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General Mills files patent for sodium-reduction via enhanced saltiness

General Mills has developed a method to enhance perceived saltiness using taste-modulating bioactive compounds, thus enabling sodium reduction.

Actioning environmental pledges: Strategic engagement with suppliers critical, says procurement expert

Strategic partnerships with ingredients suppliers, not simple vendor contracts, will prove critical to the success of environmental programs like carbon emission reductions and sustainable sourcing, says a procurement expert....

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Cargill Innovation Center offers fast track to new products

Food companies can take a shortcut to innovation at Cargill's fully remodeled research center in Plymouth, MN. 

China

Heinz recalls batches of infant cereal found to contain excess lead

Heinz's China operation has recalled four batches of one of its infant food lines after local food safety regulators said they had found “excessive amounts of lead” during an inspection. ...

Oxfam: Kellogg rises above General Mills on climate change

Kellogg has become the second food major to respond to a damning Oxfam report with a climate change revamp that pledges to disclose global greenhouse gas emission targets by December 2015.

Consumers want fruit & veg servings in hot cereal

US consumers are looking for energy-dense hot cereals that provide a full serving of fruit or veg, according to FONA International.

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Kellogg launches Special K Nourish in Australia

Kellogg has launched Special K Nourish in Australia – a three-grain cold cereal variety that marks part of its 2014 brand revamp.

UB acquisition by Kellogg makes sense, says expert

Kellogg buying United Biscuits would make sense, according to an expert with prior senior history at UB, as media speculation over the possibility of such a deal intensified.

Datassential: Time focus needed in ‘dynamic’ breakfast landscape

Packaged, eat-at-home breakfasts remain the US favorite, but as restaurant competition rises manufacturers must make options easier and quicker, Datassential says.

FIC helps drive gluten-free mainstream, says Coeliac UK

Gluten-free EU labeling laws now fall under the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) regulation – a shift that will help push the category into mainstream food, says the CEO of...

Breaking

Weetabix announces 30 redundancies

Weetabix will make 30 roles at its Northamptonshire sites redundant in response to increasing pressure from supermarket own-label products and the discounters, it has announced.

ASA upholds Honey Nut Shredded Wheat 'no added sugar' complaint

Cereal Partner UK's advert for Honey Nut Shredded Wheat is misleading in its use of a 'no added sugar' claim meant for its Shredded Wheat Original counterpart, the UK’s Advertising...

Nestlé Fitness strikes partnership with Malta Marathon

Nestlé Fitness will be the official cereal sponsor of the Vodafone Malta Marathon for the next four years.

Quaker Oats settles lengthy trans fat lawsuit

 Following more than three years of litigation, Quaker Oats has settled the class action lawsuit bought against it over the trans fat content and labeling of products.

The bigger picture: Dietary fibre measurement method adopted globally

A test method pioneered by Irish diagnostic technology company Megazyme International has become the global method of choice for ensuring dietary fibre content is not 'double counted' on nutritional labels. ...

Kellogg profits slump 16%: ‘Failed innovation’ in US cereal a problem

Kellogg Q2 net profits slumped 16% with Special K and Kashi underperforming and ‘failed innovation’ across other parts of its US cereal portfolio.

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Kellogg ‘disappointed’ but working on Memphis ruling

Kellogg is ‘thoroughly reviewing’ the US ruling to end its Memphis lockout; working on return dates for employees, but remains disappointed by the outcome.

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FDA gluten-free deadline approaches

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

Ending the lockout is 'just and proper' rules judge

US district judge orders Kellogg to cease Memphis lockout

A US district judge finds Kellogg guilty of unfair labor practices and grants an injunction to force an end to its Memphis lockout, nine months on.

‘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...

Delta Packaging to open production plant in Poland

Delta Packaging will open a 10,000m² production plant in Poland in June next year, to expand its services across Europe.

Garuda International: We’ll ride the coattails of bigger oat beta-glucan players

The oat beta-glucan industry is tough as prices remain too high for most manufacturers, but as bigger players jump aboard Garuda International says business should be bolstered.

Oxfam praises ‘bold’ climate change move from General Mills

Following a damning report published by Oxfam in May, General Mills has revamped its climate change plan; pledging to reveal global greenhouse gas emission targets by August 2015.

Ishida Europe recognised by the Queen as Russia now accounts for 20% of sales

Ishida Europe met the Queen at Buckingham Palace recently to celebrate winning this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Fabcon Food Systems upgrades crisp packaging machines in South Africa

Fabcon Food Systems (FFS) has developed a range of packaging machines with NPS (National Packaging Systems) in South Africa, which can replace old bag makers on Wright Machinery with the...

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