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EU says yes to GM sweetcorn

The European Commission has given the nod to Sygenta's Bt11 genetically modified sweetcorn, granting authorisation for it to be sold within the European Union over the next ten years. Although...

Consumer focus for Barry Callebaut

Leading Swiss Chocolate processor Barry Callebaut says that on the back of strong six monthly results it will be looking to increase its presence in the consumer sector.

Cadbury Adams to build innovation centre

Cadbury Adams has signed a 16-year lease for a new science and technology centre that will be built in Hanover Township, in the state of New Jersey, US for confectionery...

New report uncovers trends in convenience packaging

A new report examining convenience packaging and serving size trends, from prepared meals to snacks and beverages, has been published.

Childhood obesity crisis highlighted

At least 155 million school-age children worldwide are overweight or obese, a growing problem which needs to be tackled now if more serious ailments such as type 2 diabetes or...

The more colours we see, the more we eat

A food product on the shelf must satisfy a range of senses to earn consumer appeal. But US scientists claim that little understood contextual cues - food display, colours -...

Chocolate sales rocket in Romania

The dynamic performance of the Romanian chocolate sector continues to gather pace with the announcement from Supreme Chocolat that it has increased its sales in the first quarter by an...

Kerry consolidates flavour position with new acquisitions

Acquisitive ingredients firm Kerry will spend €170 million on four bolt-on flavour acquisitions announced yesterday as the €3.7 billion Irish company continues to consolidate its position in the highly competitive...

Purchase order management software from ClearOrbit

Real-time supply chain execution (SCE) software provider ClearOrbit has launched Purchase Order Change Management, part of its Advanced Collaborative Replenishment Suite. PO Change Management automates the communication of order changes...

Ukraine nudges in on Russian caramel market

The all-important market for caramels in Russia continues to be encroached upon by cheaper imports from Ukraine helped by good sugar supplies, according to findings from a recent market report.

Fragmented consumer tastes dictate growth in snack market

In the thriving world of snacks the key to success for food developers will be in designing time-positioned, healthy and guilt free indulgences as the consumer becomes more fussy, says...

Foil protection for food packaging

Food manufacturers are increasingly turning to solutions that combine multiple security elements to protect products against counterfeiting, according to French foil manufacturer Kurz.

Scientist investigate eating patterns and obesity

As society ponders the reasons for the rising tide of obesity in children, researchers in the US suggest that the 'striking alterations' in children's meal patterns over the past 20...

Laima turns to Uzbekistan

Icelandic-Lativian confectionery producer Laima has confirmed that it is about to start caramel production in Uzbekistan in an attempt to fend off increased competition once enlargement has taken place.

Ireland to tackle chewing gum waste

Ireland is considering tough new proposals on waste management and recyling, including a programme to target the management of chewing gum waste - a move that could effect confectionery manufacturers...

'Nut-free' nut flavours for new labelling rules

The countdown begins to new food allergen labelling rules in Europe that herald an end to the 20 year old '25 per cent' rule. Taken together with escalating incidences of...

Making packaging sexy

Avery Dennison Roll Materials Europe has unveiled Fasson Iridescent, a multi-layered film that the company claims gives designers a creative means of achieving dazzling multi-colour shelf impact, without the use...

A weighty issue

Food manufacturers are under pressure to be able to trace every product at every stage of the supply chain. Equipment supplier Mettler Toledo explains the role of weighing and measuring...

CSM in price fixing probe

Offices of bakery ingredients and sweeteners giant CSM were raided yesterday by the Dutch competition watchdog NMa on suspicions of price fixing in the firms sugar division CSM Suiker. In...

Trans fats harm the heart

New evidence to suggest that a diet high in artery-clogging trans fats could accelerate the development of cardiovascular disease comes from a recent study in the US.

Food images 'switch on' the brain

Brain circuits involved in drug addiction are also activated by the desire for food, say researchers this week, claiming that the mere display of food - the smelling and tasting...

Be future focused, says packaging expert

Most food companies are too short-term focused when it comes to adopting new technology, claims a packaging expert. They need to adopt long-term strategic planning and pay closer attention to...

Survey shows consumers rejecting low-carb consumption

While supporters of the Atkins plan would have us believe the diet is more popular than ever, there are signs of a growing backlash against low-carb diet plans. A new...

Masterfoods eyes Romanian growth

Masterfoods Romania, part of the US manufacturer Mars, has announced that it is expecting its sales turnover to exceed €20 million in 2004, encouraging the company to invest further in the country.

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...

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