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Flavonoids for acrylamide reduction: Study

Flavonoids can effectively reduce acrylamide formation and there are low-cost methods of measuring the antioxidant activity to optimize impact, claim researchers.

UK consumers lack knowledge on salt in foods, says Sainsbury’s

Less than 10% of UK adults say they monitor salt intake ‘strictly’, with almost half revealing they do not monitor salt intake at all, according to new data.

Seabrook’s profits crisp up after stale period

Seabrook Crisps has returned to growth after reporting a £1.8M loss in 2012 and is now boasting a post-tax profit of £1.3M for this year.

KP Snacks to leverage growth under Intersnack ‘powerhouse’

KP Snacks has big growth plans under the Intersnack umbrella with Christmas NPD investment and a push in healthy snacking, says its branded sales head.

Barnana co-founder talks guerrilla (and gorilla) marketing, and standing out from the crowd in healthy snacks

You’d be surprised with what you can achieve with a limited budget, a giant inflatable banana, a gorilla suit, and a product that no one else is selling, says the...

B&G Foods hit with 'all-natural' lawsuit over 'artificial' or 'GMO' dextrose, xanthan gum, maltodextrin, citric acid, soy lecithin

B&G Foods is the latest firm to be hit with a class action lawsuit accusing it of misleading shoppers by labeling products containing ingredients that are “highly processed” or/and derived...

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BASF hikes vitamin B2 price 20%

BASF tells us its 20% vitamin B2 (riboflavin) price hike is due to “rising demand” across human and animal nutrition, but gave no further data on the significant jump.

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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. 

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AmDough biscuit belts gain EC food contact approval

Ammeraal Beltech has received EC food contact approval for its AmDough rotary moulder belts.

General Mills targets further supply chain savings after net profit plunge

General Mills says the need to offset inflation is as strong as ever as it broadens the scope of cost saving measures across the value chain.

Commodity Reports: AHDB

Wheat supply up but ‘quality issue emerging’

Wheat supplies have hit record levels across the globe, but for France and some other European markets quality concerns are emerging, warns an analyst.

Splice up your life! TNA launches auto-splice packaging system

Australian food processing and packaging company TNA has launched an automatic splicing system for use with its Robag range of vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) bagging machines.

General Mills profits plunge 25% but 2015 growth targets will be kept

A tough operating environment with softer retail trends saw General Mills’ net profit plunge for the first quarter of FY 2015, but its CEO remains certain growth targets will be met.

Patent Watch

Frito-Lay files fruit snack patent

Frito-Lay has filed a global patent to make snacks with high fruit content that combine crunch with a melt-in-the-mouth sensation.

FDA survey shows excellent compliance for gluten-free labeled foods, but what about non-labeled gluten-free?

Almost 99% of foods labeled as gluten-free in the US are in compliance, with 1.1% mislabeled/misbranded because of the presence of gluten above an acceptable threshold. But the numbers are...

Can General Mills overcome the Annie’s acquisition backlash?

General Mills has defended the future of Annie’s natural and organic snacks under its ownership, but two experts say the company will have to work hard to beat the critics....

Ocean's Halo capitalizes on groundswell of popularity for seaweed chips with organic version

In a sign of how much American palates have changed, Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chip is building on the success of its original seaweed chip line with a reformulated organic version...

Almonds are a ‘snack choice for a healthy diet’

A mid-morning snack of almonds may decrease food intake at lunch and dinner, making the nuts a ‘snack food choice for a healthy diet’, according to a new study from...

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...

Plum Organics halts Little Crèmes production after choking reports

Campbell Soup-owned Plum Organics has halted production of its kids’ rice milk snack line Little Crèmes after issuing a recall over choking hazards.

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.

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Choking hazard concern prompts Plum Organics snack recall

Plum Organics has issued a US-wide voluntary recall on its Little Crèmes rice milk snacks due to a potential choking hazard, it says.

More ‘all-natural’ blues for Kashi as Florida judge allows GMO/all-natural class action to proceed

Just months after Kashi agreed to settle a California class action lawsuit accusing it of deceptively advertising its wares as ‘all-natural’, a judge has allowed most claims in a similar...

General Mills to acquire Annie’s in $820m deal to expand natural & organics portfolio

General Mills has made a bold move to expand its presence in the fast-growing natural and organics market with an $820m deal to acquire Annie's.

Workers ‘devastated’ as 186 KP Snacks jobs face axe

KP Snacks’s plans to close factories at Consett in County Durham and Corby in Northamptonshire, threatening up to 186 jobs, have ‘devastated’ longstanding workers there, according to trades union GMB.

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