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Unilever reveals it halted cornflake production in Israel over bacterial contamination

Unilever’s cornflakes have been in the spotlight in Israel after testing by the company revealed a bacterial contamination.

Closing the gap: How can businesses tackle bakery industry skills shortage?

More than three-quarters of US bakery businesses say there is a serious shortage of engineering and maintenance staff, according to a new study that also found demand for production and R&D...

Financial Results

Hershey reports Q2 growth, continuing to target ‘snackfection’ trend

Hershey has posted 3.7% net sales growth in its second quarter results as it gears up to launch a 'snackfection' item later this year.

Zeelandia selling bakery machinery business to focus on ingredients

Koninklijke Zeelandia Groep is selling its bakery machinery division to Everbake as it focuses its business on ingredients supply.

Kraft brings Planters Peanuts to China’s competitive snacking nuts market

Kraft Foods has officially introduced its Planters Peanuts brand to China for the first time. 

Döhler grows US presence with botanical extracts supplier Teawolf

Germany-based ingredients business Döhler is ramping up its US presence with the acquisition of botanical extracts and tea business Teawolf.

Mondelēz adapts Milka to local tastes for China launch

Mondelēz International has tailored its Milka brand to Chinese tastes ahead of September launch for the power brand in the emerging Chinese market. 

KM Packaging targets food waste stats with resealable lid for snacks

KM Packaging, which makes lidding for ready meals and pre-made flexible packaging for confectionery and bakery products, has launched a resealing film called K Reseal that can be opened and...

Grupo Bimbo US performance hindered by pressure in private label

Pressure on volumes in the US private label bread market has offset growth in Grupo Bimbo brands, the company has reported.

Researchers unlock secrets of making high-quality breads with teff

Bakers need to carefully select ingredients - and adjust bread-making processes – if they aim to produce high-quality breads with wheat and teff flour, say researchers.

Bimbo takes Eureka national as US organic bread category soars 18%

Bimbo Bakeries has rolled out its Eureka brand nationally as US demand for organic bread continues to grow.

ConAgra tightens business focus through sales of JM Swank and Spicetec

Slim Jim owner ConAgra Foods has sold its JM Swank and Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings businesses.

Unconventional retailers present distribution opportunities for high-end sweets and snacks

Premium confections and snacks could find new distribution opportunities in unconventional places as more fashion and design retailers start stocking select on-the-go food and beverages that will help fuel and...

General Mills E.coli alert: Flour recall extended as number of sick grows

General Mills has extended the recall of flour linked with an E.coli outbreak for a second time following new tests and more consumers falling ill.

Gruma: US snack firms drive corn flour demand - but tortilla sales fall

Mexican tortilla and corn flour supplier Gruma – owner of brands including Mission and Guerrero – says US snacks manufacturers are showing a growing appetite for its corn flour.

Taiwan reviews safety of two flour additives

Taiwan’s food safety authorities are evaluating whether regulations governing the use of two additives to flour products should be amended.

Weis Markets recalls 30 bakery products in metal contamination alert

Weis Markets, which operates about 160 retail stores in Mid-Atlantic states, has recalled 30 bakery products over fears they may contain metal fragments.

General Mills: 1,100 jobs under threat from plans to axe lines in Brazil, China and US

General Mills is set to close production lines in Brazil, China and the US - with the potential loss of almost 1,100 jobs - as part of plans to improve...

IFT video vox pop: What do US businesses think of TTIP?

TTIP may not even be finalised yet but given its potential impact on issues from trade to food safety, consumer perception to the names we give our food, it has...

Dispatches from IFT 2016

Oxygen power: Neo-Pure tech aims to ease bakery product recalls

Pacific Grain and Foods, one of the largest bakery ingredients suppliers in the US, has become Agri-Neo’s first US client to purchase its latest food safety technology Neo-Pure.

News in brief

RF Biocidics pasteurization process for raw almonds certified

RF Biocidics has received certification for its system to pasteurize raw almonds.

Mondelēz 'in talks' to acquire Cadbury biscuits license from Burton’s

Mondelēz International has allegedly approached UK’s Burton’s Biscuits for its license to produce Cadbury biscuits, according to reports.

Nut-free trend pushes Snyder’s pretzels into peanut-free production facility

Cape Cod chips manufacturer, Snyder’s-Lance has made its pretzel production facility peanut-free in order to accommodate the increasing consumer demand for allergen-free snacks.

Gryphon satisfies its sweet tooth with second dessert acquisition

Private equity firm, Gryphon Investors, has agreed to acquire Lawler Foods, which manufactures gourmet cheesecakes, layer cakes, pies and other desserts for retail and foodservice customers across North America.   ...

Berry Plastics to close New York packaging plant in line with business restructure

Berry Plastics Group has announced it will close a consumer packaging manufacturing site in Dunkirk, New York, axing 50 jobs.

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