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Oatmeal beats ready-to-eat cereal on satiety, PepsiCo research shows

Remember the gluey texture of the oatmeal your mom served you as a kid? Turns out, this is a good thing, according to new research comparing the satiating effects of...

Boomers or bust: Is the $10bn US breakfast cereal market in a state of terminal decline?

On paper at least, boxed breakfast cereal ticks all the right boxes. It’s quick, great value for money, and nutritious - the perfect recession-proof food. 

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Amcor provides solution to lightweight needs

Amcor has helped a US-firm transform their marinade product line from glass to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for lower freight costs while maintaining brand image.

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Grupo Bimbo continues downwards profit slide

Grupo Bimbo’s profits slumped 9.4% for the first quarter of 2013, continuing the downwards trend that has shaped business for the last year.

Cain Foods partners with Nu-Tek to slash sodium in bakery

The US bakery sector can now reduce salt levels by up to 50% with access to Nu-Tek technology, says Cain Foods Ingredients.

FPD: People on the move April 2013 takes a look at the key moves that have taken place in the industry this past month. Ball Corporation, Sonoco and Tetra Pak are some of the firms involved in the...

Chr Hansen expands colouring food offering

Ingredient supplier Chr. Hansen says it has stepped up efforts to support food and drink manufacturers in making the switch to the 'next generation' of natural colours by expanding its...

‘Al-desko’ breakfast: Consumers want packaging innovation, says Mintel

The ‘al-desko’ breakfast trend has hit Britain and prompted consumer demands for re-sealable, easy to open cereal packs, says a Mintel analyst.

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H.B. Fuller adhesives suitable for food packaging

H.B. Fuller has launched three new products in its Flextra line of water-based, dry-bond, hybrid laminating adhesives for flexible packaging of food products.

Milk allergen risk prompts ConAgra RTE popcorn recall

ConAgra Foods has issued a precautionary recall on two varieties of Orville Redenbacher’s ready-to-eat popcorn due to the risk of undeclared milk allergens.

Packaging coating dramatically boosts gas barrier properties

Diamond-like-carbon (DLC)-coated polypropylene (PP) films with an organosilane interlayer improved gas barrier properties by 300 times compared to untreated material, according to researchers.

ADM edges closer to A$3.4bn GrainCorp takeover

ADM will put forward a third, higher bid of A$3.4bn ($3.5bn) for Australian bulk grains specialist GrainCorp after a full financial review of the company.

Juice producer automates deep-freeze storage

Suncup Juice, a frozen juice producer in Newark, NJ, reportedly has reduced warehouse labor, improved inventory and fulfillment accuracy, and cut product damage in its deep-freeze warehouse with an automated...

Kraft drops its MilkBite milk and granola bars. But were they doomed from the start?

In February 2012, Kraft unveiled a category first: MilkBite milk and granola bars for the refrigerated dairy aisle combining “real milk” (and as much calcium as an 8floz glass of...


Do you know your consumer?

The complex consumer has less money to spend, won't compromise on quality and wants choice. But do you know what drives them?

Nanomaterials in focus

Nan-no or nan-yes for nanotechnology in packaging?

Nanomaterials and their use in food and packaging has been a constant source of debate which has intensified recently with a number of arguments on both sides put forward.

China 'sparked idea' behind whey protein bakery improvers: Arla Foods Ingredients

China was part of the inspiration behind the development of whey protein bakery improvers, a senior manager at Arla Foods Ingredients says.

Gluten-free app could drive nutrition innovation, says research fellow

A gluten-free scanning app in Australia could prompt industry to improve nutritional content and label on-pack, says a research fellow from the George Institute for Global Health.

Robots with soft touch could benefit processing

A team of researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have come up with robotic technology that offers precise, gentle handling of materials; the technology could have...

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United Biscuits goes bite-sized with McVitie’s cakes

The growing demand for bite-sized treats in the UK has sparked United Biscuits the develop miniature varieties of two of its McVitie’s cake brands, it says.

PepsiCo bites into Southeast Asia with expansion partnership

PepsiCo will push its snacks brands further into Asia in a new deal with Swiss market expansion specialist DKSH.

Pushing the boundaries: Can we take salt reduction to the next level?

Is industry at the limit of what it can realistically achieve in lowering salt levels, or will a new wave of scientific developments and innovative technologies help to push the...

Pea protein + soluble fiber may slash cholesterol levels: Animal data

Combining pea protein with oat fiber or apple pectin may help reduce cholesterol, with the effects being additive, suggests new results from the University of Milan in Italy.

Weidenhammer innovates and expands to overcome Europe's malaise

Packaging firm Weidenhammer has entered Chile in a move it believes, together with constant investment in innovation, will more than offset struggles in the harsh European market.

Auditor: avoid printer maintenance at your peril

Food manufacturers are avoiding printer maintenance and facing higher waste and even recall costs as a consequence, according to Martyn Lynch, managing director and chief executive at Abington auditors.

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