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Hot chips! Frito-Lay files European patent for microwaveable snack packs

Frito-Lay has developed a microwaveable snack pack that enables consumers to heat chips before eating.

Commission urged to stop delaying trans fat report

The European Commission should stop dragging its feet over its awaited trans fat report – and explain why it is already over six months overdue, says Socialist MEP.

SkinnyPop maker Amplify Snack Brands announces IPO of common stock

Austin, Texas-based Amplify Snack Brands has announced it will launch the initial public offering of its common stock, putting up 15m shares for sale. 

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EU grants protected status to UK Bramley apple pie filling

‘Traditional Bramley Apple Pie Filling’ has been added to the European register of Traditional Specialties Guaranteed (TSGs), says the European Commission.

Food-on-the-go helps Greggs to strong first half

Strong food-on-the-go sales helped high street baker Greggs to a 6.4% rise in total sales to £398M in first half results for the 26 weeks to July 4.

Grupo Bimbo: The multi-billion global acquisition trail

The world’s biggest bread maker has been on a spending spree over the past three years; splashing out on a Canadian artisanal buy last week, just one month after a...

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Klöckner Pentaplast joins ‘Save Food’ organization

 Klöckner Pentaplast has become one of the 300 members of the "Save Food" organization, to reduce the waste and loss of food.

Aluminum foil imported from Russia to the EU faces provisional anti-dumping tax

Aluminum foil, imported from Russia to countries in the EU, will be subject to a provisional anti-dumping duty, according to the Official Journal of the European Union.

Daily value percentage for added sugars on Nutrition Facts Panel is ‘premature’, say bakers

The FDA has acted prematurely in its proposal to include a percentage daily value (DV) of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts Panel because it comes ahead of the 2015...

'RFID technology will continue to grow, and the food industry will be one of its biggest users'

Avery Dennison is running pilot programs on its RFID technology to trace fresh food throughout the supply chain

Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) is running pilot programs on its RFID technology with retailers to trace fresh food, such as meat and poultry, throughout the supply...

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ConAgra Foods: Trans-fat labeling is a matter for the FDA, not the courts…

ConAgra Foods has urged a California court to throw out a lawsuit* alleging it misled consumers with the '0g trans-fat' claim on its Crunch 'n Munch popcorn, and stressed that...

Alan Hahn: 'We noticed it right away... the gluten was gone'

Could mushroom mycelium add a new dimension to the gluten-free market?

Speaking to FoodNavigator-USA at the 2015 IFT show, MycoTechnology CEO Alan Hahn recalls the moment his team discovered that mushroom mycelium (roots) could virtually eliminate the gluten in wheat and...

‘The goal would be to be everywhere’: Nourish Snacks launches in retail shops across US

Nourish Snacks is marking its entry into wholesale distribution after a strong debut year selling online.

'There’s going to be little tweaks in the direction of better-for-you because it isn’t just a niche group like granola people, it’s everybody'

Trendy snacks: Will seaweed, hummus and cassava spell the death of the potato chip?

The alternative chip craze has exploded with a flurry of root veg and plant products on shelf, but can they compete with or even kill off the infamous potato chip?

US consumers are pretty clueless about gluten, reveals new survey from NSF

While celiacs – by necessity – are pretty clued up about gluten, most Americans are less well-informed, with a sizable number erroneously believing rice and potatoes contain gluten, according to a...

The woman behind Element Snacks shares how to make it as an entrepreneur in “a man’s world”

Fundraising is a major challenge for entrepreneurs regardless of their gender, but women face unique hurdles that they must proactively address early or else risk not raising sufficient money to...

Wholegrain consumption may prevent early death

A high wholegrain intake may lower the mortality rate regardless of wholegrain type or cause of death, say researchers in a 120,000-strong Scandinavian cohort study.

The challenges of selling insects in Europe

EU regulation is confusing but with growing consumer demand, it's still an attractive market. FoodNavigator spoke to five companies about the challenges of selling insects in Europe.

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Boat to Plate mobile app traces the history of a fish through the supply chain

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland (GMRI) has partnered with The Nature Conservancy, Ecotrust Canada, and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association to develop an app that tells people the...

Breakthrough discovery for lowering arsenic in rice

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have made a breakthrough discovery in lowering levels of arsenic in rice.

Novipax to invest in a padded tray production line in Indianapolis

Novipax is adding a tray production line at its Indianapolis facility that provides processors with case-ready padded trays. 

‘Antiquated’ national flour fortification laws must be updated to meet WHO recommendations: Researcher

If iron flour fortification is to work sources and levels approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are required and actual consumption must be considered, says food fortification expert.

People on the move June 2015

Industry Movers June 2015: O-I, Crown, SPX and Rockwell

Who made it into our industry movers gallery for June of 2015 in the processing and packaging arena?

Citrus food flavouring is genotoxic, says EFSA

Citrus food flavouring perilla aldehyde causes DNA damage to the liver, says EFSA – a finding that calls into question the safety of nine other chemically similar flavourings.

Premier Foods sales hit by early Easter

Premier Foods has reported sliding sales in its first quarter results to July 4, due to this year’s early Easter, ahead of its annual general meeting yesterday.

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