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Chocolate appears to promote healthy blood vessels

Small daily doses of flavonoid-rich dark chocolate eaten over a two-week period significantly improved blood vessel function, report US researchers this week, without increasing blood cholesterol levels.

Buhler develops flavour-saving cocoa processing

A roasting system equipped with state-of-the-art debacterisation has been developed for US chocolate and cocoa producer Blommer. The process is claimed to preserve the properties of cocoa better.

UK government calls for lower energy foods

UK politicians have called for immediate industry action to counter the rising numbers of obese in the country, offering food marketers three years to show significant improvements in product labelling...

Health ministers support obesity strategy

The world's health ministers gave their support on Saturday to a new policy produced by the World Health Organisation that is designed to tackle the world's growing problem of obesity...

What plant managers need to know

Changes to laws governing waste, energy consumption and emissions are forcing plants to alter their methods of operation. Anthony Fletcher spoke to the UK Environment Agency's head of waste management...

Cargill settles price-fixing lawsuit

US Agro-food giant Cargill has confirmed that a $24 million class-action lawsuit accusing the US food giant of price-fixing will be settled following federal court approval. The end is now...

Acrylamide 'no risk' to reproduction

A new study conducted by the FDA says that acrylamide found in fried and baked goods is unlikely to cause reproduction problems if the general public consume it as part...

EU says yes to GM sweetcorn

The European Commission has given the nod to Sygenta's Bt11 genetically modified sweetcorn, granting authorisation for it to be sold within the European Union over the next ten years. Although...

Consumer focus for Barry Callebaut

Leading Swiss Chocolate processor Barry Callebaut says that on the back of strong six monthly results it will be looking to increase its presence in the consumer sector.

Cadbury Adams to build innovation centre

Cadbury Adams has signed a 16-year lease for a new science and technology centre that will be built in Hanover Township, in the state of New Jersey, US for confectionery...

New report uncovers trends in convenience packaging

A new report examining convenience packaging and serving size trends, from prepared meals to snacks and beverages, has been published.

Childhood obesity crisis highlighted

At least 155 million school-age children worldwide are overweight or obese, a growing problem which needs to be tackled now if more serious ailments such as type 2 diabetes or...

The more colours we see, the more we eat

A food product on the shelf must satisfy a range of senses to earn consumer appeal. But US scientists claim that little understood contextual cues - food display, colours -...

Chocolate sales rocket in Romania

The dynamic performance of the Romanian chocolate sector continues to gather pace with the announcement from Supreme Chocolat that it has increased its sales in the first quarter by an...

Kerry consolidates flavour position with new acquisitions

Acquisitive ingredients firm Kerry will spend €170 million on four bolt-on flavour acquisitions announced yesterday as the €3.7 billion Irish company continues to consolidate its position in the highly competitive...

Purchase order management software from ClearOrbit

Real-time supply chain execution (SCE) software provider ClearOrbit has launched Purchase Order Change Management, part of its Advanced Collaborative Replenishment Suite. PO Change Management automates the communication of order changes...

Ukraine nudges in on Russian caramel market

The all-important market for caramels in Russia continues to be encroached upon by cheaper imports from Ukraine helped by good sugar supplies, according to findings from a recent market report.

Fragmented consumer tastes dictate growth in snack market

In the thriving world of snacks the key to success for food developers will be in designing time-positioned, healthy and guilt free indulgences as the consumer becomes more fussy, says...

Foil protection for food packaging

Food manufacturers are increasingly turning to solutions that combine multiple security elements to protect products against counterfeiting, according to French foil manufacturer Kurz.

Scientist investigate eating patterns and obesity

As society ponders the reasons for the rising tide of obesity in children, researchers in the US suggest that the 'striking alterations' in children's meal patterns over the past 20...

Laima turns to Uzbekistan

Icelandic-Lativian confectionery producer Laima has confirmed that it is about to start caramel production in Uzbekistan in an attempt to fend off increased competition once enlargement has taken place.

Ireland to tackle chewing gum waste

Ireland is considering tough new proposals on waste management and recyling, including a programme to target the management of chewing gum waste - a move that could effect confectionery manufacturers...

'Nut-free' nut flavours for new labelling rules

The countdown begins to new food allergen labelling rules in Europe that herald an end to the 20 year old '25 per cent' rule. Taken together with escalating incidences of...

Making packaging sexy

Avery Dennison Roll Materials Europe has unveiled Fasson Iridescent, a multi-layered film that the company claims gives designers a creative means of achieving dazzling multi-colour shelf impact, without the use...

A weighty issue

Food manufacturers are under pressure to be able to trace every product at every stage of the supply chain. Equipment supplier Mettler Toledo explains the role of weighing and measuring...

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