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Future of cocoa under threat as prices skyrocket due to bean shortages

By Anthony Myers

UPDATE: TUESDAY 26 MARCH 2024: Cocoa prices continued to rise this week. Earlier today the price of cocoa beans smashed through the $10,000 a ton for the first time in the futures market after posting gains all week - with chocolate makers passing on...

From the Superbowl to malnutrion and regenerative ag: PepsiCo’s global head of Social Impact talks trends in the social impact space

From exploiting the SuperBowl to fighting malnutrition in Guatamala and scaling up Black smallholder farmers in South Africa: PepsiCo’s global head of Social Impact talks trends in the social impact space

By Gill Hyslop

It’s bizarre to think that like fashion or food, there are emerging trends in the social impact and philanthropy spaces, but as C.D. Glin, global head of Social Impact at PepsiCo and president of the PepsiCo Foundation says, it’s the pointedness and emphasis...

The Modernist Bread School is designed to take budding home bakers through the art of breadmaking. Pic: GettyImages/mstwin

Learn the fundamentals of making crave worthy bread at home

By Gill Hyslop

The team behind the 2,438-page Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking – described as ‘the cookbook to end all cookbooks’ – is now offering free classes to master the art of breadmaking from the comfort of your kitchen.

Children will discover for themselves how Real Bread starts in a field, not a factory. Pic: Real Bread Campaign

Real Bread Campaign advocates growing your own loaf

By Gill Hyslop

UK food and farming charity Sustain and the Real Bread Campaign have published ‘Bake Your Lawn’ – just in time for spring wheat sowing and planning ahead for winter wheat planting – to inspire breadmakers (be they budding ones or professionals) to grow...

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Incredo Sugar G2 provides versatility across categories

By Deniz Ataman

Foodtech company Incredo expands its sugar reduction solutions with the launch of Incredo Sugar G2, a concentrated version of its clean label, protein-sucrose blend Incredo Sugar made from cane and/or beet sugar and a dairy- or plant-based protein to...

Délifrance's latest Prove It report takes a deep dive into consumer attitudes to bread. Pic: Délifrance

How to tap into the £7.8bn UK bread market

By Gill Hyslop

Brits’ love of bread shows no sign of slowing down and with the market forecast to rise 15% in value in the next two years, there’s a huge opportunity for bakers, foodservice operators and retailers to take a slice of this growth.

From 'swicy' to sour and fermentation, Puratos predicts an exciting year for the baked goods sector. Pic: GettyImages/Willie B. Thomas

On the rise: The top bakery trends for 2024

By Gill Hyslop

Gut health, fermentation, plants and the classics will dominate the headlines this year, according to Puratos’ proprietary Taste Tomorrow ‘always-on’ research program. But there’s more in store, too.

Shark Tank star Daymond John is among the lineup. Pic: SNAC International/GettyImages

Pulling out all the stops to address the hottest topics in snacks

By Gill Hyslop

Industry veteran Martin Otto and founder of FUBU and star of Shark Tank Daymond John are among the SNX 2024 speakers who will focus on industry trends, how to make it in an increasingly crowded space, artificial intelligence, the regulatory landscape...

High levels of a 'dangerous' agricultural chemical has been found in breakfast products marketed to children. Pic: GettyImages/bymuratedniz

How much chlormequat does your breakfast cereal contain?

By Gill Hyslop

A study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has brought a lesser-known chemical into the spotlight – used by the agricultural industry to optimise yield and harvest – but it comes with a warning.

Artificial intelligence is very quickly finding its space within the bakery industry. Pic: GettyImages

What do bread, romance and cancer have in common?

By Gill Hyslop

The launch of a range of AI-developed breads in flavors that invoke the feelings associated with love prompted an deeper search to find out what impact artificial intelligence is having on the bakery sector.

Is macauba a rainforest-friendly alternative to palm oil? GettyImages/MEDITERRANEAN

Is macauba a rainforest-friendly alternative to palm oil?

By Donna Eastlake

Palm oil is cheap to produce in large quantities but unsustainable production methods, notably deforestation, means the bad can far outweigh the good. As a result, brands are increasingly distancing themselves from the use of irresponsible palm oil in...

Are preservatives killing good gut bacteria? GettyImages/BDLM

Are preservatives killing good gut bacteria?

By Donna Eastlake

Research from the University of Chicago has found that one of the most widely used food preservatives, nisin, has a damaging effect on the good bacteria in our gut

High-protein is projected to be the fastest growing segment within dairy yogurt this year, with a growth rate of 17.2%, according to Circana. Image: Getty/YelenaYemchuk

High-protein dairy is booming, but how 'healthy' is it?

By Teodora Lyubomirova

Danone has become the latest manufacturer to release a range of high-protein dairy products in the UK. But can high-protein yogurts - that typically contain thickeners, starches and sweeteners - really be considered ‘healthy’?

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