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Food processors work towards energy reduction

Food giants such as Unilever, Kraft and Campina have put in place measures to achieve significant reductions in energy consumption, underlining the trend towards growing corporate environmental responsibility.

Natural colours raise 3Q results for Chr Hansen

Danish ingredients firm Chr Hansen has benefited from the growing demand by food makers for natural colours. Higher sales of natural colours helped to lift profit figures in a third...

China continues to dominate world honey production

Although the market for honey in China has fluctuated in recent years the country continues to be by far the leading producer in the world. And with per capita consumption...

Energy reduction: Are manufacturers doing enough?

Global warming is a real threat and needs to be addressed now, argues BP group chief executive John Browne. He says that manufacturers need to start taking steps immediately to...

Chinese competition knives EU citric acid players

Pricing pressure on the global market for citric acid has forced DSM of the Netherlands to lay off staff at its Citrique Belge unit. And there's no sign of a...

Cargill buys stronger position in EU chocolate ingredients

US agri-giant Cargill has carved a deeper position in the European chocolate market after Swiss firm Nestlé sold two cocoa processing activities to the acquisitive private company.

Taste and texture impact calorie controls

Artificial sweeteners may disrupt the body's natural ability to 'count' calories based on foods' sweetness, claim US researchers, suggesting mouthfeel plays a crucial role in gauging calories and casting a...

Obesity trials herald new treatment

A nasal spray which reduces calorie intake, promotes weight loss and is safe in obese individuals has successfully completed early clinical trials, raising hopes of a new treatment for obesity.

Fazer to focus on Poland

Cloetta Fazer Group, the Stockholm-listed Swedish-Finnish confectionery group, says it is planning to tap into the huge potential of the Poland market. According to CEO Karsten Slotte, the company is...

Concern for chocolate manufacturers

UK scientists are warning that world chocolate production could fall dramatically if diseases, which have devastated South American cultivation of cacao (the raw material used for producing chocolate) over the...

Arnott 's says it wants to expand in Asia

Leading Australian biscuit manufacturer Arnott's Biscuits, part of the global food giant Campbell Soup, says it wants to expands it presence throughout the Asian region.

Will payment be sweet for Tate & Lyle?

UK ingredients maker Tate & Lyle faces paying out a hefty sum as the sweetener firm seeks to settle a US lawsuit alleging that its US unit AE Staley played...

Aarhus links up for chocolate formulations in Brazil

Despite cheaper alternatives to cocoa butter on the market and new European rules allowing vegetable fats in chocolate formulations, uptake for the replacers has been slower than expected as reticent...

AquaDrops 'do not hydrate'

Mars has been told to remove the main claims from its advertising for the new AquaDrops range after they were rejected today by the Advertising Standards Authority as misleading.

Sweetener settlement for ADM

Ingredients supplier Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) said on Thursday that it had reached a $400 million (€333m) settlement in an anti-trust case that claimed the US firm conspired to fix...

Growth predicted for SCM market

AMR Research says that after years of caution, attitudes towards supply chain objectives are changing. This in turn has led to a run on investments in the sector, which the...

Nestlé Romania invests in wafers

Nestlé Romania has confirmed that it is to invest a further €3.5 million in its factory in Timisoara, as the company reaffirms its ambitions to dominate the all-important wafer market...

Huhtamaki joins green revolution with recyclable packaging

Huhtamaki's Chinet range of moulded fibre foodservice plates has just been certified for biodegradability - the latest step in an industry-wide trend towards greener packaging.

Fujian Dali Food builds new China biscuit facility

Leading China biscuit manufacturing Fujian Dali Food says that construction of its new €19 million biscuit factory in Changchun, Jilin Province, is now well underway, moving it closer towards its...

Zebra unveils RFID encoder

Zebra Technologies has launched the R110Xi RFID printer/encoder, which it claims is the first printer available with fully integrated support for Class 0 (read only) and Matrics Class 0+ (read/write)...

Brand owners driving French chocolate growth

With a plethora of brands from which to choose and long-established patterns of consumption, the prospects of significant growth in the French chocolate market might seem remote. But a new...

Kurz: Cold stamping the future of packaging

As the decision to purchase a product is frequently made on the appeal and attractiveness of its packaging, more and more firms are choosing to process packaging twice to achieve...

Depositing plant for gum lollies

Three companies have announced a technology that allows the deposit gum bases and incorporate gums into candies and lollipops, which is said to provide new opportunities for the confectionery industry.

Tate & Lyle weathers rough 2004

Long term investments in added-value products contributed to British starch group Tate & Lyle's end of year results with strong US performance offsetting squeezed margins due to surging raw material...

Growth in flexible packaging boosts aluminium sales

Shipments of aluminium foil for the first quarter of 2004 have been promising, with sales increasing by nearly one per cent compared with the first three months of 2003, writes Anthony Fletcher.

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