer Heinz-Joachim Wagner.

Sara Lee to close three bakery plants

Leading US bakery Sara Lee announced this week that it will close three of its bakery plants, though the company claimed production will not be effected as it is picked...

Baking industry boosts food enzyme sales at Novozymes

Fresh first half figures for Novozymes reveal the number one food enzyme firm continues to gain from healthy sales to the baking industry.

Strong growth for Panera Bread offset by high costs?

Panera Bread has revealed strong growth in its first half sales, but the company expects higher costs to hit margins for the rest of the year.

Sara Lee to sell international cosmetics business

International consumer goods maker Sara Lee has confirmed that it is selling its direct sales cosmetics business to Tupperware for $577 million. The move forms part of the company's bid...

PepsiCo's Smith's acquires Australian rice snack maker

Leading Australian snack maker Smith's this week announced that it has acquired Sakata Rice Snacks Australia, for an undisclosed sum.

Spanish bakery Panrico to be sold to private equity

US private equity group Apax last week announced its plans to expand into the Spanish bakery market, after signing an agreement to purchase Spanish bakery Panrico.

EU subsidy cuts hurt Arla's butter exports

Dairy producer Arla Foods, which supplies butter to a number of bakeries, has sent out one of the first signals that the dairy sector is hurting from a reduction in...

Greggs sales up but expansion slowing

Greggs Plc, the UK bakery business that has stood out as a growth success story in a sector cramped by obesity concerns, last week unveiled first-half results that suggest it...

Sara Lee sales down, but profits boosted by cost-cutting

Major cost-cutting at US-based Sara Lee boosted operating profits at its bakery division by 36 per cent over 2005 but sales were down on the previous year after a 53rd...

Biscuit maker McVitie's cuts jobs after floods

UK biscuit maker McVitie's is to cut 33 jobs at its Carlisle factory, after damage caused by floods in January permanently disabled four production lines, reducing the plant's total output...

ADM sales decline lifted by lower costs

Archer Daniels Midland has reported a fourth-quarter profit, with lower costs offsetting a decline in sales.

Could Atkins bounce back from bankruptcy?

Business is looking bleak for Atkins Nutritionals. As the once-celebrated pioneer of a diet regime that took the world by storm files for bankruptcy protection, Jess Halliday asks: What went...

Tate & Lyle defiant in face of sugar regime change

Tate & Lyle has vowed to continue to pursue its ambitious expansion plans despite warnings that proposed changes to the sugar regime could begin to affect business as soon as...

Kellogg's European sales fall

Once inflation is taken into account Kellogg's sales figures in a stagnant European market fell by about one per cent in the second quarter, according to figures published this week.

Real Good Food buys sugar supplier

In a move to secure its supplier base for its bakery operations and expand its business, the UK's Real Good Food Company (RGFC) said yesterday it would buy Napier Brown...

EU sugar reform to impact local operations for enzyme leader Novozymes

Number one food enzyme supplier Novozymes likely to move production to the US and China as a result of the new EU sugar reform, the daily Berlingske Tidende reports.

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