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Olam to acquire UK confectionery fats supplier BFI

Singapore based Olam International is to acquire UK confectionery fats supplier Britannia Food Ingredients (BFI) along with a logistic services component for £33.5m ($50m)

Ghana cocoa plant to remain open, confirms ADM

Leading cocoa supplier, Archer Daniel Midlands (ADM), has confirmed that it is keeping its cocoa processing plant in Kumasi, Ghana open in spite of challenges related to acquiring light crop...

Montezuma's doubles capacity as sales surge 40%

Upmarket chocolate maker Montezuma’s has doubled capacity at its chocolate factory in Chichester with the installation of a new depositor line.

Supply restrictions send licorice prices soaring

Licorice prices are surging as a combination of factors restrict supply from China, the world’s largest producer.

EC policy change on sugar could bring relief for bakers

The European Commission, in a policy about face, said it may open the import quota or allow the sale of out-of-quota sugar into the bloc - a move that would...

Step change in metal detection sensitivity on free-falling products - company

A significant boost in detection capabilities, flexibility and the assurance of food quality and safety compliance are benefits claimed by Mettler Toledo Safeline for its new metal detection system for...

EU sugar supply deficit threatens Irish industry, says trade group

The deficit in the EU sugar supply could put production at risk for confectioners and other food and drink industry users of the commodity if market intervention does not occur,...

Senate bill aims to reform US sugar policy

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a new bipartisan bill in the Senate this week intended to phase out the sugar support program, claiming sugar prices are artificially high and...

Scientists identify cocoa’s ‘novel mechanism’ for heart benefits

The potential heart health benefits of polyphenol-rich cocoa powder may be related to a ‘novel mechanism’ of boosting HDL (good) cholesterol, says a new study from Japan.

Our cocoa stock levels are sufficient so far, says Barry Callebaut

Leading maker of bulk chocolate, Barry Callebaut, has bought and exported the cocoa beans it needs to fulfill its processing needs, said a company spokesperson in reaction to the suspension...


The naked truth about kids’ food advertising

It was an Emperor’s New Clothes moment for the US food industry last week, when it was revealed that a major initiative touting its responsible advertising to kids actually allows...

Cocoa trade bodies press EU for more clarity on Ivory Coast ban

Lack of clarity on the implications for the cocoa industry of the financial penalities imposed by the EU on the Ivory Coast has prompted trade representatives in the bloc to...

Sales sweet for Ukrainian confectioner Roshen

Sales grew 32 per cent for Ukrainian confectioner Roshen in 2010, surpassing the US$1bn barrier, while production volume was up 410,000 tonnes on 2009, said the manufacturer.

Explosion at ADM cocoa processing facility

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is currently assessing the impact of an explosion that occurred on a production line at its cocoa processing facility in Wormer, Netherlands, which was followed...

Fat tax should be part of policy measures on diets: Study

A new study on the public health impact of fat tax and subsidies for healthy options concludes they should be included as a suite of policy measures to encourage healthy...

EC dithers over nutrient profiles as timetable slips two years

The European Commission is still unable to say when the controversial nutrient profiling model in the EU health claims Regulation will be finalised, two years after food manufacturers were told...

Analyst expects Lindt to dominate premium as firm upbeat on results

This week saw chocolate maker Lindt reporting strong growth across all its main regions and consolidated sales of CHF 2.58bn for its financial year 2010, with an analyst claiming the...

Ferrero loses out in Ukraine trademark dispute

Italian chocolate maker Ferrero has lost a counterfeit case in a top Ukraine court in relation to its praline brand, Raffaello.

B2B supplier launches first 100% single source Vietnam chocolate

The first 100 per cent single source chocolate from Vietnam is being launched by Belgian B2B producer, Grand-Place, who in a bid to increase output is investing heavily in improving...

News in brief

Fancy food experts pick top five specialty food trends

A panel of food experts at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco has identified its top five specialty food trends for 2011.


EC complacency on dioxins weakens Europe’s food safety standing

The complacency being exhibited by Brussels over the ongoing dioxin contamination incident is every bit as concerning as the carcinogenic chemical that has found its way into the food and...

Enriched milk fats may aid weight control: Study

Milk fats, used as ingredients in confectionary and bakery, could be enriched with compounds called diacylglycerols which may aid weight control, according to a team of Dutch researchers.

‘Continuous innovation’ key to success for gum makers: Report

Confectioners must continuously innovate to capture a share of the global gums market, as nearly 80 percent of gum purchases are made on impulse, claims a new report from Global...

FSA braced for industry backlash on food inspection fee proposals

Proposals to overhaul the fee inspection regime at food and feed facilities in the UK would result in a more consistent and clearer system - but one that would cost...

Hydrocolloid supply in worst state for 30 years, Cargill

Supplying hydrocolloids requires more foresight and investment than ever before, as producers are caught in the squeeze between tight supply and growing demand, and changing functionalities, says Cargill director.

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