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ConAgra faces $117k fine for safety violations

ConAgra Foods is facing a $117,000 fine after being hit with multiple safety violations at its Columbus-based flour mill.

Hovis back to sourcing British wheat

Premier Foods has recommenced sourcing British wheat for its Hovis brand but cannot bring back its ‘100% British wheat’ pack claim due to continued uncertainty, it says.

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Philibert Savours CEO: Organic cuts my world in two

Philibert Savours CEO said a new organic variety in the firm’s Campasine bread mix line may offer value-added possibilities and be closer to his own ethos, but the firm must provide something...

US FDA upholds approval of Lallemand vitamin D2 baker’s yeast

The US Food and Drug Administration has upheld its authorization of Lallemand’s enriched yeast after investigating objections from AB Mauri.

Kamut wheat reduces IBS symptoms, finds human study

Replacing modern wheat with Kamut International’s trademarked ancient wheat in the diet may reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), finds research.

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Warburtons wins permission for Burnley factory

Warburtons has secured planning permission to build a £20M factory in Burnley, Lancashire, dedicated to its sandwich alternatives lines, including Wraps and Sandwich Thins, plans for which it announced in...

Aryzta pumps $1bn into US and Canada acquisitions

Swiss bakery firm Aryzta will acquire Canada’s Pineridge Bakery and US Cloverhill Bakery for a collective sum of €730m (US$1.01bn) in a move its CEO says will shift the company...

Bread and cereal highest contributors to children’s salt intake: Study

A professor of cardiovascular medicine has said industry must get their act together after his UK study found bread and cereal to collectively be the highest contributors to salt consumption...

EFSA finds inorganic arsenic intake lower than previously thought

Estimates of dietary exposure to inorganic arsenic in food have been lowered after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) looked again at data.

Dispatches from Europain 2014

World Cup Brazil: Good for Brazilian bakers?

The World Cup may well place Brazil in a global spotlight, but the world should see that the country has more to offer than football, carnivals and samba, according to...

Middle East’s bakers get ready for free-from demand

Gluten-free and dairy-free are the new buzzwords in the Middle East’s bakery market, as consumers look for ‘healthier’ bakery products, industry sources have said.

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Canada Bread director resigns in wake of sale to Grupo Bimbo

William E. Aziz has resigned as director of Canada Bread just one month after Grupo Bimbo purchased the company for C$1.83bn.

Allied Bakeries launches white bread ‘saviour’

Allied Bakeries (AB) will use consumer diet and health concerns in a bid to reverse a predicted 8% sales decline in white plant bread products in the next few years.

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Premier has ‘brightest outlook in a decade’: City

Premier Foods now has “the brightest outlook for a decade”, after re-engineering its balance sheet with a major refinancing plan, says City analyst Shore Capital.

Allergens survey highlights risks in industry practice

Nearly a third of food businesses have no corporate allergen management systems in place, an SGS survey has found.

Functional bakery: Could ‘edible films’ be a new strategy for probiotic delivery?

The use of edible films could be a new approach to the production of functional cereals and bakery products with added probiotics, according to new research.

Indonesia to become a top 3 wheat importer in next five years

With wheat consumption is on the rise in Indonesia, the country might soon be in a position to resolve its self-sufficiency target for rice, according to a new report by...

Premier Foods’ finance deal to ‘liberate it from the past’

Premier Foods has revealed 18% growth in trading profit in full-year results for 2013, alongside a new pensions deal and a much-awaited major capital restructuring plan designed to “liberate the firm...

Bakels bakery center opens to aid new product growth

Bakery ingredients business, Bakels, has opened a new center for product development, offering a ‘bridge’ between bakers, confectioners and retail channels to shorten the development cycle.

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ITC to open $113m food factory

Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) will open a Rs.700 crore ($113m) food manufacturing facility producing branded packaged biscuits, snacks, noodles, juices and Atta (wheat/powder flour).

Professor: Gluten-free baking must not forget starch

Manufacturers working to develop high quality gluten-free bakery products must not forget how important starch is in the formulation and its reaction during baking, warns a professor.

Decoding the future of healthy bakery

 Governments, NGOs and consumers are driving change in the bakery sector, but how can industry keep up? What’s the next direction for healthy bakery? And will this future need to...

Fat-busting seaweed: Scientists identify fat-blocking seaweed alginates

Alginates isolated from certain types of seaweed may have potential in weight loss supplements and foods, according to new research.

DeutscheBack extends gluten-free choice with rice bread sourdough mix

A gluten-free ready mix using non-wheat sourdough ensures better taste and color in rice breads, says DeutscheBack.

Who is the gluten-free consumer? Find out at the FoodNavigator-USA Forum: Gluten-free in Perspective

Are consumers who say they’re avoiding gluten really just avoiding wheat? Can we trust survey data about the number of people following ‘gluten-free diets’? Are market researchers' (wildly differing) estimates...

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