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Specialty foods driven by quest for premium, says Mintel

Consumer demand for quality and taste as well as an increased interest in international food traditions are key drivers for the specialty foods market in the US, says a new...

CSM plans bakery supplies price hike

CSM today announced it would raise prices for bakery supplies by up to 20 per cent in 2008, estimating that increasing commodity costs have added €190m to the company's operating bill.

Weekly Comment

Time to get serious on health claims criteria

The European Food Safety Authority's task to assess thousands of health claims is a headache in anyone's book - and one made worse through vague instructions to industry.

Snack sales soar at smaller stores

Sales of food products bought at US grocery and independent stores are on the up, and the impulsive nature of snack buying makes this category fastest growing segment, according to...

SMEs fight to be reinstated in EU obesity platform

European food production SMEs argue they should be allowed to return to the EU platform for action on diet, physical activity and health, because they have significant contributions to make...

Metro dumps Kellogg over price hike

Germany-based retailer Metro has taken Kellogg's products off its shelves after the cereal company attempted to pass on higher commodity costs through price hikes.

New bill proposes stricter trans fat labeling

A new bill has been introduced in the US to require food manufacturers to adjust the labeling of their products in order to better inform consumers of their trans fat...

News Brief: Romanian bakers, Irish biscuits and Dutch potatoes

While bakers in Romania look towards Austria for investment; Jacob's takes Mcvitie's to court over biscuit packets; and new potato snacks look like crisps but are better for the heart.

Weekly comment: Food prices

Will value-added lose out to the basics?

Food companies have been focussing on value-added products in a bid to reduce their reliance on commodities, which can fluctuate wildly and deliver slim margins. But now that prices of...

Frito-Lay switches to solar

Snacks company Frito-Lay yesterday announced the dedication of its solar electric power system, as part of parent company PepsiCo's drive to be environmentally friendly.

FSA calls for views on fusarium shakeup

The UK's Food Standards Agency Scottish arm has given the country's food manufacturers until 16 October to comment on latest amendments on regulations concerning the presence of fusarium toxins in...

News brief: sandwich spreads, bread and crisps

While a UK bakery turns to Italian expertise, British consumers are conducting a love affair with mayo and rumours of a Pringles crisps sale are rife.

Tate & Lyle woos Asia with R&D drive

Tate & Lyle has opened a new research and development centre in Shanghai, China to help manufacturers develop food products that are targeted to the preferences of Asian consumers.

Raisio finishes cash-saving shake-up

Raisio has finished the final round of this summer's codetermination talks which will see a total of 54 job losses and the closure of two mills to save some €4m.

Kettle Foods waits on union vote

Workers at the Kettle Foods factory voted yesterday on whether to join a trade union, despite stiff opposition from their private equity bosses.

Finsbury strengthens position in low-fat cakes market

Capitalising on the booming low fat foods market, Finsbury will now distribute Weigh Watchers cakes in the UK thanks to its acquisition of Anthony Alan Foods, the company announced today.

Weekly comment

Ripping the red tape

They say that patience is a virtue. But when it comes to the regulatory process on both sides of the Atlantic, patience too often results in dust gathering in the...

Good, bad carb definitions misleading, says review

Dividing carbohydrates into 'good' and 'bad' carbs is misleading, and cannot be used as a measurement to prevent overweight and obesity, according to a review of scientific literature on the...

Wal-Mart rating system not a standard says industry

The Wal-Mart environmental scorecard rating system for packaging does not work and should not be allowed to become the standard for suppliers, according to an industry organisation.

Kettle Chips fights workers over unionisation

Workers at the Kettle Chips factory vote today on whether to join a trade union, despite stiff opposition from their private equity bosses.

News briefs: Warburtons, General Mills and a spooky idea

Warburtons opens a new factory in Wales, General Mills gets a new CEO, and letting the snack out of the can for Halloween.

Peanut pregnancy advice caused consternation for UK Lords

A high level report from the UK's House of Lords has said advice on peanut consumption by pregnant women and children to reduce allergy risk could be counterproductive, and calls...

Pepperidge Farm expands under demand for premium breads

Pepperidge Farm said yesterday it will expand its Lakeland production plant in order to cater for the growing demand for premium fresh bread.

Weekly comment

Consumers and the confidence crisis

Consumer demand - the holy grail of any industry - is a fragile and easily manipulated treasure. But influencing consumers for anything other than their own benefit will, more often...

Guilt-free indulgence is what consumers want, says Datamonitor

Snack manufacturers need to develop convenient products that offer a mix of indulgence and health benefits in order to meet changing consumer demands, according to a new Datamonitor report.

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