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Cargill buys stronger position in EU chocolate ingredients

US agri-giant Cargill has carved a deeper position in the European chocolate market after Swiss firm Nestlé sold two cocoa processing activities to the acquisitive private company.

Sugar moves at Danisco

Cheaper sugar ingredients could be on the way for food makers as rumours continue to circulate about the proposed new rules to the EU sugar regime that could open up...

Kraft launches energy reduction initiative

Kraft Foods has selected Rockwell Automation's Power & Energy Management Solutions (PEMS) team to develop and execute a sustained energy reduction initiative across all its manufacturing facilities in North America.

Taste and texture impact calorie controls

Artificial sweeteners may disrupt the body's natural ability to 'count' calories based on foods' sweetness, claim US researchers, suggesting mouthfeel plays a crucial role in gauging calories and casting a...

Obesity trials herald new treatment

A nasal spray which reduces calorie intake, promotes weight loss and is safe in obese individuals has successfully completed early clinical trials, raising hopes of a new treatment for obesity.

Fazer to focus on Poland

Cloetta Fazer Group, the Stockholm-listed Swedish-Finnish confectionery group, says it is planning to tap into the huge potential of the Poland market. According to CEO Karsten Slotte, the company is...

Concern for chocolate manufacturers

UK scientists are warning that world chocolate production could fall dramatically if diseases, which have devastated South American cultivation of cacao (the raw material used for producing chocolate) over the...

EU sugar cuts to be bigger than expected?

Cheaper sugar ingredients could be on the way for food makers in Europe as draft plans for tough changes to the much criticised sugar regime come to light.

Arnott 's says it wants to expand in Asia

Leading Australian biscuit manufacturer Arnott's Biscuits, part of the global food giant Campbell Soup, says it wants to expands it presence throughout the Asian region.

Will payment be sweet for Tate & Lyle?

UK ingredients maker Tate & Lyle faces paying out a hefty sum as the sweetener firm seeks to settle a US lawsuit alleging that its US unit AE Staley played...

Aarhus links up for chocolate formulations in Brazil

Despite cheaper alternatives to cocoa butter on the market and new European rules allowing vegetable fats in chocolate formulations, uptake for the replacers has been slower than expected as reticent...

AquaDrops 'do not hydrate'

Mars has been told to remove the main claims from its advertising for the new AquaDrops range after they were rejected today by the Advertising Standards Authority as misleading.

New innovations in texture

A new report on optimising food texture and rheology has been published to help food manufacturers achieve the specific qualities consumers are looking for, reports Anthony Fletcher.

Danisco full year feels impact of price rises

The less than sparkling, but stable, full year results for Danish ingredients giant Danisco mirror the current state of play for ingredients companies in today's market marked by squeezed margins,...

Sweetener settlement for ADM

Ingredients supplier Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) said on Thursday that it had reached a $400 million (€333m) settlement in an anti-trust case that claimed the US firm conspired to fix...

Huge growth potential for French Fairtrade market

As French supermarkets embark upon the second ethical trading promotion of the year this week, the latest survey of consumer preferences carried out by the Casino group suggests that increasing...

Innovation keeps French chocolate buyers on their toes

Keeping French consumers interested in chocolate has been the driving force behind brand owners' investment in innovation in recent years, and the latest product launches highlighted by the Global New...

Growth predicted for SCM market

AMR Research says that after years of caution, attitudes towards supply chain objectives are changing. This in turn has led to a run on investments in the sector, which the...

Nestlé Romania invests in wafers

Nestlé Romania has confirmed that it is to invest a further €3.5 million in its factory in Timisoara, as the company reaffirms its ambitions to dominate the all-important wafer market...

Huhtamaki joins green revolution with recyclable packaging

Huhtamaki's Chinet range of moulded fibre foodservice plates has just been certified for biodegradability - the latest step in an industry-wide trend towards greener packaging.

Fujian Dali Food builds new China biscuit facility

Leading China biscuit manufacturing Fujian Dali Food says that construction of its new €19 million biscuit factory in Changchun, Jilin Province, is now well underway, moving it closer towards its...

Zebra unveils RFID encoder

Zebra Technologies has launched the R110Xi RFID printer/encoder, which it claims is the first printer available with fully integrated support for Class 0 (read only) and Matrics Class 0+ (read/write)...

Brand owners driving French chocolate growth

With a plethora of brands from which to choose and long-established patterns of consumption, the prospects of significant growth in the French chocolate market might seem remote. But a new...

Kurz: Cold stamping the future of packaging

As the decision to purchase a product is frequently made on the appeal and attractiveness of its packaging, more and more firms are choosing to process packaging twice to achieve...

Depositing plant for gum lollies

Three companies have announced a technology that allows the deposit gum bases and incorporate gums into candies and lollipops, which is said to provide new opportunities for the confectionery industry.

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