All news articles for December 2023

A range of fruits can be used as the basis for sweeteners. Image Source: John Wang/Getty Images

Health and taste from fruit-based sweeteners

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Fruit has been used for sweetness in Europe since before we even knew about refined sugar. It’s still in widespread use as the basis for sweeteners.

Bakers need to add another dimension to their business to stay relevant. Pic: GettyImages/George Peters

Better than sliced bread: The evolution of bakery catering

By Gill Hyslop

More affordable than restaurant and most fast-food offerings – and arguably a better quality and healthier option than what’s found in supermarket – the snacking category in the bakery sector is fast becoming a class of its own.

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ADM acquires Revela Foods, expands dairy flavor capabilities

By Deniz Ataman

Revela's dairy flavor ingredients and solutions will add new capabilities to Archer-Daniels-Midland's existing global dairy and savory flavors portfolio. With Revela’s projected sales of almost $240m in 2023, the acquisition will strengthen...

The European Union's deforestation bill is triggered at the end of 2024. Is the cocoa sector ready? Pic: EU

Free-to-listen webinar - Speakers Announced!

Time’s up: EUDR webinar - speakers announced - how ready is cocoa?

By Anthony Myers

ConfectioneryNews will be presenting a special live webinar on Tuesday 23 January 24 at 17:00Paris / 10:00AM Chicago to discuss the new requirements for market access for cocoa and chocolate suppliers into the European Union.

Increased food and drink costs are a challenging but accepted outcome of high overall inflation rates. Yet when overall inflation reduces, but food inflation remains elevated, this brings with it confusion and questions. GettyImages/LordHenriVoton

‘Greedflation’ muddies the food industry’s financial landscape

By Natasha Spencer-Joilliffe

Latest figures show that although inflation in Europe’s euro-using countries has slowed, real food inflation remains higher and seemingly undeterred, raising questions about whether unfair profiteering and competition are to blame.

It's going to be a happy Christmas for JF Renshaw's 200-strong workforce, whose jobs have been saved after the company was acquired by British Bakels. Pic: GettyImages

125-year-old UK icing and marzipan producer saved from administration

By Gill Hyslop

The future of JF Renshaw – which has been supplying the UK and international bakery sector with ready to roll icing, marzipan, frostings, caramel and mallows since 1898 – has been secured following a sale of the business and its assets to British Bakels...

Lay's is further reducing the sodium content in its Classic Potato Chips by 15%. Pic: GettyImages

The changing taste profile of Frito-Lay snacks

By Gill Hyslop

PepsiCo is reducing the sodium content in Lay’s Classic Potato Chips by 15% but aims to maintain – and even ramp up – the taste by using natural seasonings, potato varieties and playing around with the shapes and sizes of salt crystals to optimise flavour...