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Metropoulos, Apollo see ‘significant potential for renewed growth’ for Twinkies, Ho Hos, Zingers

Hostess Brands has chosen a joint $410m offer from two investment firms — C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC — as the lead bid for Twinkies...

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Allied Bakeries reveals new ‘energy efficient’ production line

Allied Bakeries has invested in a new “energy efficient” bread production line at its Stockport bakery, as part of its £35M capital expenditure programme.

Focus on temperature control for Praxair

Praxair will focus on developing its temperature controlled systems in the coming year in response to US customer demand, according to Phil Davis, associate director, marketing and communications.

Rinco Ultrasonics claims breakthrough in pouch sealing tech

Rinco Ultrasonics has claimed a breakthrough for ultrasonic film sealing of flexible packaging aimed at dry and liquid foods.

Red palm oil could colour foods without food colouring

Sternchemie says its new red palm oil provides a clean label way to colour foods naturally without using food colourings that have to be listed on ingredient lists.

Study: Yeast beta-glucan boosts cold-fighting potential 25%

Yeast beta-glucan increases the body’s ability to fight pathogens, and showed a 25% better record of cold-fighting compared to placebo in a new German study.

GEA launches speedy freezer concept

GEA Refrigeration Technology is offering manufacturers better quality food quality, longer shelf life and improved capacity with the launch of a High Velocity Freezer (HVF) unit.

Fairtrade demand spurs rapid increase in supply

Fairtrade International has said the number of farmers and workers benefitting from the system increased by 13% in 2011 as the food and drink industry continues to pledge its support,...

Prebiotics can battle obesity (by influencing genetic behaviour): Researchers

Prebiotic fibres like oligosaccharides can help ease gut ‘dysbiosis’ common among the obese and overweight, say Belgian researchers.

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Complementary? Bakery, snacks and confectionery converge in Cologne

The team has been helping out sister site at ProSweets and ISM in Cologne this week and we couldn't help noticing how many snack players are exhibiting at...

CSM strong trading update set to tempt US and European bidders?

CSM has released a 2012 unaudited trading update to inform potential buyers from the US and Europe on business progress ahead of its mid-year divestment.

Barry Callebaut targets authenticity with single origin cocoa and chocolate

Barry Callebaut has unveiled new cocoa and chocolate products at ISM in Cologne, including Cameroon origin cocoa for baked goods, and single origin chocolate from Cameroon and Java.

International Paper ‘not an M&A story’, says CEO

International Paper is “through the transformation plan”, according to its CEO who said the company has been rebuilt and has performance potential with existing assets.

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EnWave dehydration technology for fruit and veg

EnWave has signed an additional agreement with Milne Fruit Products for its Radiant Energy Vaccum (REV) technology to test and develop dried peas and corn.

ASA rejects Weetos advertising complaints

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has rejected complaints that Weetos advertisements encourage poor nutritional habits and an unhealthy lifestyle for children.

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EC’s Mathioudakis: “You cannot build a sustainable food industry on misleading health claims”

With the European Union’s strict health food and supplement marketing laws in place, the European Commission’s food law unit head, Basil Mathioudakis, tells NutraIngredients why it’s generally working out fine…...

EU novel foods wrap: Clubmoss, omega-3 oils and zeaxanthin

The UK Food Standards Agency is assessing two novel food applications for clubmoss sporopollenin shell extracts and a novel omega-3 and omega-6 oil; while DSM is lauding the official EU...

Hostess picks next two stalking horse bidders for Drake's and additional bread brands

Hostess Brands has selected stalking horse bidders for its Drake's snack cake brand and for its Sweetheart, Eddy's, Standish Farms, and Grandma Emilie's bread brands.

Crown reviewing UK plant after decline in food packaging sales

Crown Food Europe has launched a consultation process with staff at its Worcester, UK site due to declining food packaging sales.

Linpac expands into convenience with Freshware launch

Linpac Packaging has launched a new range of packaging to meet demand for chilled retail prepared and convenience foods, marking its first foray into the market.

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Specialty Food Ingredients given validation for pathogen reduction system

Specialty Food Ingredients (SFI) has received 5 log validation for its steam pasteurization system on certain products.

‘Following a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be time consuming’: Earth Balance president says on its venture into snacks

Vegan specialist Earth Balance has expanded into the snacks category in a bid to add convenience to plant-based diets, its president says.

Food tech centre seeks ‘foodwatchers’ to spot new trends for industry

Spanish food research technology centre AZTI-Tecnalia is developing an international community of ‘foodwatchers’ to detect trends and business opportunities for the food and beverage industry.

Hostess gears up for Feb 28 auction for Wonderbread et al and says Drakes deal is close

Hostess Brands Inc. has won permission from the bankruptcy court to sell most of its bread brands at auction on February 28, and says it will submit plans to sell...

Fun and convenience: The drivers behind ConAgra’s pop up popcorn bowl

The success of ConAgra’s Orville Redenbacher’s pop up bowl has been underpinned by fun and convenience, a company brand manager says.

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