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Bookmark this section to see what the big names in ingredients supply are up to from Cargill and ADM to Barry Callebaut, AAK and Palsgaard. Stay up to speed with developments in cocoa butter and powder, fat reduction, milk powder and gelatin.

Cadbury schools scheme criticised

On the surface, it seems quite innocuous - a scheme allowing children to exchange their chocolate bar wrappers for points which can be redeemed against...

Innovate and invest, UK biscuit makers told

Innovation is the lifeblood of any business, and biscuit, cake and confectionery manufacturers in the UK are no exception. Speaking at the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate...

Kerry adds to ingredients business

Kerry, the Irish ingredients, flavours and consumer foods group, has expanded its business in the US with the acquisition of two food ingredients businesses -...

Swiss biscuit sector hit by German decline

After five consecutive years of strong growth, the Swiss biscuit sector showed a marked downturn in 2002 as a result of increased imports and the...

Cheap imports hit Swiss confectionery market

Last month we reported that Swiss chocolate manufacturers had seen domestic sales fall as a result of lower tourist numbers and hot summer weather, but...

Europe concerned about GM biscuits

Confirming reports from the European Commission this week that the European consumer is sceptical about food-related biotechnologies, are the findings of a joint UK-US study...

UK tops the sweet tooth stakes

Brits may have the sweetest tooth in Europe but new evidence suggests that health and diet concerns are pushing the UK consumer towards healthier sugar...

Bio direction for minty-tasting coatings

The food industry could shortly be using a new, bio-based approach to manufacturing mannitol - the minty-tasting sugar alcohol used as a powdery coating on...

'Green' chocolate group gains ground

The US market for natural and organic chocolate increased rapidly last year, with two brands in particular driving growth - Newman's Own Organics and Endangered...

Exports boost Swiss chocolate sales

Switzerland is well known for many things - cuckoo clocks, cheese, banks - but one of its products above all others had a tough year...

Chocolate makers cashing in on love?

Valentine's Day is traditionally a day of love and romance, but it is also one of the prime times of the year (along with Easter...

Europe bans konjac in jelly sweets

The European Parliament yesterday voted with an overwhelming majority for a permanent ban on the use of the food additive E425, otherwise known as konjac,...

Valentine chocs good for the heart, in more ways than one

Results from research carried out at the University of California reinforce the recent revelations concerning chocolate's potential cardiovascular benefits. The review, published this month in...

Kids take on adults in international confectionery stakes

The International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM) held last month in Cologne, Germany, clearly illustrated the key confectionery trends, write market analysts Euromonitor. Particularly evident...

New test to cut peanut allergen risk

Life for people allergic to peanuts might just have got easier with scientists in the UK announcing this week that they have developed a test...

Tough measures planned on health claims

The heated debate on the labelling of foodstuffs in Europe and the thorny issue of health claims was fired up once again this week when...

Barry Callebaut warns of cocoa crisis

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has warned that the deepening crisis in the Ivory Coast could have a serious knock on effect on cocoa prices,...

Confectionery challenge for private label

Private label products have come a long way in recent years, in many countries shrugging off the cheap and cheerful image and now being presented...

Tap into the cereal bar potential

Western Europe's cereal bars market is 'massively underexploited', according to market research analysts Datamonitor. Analyst Joanne Birtwistle reports that although cereal bars account for 14...

Fairtrade launches gather pace with drinking chocolate

There has been a lot of movement in the UK market for Fairtrade products in the last few months, spearheaded by the retailer Co-op. But...

Prague to witness the cutting edge

The city of Prague is the setting for the first international symposium on recent advances in food analysis to take place on 5-7 November 2003....

Food in the Balkans

The Balkans will be the setting for the Food Technology group show 2003 to take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 27 to 30 March 2003....

GM debate a 'fiasco'

The proposed public debate in the UK into GM crops and food is becoming a fiasco said environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth this week...

Size matters: food portions curb obesity

Anyone who has visited the United States will have witnessed the generous portions that regale the multitude of eateries. But according to new research to...

Functioning food

As the time-pressed, and stressed, European consumer increasingly relies on semi- and ready-made foods, the food industry perseveres in its desire to meet theses needs...

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