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Canadian firm to debut blended solution for vegetarian protein, fiber fortification

Canadian supplier Dealers Ingredients plans to debut its Profi one-stop solution for vegetarian protein and fiber fortification at the upcoming Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) trade show in Chicago....

ConAgra Foods in private label u-turn: ‘The time and energy we’re devoting to private brands is a suboptimal use of our resources’

ConAgra Foods has unveiled plans to divest its private label business less than three years after buying it via a $5bn mega-deal to acquire Ralcorp – a move it described...

SIT Group to build plant and targets growth

SIT Group is to build a flexographic plant in Italy which it hopes will be up and running by this time next year.

Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan

The insect protein market has been relying on its youthful enthusiasm and faith in sustainability but it needs a solid business plan to move forward, says Invenire as it seeks...

FDF launches gluten-free guide for best practice

The UK's Food and Drink Federation has published a free guide to help manufacturers adhere to EU labelling laws for gluten-free packaged products.

Guest article

Rotech: Top 10 reasons for coding offline

Richard Pether, director, Rotech, gives FoodProductionDaily his top 10 reasons for coding offline for highly automated manufacturing and packing operations.

Orkla and LiquiGlide sign exclusive licensing agreement for its slippery coating for packaging

Orkla has signed a licensing agreement with LiquiGlide  to use its slippery coating for mayonnaise products in the Nordics, Germany, Benelux and the Baltics.

News in brief

Quantrelle Packaging Solutions to double its facilities

Quantrelle Packaging Solutions is doubling the size of its facilities from 46,000 sq ft to 65,000 sq ft in London, to increase capacity in its clam packing, shrink wrapping, sleeve...

Cumin recall withdrawn after testing shows mahaleb not almond presence

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has backtracked on a recall of ground cumin because of almond after additional testing.

Sonoco supports Confederate Flag removal

Sonoco has joined calls to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State House.

Dow Paper Coatings sees a shift towards compostable and biodegradable paper products

Dow Paper Coatings has seen a shift towards a heightened interest in compostable and biodegradable paper products. 

Patent Watch

Nestlé files patent for ‘light’ but sturdy oven-puffed snack

Nestlé has developed a method that combines cold extrusion and oven baking to manufacture puffed, hollow snacks that are light to eat but resistant to breakage.

I.DEA PACK launches tray sealing machine at IPACK-IMA

I.DEA PACK has launched a tray-sealing machine to address the needs of factories that want a system where trays are moved with arms to sustain higher productivity rates.

“Shhh!” seaweed swell could tackle UK iodine deficiency

Edible algae could help tackle iodine insufficiency in the UK, but very few manufacturers are bragging about this nutrient content on pack, research finds.  

Grupo Bimbo to sweeten Spanish hold with Panrico acquisition

Grupo Bimbo is clearly looking to stretch into sweet bakery with the acquisition of local bakery Panrico SAU in Spain and Portugal, says Mintel.

Artificial-free cereals: Will Kellogg follow General Mills?

General Mills has set the bar high with a pledge to remove all artificial ingredients from its cereals by 2017 and Kellogg will likely follow suit, says a Euromonitor International analyst.

Flexible packagers ‘suffering’ from uncertain raw material supply

A spate of force majeure declarations by EU polymer manufacturers is putting industry under severe pressure, according to Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE).

Some cartels referred to illegal contacts as "the Club" or "Mafia" - EU

EU hits packaging firms with €115m antitrust fine

Eight manufacturers and two distributors of retail food packaging have been fined more than €115m for fixing prices and allocating customers of polystyrene foam or polypropylene rigid trays.

How effective is fortifying flour at reducing anaemia?

Fortifying flour with micronutrients is effective in decreasing national prevalence of anaemia, say researchers who looked at 32 different countries.

Comment

Fitness food is not mainstream, so stop selling it like it is

We’ve all been there – reached for a high protein, fiber dense, fatty acid-rich snack as a healthier option. But did we all hit the gym that day to compensate?...

Bakery fined after worker’s finger tip trauma

A Newcastle Bakery has been fined after one of its workers lost the tip of his middle finger in an incident with an unguarded machine.

Love With Food acquires Taste Guru as consolidation in subscription food services continues

Snack box delivery service Love With Food’s acquisition of competitor Taste Guru, a leader in the gluten-free food delivery sub-category, signals the burgeoning online food subscription category already is consolidating...

Double jeopardy: Do fitness foods make people eat more and exercise less?

Products flogging fitness may encourage weight-conscious consumers to eat more and exercise less – leading the scientists behind the research to call for closer monitoring of sports nutrition marketing practices.

High levels of inorganic arsenic in rice snacks, warns BfR

Industry must work to minimize levels of inorganic arsenic in rice and rice-based snacks as high levels pose a health risk to consumers, warns Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)....

IRI: C-stores ideal for snack NPD

Snack makers should seriously consider trialing new products in c-stores because consumers are happy to invest dollars into first-time buys, says IRI.

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