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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.

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.

Hope for cheaper, more accessible wheat as genetic blueprint of bread wheat genome unveiled

There is hope for cheaper and more accessible wheat as a draft genetic blueprint of bread wheat genome is unveiled by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium.

Andean Grain gears up for chia cheer after EU approval

Andean Grain Products has received a positive draft novel food opinion from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) for its chia seeds – deeming them sufficiently ‘equivalent’ to those already...

Weetabix in jobs consultation with 60 staff

Pressure to stem eroding profits has led Weetabix to place up to 60 jobs across its industrial hygiene departments at risk.

‘Stand-still’ cereal segment should consider milk-less snack bags: Canadean

Cereal makers should consider moving NPD away from the breakfast table and introducing milk-free snack bags to be eaten like crisps, according to Canadean.

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.

Can General Mills' Grumpy Cat bring kids back to cereal?

General Mills' recruit of social media celebrity Grumpy Cat could engage young consumers but does not come without risks, according to a food marketing expert. 

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.

Health for breakfast; indulgence for lunch - Instant porridge blossoms in Russia

Instant hot cereal is rising in Russia as urban consumers seek healthy, convenient options, but beware - indulgence remains top of mind, says an analyst from Canadean.

Dispatches from IFT 2014: 8-minute insight from Mintel innovation directors

Crunch time: Is breakfast cereal doomed to sink?

The global breakfast cereal market faces increasing competition as consumers turn to convenient alternatives, so how can manufacturers step up to compete and stimulate often dwindling sales?

Acrylamide may increase cancer risk, says EFSA opinion

A draft EFSA opinion has “confirmed previous evaluations” that dietary intake of acrylamide may increase the risk of developing cancer for consumers. 

Almonds may reduce heart disease risk: Study

Eating almonds may reduce the risk of heart disease by increasing levels of the antioxidant alpha-tocopherol in the blood stream, reducing blood pressure and improving blood flow, according to UK researchers....

Fortified foods vs naturally functional: Consumers consider both ‘worthwhile’, says IFIC

Consumers are open to fortified foods just as much as those that contain naturally occurring functional ingredients, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC).

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Gluten-free: A ‘perfect storm’ fueled by food skepticism and fad diets

Processed food skepticism and fad dieting played a big part in the gluten-free boom, says the research director of Packaged Facts.

Can a $40m cost-cutting program bolster General Mills?

Amid “disappointing” fiscal 2014 results, General Mills has kick-started a cost-cutting plan to boost efficiency and support growth – a move that can’t be faulted but isn’t necessarily a ticket...

Brands should eye up children’s gluten-free: Mintel

The market for gluten-free children’s food will be a big area for growth, predicts market research firm Mintel – but mainstream brands are yet to capitalize on the opportunity. 

Dispatches from IFT 2014

DSM: Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could discourage fortification

Proposals to shift focus to vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium on the US FDA’s Nutrition Facts Panel make sense, but could remove incentives to fortify with other essential micronutrients,...

News in brief

Cereal manufacturer faces $40k fine for worker safety violations

California Cereal Products has been cited for nine serious safety and health violations and hit with a $40,600 penalty.

Insights from IFT 2014

Is your product ready for nutrition label changes?

Food and beverage manufacturers are holding their collective breath in anticipation of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel put forth by the Food and Drug Administration and likely...

Yeast industry faces raw material challenges as sugar quota abolishment looms

It is vital that the yeast industry is not forgotten in European sugar and energy policies if Euro-firms are to remain competitive on an increasingly international stage, according to the...

Kellogg, Nestlé, Mondelēz et al. promise to stop certain kids' ads by 2018

Over 20 major food firms have signed up to health and wellness pledges on advertisement to children, consistent product information, open access to formulation policies and employee wellbeing as part...

Euromonitor: Health concerns could slow breakfast biscuit boom

Breakfast biscuit makers should reduce sugar and calorie content and develop healthier variants if they want to secure continued growth, says Euromonitor International.

PepsiCo to drive ‘better-for-you’ NPD with Mexico baking innovation center

PepsiCo has inaugurated its first R&D facility in Mexico – a baking innovation center that will be dedicated to strengthening its better-for-you portfolio across brands like Quaker, Lay’s and Sabritas....

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Glanbia Nutritionals pushes textured ancient grains in Europe

Glanbia Nutritionals has introduced its full line of ancient grains into Europe, targeting the bakery, snack and cereal sectors.

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