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Analysts predict 6-7% sucralose growth for Tate & Lyle

UK analysts are forecasting 6-7% growth in sucralose for Tate & Lyle Splenda version of the sweetener which leads the segment globally.

Tagatose player boosts production potential as regulations favour sector

Belgian sweeteners firm Nutrilab is scaling up production of tagatose following regulatory approvals.

Hershey looks to establish R&D facility in Asia, reports strong Q2

US chocolate giant Hershey reported net income of $130.12m for the second quarter, with net income for the period up o $129.56m from $117.05m in the same quarter in 2010.

Engineers flag up processing, traceability methods to lower chocolate recalls

Recalls of chocolate products could be significantly lower if there was more rigorous traceability in the chocolate supply chain and if brand owners adopted processing techniques that relied on reduced...

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Buoyant jobs market driven by Europe-wide demand for skills

The jobs market in the food and drink industry is extremely buoyant, with skills shortages and growing demand set to push up salaries across the board.

Sugar doesn’t melt, it decomposes, say researchers

Sugar crystals do not melt, but instead decompose in a heat sensitive reaction termed ‘apparent melting’, according to new research.

Hungary prepares for 'discriminatory' September 1 fat tax

Hungary will introduce a fat tax as of September 1 this year -a move the food industry says is unnecessary and ineffective in achieving widespread dietary shifts.

South African market sweet; sales up 19 per cent, notes Leatherhead

South Africa saw a hike in confectionery sales of over 19 per cent between 2006 and 2010, notes a recent overview of that country’s sweets and chocolate market by Leatherhead Food Research.

Sucker or chewer: new study on variance in choc eating habits could impact NPD

Results from recent research aiming to better understand variation in chocolate consumption behaviour suggest that formulation experts at leading brand owners might consider developing different products targeted at suckers and...

End of an era for Wrigley as HQ moves from Wrigley Building to Goose Island

Staff at confectionery giant Wrigley will vacate the iconic Wrigley Building on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago and transfer to the firm’s modern modern campus on Goose Island by the...

Nestlé confectionery plant hits zero waste goal four years ahead of target

Nestlé’s UK confectionery factory has achieved its zero waste goal nearly four years ahead of its 2015 target, according to the firm.

Non-melting chocolate promises sweet success

Children and parents can say goodbye to sticky faces and fingers and stained clothes thanks to the globe’s first non-melting chocolate, claims confectionery manufacturer Choc-o-Bloc.

Focused product strategy key to Chinese choc market success, say analysts

Confectionery market watchers are training their eyes on the Chinese market following Nestle’s recent acquisition of a majority stake in leading domestic player, Hsu Fu Chi, with Mars and Ferrero...

Record confectionery results drive Zetar’s profits

Record confectionery performance drove UK-based confectionery and snack foods firm Zetar to achieve adjusted profit before tax of £6.7m; up six percent for the year ended 30th April 2011.

Nestlé boosts its distribution of disease-resistant cocoa trees

Nestlé said it has increased its donations of disease-resistant cocoa trees to farmers in Ivory Coast in a bid to boost the quality of the beans that are produced in...

GLG granted Stevia patent in China

A fully owned subsidiary of GLG Life Tech Corp has been granted a patent in China for its stevia extraction process.

Innovia Films fined after fireball accident at UK plant

Innovia Films has been ordered to pay ₤116,726 (€132,706) after two workers at its UK plant suffered life-threatening injuries when they were “engulfed by a fireball” while repairing a damaged fuse box.

Are meaningless ‘commodity health claims’ flooding European shelves?

European food makers are beginning to utilise positive article 13, general function health claim opinions issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), precipitating a flood of potentially meaningless claims,...

Cargill in bid to boost sustainable cocoa in Cameroon

Cargill’s Cocoa and Chocolate division is rolling out its Ivory Coast UTZ certification farmer training programme in Cameroon - a move the processor anticipates will dramatically boost sustainable cocoa output...

RLC highlights premium confectionery potential with Limmatdruck buy

In a move said to be aimed at bolstering its premium confectionery packaging unit and allowing wider European expansion, RLC packaging has acquired Swiss folding box manufacturer Limmatdruck/Zeiler.

Burton’s Foods strike action averted

The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has called off scheduled strike action at Burton’s Foods Blackpool site, after the union agreed to further talks with company management.

Ishida launches high-speed mix weigher for confectionery sector

Precise, ultra-high speed weighing of confectionery products, plus nuts and convenience meals, without the need for overfilling are the benefits claimed for a new 36-head, multi-head weigher from Ishida Europe.

Consortium expects confectioners to snap up its eco-pack

Huge sweet manufacture interest in a consortium-backed 'compostable' pack using bio polymers and adhesives and heavy metal-free inks could trigger its rapid take-up within the confectionery sector, reports Innovia, one...

Cargill extends sustainable palm oil commitment

Cargill has upped the ante in the sustainable palm oil stakes with a commitment that all palm oil products (excluding palm kernel oil products) it supplies to Europe, the US,...

Nuts may help prevent diabetes, suggests study

Daily consumption of nuts may help to control type 2 diabetes, and prevent its complications, according to new research.

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