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Emerging markets, infant formula drive H&W over €600bn

Ongoing bullish emerging markets and a strong infant formula sector have helped drive the global health wellness sector to $774bn (€614bn) this year, according to Euromonitor International.

The sky’s the limit as Iggesund Paperboard wins airline deal

Iggesund Paperboard has won a partnership with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) to supply its passengers with its folding box board Incada.

United Biscuits to roll out waste cooking oil for lorries

United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability initiative by using waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorries and plans to roll out the project further across the business.

Graze targets mums with ‘big box’ subscription snacks

Graze realizes subscription snacking opportunities stretch far beyond its desk-friendly concept and is taking a leap into sharing with big box varieties, its CEO says.

Packing nutritional punch: Weetabix calls out low salt, fat and sugar front-of-pack

Weetabix has redesigned its pack to draw attention to the cereal's nutritional value in a crowded marketplace, its senior brand manager says. 

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Canadian investment firm acquires premium bakery English Bay Batter

Kilmer Van Nostrand has acquired dough and premium cookie specialist English Bay Batter and plans to drive the business deeper into North America.

Colored potatoes double antioxidant activity in extruded snacks: Study

Extruded snacks made from colored-flesh potatoes have antioxidant levels two to three times higher than regular potato varieties, a study finds.

Smurfit Kappa to acquire US Bates Container for $150m

Smurfit Kappa has agreed to acquire Bates Container, a non-integrated corrugated packaging manufacturer in the US.

Crunchy, chewy, and fizzy? PepsiCo seeks to patent chewy granola snacks with carbonated candy

PepsiCo is seeking to patent a method of making chewy granola bars, bites and other snack products containing carbonated ‘fizzy’ candy. 

Annie’s appeal? It’s recession-proof for General Mills, says consultant

General Mills will succeed with Annie’s because the kids’ organic sector is brimming with promise and recession-proof, says a consultant.

Kellogg UK drops cholesterol-management cereal Optivita

The Kellogg Company has delisted its oat-based Optivita brand in the UK following a decline in consumer demand, but one analyst says the cereal could have suffered from health claim...

Coles banned from ‘fresh’ bread claims for 3 years

Australian retail major Coles has been banned from making ‘freshly baked’ bread claims on its par-baked products in store following a lengthy court case with the Australian Competition and Consumer...

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Garden Cut launches ‘easier to identify’ branding and label design

Garden Cut, part of Indianapolis Fruit Company, has launched a branding and label design for its pre-cut and ready-to-use products in retail stores. 

Steady growth for North American folding carton market

PPC: It’s important to keep an open dialogue with Europe to anticipate domestic challenges

The total value of US carton shipments is expected to reach $9.5bn by 2018 but one of the biggest concerns is increasing boxboard prices, according to the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC).

Bakery fined after employee breaks arm in dough mixer

Newform Holdings Pty has been fined AUS$9,000 after an employee’s arm was broken when it was trapped in a dough mixer.

From ancient grains to 'industrial artisanal' production: Rabobank unlocks the growth opportunities in baked goods

Sales of packaged bakery products have been sluggish for years as shoppers have shifted their focus from the center of the store to the perimeter, but there are pockets of...

Reformulation ‘won’t solve obesity’

Reformulation is not the sole solution to obesity, as health-conscious consumers could be increasing their calorie consumption by choosing low-sugar or low-fat products, according to research from AB Sugar.

Forget ‘Horsegate’ – How to avoid ‘Packaging Gate’

The ‘Horsegate’ scandal in 2013, where horsemeat was found in prepared frozen meat products and ready meals allegedly containing beef, was not a food safety but a food integrity issue...

Glanbia to kick-start gluten-free oat production

Glanbia Nutritionals will start milling gluten-free oats in November at its Irish food grade mill - verifying the entire process with a closed-loop supply chain.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Global reducion of fats in bakery won't be a one-size-fits-all solution, says researcher

With a growing pressure to reduce fats in baking scientists look at novel means of structuring fats and cite waxes oleogels and emulsions as potential alternatives, but this will depend on...

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Tomra Sorting opens €2.1m R&D centre in Dublin

Tomra Sorting has opened a €2.1m research centre in Citywest, Dublin, which includes an office, workshop, demonstration space, peeling process development lab, advanced optics lab and a sorting test facility.

Flavonoids for acrylamide reduction: Study

Flavonoids can effectively reduce acrylamide formation and there are low-cost methods of measuring the antioxidant activity to optimize impact, claim researchers.

Special edition: active and intelligent packaging

‘We want more self-destructive and edible packaging!’ Tomorrow Machine

Packaging which expands into a bowl and opens in the oven are just two inventions created by Swedish design duo Tomorrow Machine, who took time out to discuss their work...

UK consumers lack knowledge on salt in foods, says Sainsbury’s

Less than 10% of UK adults say they monitor salt intake ‘strictly’, with almost half revealing they do not monitor salt intake at all, according to new data.

Special edition: active and intelligent packaging

Tyler Packaging says augmented reality design app will save customers cash

Flexible packaging supplier Tyler has launched an augmented reality (AR) technology app it says will lower design costs for customers.

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