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The potential for prebiotics

Regular consumption of the sugar replacer Isomalt appears to have a prebiotic effect on gut bacteria, according to preliminary findings of a study being carried out in Germany.

Roll out for confectionery fat replacers

More than three years after Danish ingredients company Danisco filed an application to the EU for approval of its fat replacer salatrim, the Commission finally rubber stamped the product on...

Staking a claim in chocolate formulations

Hard negotiations followed by new European rules put to bed long-standing disputes over labelling issues that hung over chocolate manufacturers. As more European manufacturers turn to vegetable fats, the challenge...

Russian confectionery market growth slows

After several years of gains, growth in the Russian confectionery market looks set to slow over the next six years or so, with only premium chocolate products likely to bring...

New chocolate rules, new growth opportunities

Controversial changes over two years ago to Europe's chocolate rules - that had cocoa puritans and producers up in arms - came into force in the summer, providing ingredients companies...

Jacob's appointment to strengthen trade?

Jacob's has appointed Jeremy Hughes as the new commercial development manager in a bid to strengthen Jacob's offerings to its trade customers. As more European manufacturers turn to vegetable fats,...

Parents to call time on vending

According to YouGov , the on-line research company, a recent survey has revealed that 81 per cent of UK parents would like to see Vending machines...

Joint initiative on kids' food advertising

Spurred on by the rising tide of criticism concerning the marketing of food to children, several of Britain's leading food trade bodies have joined forces...

British obesity levels at crisis point

Britain could see obesity levels soar up to 40 per cent or higher within a single generation unless urgent action is taken, the International Obesity...

Cadbury spilt should happen - but not yet

Spinning off the US soft drinks business could bring substantial gains to Cadbury Schweppes , but any demerger is unlikely to take place until at least...

Not so sweet for Tate and Lyle

Major British sugar and sweetener group Tate and Lyle has reported a sixper cent decrease in half year profits today and the success of agreementsfor future prices for it starches...

Cadbury goes for the wrap

Cadbury's India has announced that it is to change the packaging for its Dary Milk chocolate bar following last month's revelation that a batch had...

Food industry unprepared for new FDA rules

The food industry is not ready for new rules on bioterrorism in the US rapidly created and cleared after the events of September 11, 2001,...

Why the sweet tooth?

Research carried out by the US-based Howard Hughes Medical Institute has moved closer to understanding why some people cannot resist the impulse brought on by...

Roshen set for Russian boom

Ukraine's largest confectionery group Roshen is to take on its neighbours in the huge Russian market from early next year following the completion of a...

Confectionery show bookings underway

The organisers of Confectionery Manufacturing Expo have reported that they have already taken bookings from a series of global companies representing all parts of the...

No-go zone for check-outs?

Marketing products to children, misleading health claims, excessive salt content… the list of complaints laid at the door of the food industry in recent months...

Japan's chocolate economy

Japanese chocolate output remained relatively constant throughout the first six months of 2003, according to the latest figures from the Chocolate and Cocoa Association of...

Cocoa must change

The sixth International Cocoa Agreement in three decades came into force at the beginning of October, heralding a break from the past with the exclusion...

All quiet on the cocoa front

The European cocoa market is going through something of a quiet patch for this time of year, according to industry insiders. The first imports from...

Iba trade fair a sweet sucess

An astonishing 72,000 bakers and confectioners turned out at the iba world market for baking in Dusseldorf last week. The event attracted more visitors from...

Kerry grows

Kerry , the Irish dairy group, has continued to diversify into niche product sectors, with its latest acquisitions strengthening its presence in the US market at...

Carb Fit cookies and twirls

Joining the ranks of companies adding low-carbohydrate foods to their product offerings, US Natural and organic food company the Hain Celestial Group this week announced...

Chocolate gets medical

House of Brussels Chocolates (HBSL) has announced the development of a new medical advisory board to investigate and research the use of chocolate as a...

TasteTech targets white chocolate market

Peanut butter and white chocolate cream pie or apricot white chocolate walnut scones? As confectionery manufacturers seek to find new ways to drive forward the white chocolate market, UK-based TasteTech...

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