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EU sugar quota reform: 2015 v 2020? Is it time to give sugar beet a caning?

On the day 27 associations issued a joint open letter imploring the EU to keep to its word and scrap widely despised sugar quotas across the bloc in 2015 -...

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Nestle tackles food contact chemicals in recycled paper

Nestle is cracking down on food contact materials in recycled paper as it addresses some of the challenges of reducing its environmental impact, according to head of packaging Anne Roulin.

Finsbury sells free-from business to Genius in £21M deal

Finsbury Food Group has sold its free-from business to Genius Foods for £21M to focus on its core bread and cake business  ̶  and reduce debt.

Toppan builds “mother factory” to focus on flexible packaging

Toppan Printing Co., is investing 27bn Yen (US$292m) in what it described as the “mother factory” in Japan in anticipation of flexible packaging growth overseas.

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Scotland trials recycling incentive

Scotland is attempting to boost recycling rates by offering “recycle and reward” pilot schemes for empty bottles and cans.

Coarser flours give best volumes in gluten-free maize bread: Study

Maize flours with coarser particle size are the most suitable for making gluten-free bread, a study finds.

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Datamonitor expert outlines sustainable packaging trends

While cost reduction is fuelling packaging reduction, the high cost of environmentally-friendly packaging relative to oil remains a barrier to widespread adoption by the food industry, according to Datamonitor packaging...

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DuPont: water use and protective role crucial factors in sustainable packaging

Packaging suppliers and manufacturers must address water use and preserve the protective role of packaging when approaching the issue of packaging sustainability, DuPont’s sustainability director told FoodProductionDaily.com.

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Algaeplast: 100% algae-based packaging within five years

Cereplast’s new venture Algaeplast aims to develop 100% algae-based packaging within five years, Frederic Scheer, managing director of the subsidiary, told FoodProductionDaily.com.

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Long term vision critical for sustainable packaging

Food and drink packaging’s sustainability could be improved through more developed analytical software, wider use of consumer communication tools and more varied and detailed information, according to one leading academic...

Health with a dash of color: Sunsweet Bakery launches plum-infused purple baked goods

Sunsweet Bakery has launched a new line of purple colored plum-infused baked goods that offer a tasty, new experience with a ‘myriad of health benefits’, it says.

Unilever & Nestlé tell Oxfam to bring other stakeholders to food ethics table

Unilever and Nestlé say Oxfam missed an opportunity for a wider and more comprehensive debate about food ethics after the NGO published a damning report on the supply chains of...

The Real Bread Campaign slams UK industrial loaf sector on ‘wholemeal’ and ‘wholegrain’ misuse

The Real Bread Campaign has slammed UK industrial bread manufacturers on the misleading use of ‘wholemeal’ and ‘wholegrain’ and has called for meaningful legal definitions and robust regulation.

New cocoa powder taps rising consumer demand for intense flavour, says ADM Cocoa

ADM Cocoa has introduced a new intense cocoa powder at Gulfood in Dubai this week, tapping into consumer interest in richly coloured and intensely flavoured cocoa products.

FPD: people on the move February 2013

FoodProductionDaily.com takes a look at the key moves that have taken place in the industry this past month. Husky, Mocon and Eriez are some of the firms involved in the...

Snacking on global brand ideas with Euromonitor

The big eat: A shared global snack vision

A snack is a snack in every market making global brand building easier, a Euromonitor analyst says.

Vie de France consolidates production as demand outstretches capacity

Vie de France Yamazaki has closed a frozen bread facility in Chicago to shift production to a larger plant in Atlanta as demands and expansion plans outstretch capacity.

Ingredients and flavours drive double-digit development for Kerry

Irish food and ingredients giant Kerry Group has reported a 10.8% increase in operating profit for the year of 2012 on the back of strong growth driven by its ingredients...

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the...

Flour recall hits major US brands

Knock-on effect: US flour recall sifts through industry

A US flour and grain blend recall has hit major brands including Frito-Lay and Mondelez and forced widespread precautionary recalls on snacks, cereal and biscuit products.

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Snyder’s-Lance to cut costs and consolidate with Canadian plant closure

US snack firm Snyder’s-Lance said it will close a Canadian facility to cut costs and consolidate production.

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Gast to move air at ComVac

Gast Group is previewing its GAST and JUN-AIR ranges of air moving equipment and launching three oil-less rocking piston air compressors and vacuum pumps at ComVac, Hannover in April.

Breakthrough keeps ice cream cold while heating topping

Frozen food manufacturers can now create inexpensive ice cream desserts with toppings that can be heated in a microwave without melting the ice cream thanks to another breakthrough from Shieltron.

Pacepacker delivers cost effective pick and place solution

Food manufacturers can access more economical pick and place systems thanks to the launch of UK automated packing specialist Pacepacker Services' second hand Blu-Robot solutions.

Pregis tech support system aims to maximise efficiency

Pregis has implemented its predictive tech support system to try and prevent downtime before it occurs.

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