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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...

Constantia Flexibles to close confectionery & snack packaging plant

Constantia Flexibles is closing its confectionery and snacks flexible packaging plant in Bucharest, Romania, in July, axing 90 jobs.

Free2b Foods primes for free-from chocolate snacking expansion

Sun Cups maker Free2b Foods hopes to move beyond confections and into allergen-free snacks with investor VG Growth Partners.

Pension lawsuit against Grupo Bimbo-owned Canada Bread to be resolved in Q2

Union members at Multi-Marques, the Québec-based arm of Canada Bread, have demanded $6m in pension repayments for the 15 years the company is accused of cutting employee benefits. 

Our Little Rebellion targets better-for-you market with protein crisps and popped bean snack

Gluten-free snack firm Our Little Rebellion is debuting a line of bean snacks in the UK and Europe, and protein crisps in the US.

Boon Bean claims ready-meal success is due to the product and packaging

Boon Food Concepts says it has launched the first ready meal of its type for the chiller aisle in the Netherlands in a stand-up pouch.

‘Something other than sliced bread’: Signature Flatbreads eyes gluten-free after international expansion on convenience trend

UK firm Signature Flatbreads is considering gluten-free NPD after evolving into a multinational $100m enterprise.

Mondelēz’s new baked Ritz chips contain more fat than its Lay’s counterpart

Mondelēz has introduced a line of better-for-you potato chip products under its power cracker brand Ritz to the US market. But is it healthy?

One in five shoppers want more apps to help them reduce food waste: Survey

Over 20% of consumers would like technology to help them tackle food waste, a new survey has found.

Baobab could be the next big thing in gluten- and grain-free baking: Mintel

Baobab fruit powder is about to make the jump from superfood smoothie staple to gluten- and grain-free free baking ingredient, according to Mintel.

Unilever ranked at more than twice the value of KraftHeinz

Nestlé is the most valuable company in the world in terms of its corporate value and collective brand value while Unilever's total brand portfolio is over double that of KraftHeinz, according to a report....

Synthetic yeast creations pave way for improved food industry applications

Five new synthetic yeast chromosomes have been created could signal the advent of more nutritious food, less waste and improved processing efficiency, according to the team heading up the project. ...

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Tea Squares faces possible acquisition after securing Whole Foods shelf space

Natural snack startup, Tea Squares said it could be the next acquisition target by a major US CPG company, after the company recently secured listing at a Whole Foods store...

M&A

Thanasi boss expects more acquisitions in meat snacks space after ConAgra deal

Thanasi Foods' CEO Justin Havlick expects further M&A activity in the meat snacks category after ConAgra snapped up the Duke's maker last week. 

Fox’s Biscuits responds to daily retailer forecasting

Fox’s Biscuits has faced the challenge of daily retailer forecasting by installing FuturMaster software, which measures the Mean Absolute Percent Error (MAPE) of its orders.

General Mills’ pledge to counteract the world’s bee crisis with wildflowers

The Annie’s and Nature Valley maker has been selling its Honey Nut Cheerios’ boxes throughout the US this spring without the recognizable mascot.

Smartphone app FoodSwitch shows UK industry is lagging on salt targets

A smartphone app that allows consumers to scan products and suggests healthier alternatives they should buy instead has shown industry is falling behind on national  salt reduction targets, according to...

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Ferrero USA outlook positive with Fannie May Confections acquisition - analyst

Ferrero is to acquire all the equity of Fannie May Confections brands, including its subsidiaries Fannie May Confections and Harry London Candies from 1-800-Flowers.com for $115m.

Ulrick & Short launches sweetener that could halve sugar in sweet baked goods

British-based ingredients firm Ulrick & Short claims its avanté sweetener enables manufacturers to reduce sugar by up to 25% in frostings and as much as 50% in some sweet fillings.

Freedom Foods seals deal for US expansion and snaps up sports nutrition firm

Australian firm Freedom Foods is partnering with US management group AFT Holdings to expand into North America.

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