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FDA gluten-free deadline approaches

Manufacturers have just under a week to ensure gluten-free products comply with FDA regulation.

‘Important changes’ as gluten-free label laws move under FIC

Rules on gluten-free labeling have been published under the EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation, and there are some important changes for the future, says the Association of European...

Nutrition Facts Panel could help bakers with sodium-nutrient ‘balancing act’

The Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could fuel more micronutrient fortification in baked goods, helping the balancing act between sodium and nutrients, says the American Bakers Association (ABA).

Pecans: America's forgotten nut?

Pecans are not top of mind for US manufacturers and ingredient players but the antioxidant-rich nuts can move way beyond the famous pie, says the head of Georgia’s Center for...

Bridor to pump $32 million into US operations

Artisan specialist Bridor USA Inc. will expand its Vineland plant to drive more European-style products into the US market, says its CEO.

Dietetic products an ‘easily attainable’ goal for bakers: Review

Baked goods that meet specific nutrient needs, food intolerances or strict diets and still taste good are easy to develop, a review suggests.

Functional flours will ride on the gluten-free wave, says food consultant

The gluten-free boom has sparked incentive to innovate in functional flours, says the president of food consultancy firm Best Vantage.

Genius targets in-store bakeries for French expansion

UK gluten-free major Genius has rolled products in French in-store bakeries – a move it says should normalize gluten-free for consumers.

Maverick Innovations bets British to secure US expansion

UK flavor house Maverick Innovations will set up a US manufacturing hub in the next five years; bolstering its presence with British flavors like banana and custard, its CEO says.

News in brief

Fire at Cornish bakery

Rowe’s Cornish Bakers says its Falmouth factory will be fully operational again in a ‘short space of time,’ after a fire at the facility. 

Fat replacement: Researchers modify protein to mimic and replace fat in a wider range of food

Researchers claim they have developed proteins that could help bring a wider variety of low-fat foods to market without compromising on texture and taste.

Orchard Valley Foods targets sales of £30M

Ingredients firm Orchard Valley Foods is targeting sales of £30M following its acquisition of Food Ingredients International (FII), an increase of almost a third on projected figures for this year.

China

General Mills spends big on Asian product development

In a move to channel more investment into its growing Chinese market, food major General Mills has opened its first major technical centre outside of its Minneapolis headquarters. 

Healthy home baking for kids could boom, says Innova Market Insights

The market for home baking has a gaping hole for healthier mixes that target kids, says the head of innovation at Innova Market Insights.

2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries sale offers staff hope

The sale of 2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries site has offered hope to workers who faced losing their jobs because of its previously announced closure, although concerns remain about its future.

AAK acquires Colombian bakery fats firm FANAGRA

Swedish-Danish oils and fats giant AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) has acquired Colombian company Fabrica Nacional de Grasas (FANAGRA), which specializes in vegetable oils and fats for the bakery segment.

Nine o’clock threshold for junk food ads among policy proposals

A nine o’clock watershed for junk food adverts could become part of Labour Party policy in the run-up to the UK general election next year.

ESA on acrylamide safety concerns: 'We’ll be seeking clarity and clear categorization'

The European Snack Association (ESA) says it welcomes EFSA’s recent draft opinion on acrylamide in food, but will push for greater clarity on safe levels and product categorization in the...

Children’s TV promotes bad diets, says study

Unhealthy foods are being promoted to children in everyday children’s television programmes, new research published in the British Medical Journal suggests.

Palm oil plantations threaten water quality, warn researchers

The expansion of oil palm plantations may also pose a threat to water quality in fresh water streams that millions of people depend on, according to new research.

EU pledge: Amica Chips and ICA Foods to stop ads to kids

Amica Chips and ICA Foods have pledged to stop advertising to under 12s and communication with primary schools unless asked as part of a voluntary EU scheme.

Archer Daniels Midland buys WILD Flavors for $3.1bn

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will buy WILD Flavors for €2.3bn citing fast-growing demand for natural food and beverage flavors and ingredients as the rationale.

DIGGING INTO WHEAT TRENDS WITH ARDENT MILLS: PART I

Sluggish grain-based products must diversify into growth areas, says Ardent Mills

Grain-based products must diversify into adjacent, growing categories – particularly those in decline like bread, baking mixes and breakfast cereal, says the head of consumer insights at Ardent Mills.

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Sweet Leaf science chief: Baking with stevia needs much more R&D

Stevia in bakery faces huge technical hurdles given baking temperatures and duration and it’s an area that warrants hefty R&D efforts, says the chief scientific officer of Stevia Leaf....

Snacks and home baking rise up in gluten-free

Snacks - particularly those using ancient grains – and baking mixes have been pushing the gluten-free sector forward, according to market research firm Mintel. 

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