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Pecan prices rise on hurricane aftermath

Food manufacturers using pecan nuts in their food products can expect a hike in price as recent hurricanes in the US destroy nearly half the crops in major producing states.

Wrigley lifted by Joyco takeover

The takeover of Spanish confectionery group Joyco earlier this year continued to lift sales at gum giant Wrigley in the third quarter of the year. Joyco's business in Asia, in...

New research underlines antioxidant activity in chocolate

Evidence backing the health promoting benefits of chocolate continues to mount, bringing dynamism to slacking sales, reports Lindsey Partos. Researchers from Spain have discovered that polyphenols found in cocoa extract...

New food processing lubricants promise cost savings

Petro-Canada has launched two new synthetic lubricants to the food processing industry that it claims provide added protection in extreme temperature applications.

Caramel colour leader spears Nordic firms

The world's number one caramel colour supplier DD Williamson is driving deeper into the Nordic countries, signing a deal with Swedish food distibutor Norfoods to build growth in the increasingly...

Award-winning designs from Field

Field Packaging, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Corporation, recently won the top award in the confectionery category at the 2004 Pro Carton/ECMA (European Carton Manufacturers Association) Carton Awards annual competition for...

New sustainable chocolate hits US shelves

A new chocolate bar which claims to be made from sustainable cocoa plantations was launched in New York late last month with high hopes of building on the growing awareness...

Pliant to investigate packaging innovations

Packaging manufacturer Pliant has been awarded several significant R&D contracts worth $5.1 million from the US government to conduct leading edge research on food packaging, including several areas with implications...

Aarhus investor sells majority stake

United International Enterprises Limited (UIE), the majority stakeholder in vegetable oil firm Aarhus United, confirms it will sell its considerable stake in the Danish firm, due to be divested by...

Karlshamns seeks savings through job cuts

Squeezed margins from 'fierce competition' have hit profits at Swedish oils and fats firm Karlshamns, which this week announced job cuts in the context of a cost saving programme.

Aroma-measuring device for packaging developed

A unique measuring device capable of measuring how much aroma is penetrating a material is being developed at Iggesund Paperboard's laboratory for sensory and chemical analyses in Strömsbruk, Sweden.

Breath strip downturn prompts Wrigley production changes

Flagging consumer interest in Wrigley's Eclipse Flash dissolvable breath strip product has prompted the US confectioner to shut down production facilities in the US and shift manufacturing to Europe, where,...

Four-year-old Novis beats media old guard for publishing awards

Novis, now with almost half a million readers, yesterday earned broad industry recognition with two further publishing awards, following on from its best publication prize earlier this year.

UK rejig drives Nestlé confectionery growth

A change of management and a number of new product launches in the UK were the main reason for a solid nine-month sales performance from the confectionery arm of Swiss...

Hershey Foods making steady headway

After a slightly slow start to the year, the confectionery group Hershey Foods, saw sales rise and the gross margin expand in the third quarter, despite rising commodity costs.

Health to drive honey choice for food formulations?

Health-promoting compounds found in honey could make this ingredient a more attractive option for food makers currently using bulk sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup and looking to jump on...

Organic vanilla launch from Synergy Flavours

British flavours firm Synergy Flavours is bringing a new organic vanilla extract to market, locking in suppliers from Madagascar to help guarantee the source of a product rooted in a...

France targets hidden sugars

AFSSA, the French food safety authority, has called for a significant reduction of sugars added to processed foods alongside stronger backing for foods containing wholegrains and high fibre.

Europe to appeal WTO sugar ruling

Brussels will fight to appeal against a new decision by the World Trade Organisation that rules the EU illegally subsidises exports of sugar, ruling in favour of a legal challenge...

Kraft considering confectionery sell-off

Kraft Foods, the biggest packaged foods producer in North America, is thought to be mulling the sale of its confectionery business, including the Altoids and Life Savers brands, as part...

Fiske Food links up with Avebe

Greater market penetration is expected for Avebe starch products as Fiske Food Denmark, a distributor of food and beverage ingredients, links up with the potato starch firm to distribute products...

Report underlines importance of supply chain performance

Success is increasingly being dictated by how well a company can control its supply base and mitigate supply bottlenecks and liabilities, claims a new report.

Buhler boosts Ghana's cocoa production capabilities

German-based Buhler Group has been awarded a multi-million euro contract to expand an existing cocoa production facility in Ghana.

'Me-time' drives premium foods market

Food makers encouraged to position self-indulgent products as rewards rather than functional as premium foods in UK top billon euro mark showing hectic pace of life continues to drive growth...

Cadbury on track to deliver confectionery growth

Cadbury Schweppes is well on the way to delivering growth at its European confectionery unit, despite an increasingly gloomy outlook for the packaged food sector as a whole, according to...

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