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EFSA strikes a blow against cocoa health claims

The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has struck a blow to the confectionery industry by saying there is not enough evidence to support a link between cocoa flavanols and...

Special edition: R&D

Lack of R&D puts EU food sector at risk

Europe’s food and drink sector is lagging behind the competition because of investments in R&D have stagnated since 2006, warns the CIAA.

UK pumps £4.2m into food and drink training

A new £4.2m funding project will cover 50 per cent of employee training costs in the UK food and drink industry and aims to deliver flexible training courses in addition...

Warning that sugar prices could surge to 30-year high

The leading traders of physical raw sugar claim that the commodity is likely to surge to a 30-year high in the coming months, with all eyes on the pending Indian...

ADM Cocoa experts run chocolate formulation workshops

Crop processing giant ADM Cocoa is running a series of workshops to show chocolate makers how to get “optimal results” from their formulations, with health trumping new product development.

Cargill's reduced calorie chocolate set to hit shelves in 2011

Cargill’s sweetener experts have further enhanced its reduced calorie chocolate prototype that was shown at FIE in November 2009, with the commercial product set to hit the market at the...

Pilot phase testing can aid SME sugar-free gum market entry, Beneo

Beneo claims that new equipment at its laboratory in Germany will enable small and medium sized sweet manufacturers test its sugar replacer, Isomalt, in chewing gum.

Defatted cocoa powder ‘best compromise’ for low-fat choc: Nestle

Formulating reduced fat chocolate using defatted cocoa powder may indeed by the ‘best compromise’ for confectionery producers, says a new study from Nestlé Product Technology.

Retailer claims UK first for compostable chocolate box tray

UK supermarket chain, Marks & Spencer, said its entire Swiss chocolate range will now feature a corn starch-based Plantic tray to hold the chocolates, while the outer-box, it added, is...

News in brief

Kit Kat sales up in UK and Ireland

Flagship brand Kit Kat has increased market shares for Nestle in the UK and Ireland, according to last week’s third quarter results that reveal a 4.1 per cent sales increase...

Canadian private label consumers becoming older and wealthier, says Nielsen

The typical Canadian consumer of private label products is changing – becoming older and wealthier, according to a new study from The Nielsen Company.

Roshen posts 32 per cent hike in confectionery sales

Roshen increased its sales for the first three quarters of 2010 by 32 per cent at $675m. The confectioner also recorded an output of 285,000 tonnes in 2010, up 11...

Mars: An R&D problem shared is a problem halved...

Mars, a private company once famed for its secrecy, is cranking up efforts to engage with external collaborators via the launch of a new open innovation website, in which it...

News in brief

Mars restructures in UK in bid to outperform rivals

Mars’ UK confectionery business is to become independent from its European operation in a move that it said should bolster its performance against rivals within the UK market.

Dispatches from IPA 2010

Ceramic insulation wins IPA research innovation award for JBT FoodTech

JBT FoodTech said the development of its latex based ceramic insulation system – an IPA innovation award winner this week - was informed by insights gained from space shuttle engineering.

News in brief

UK regulator proposes changes in hostile takeover bids post Cadbury

The UK Takeover Panel, in a move that follows the controversial acquisition of Cadbury by US food group Kraft in February this year, has proposed changes to reduce the tactical...

Jungbunzlauer hikes citric acid, xanthan gum prices

Concern around stock levels of commodities such as sugar, wheat and corn, is claimed by ingredients group Jungbunzlauer as the rationale behind its 10 per cent hike in the price...

DISPATCHES FROM IPA 2010

SPX hungry for growth in food, brewing and emerging markets

FoodProductionDaily.com caught up with Patrick Dowling of SPX Flow Technology at IPA 2010 to talk about the company’s strategies for acquisition and sector growth.

New approach allows rapid honey trace element analysis, says Thermo Fisher

A new quality control method for honey facilitates faster trace element analysis while reducing operational costs, claims its developer Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Dark chocolate may reduce cholesterol levels in diabetics

Dark chocolate could reduce cholesterol levels for people with diabetes, according to recent findings from a university study.

Fairtrade cocoa supply can support chocolate brand switch, FLO

There is enough volume of Fairtrade cocoa available to supply more large brands switching product lines to Fairtrade, according to the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO).

Arla takes the egg out of nougat for Chinese

Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a whey protein isolate to replace egg whites in nougat for a Chinese customer facing problems with inconsistent egg quality.

DISPATCHES FROM IPA 2010

Flexible snap-open pouch claimed to eliminate food waste

A new flexible single portion sachet made from high barrier laminates is said to adhere to consumer demand for easy opening packs and eliminate residual food from the packaging.

Cargill says stevia demand is driving erythritol sales

Stevia sales are raising independent consumer demand for bulk sweetener erythritol, according to ingredients leader Cargill.

Tangerine appoints advisors for sweet expansion plans

Tangerine Confectionery has appointed NM Rothschild & Sons to advise the company on future expansion options and opportunities.

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