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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...

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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.

News in brief

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.

News in brief

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...

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.

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