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Grupo Bimbo makes green strides with Mexican wind energy

Grupo Bimbo will power most of its Mexican operations with renewable wind energy generated from a new farm in the south of Mexico.

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Kellogg donates $500,000 to Hurricane Sandy relief

The Kellogg Company has committed a cash and food donation of $500,000 to relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

Dispatches from Pack Expo

Clear clamshell wins consumer packaging vote

Clear plastic clamshell packaging won the consumer vote in a recent eye tracking survey conducted for materials manufacturer Klockner Pentaplast, results of which  it revealed at Pack Expo 2012 in...

Wheat price spikes will protect manufacturers in the long-run: Analyst

Sky-high wheat prices will deter use of the grain for feed and thus secure supplies for bakery and snack manufacturers in the long-run, according to an analyst.

DISPATCHES FROM PACK EXPO 2012, CHICAGO

Bosch launches flow wrapper at Pack Expo

Bosch Packaging Technology is slashing waste and boosting shelf life with the introduction of a new flow wrapper at Pack Expo 2012 in Chicago.

Greenpeace urges food companies to check palm oil suppliers' sustainability score

Greenpeace has published a scorecard rating palm oil producers’ sustainability efforts, in order to provide food and other consumer goods companies with better information about how their palm oil is...

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USDA issues Hurricane Sandy food safety warning

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has urged people to take immediate steps to ensure their food is kept safe as Hurricane Sandy approaches....

Nutrition runs up front in the US snack bar race: Rabobank

Nutrition and energy bars head up the soaring $6bn US snack bar market, according to a new report.

Energy-saving mist technology available on industrial scale

A novel baking process using a climate chamber that produces mist can now be used on an industrial scale to half energy savings in the fermentation process compared to conventional...

DISPATCHES FROM PACK EXPO 2012

PTI showcases packaging solutions at Pack Expo

PTI Inspection Systems is displaying a range of packaging solutions, including packaging machinery and testing systems, at trade show Pack Expo in Chicago.

Beige apocalypse: Why have bread volumes nosedived in the past five years in the FDMx channel?

Pound volumes of bread & rolls, ready-to eat breakfast cereals and wheat-based cereal bars have plummeted in the past five years in the US food, drug and mass channel as...

Flowers Foods expands its bakery empire in the West Coast with Sara Lee/Earthgrains licensing deal

Flowers Foods has expanded its bakery empire with the acquisition of certain Sara Lee and Earthgrains assets and trademarks in California and Oklahoma City from Grupo Bimbo subsidiary BBU, Inc,...

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PepsiCo revamps Quaker snack

PepsiCo has revamped its Quaker Quakes snacks with a new name and new look.

IOI Loders Croklaan opens new oils and fats refinery

IOI Loders Croklaan has opened a new oils and fats refinery in Wormerveer in the Netherlands, with a particular focus on sustainably sourced oils.

‘Relocalization’ of the US wheat industry: Opportunities and challenges

US bakers are keen to source wheat locally but consistent high quality and supply would need to be guaranteed, a study finds.

Grupo Bimbo net profit slumps 83% for Q3

High raw material prices and costly integration of Sara Lee operations led to a sharp net profit slump for Mexican bread titan Grupo Bimbo in the third quarter (Q3).

CFBAI kids’ cereals: Out with the bad, in with the good

Cereal firms with products targeted at children have invested in sodium and sugar reductions and nutrient fortification in balance, according to the vice president of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising...

CSM’s soon-to-be axed bakery business shines in Q3

CSM’s soon-to-be axed bakery supplies business shined in the third quarter alongside a ‘satisfactory’ performance of the future bio-based business, its CEO said.

Hostess: Our chances of exiting Chapter 11 will ‘evaporate’ if union members strike

Twinkies-maker Hostess Brands says it hopes it will be able to exit Chapter 11 in a few months, but has warned employees in the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain...

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Placon expands food container range

Placon has expanded its range of food packaging available with up to 100% post-consumer recycled content.

Warburtons and Openfield to strengthen supply chain relationship

Warburtons and UK grain cooperative Openfield have created two new roles to drive standards and connections throughout their joint supply chain in a volatile and challenging wheat market.

Dispatch from IPA 2012

Manufacturers' 'bold gamble' on R&D

European food and drink manufacturers are making a "bold gamble" on research and development (R&D) investment in the tough economic climate, according to results from the latest IPA 2012 survey....

Trendwatch: Traditional foods get 'snackified'

'Snackified' traditional foods are among the latest snack trends on show at SIAL in Paris this week, where better-for-you snacks have made a strong appearance.

Premier needs to address ‘sensitive’ distribution issue: Analyst

Premier Foods has split its bread business and upped sales in Hovis over the last quarter, but it has a lot more work to do and distribution is the sensitive...

Whole Grains conference day three: Meeting the school lunch guidelines… “It feels like we jumped off a cliff’

While “there is no doubt” that revamping school lunches will benefit children’s health, the speed with which schools are having to implement the new rules has made compliance extremely difficult...

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