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...
Fibre suppliers are hoping to benefit from sustained interest in
carbohydrate intake among European and US consumers, which is
currently driving leading food makers to reformulate a wide range
of their product lines.
The breakdown of the family unit and the increasingly hectic
lifestyles of today's consumers have had a major impact on sales of
one of the most traditional bakery products - cake. So could the
secret to revitalising the category...
Faced with rising costs for starch ingredients sourced from
stock-squeezed wheat and corn the global food industry is on the
look out for better value alternatives. A recent report on the
modified starch market suggests that the tropical...
Could the popularity of the much-vaunted - and much-criticised -
low-carb diet fad already be on the wane? Manufacturers have
invested heavily in new low-carb products to tap into the trend,
and stand to lose a lot if, as one survey...
Long-awaited changes to Europe's heavily subsidised sugar regime
are on the way after the European Commission tabled a new set of
rules that could lead to cheaper sugar ingredients, writes
Ministers in the EU recently blocked a move by biotech giant
Monsanto to launch a GM corn onto the market but finding a
favourable response in less cynical countries the firm said
yesterday that Argentina had given the green light.
The French are among the most frequent breakfasters in Europe,
according to a recent study - but traditional tastes are changing
rapidly with cereals beginning to take considerable market share
from the less trendy crackers and biscuits....
Food scientists continue in their quest to investigate the presence
of the potential carcinogen acrylamide in everyday food products
with Swiss researchers calling for further research into the
processing conditions of gingerbread,...
Demand for healthier oils and fats is increasing as obesity reaches
epidemic levels. The trend is also driving research efforts to
develop innovative methods to enhance oil and fat properties, say
market analysts at Frost & Sullivan.
As popularity soars for the low carbohydrate, high protein Atkins
diet scientists warn this week that even a 'moderately' high
protein diet could reduce a woman's chances of becoming pregnant.
Mounting criticism of...
Eating an egg a day does not impact the cholesterol particles in
the blood most likely to cause heart disease, according to a new
study that could play an important role in debunking myths
surrounding the role of eggs in the diet.
In 2003 Denmark banned trans fatty acids from food products over
fears that these hydrogenated fats could contribute to heart
disease. The rest of the EU as yet has no equivalent plans to
follow suit, but in the US the labelling of...
Opponents of the low-carb diet fad in the US have joined their
counterparts in the UK in calling into question the safety of the
weight-loss regime. But whether the protests will be loud enough to
be heard over the increasingly raucous...
The bakery sector is keeping up the pace as the fastest growing
market in food enzymes in the US, although recent controversy over
genetically modified organisms is set to eat into market growth as
food makers think twice before investing...
As grain stocks are depleted across the world, China's food
producers have found sourcing the commodity an increasingly
expensive and time consuming issue, writes Simon Pitman.
However, a report from independent intelligence...
Changing attitudes to the health benefits of foods and an increased
effort to solve technical and economic issues has raised support
for flour fortification among industry members, showed a meeting
held in London yesterday.
Scientists on both sides of the Atlantic are researching a
little-known cereal that could be used in breads for people with
gluten intolerance. It has also been found to have cancer-fighting
British promoters of carbohydrate-rich foods such as bread and
potatoes have repeatedly stressed that the low-carb Atkins diet fad
has had little or no impact on sales of their products. But this
has not stopped them from going to...
Three British food industry bodies have joined forces to promote a
new diet which they hope will prove just as popular as the low-carb
Atkins fad currently sweeping the nation - and which will, they
hope, get consumers eating carbohydrate-rich...