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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 -...

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.

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.

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.

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.

The International Year of Quinoa Launched

Ancient quinoa has future value in food security, says UN

The United Nations has hailed the ancient grain quinoa as a valuable and extraordinary crop that can help in the push forward on food and nutrition security.

Kamut International: ‘We believe our ancient wheat can become a culture and not a fad’

With some of the nation’s biggest organic brands already among its customers, Kamut International is anticipating even more growth as it expands the science behind its ancient grain to target...

Packaged Facts on the hottest food trends of 2013: Pulses, popped whole grains, quinoa, almonds and high-protein breakfasts

Expect more products containing beans and lentils, new quinoa-packed soups and entrees, high-protein nut and seed-based spreads, and more popped whole grains in US grocery stores this year, predicts market...

Pringles transforming Kellogg into global snack player, CEO says

The Pringles acquisition is helping Kellogg become a global player in snacks, CEO John Bryant said in presentation at the CAGNY meeting recently.

Around the world in numerous food labeling ways

Smart food labelling must emphasise good science and careful thought about consumer impact, the European Food Information Council has concluded after completing an exhaustive global survey.

Resistant starch may aid in IBD and cancer resistance: Study

A diet packed with resistant starch may help to prevent both inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer, say researchers.

Grupo Bimbo Q4 net profit plunges 81%

Increased financing costs and higher tax rates caused a plunge in net profit for Mexican bread titan Grupo Bimbo in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2012.

Natural antifungals from sourdough have food potential: Researchers

Powerful antifungal compounds produced from linoleic acid found in bread flour are the key reason for sourdough bread’s mould resistant properties, and have potential to be used in a host...

Tackling wheat woes and consumer taste: Puratos reformulates and launches new bread improvers

Puratos has reformulated and developed new market-specific bread improvers to address flour quality fluctuations and cater to consumer taste profiles, it says.

News in brief

Catalan bread obtains protected geographical status from EC

The European Commission has granted a PGI (protected geographical indications) label to the traditional Catalan bread ‘Pa de Pagès Català’.

News in brief

Frito-Lay cuts jobs at Rold Gold pretzel plant

Frito-Lay has confirmed jobs cuts at its Rold Gold pretzel facility in Canton but has refused to comment on reports that this is a result of declining pretzel sales.

Ultra-fine wheat bran plugs health and can improve texture and structure, says Limagrain

Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) has extended its fibre range with a new ultra-fine wheat bran ingredient that it says can improve structure, texture and nutrition in a broad range of...

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