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Swiss exports take the biscuit

Switzerland's sweet and savoury biscuit sector saw a return to growth in 2003 due entirely to a strong upswing in export sales - but domestic sales fell for the second...

Brits ignore obesity threat

Only 3 per cent of Britons are aware that being overweight increases their chance of developing cancer, according to a new survey, yet obesity has been linked to a number...

Easter treat good for baby too

Eating chocolate during pregnancy could make your baby happier and livelier, according to Finnish researchers, who suggest that chocolate's mood altering chemicals could be passed on to the baby in...

Aarhus restructures to shave costs

Intensified competition in the ingredients marketplace and disappointing orders for Cocoa Butter Equivalents (CBE) following the new chocolate rules leads to job losses at Danish fats and oils firm Aarhus...

Cinnamon to keep the brain alert

Participants at the annual meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences later this month will learn that cinnamon - as a flavour or fragrance - could boost brain simulation related...

Wrigley buys into top slots in China and India

Growing through international expansion, chewing gum giant Wm. Wrigley Jr has closed on a €215 million deal to acquire the Joyco gum and confectionery businesses from Agrolimen, a privately-held Spanish...

Heidi Romania plans growth

Significant investment into production facilities and new product launches seem to be paying off for Heidi Chocolats Suisse Romania, after the company announced that its sales for the month of...

Father of fat sheds more light on this growing human condition

New ways to combat the global obesity epidemic could be on the way as recent findings from influential obesity researcher Jeffrey Friedman improves our understanding of leptin resistance and obesity....

International scientists gather to discuss acrylamide

In the same week that the US food watchdog releases new findings on the presence of acrylamide, the probable human carcinogen, in processed food products, the American Chemical society will...

Daily spoon of honey supplements antioxidant intake

Honey appears to be a good source of protective antioxidant compounds, according to researchers who conducted what is believed to be the first study of daily honey consumption in humans.

What's on at Total

A two-day conference on aseptic filling technologies is just one of the events that is taking place at the Total Processing and Packaging show in Birmingham, UK this week. FoodProductionDaily.com...

UK bakery ingredients firm to make a mark

Driving into value-added bakery ingredients is a key area for growth in the mature bakery market. Recently baptised Bakemark UK, a new merger between Arkady Craigmillar, Readi-Bake and Caravan Brill,...

Tate & Lyle: sucralose to sparkle on lacklustre balance sheet

Days after EU ministers at the Agriculture Council huddled together to chew over impending changes to the sugar regime, leading sweeteners group Tate & Lyle tells the market that no...

Baltic biscuit wars

Following its takeover last year, leading Baltic State biscuit maker Kalev Johvi Tootmine is to stop making its Maiasmokk brand of biscuits because of excess market competition.

Danisco seals Chinese deal

Danish sugar and ingredients firm Danisco closes on its xanthan gum production deal in China, consolidating the firm's stabiliser presence in this emerging market. Just days after the firm posted...

Sweeteners in food formulation face new rules

Food manufacturers using the sweetener cyclamate face change as they come to grips with new European rules that radically reduce the use of this man-made, non-caloric sweetener 30 times as...

Millions of euros poured into food contaminants

A lack of integration at a European level is 'severely hampering' efforts to co-ordinate stakeholder efforts - food industry and independent scientists - in the area of chemical contaminants in...

'Health' label helps drive dark chocolate sales

A new US study reports that the higher cocoa, lower sugar content and antioxidant properties of premium dark chocolate are making it a more attractive for health-conscious consumers, especially the...

Safety guide for food industry

A new guide from CCFRA has been launched to help microbiologists assess the reliability of results from food tests. Stringent new EU laws require food manufacturers to show a thorough...

US consumers must count calories says expert group

The US government's latest measures to tackle obesity have been attacked by consumer groups for relying on the 'self-policing' of the food industry and not leading to major initiatives to...

Free-flow fluids

Researchers at the University College of Dublin are claiming that real time process control for food manufacturers - and more specifically the confectionery sector - has been advanced thanks to...

Russian quality on the up

Quality is an issue that has plagued many food processors in Russia over the years. But one company, Kraft Foods, claims that its operations there - where it is a...

ABF buys up edible oils

Acquisitions for UK food, ingredients and retail firm Associated British Foods are key to reducing dependency of group profits on ABF's leading revenue source British Sugar. This week the company...

'Value-added' the way forward for Aarhus

Expecting a higher uptake of vegetable fats by European chocolate manufacturers following the new '5 per cent' chocolate rule, Danish oils and fats supplier Aarhus United sees a drop in...

Raw material pricing will continue to knock food industry in 2004

Wheat, corn and soybean prices will remain high for much of 2004, warns the US agency Fitch Ratings, with the industry likely to see a continual shifting of higher ingredients...

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