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Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

Gluten-free NPD knowledge needs to catch up, says Ingredion

Knowledge on gluten-free product development must improve because the bar on quality is higher than ever, says a technical specialist at Ingredion.

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

Flowers Foods on sodium reduction: Try salt first… it’s the low-hanging fruit

Bakers should consider slashing salt content before turning to sodium alternatives, says the VP of technical service at Flowers Foods.

Finsbury buys Fletchers Bakeries for £56M

Finsbury Food Group, the cake, bread and bakery goods manufacturer, has acquired the Fletchers Group of Bakeries for £56M from private equity owner Vision Capital.

Commodity reports: European Commission

EU cereal harvest to hit 2014 record

The EU cereal harvest will hit record levels this year, driving higher than average exports, says the European Commission (EC).

Gluten-free foods set to get much healthier

Consumer demand for healthier products will push the UK's gluten-free (GF) food manufacturers to make further reductions to the fat, sugar and salt content of their foods, industry experts have...

Cassava shapes up as an alternative source for starch sweeteners

New research led by Du Pont Industrial Biosciences concludes that enzyme technology currently used with maize and wheat could be applied far more widely to cassava root starch to produce...

A glut of gluten approvals for Romer Labs

Romer Labs gluten G12 rapid tests have received AOAC approval to ensure that food producers meet the necessary standards and requirements.

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

General Mills: Think globally; act local to tackle consumer problems

Bakery companies must have global strategies but act locally to solve consumer problems such as carb concerns and free from needs, says the innovation head of General Mills’ global bakery...

News in brief

GanedenBC30 granted approval in four Asian markets

Four Asian markets have now approved Ganeden Biotech’s GanedenBC30 for use as an ingredient in food and beverage fortification. 

Dispatches: AACCI Annual Meeting 2014

AACCI president: Cereal scientists need to think 5-10 years ahead

The cereal and grain science community must think ahead in order to remain relevant and overcome challenges amid huge change, says the president of AACC International.

Who is the US gluten-free consumer?

Who buys gluten-free and what motivates purchases in the sector?  

News in brief

FSA begins wheat tests following reports of soy contamination

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has begun testing for the presence of soy in wheat flour mills across the country.

From ancient grains to 'industrial artisanal' production: Rabobank unlocks the growth opportunities in baked goods

Sales of packaged bakery products have been sluggish for years as shoppers have shifted their focus from the center of the store to the perimeter, but there are pockets of...

Reformulation ‘won’t solve obesity’

Reformulation is not the sole solution to obesity, as health-conscious consumers could be increasing their calorie consumption by choosing low-sugar or low-fat products, according to research from AB Sugar.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Global reducion of fats in bakery won't be a one-size-fits-all solution, says researcher

With a growing pressure to reduce fats in baking scientists look at novel means of structuring fats and cite waxes oleogels and emulsions as potential alternatives, but this will depend on...

Mooncakes and China: Think cosmopolitan, fat-free and green

Young Chinese consumers have adopted global ideals around health and sustainability, driving a cosmopolitan edge to the country’s traditional Mooncake Festival, Euromonitor says.

Southeast Asia

How has RSPO responded to deforestation from palm oil plantations?

Having completed a review of RSPO, Gary Paoli of Daemeter Consulting outlines how the sustainable palm oil certifier has fared in addressing key market demands. 

Asda commits to Coeliac UK’s gluten-free guarantee across all stores

Asda has pledged to stock eight staple gluten-free products across all of its UK stores; a commitment that should spark innovation and encourage new players into the market, says Coeliac...

Bakeries reduce portion sizes to cut obesity levels

Bakeries are being forced to shrink the size of their sweet products, as weight-conscious consumers demand better quality desserts with less sugar and fewer calories.

Flowers Foods CEO: As a strong no.2 in fresh baking, we’re poised for growth

Flowers Foods is open-minded on the lookout for future acquisition opportunities and is committed to driving its portfolio into new US markets, its CEO says.

Taiwan

Supplier fined heavily in midst of Taiwan’s 780t recycled oil scandal

A Taiwanese food company has been handed a severe fine for selling lard made from cooking oil that had been recycled from kitchen waste and grease from leather processing plants.

Eating can be addictive - but sugar and fat are not like drugs: Review

People can become addicted to the process of eating but not to consuming specific foods like those high in sugar or fat, according to research.

Food industry flour exposure found to be the main cause of occupational asthma in France

Exposure of food industry workers to flour has been found to be main cause of occupational asthma in France, according to new research.

The icing on the cake? Premier bakes up $48m Mr Kipling investment

Premier Foods has put £10m ($16m) behind a multi-media promotional Mr Kipling campaign, just months after committing £20m ($32m) for a snack pack production line.

Grupo Bimbo: ‘To be innovative you have to foster a culture of risk-taking’

The secret to successful innovation is about taking risks, being open to failure and trying again, says the vice president of innovation at Grupo Bimbo.

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