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Entrepreneur: Energy strips could be worth $1bn in 3-5 years

The entrepreneur behind Sheets Energy Strips – novel dissolvable strips delivering an instant hit of caffeine and B vitamins - says the category could be worth $1bn in the next...

New cooker cuts confectioners’ energy usage, Baker Perkins

A new confectionery cooker cuts energy costs for manufacturers by reclaiming process heat that would otherwise be wasted, according to Baker Perkins.

Huhtamaki to close New Zealand flexibles plant, transfer ops to Asia

Huhtamaki has announced it is to close a flexible packaging plant in New Zealand over concerns around its operational efficiency and competition in the national market.

Confectionery giants head industry move to natural, Leatherhead

Confectionery giants such as Nestlé, Haribo and Cadbury have been at the forefront of efforts to move away from artificial additives, as the general industry makes a shift to natural...

Systematic review: Chocolate can reduce heart disease risk by a third

A Cambridge University-led systematic review published today in the British Medical Journal has concluded that polyphenol-rich chocolate consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease by a third.

Sustainable palm oil reaches million hectare mark

The first one million hectares of certified land for sustainable palm production marks ‘a turning point’ for industry, according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

ADM invests US$4.4m to boost cocoa production in Ivory Coast

Global confectionery supplier Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is injecting US$4.4m (€3m) into its Ivory Coast cocoa programme as the country tries to recover from its recent civil turmoil and an...

Australian government set to oppose palm oil labelling bill

The palm oil labelling bill in Australia is entering its next phase, with the House of Representatives set to vote on whether it becomes law – and the current government...

Browne’s plans to top the chocolate pops

The new owners of premium chocolatier Browne’s have outlined plans to put the company onto a “rapid growth” trajectory.

Lindt: consumer sentiment buttresses top-end confectionery sales

Despite volatile cocoa prices, fragile consumer confidence and retail price pressure, positive first-half results posted by Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli point to a high level of resilience at...

World sugar stocks on track for recovery

Sugar stocks should rise significantly from their current low levels, with analysts forecasting a global sugar surplus of around 9.5m tonnes in the 2011/12 (October-September) crop year, on the back...

Nestlé: green waste treatment plans given go-ahead

Nestlé’s plans to build an anaerobic digestion plant for treating waste at its Fawdon site in Newcastle, UK, have been given the green light by planners.

Cargill pays premium millions to cocoa farmers as sustainable sourcing grows

Cargill’s drive to secure a good quality and sustainable supply of cocoa beans is filtering down to famers in Cote d'Ivoire as it has just made premium payments totalling more...

Wanted: Food science journalist/editor

Do you know your prebiotics from your probiotics? Could you write and broadcast convincingly about emulsifiers and stabilisers? If the answer is yes, we would like to hear from you.

Dark chocolate/cocoa effective for cholesterol improvements: Meta-analysis

Consuming polyphenol-rich dark chocolate or cocoa products may reduce total and LD cholesterol levels, but has no effect on HDL levels, according to a meta-analysis of 10 clinical trials.

Top 5 most read stories this summer

ConfectioneryNews is taking a look back over which stories have been most popular with you the readers this summer.

Constantia targets emerging markets with Turkish flexible takeover

Constantia has completed a deal to take over a Turkish flexible packaging outfit in a bid to boost growth in developing markets such as the Middle East, North Africa and...

Amcor doubles profits, serves notice of growth acceleration

Amcor said its profits almost doubled last year on rising demand for both its flexible and rigid packaging and sooner-than expected benefits from its acquisition of Alcan.

Navigating the Asia Pacific food industry? Welcome to

The leading source of news for the food and beverage industry in Europe and North America has now expanded to Asia, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of experienced local...

Bendicks Winchester redundancies start

Storck has started making redundancies as it prepares to close its Bendicks manufacturing operation in Winchester.

Cadbury raises augmented reality bar with interactive game

Cadbury has become the latest food brand to dip a toe in the in the experimental waters of augmented reality as part of a growing trend in interactive packaging.

Compostable films pass mineral oil barrier tests with flying colours, company

Innovia Films said extensive tests have demonstrated its cellulose-based compostable films provide an effective barrier against the migration of mineral oil residues from recycled cardboard packaging into food.

New front end for Fortress food industry metal detectors

Fortress Technology Europe has designed a new ‘front end’ for its Phantom metal detectors, giving users a more robust control panel along with the option of plugging a USB...

Kerry delivers “solid” H1 with 6% profit hike to €214m

Irish dairy and ingredients group Kerry has turned in a”solid” first half of 2011 that saw it increase volumes, weather raw material price hikes, and see success in a “go-to-market”...

EC may boost sugar supply after price hikes and complaints

The European Commission will consider boosting the availability of sugar at its next tonnage tender meeting on August 25 after sharp rises in prices and calls from food manufacturers for...

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