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Montezuma starts shift to green packaging

British chocolatier Montezuma is one of the latest confectionery companies to promote its green credentials by introducing recycled and recyclable packaging.

Danisco sponsors research on dietary fibres

Food ingredients, sugar and industrial bioproducts firm Danisco is sponsoring a professorship in healthy dietary fibres, which could help to develop foods with health-promoting benefits.

Low-fat foods drive emulsifiers, other ingredients

Food ingredients that are key to low-fat foods are seeing the fastest growth in their sectors as the health and wellbeing trend continues, finds a new report.

Mars-Wrigley merger creates world's largest confectionery player

Leading global confectioners Mars and the Wrigley have announced that they will merge, creating what Bill Wrigley called 'the world's leading confectionery company'.

Tesco carbon footprint labels back organic, says Soil Association

Organic potatoes have the same carbon footprint as conventionally grown varieties, shows an assessment by supermarket Tesco.

Weekly comment

No quick fix to the food price crisis

The food crisis is neither new nor sudden. The several underlying causes have been independently, steadily gathering speed and have collided in a perfect storm not seen for generations. It...

Can flavonoid-rich chocolate protect against heart disease?

A study to be conducted by the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, will examine whether adding flavonoids found in cocoa to the diet, gives additional protection against heart disease...

Kraft Foods sells European assets

Kraft Foods announced on 24 April that it has signed agreements to sell its Artiach biscuits business in Spain to Barcelona-based bakery Panrico and its Balaton chocolate trademark in Hungary...

Food Design opens new chocolate panning room

UK-based Food Design has extended its chocolate coating facilities as a means of increasing its market reach in both the UK and worldwide.

Cargill cranks up European operations with Polish expansion

Ingredients firm Cargill yesterday completed the expansion of its Polish wheat processing facility, designed to meet consumer demand across the European bloc.

News briefs: Cloetta Fazer, salty ice-cream and a confectionery conference

Rising costs cause Cloetta Fazer profits to drop, Haagen-Dazs puts salt in ice-cream, and the UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) holds a conference on the changing confectionery market.

Solae introduces new uses for soy in CEE

Solae is seeking to build sales of its soy ingredients in Central and Eastern Europe by spearheading applications that are new to the market, such as dairy and meat replacement...

Cadbury Adams ceases all advertising to kids

US confectionery firm Cadbury Adams yesterday pledged to stop advertising Bubblicious Gum to children under 12, the last product in its portfolio to come under a nationwide initiative.

News briefs: AB Foods, Nestle, Cadbury and volatile commodities

The global commodity market continues to worry confectionery and sugar firms, as AB Foods profit is dented by sugar reforms, Nestle combats costs with price hikes, and Cadbury may be...

Companies urged to 'green' their supply chain

Firms should look at measures to make their supply chains 'greener' not only because it is seen as 'doing the right thing' but because it is also the 'right thing...

Ireland issues multi-lingual food labelling guidance

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published new labelling guidance for food manufacturers, which it hopes will help international companies meet the nation's labeling requirements.

Imperial Sugar to rebuild refinery damaged in blast

The Imperial Sugar Co today said it will rebuild the parts of its Georgia sugar refinery that were damaged in last year's explosion, reinstating it as the second largest refinery...

Flavanol content of cocoa cut during manufacturing

Alkalising cocoa beans reduces the total flavanoid content by two-thirds, reducing the antioxidant potential of the product, according to new research.

Internet, text messages tout bad food to kids, says Which?

Which? has renewed calls for greater controls on food marketing to children, claiming that new technologies like text messages are contributing to the 'pester power' of manufacturers.

Callebaut ethical investment ensures cocoa traceability

Barry Callebaut has acquired a 49 per cent stake in Biolands of Tanzania, Africa's largest exporter of certified organic cocoa, after purchasing 100 per cent of its top-end cocoa for...

News briefs: Polyols, Cargill, and Cadbury Schweppes

This week, demand for polyols is reported as experiencing substantial growth on the back of health trend, Cargill provides more convenient cocoa packaging, and Cadbury Schweppes moves nearer to its...

Senomyx and Nestle collaborate beyond savory flavors

Senomyx has announced a two-year extension to its collaborative research and license agreement with food and beverage giant Nestle, focusing on developing new flavor ingredients for use in dehydrated, culinary...

Peanuts and chocolate point to greater soy beverage potential

Greater acceptability for soy beverages could be achieved by formulating with peanut proteins and flavour masking with chocolate, suggests a new study from the US.

US consumer group warns against GM sugar beets

Citizens for Health, a US consumer advocacy group, has launched an online campaign to warn consumers about the dangers of genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets in food products.

D-Ribose lined up for novel foods assessment

US firm Bioenergy is seeking European novel foods status for its D-Ribose ingredient, a type of sugar that is said to help boost energy levels.

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