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Treofan creates matte effect film for potato chips, cookies & chocolate

BOPP specialist Treofan has created a matte film effect for potato chips, cookies and chocolate in response to consumer demand for retro-look packaging.

Advances in wearable Smart Glasses will outpace handheld technology

By the end of the year, manufacturers will see ‘transformational’ wearable technology in the consumer market, which will overtake sales of handheld devices, says NSF International.

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UK popcorn and crisp brand Yumsh Snacks enters chocolate category

Manchester-based Yumsh Snacks has started producing Bean & Pod chocolates while waiting for its manufacturing facility to be certified free-from, CEO Tony Goodman told BakeryandSnacks.

Smucker Foods linked to E. coli O121 outbreak

E. coli O121 has sickened 25 people in Canada with a link to flour.

ADM ramps up sweetener investment with French acquisition

Agri-food giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will continue its investment into sweeteners and starch production in Europe with the planned acquisition of French wheat processing plant Chamtor.

Health watchdog takes legal action against Kellogg, Weetabix, Walgreens and others for acrylamide in ‘Disney’ animal crackers

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has launched legal action against several US biscuit manufacturers and retailers for allegedly failing to warn consumers about the high levels of acrylamide (AA)...

Tiny but Mighty Popcorn targets Target, Costco and Publix shelf space with new packaging

Family-owned Tiny but Mighty Popcorn has redesigned the packaging of its entire product line with paintings created by Iowa native artist, Grant Wood. 

Pastinos takes on the premium snack market with better-for-you pasta snack

UK brand Pastinos is targeting health-conscious snackers with a crunchy pasta snack as sales of regular pasta falls victim to the health kick.

'Fibre is the only option to turn our comfort foods from toxic to therapeutic,' says FiberFlour founder

What made a practicing doctor give up medicine to create and supply a high-fibre flour? “I saw an opportunity to be infinitely more effective in preventing disease in the first place. Fibre...

Scientists have developed a wheat that could aid the world’s malnourished millions

Test results found the wheat increases the digestibility of phosphorus, calcium and other minerals in poultry.

MEPs oppose GM approvals but Commission will have the final say

EU member states yesterday voted against the introduction and renewal of GM grains in Europe but failed to reach a binding majority, leaving the president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker...

Clearview Foods introduces Veggie Sticks and Fruit Sticks to its better-for-you snack line-up

Clearview Foods, the better-for-you (BFY) snacking development division of Snyder’s-Lance, has introduced multiple flavors of Veggie Sticks and Fruit Sticks under its Snack Factory brand. 

Gourmet breads on trend, says Bridor

French artisan bakery maker Bridor says consumers are eating less bread, but are demanding higher quality when they do indulge.

UK leads Western European savory snacks market, says Euromonitor

Savory snacks in Western Europe posted a total retail value of around $26bn in 2016, but the category has only grown grew by 1.8% since 2011, falling behind the global...

Nestlé "very concerned" over deforestation links to Wilmar palm oil

Nestlé says it is "very concerned" by allegations that its palm oil supplier Wilmar International has again been implicated in sourcing palm oil from the protected Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia, according...

Researchers create gluten-free bread with bubbles (but without the additives)

Researchers have developed gluten-free bread with the same fluffy, bubble texture as wheat bread - without using any additives or gums - simply by using rice flour that has been milled and processed in...

Better quality snack food drives Allpax retort machinery sales

Allpax has seen a rise in demand for its retort machinery, thanks to a trend towards better quality shelf-stable products and convenience packaging.

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Rob Scoines appointed GM of Sanitarium NZ

Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing operation has named Rob Scoines as its general manager in New Zealand.

CSM Bakery Solution’s ancient grains bread mix given new life to boost UK craft bakers’ profits

CSM Bakery Solutions has revitalized its Pantique Ancient Cereals bread mix a with a new name – Pantique Ancient Grains Ultimate bread mix – and a bolder baked appearance.

France's food waste ban: One year on

Has the French system of penalties for supermarkets wasting surplus food really worked? 

EFSA to recommend daily intake values for added sugar by 2020

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish a scientific opinion on how much sugar can be included in a healthy diet by 2020, it has confirmed.

Purity protocol standardization may drive gluten-free snacks price down: says association

The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) has teamed up with several major North American oat processors to standardize the gluten-free screening process, commonly known as the purity protocol. 

General Mills’ earnings take a plunge amid price war

The Cheerios maker reported its seventh straight decline in quarterly sales, with a 5% decline in sales for Q3, due to gaps in pricing and increased promotional activity.

FDF offers manufacturers guidelines on how to optimize their packaging systems

From organic food to eco-labels, sustainable sourced ingredients and traceability, the UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published a set of manufacturer guidelines to optimize their packaging systems to...

A 20% sugar cut by 2020? ‘It won’t be possible,’ says FDF

A 20% sugar cut across all food categories by 2020 – as per voluntary targets set by the UK government – is not technically possible, nor would it be acceptable...

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