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Half year sales jump up 43 per cent for UK confectioner Lees

UK confectionery and bakery maker Lees Food claims an increased focus on production planning helped generate greater efficiencies and boost growth as it announces a 43 per cent jump in...

Special edition: Robotics

Robots still a nascent technology in confectionery processing

Robot-based product packaging and palletizing remain the areas for quick wins in the confectionery sector but robots, albeit in the leading EU based confectioners, are gradually taking on more tasks...

Versatile infeed systems cut total cost of ownership and downtime

High production volumes, a reduction in the total cost of ownership, flexibility and a speedy delivery time are benefits claimed by Bosch for its new range of infeed systems launched...

Japan seeing hike in value-added confectionery launches

The chocolate category still accounts for over half of new confectionery product launches in Japan, but the functional segment is beginning to steal some of the limelight, according to a...


Food sector set to embrace robotic technology - BARA

Take up of robotic technology in the food sector is set to steadily increase as processors are forced to seek further efficiency gains and demand could challenge that of the...

Perfetti to boost Indian plant capacity on market gains

Perfetti van Melle is set to increase capacity in a plant in southern India as its two year long marketing efforts pay dividends in terms of its gum and éclair...


High fructose corn syrup: A sugar by any other name

Once upon a time sugar was sugar, and sugar was most definitely not good for you. So the Corn Refiners Association move to rebrand high fructose corn syrup as corn...

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Chr Hansen sees natural colour potential in North Africa

Food manufacturers in Morocco and other North African countries are facing the same pressure as those in Europe to remove synthetic colours form products, reports Chr Hansen.

Cadbury reverts to tin for Roses on back of consumer sentiment

Consumer sentiment is forcing confectionery manufacture Cadbury to revert to metal tin for its long established brand, Roses, following an unsuccessful trial-run of cardboard packaging for the chocolates in the...

UK confectioner Zetar secures funds to meet growth targets

UK based confectionery and snack foods firm Zetar said a refinancing deal with lender HSBC Holdings to the tune of £45m will help it meet its organic sales growth plans...

Henkel, Sonoco blame price hikes on spiralling raw material costs

Henkel has announced price increases of up to a fifth on a range of packaging adhesives for European customers because of soaring raw material costs.

Sara Lee joins scheme against junk food advertising to children

Sara Lee has become the latest food manufacturer to join the voluntary Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) that aims to restrict advertising of junk food to children.

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PureCircle announces sugar-stevia deal with Nordzucker

Stevia producer PureCircle has announced its third new European alliance in a week, teaming up with Nordzucker to develop and market stevia-sugar combos.

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Nestle to build R&D centre in India

Nestle is investing around CHF50m in a new R&D centre in Gurgaon, India, as it expects 45 per cent of its global sales to come from emerging markets within a...

Confectionery tax will distort competition, claims Finnish industry body

The decision by the Finnish government to reintroduce a tax on sweets, chocolate, cocoa products, ice cream, and ice lollies is unfair and will discriminate against individual companies in the...

New alliances in preparation for EU stevia approval

DoehlerGroup and PureCircle, Corn Products and Galam, Tereos and PureCircle… This week has seen a new flurry of alliances over stevia sweeteners, as the ingredients sector gets on its...

Ed Haas expands Pez production capacity in Hungary

Ed Haas, the Austrian confectionery manufacturer, has expanded production capabilities at its facility in Janossomorja in western Hungary.

Pay row threatens production at Scottish teacake maker Tunnock's

Production of more than a million teacakes could be in jeopardy if a strike at leading Scottish biscuit and confectionery maker, Tunnock’s, goes ahead.

PureCircle and Tereos target Europe and Brazil for sugar/stevia blends

PureCircle has launched a joint venture with the sugar company Tereos to provide sugar/stevia blends to the European market and gain a stronger international presence through Tereos’ Brazilian facilities.

ADM Cocoa’s expansion reflects Eastern European sales focus

ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) Cocoa has appointed new managers to reflect its expansion and Eastern European sales focus, while an announcement on new European research centres is imminent.

Frequent chocolate consumption could reduce CHD risk, US study

Frequent chocolate consumption was associated with a lower prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD) in men and women independent of traditional risk factors, according to a review of a national...

New sealing system to significantly cut packaging and costs - company

An innovative sealing technology for flexible packaging could save food processors thousands of tonnes of film annually, provide greater seal integrity, increase product shelf life and cut operating costs,...

Monk fruit juice concentrate may mask bitter dark choc notes

Omega Ingredients claims that pilot production phase application of its China sourced monk fruit juice concentrate indicates that it effectively masks the bitter notes in dark chocolate products.


Why cavemen could hold the key to healthy eating

There’s something incongruous about the hi-tech modern food industry sniffing around the Palaeolithic era for the next big consumer trend. But hold the side order of cynicism. There might just...

M-real plans folding boxboard capacity increase on booming packaging demand

M-real has unveiled plans to invest €26m in boosting its folding boxboard capacity at one of its plants in Finland on historically high demand for the material from the...

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