Breakthroughs in the lab provide food makers with a competitively
priced technology designed by Danish enzyme leader Novozymes to cut
the artery-clogging trans fats out of food products, writes
The UK's competition watchdog has moved to calm a potential storm
between the government and the food and drink industry after
warning an industry association that new goals for healthier
products could lead to a breach of competition...
This year's Czech harvest has been hailed as the best since 1993,
producing almost nine million tonnes of crops, showing that the
farming industry has recovered well from a poor 2003 and the
disastrous floods of 2002 - just in...
The rising pressure on US food producers to play their part in
improving the health of the world's fattest nation has led Kraft
Foods to promise more nutritional information on selected snack,
dairy and beverage products - a...
Confectionery manufacturers are increasingly turning to other food
categories to drive growth, building on the strong brand awareness
of their products to garner additional profits, suggest market
Another cooker-extruder line from UK-based APV Baker is on its way
to South America to help a long-established family cereal company
increase its production as it strives to stay ahead of the leading
Food manufacturers offering products with a low glycaemic value
will help generate the necessary evidence to convince sceptics of
the merits of the nutritional strategy, suggests an industry
expert, even if they cannot carry a health...
A new bakehouse to be used exclusively to make gluten-free products
for those with special dietary needs has been opened by US-based
natural and organic supermarket Whole Foods Market, giving the
company a lead in providing fresh...
UK beverage group Diageo has sold 49.9 million shares in US company
General Mills to reduce debt, while US-based Sara Lee is to shed 60
of its smallest businesses to invest in its leading brands.
Elsewhere, Spain has instigated a...
The last 18 months or so have been tough for Cerealia, with
profitability well down on previous years as a result of a number
of disposals designed to refocus the group on a smaller number of
business units. But replacing disposed...
This week has seen more trials and tribulations in the Atkins diet
saga with the Partnership for Essential Nutrition launching a
campaign to prevent marketers of low-carb diets from distributing
information through the nation's...
UK wheat quality has been pushed even further below the national
three-year average, according to the first survey of wheat
harvested during the worst period of the UK's summer rain,
confirming fears that bad weather will place...
Cunning investment, joint ventures and an expanding foods division
have helped Irish baked goods and agribusiness group IAWS to
increase pre-tax profits by 19 per cent for the year to July. But
conditions in the agricultural sector...
Month-on-month growth for Tate & Lyle's zero calorie sweetener
will offset a dip in figures at the firm's European starch
operations as long term investment in added-value ingredients
starts to pay off.
Buhler has unveiled the latest model in its range of extrusion
systems. The BTSK-30 is a co-rotating twin-screw extruder, which
the company claims is suitable for laboratory use and corresponding
Low-carb diets are still on the fringe of British eating habits,
with high drop-out rates and consumer cynicism over health
benefits, according to a new report - confirming the UK bakery
industry's view that low-carbs pose no...
A new campaign to reduce sugar levels in foods and consumer diets
in order to tackle the national obesity problem is reportedly being
considered by the UK government, to run after the current attack on
salt is over, writes Chris Mercer.
Heavy summer rain has been blamed for hampering this year's UK
wheat harvest as early results show that quality is lower than the
national average for the last three years - something which has led
to price increases in the UK...
The consumption of baking mixes in the Asia Pacific region may be
low, but a rash of new launches on the market suggests that all
that might be set to change, as time-starved households move
towards quicker, easier alternatives.
Fibre-fever may be the new trend poised to sweep the United States
food industry over the next few years as low-carb diets begin to
stutter and the US government raises the bar for healthy eating -
good news for bakers, pasta makers...
Functional bakery products trail behind beverages and dairy in
terms of the global functional food market but in one European
market - Germany - functional bread is showing good growth,
according to market analysts Euromonitor.
Finnish bakery group Fazer has begun a three-year programme
promoting the health benefits of rye-based products - everything
from cancer prevention to reducing the risk of coronary heart
disease. And one company at least is hoping...
Ahead of new rules on the labelling of trans fatty acids in the US
due in 2006, biotech group Monsanto has designed low-linolenic
soybeans that can make a soybean oil for food firms looking to
eliminate trans fats in food formulations.
Despite tough new rules on GM food labels, food makers will stick
to non-GM alternatives as new evidence from the UK shows British
consumers will continue to refuse to buy foods containing biotech
Britons are already the Europeans most likely to skip meals on a
regular basis - a trend which has made them the snacking champions
of Europe - but a new report suggests that irregular mealtimes are
likely to become even more widespread...
The streets of any French town are lined with stores selling
sandwiches, from chains such as La Brioche Dorée and Paul to
individual kiosks, but all of them have something to fear - the
growing importance of multiple grocers.
The effect of trans fatty acids (TFAs) on heart health may be
greater than that of saturated fatty acids, according to scientists
from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), but only when
consumed at equivalent levels. Further...
Low-carb foods continue to pose a major threat to grain-based food
producers, but bakers are not taking the challenge lying down.
Indeed, one grain-users association in America, the market hardest
hit by the low-carb phenomenon, has...
Recent media reports suggesting the end is nigh for carb-cutting
diets appear to be a little premature, with the latest market
research from the US suggesting that there is still substantial
interest in the low-carb regime, writes...
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has decided
to pursue its investigation into alleged dumping of the
hydrocolloid ingredient purified carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) after
an initial complaint by Aqualan, a division...
Efficient, profitable baking is not just a question of having the
right equipment for the job - it is also knowing how to use it
properly. With this in mind, Spooner Vicars, the UK supplier of
bakery equipment, runs regular customised...
The UK's food watchdog is keeping a close eye on emerging research
for the chemical acrylamide, a potential carcinogen discovered in
crisps and French fries two years ago and which ignited a raft of
new research to assess the...
Eleven Technology, a providor of mobile workforce effectiveness
solutions has supplied US-based Gold Medal Bakery with its recently
developed Smartselling application suite for its field sales
handheld and web-based software solution...
UK-based Turkington Industries is expanding its presence in the US
after agreeing to buy the Golsboro, North Carolina plant that
currently belongs to UK bakery equipment provider APV baker, part
of the Invensys Group.
The complex issue of carbohydrate labelling fired up by the
low-carb trend will move up a gear next month when the FDA is
expected to release proposed rules on how information about
carbohydrates should appear on the nutrition facts...
Confirming reports from the likes of Kellogg and Anheuser-Busch, a
new survey suggests that the explosive growth rates for low-carb
products may be a thing of the past - but winning back former
customers will remain a difficulty for...
Spain's Food Safety Agency (AESA) has joined forces with FACE, the
organisation which supports the country's growing number of coeliac
sufferers, to ensure that foods labelled as suitable for those with
an intolerance to...
Law makers, consumer groups and industry continue to clash over the
use of GM ingredients in the European food chain, but a major
UK-based food science body asserts this week that genetic
modification has the potential to offer strong...
With Europe now enforcing some of the strictest rules in the world
on the traceability of genetically modified ingredients, companies
that can offer a tracked identity preservation system are likely to
gain from demand by food makers...