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Is that a pizza or a pretzel? Frito-Lay files patent for chunky 3D snacks

Frito-Lay has developed a method to adhere large, three-dimensional food flakes such as meat and vegetables to regular snacks, to emulate pizza, nachos and tostadas.

United Biscuits to roll out waste cooking oil for lorries

United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability initiative by using waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorries and plans to roll out the project further across the business.

Glanbia to kick-start gluten-free oat production

Glanbia Nutritionals will start milling gluten-free oats in November at its Irish food grade mill - verifying the entire process with a closed-loop supply chain.

News in brief

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pro Mach buys Benchmark Automation to tap bakery growth

Pro Mach has acquired Benchmark Automation in a move to strengthen its offer to the bakery market, as it predicts ‘significant growth’ for the sector. 

Frito-Lay president: 'We’re laser-focused on productivity’

Improved supply chain productivity using automation and better go-to-market delivery systems has driven core operating profit up 6% CAGR, says the president of Frito-Lay North America.

No great change to acrylamide and furan levels, says FSA safety report

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) detects ‘no significant change or discernible trends’ across many food categories for process contaminants acrylamide and furan.

Green Endeavor CEO: I’m an eco-industrialist; upscaling ‘green’ is simple

Bakers can take simple steps to go green by switching to eco-friendly cleaning products and it's surprising it hasn't happened already, says the CEO of Green Endeavor.

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.

Allied Bakeries plant closure plan could hit 170 jobs

The closure of Allied Bakeries’ Orpington plant in Kent threatens up to 170 jobs and local MP Jo Johnson has demanded answers from Allied’s parent company Associated British Foods (ABF).

Cassava bread could tackle food security in Africa

Africa has kick-started projects to improve the nutritional quality and production of cassava to enable better use of the woody shrub in bread.

Optimizing bakery production: Modified genetic algorithm most ‘promising method’

Using a modified genetic algorithm (MGA) to design scheduling plans in an industrial bakery can save costs and resources, scientists say.

ADM to pay $430,000 settlement for violations

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $430,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at five large oil storage facilities.

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. 

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 same footprint, at higher speeds.

Grain Millers working on fully-sprouted oats

Grain Millers is developing fully-sprouted oats but says industry needs to clarify the definition of ‘sprouted’ to differentiate between fully and partially-sprouted grains.

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