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US hurricane to impact peanut prices?

Damage from Hurricane Ivan that struck the US last week could send prices for peanuts, a common confectionery ingredient, rising as reports suggest that virtually all of the nation's 2004...

Recyclable supply chain helps UB achieve savings

Leading UK biscuit and snack manufacturer United Biscuits (UB) has begun transporting products in recyclable flat-pack boxes in order to achieve cost savings and waste reductions.

Food policies to fight obesity rise, EU investigation

The European Commission is funding a project to find out how food labelling and advertising policies could be used to stem the rapid rise of obesity in many member states.

Indulgence factor raises chances of success for health foods

Almost all innovation in the UK's food industry is being driven by the three key themes, according to a new report, with those meeting criteria for all three likely to...

New soybean to slash harmful fats

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...

Public rejection of GM food mounts

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...

Towards healthier chocolate?

Confectionery giant Mars is one of several food companies collaborating on a new research project designed to provide more information about phytonutrients, beneficial compounds found in a range of products,...

British swap meals for snacking

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...

Tough year for Spanish confectioners

Product mix difficulties meant that Spanish sugar confectionery producers were unable to match increased volume sales with a rise in revenues in 2003. The children's confectionery market, in particular, failed...

Healthy results for Kerry

Ongoing demand for healthy products helped Irish food and ingredients firm Kerry to a strong first half performance. And with recent acquisitions pushing it into other high growth sectors, there...

Chocolate helps regulate blood flow

More research has underlined the heart health benefits of dark chocolate, shown in a Greek study to improve healthy blood flow and prevent clots forming.

Spanish confectioners bemoan almond shortage

One of Spain's most traditional Christmas delicacies, turron, could be in short supply this year after a disastrous harvest for the key ingredient, almonds.

Novel peptides herald next generation foods

Dutch ingredients company DSM revealed yesterday that its muscle recovery ingredient PeptoPro will be marketed in a new range of products worldwide by Europe's biggest sports nutrition company Haleko.

Small and large stores to drive UK growth

Convenience stores and hypermarkets - formats at opposite ends of the retail spectrum - will be the main drivers of growth in the British food retail market over the next...

EFSA risk opinion on jelly mini-cup additives could equate to full ban

Europe's food safety body has concluded that jelly mini-cups made with a range of food additives derived from seaweed and certain gums, from xanthan gum to calcium alginate, could constitute...

Food industry to see relief in commodity price pressures?

Increased harvests for key food commodities could suggest a near-term easing up of price pressures for ingredients companies and food manufacturers but an overall draw-down in global stocks means prices...

Expanding Israeli firm buys IFF's natural fruit flavours

Ambitious Israeli flavours firm Frutarom has bought the European natural fruit preparations business from the world's number two flavours player just months after completing on the Swiss botanical extracts firm...

More label space

Canadian company, IdeaPacked Communications, has developed new labelling technology for the nutraceutical and dietary supplements industry. It is said to provide a more efficient and cost-effective means of multi-functional labelling...

UK food makers prepare for new food allergen rules

While universally welcomed by food manufacturers, retailers and consumer allergy groups alike, one aspect of the new European directive on food allergen labelling has proved unpopular and is now slated...

Menlo adopts RFID software

Supply chain management firm Menlo Worldwide has added a warehouse management system with radio frequency identification (RFID) capabilities to its offering in order to help suppliers and manufacturers meet the...

Kellogg sets up European HQ in Ireland

US cereals and snacks group Kellogg is to centralise its European operations in a new office in Ireland, giving it a major presence in the market with the world's highest...

Starch firm petitions FDA to break fibre out of 'total carbohydrate content'

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...

Denmark bans fortified cereals under new fortification policy

Vitamin-enriched products made by Kellogg, the world's biggest cereal maker, have been blocked from entering the Danish market by a new policy for assessing the safety of fortified foods.

EU funds pour into obesity issue

Brussels invests in the fat issue backing a five-year programme to investigate the most effective way dietary fat change could impact the current worldwide obesity epidemic.

Teikoku revolutionises counterfeit-proof packaging

Japan-based engineering firm Teikoku Piston Ring has developed a hologram identification label that brings anti-counterfeiting packaging to new levels.

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