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Natra profits soar after operational improvements

Spanish ingredients firm Natra has upped its operating profit 71% on last year in its first quarter (Q1) results due to operational changes in its main cocoa and chocolate business.

Chr Hansen shares jump 9% on strong H1 profits

First half EBIT profits for 2011-12 surged 19% to €83m at Chr Hansen as it shrugged off the effects of severe fluctuations in the price of red colorant carmine, and...

Döhler to paint the town red with new natural colour range

German ingredients giant Döhler is to expand its portfolio of natural colours with a range of red hues produced from black carrots.

Dispatches from Anuga Foodtec 2012

‘Unique’ flavour analysis can optimise chocolate taste profiles – ex Kraft flavourist

A combination of sensory and analytical flavour analysis that is hardly commercially available can optimise the taste of chocolate, according to a flavour consultant.

Dispatches from Anuga Foodtec 2012

Alfa Laval claims 30% energy saving over tubular with fusion heat exchanger

Technology firm Alfa Laval are presenting a fusion heat exchanger at this year’s Anuga FoodTec trade show, which it claims can reduce operating costs and be used at higher pressures...

Natural push: Nestle UK stamps out artificial colours in confectionery

Nestle has announced today that it has removed all artificial ingredients in confectionery products in the UK.

Continuous motion flow pack machine can drive efficiency – Cavanna

An integrated system for flow packaging featuring robotics can boost efficiency, according to packaging group Cavanna.

Dispatches from ProSweets

Cama aims for machine that never stops

Automatic changeovers that reduce down-time will be the trend informing confectionery packaging machinery in 2012, according to Renato Dell’Oro of packaging technology firm Cama.

Natural flavours ‘identified in nature’ to have major industry impact – report

EC regulations implemented last year that require natural flavouring substances to be identical to something found in nature will greatly impact the industry, according to a report assessing the new...

Wild launches natural brown flavours for crème-filled chocolates

Ingredients firm Wild has launched a range of natural brown flavours that it has claimed can help confectioners seize on natural flavour trends

Internally flavouring extruded products can halve costs - Culinar

Lyckeby Culinar AB has won an award for its small extruded crisp pearls that it has said can combine natural flavours and colours without affecting taste and slash costs in...

Ferrero France targets 30% emissions savings with barge transport

Italian confectioner Ferrero’s French subsidiary has announced plans to use barge transport in a move that it has said will eventually cut 30% in CO2 emissions and take 260 truckloads...

Machine prevents marshmallow shape loss, claims Tanis

Dutch food equipment maker, Tanis Food Tec (TFT), has launched a machine that seeks to address the problem of overheating during the aeration process, which causes the mallows to lose...

Safety and operational efficiency mega-trends spur Nalco takeover, says Ecolab

Ecolab said it has completed the US$8.3bn (€6.4bn) takeover of Nalco as part of a strategy to tap into global mega-trends such as food safety and the need for industry...

Chr. Hansen expands e-number free colouring range

Ingredients firm Chr. Hansen has doubled the number of products in its fruit colouring food stuffs range, which it said will allow manufacturers to diversify sweet confectionery products and keep...

Special Edition: Sustainable Supply Chain

Asda exceed sustainability targets through supply chain reduction

Asda has exceeded a 10% carbon emission reduction target for 2015 through the elimination of 17 million miles from its supply chain to date, according to figures released by the UK retailer.

Bosch launches ‘first’ hermetic airtight packaging machine for smaller chocolate bars

Bosch Packaging Technology has launched what it says is the first machine capable of hermetically sealed single-wrap die fold packaging for small to medium sized chocolate bars.

Special Edition: Sustainable Supply Chain

Eco friendly methane trucks optimise supply chain for Nestle

Nestle UK has scooped an award for its use of methane trucks that has reduced CO2 emissions by 14% compared to diesel trucks with further potential to slash emissions in half.

Special Edition: Sustainable Supply Chain

Challenges and benefits of implementing a sustainable supply chain

The incorporation of sustainability throughout the supply chain involves constant innovation, commitment from company leadership and a realization that it is an indefinite process, said Datamonitor.

Ferrero and Hershey partnership targets supply chain efficiencies

The Ferrero Group and The Hershey Company have announced a partnership under which they will share North American supply chain processes in order to reduce costs and carbon emissions.

Wild devises natural colour and flavour range for marshmallows

Marshmallow colour and flavour innovation and an extension of its red shade portfolio have been the focus of recent R&D work at natural ingredients producer Wild.

Beetroot extract could provide natural replacement for carmine: Synthite

A newly developed natural food colouring made from beetroot extracts could be a solution to replacing carmine colours made from insects, according to ingredient producer Synthite.

UK children could exceed ADI levels for Sunset Yellow, finds EFSA

A decision is awaited from the Commission on the use of Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) in non-alcoholic flavoured drinks following a revised exposure assessment from EFSA showing some children...

GEA notes demand from African start-ups for lolly machinery

Specific taste preferences and lower volume needs are factors behind the hike in demand from small confectionery producers in developing countries, particularly in the African region, for mid-range versions of...

Natural colours drive Chr Hansen Q3 results; probiotic uncertainty continues

The newly renamed Natural Colors Division was the star performer in Danish ingredients supplier Chr Hansen’s Q3 results, showing 34% organic sales growth for the quarter, compared to 5% for...

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