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Chr Hansen profits up despite Eurozone slowdown

Shares jumped more than 3% to just over €24.05 this morning in Danish enzymes, colours and cultures company Chr Hansen as its yearly revenue hit €699m. Profits improved 10.7% to...

Dispatches from Pack Expo

Clear clamshell wins consumer packaging vote

Clear plastic clamshell packaging won the consumer vote in a recent eye tracking survey conducted for materials manufacturer Klockner Pentaplast, results of which  it revealed at Pack Expo 2012 in...

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Confectioners and US lobbying

In this ‘Sweet Politics’ special edition looks at the lobbying efforts of the top US confectioners who are pumping big bucks into campaigns to influence proposed legislation in this...

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Hershey backs improved US international relations ahead of global push

The Hershey Company has been lobbying for improved foreign market access for US companies as it concentrates on growing its business internationally.

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Mondelēz favors sweeter US trade relations with Russia

Mondelēz International lobbied the US government to establish permanent normal trade relations with Russia earlier this year as it set its sights on the developing market.

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Mars pumps bucks into sugar reform

Mars Incorporated has focused much of its lobbying on driving reform of US sugar policy in this presidential election year.

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Nestlé campaigns on energy reforms and cocoa sourcing

Nestlé has spent more than any other confectioner on lobbying in the US this year and has focused its efforts on waste-to-energy legislation and cocoa sourcing in West Africa.

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Hurricane Sandy forces Mondelez and Hershey closures

Mondelez International and Hershey have been forced to close facilities due to Hurricane Sandy.

Hershey boss: Air Delight is a terrific product, but we’re still working out how to market it…

The “communication messages” around Air Delight - the aerated chocolate range launched by Hershey last summer - still need some work, bosses have admitted.


Bosch launches flow wrapper at Pack Expo

Bosch Packaging Technology is slashing waste and boosting shelf life with the introduction of a new flow wrapper at Pack Expo 2012 in Chicago.

Greenpeace urges food companies to check palm oil suppliers' sustainability score

Greenpeace has published a scorecard rating palm oil producers’ sustainability efforts, in order to provide food and other consumer goods companies with better information about how their palm oil is...

Nutrition runs up front in the US snack bar race: Rabobank

Nutrition and energy bars head up the soaring $6bn US snack bar market, according to a new report.


PTI showcases packaging solutions at Pack Expo

PTI Inspection Systems is displaying a range of packaging solutions, including packaging machinery and testing systems, at trade show Pack Expo in Chicago.

Study claims optimum soya milk chocolate method

Soya milk chocolate can be perfected by increasing the refining time, according to new research.

Hershey eyes China for new Asia plant

China tops the list of countries for Hershey’s new manufacturing facility in Asia, according to the company’s CEO.

IOI Loders Croklaan opens new oils and fats refinery

IOI Loders Croklaan has opened a new oils and fats refinery in Wormerveer in the Netherlands, with a particular focus on sustainably sourced oils.

TNA launches first polyethelene pack machine for pre-wrapped candies

Equipment supplier TNA has launched what it claims is the world’s first vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) rotary polyethylene packaging system.

Nestlé UK goes Fairtrade with Kit Kat two-finger

Nestlé UK & Ireland is doubling its commitment to Fairtrade cocoa by making its two-finger Kit Kat brand Fairtrade from January 2013.

Mars, Nestlé and Mondelez talk cocoa sustainability

The biggest players in global chocolate are meeting to share innovations in cocoa sustainability at an event currently taking place in Switzerland.

Welsh chewing gum tax doesn’t stick

The Welsh Assembly has rejected plans to introduce a 5p levy on chewing gum.

Hershey Q3 profit falls 10%

The Hershey Company has reported a profit drop in its third quarter (Q3) results after tax rate rises, commodity costs and charges related to supply chain efficiencies hit the company’s...

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Placon expands food container range

Placon has expanded its range of food packaging available with up to 100% post-consumer recycled content.

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Barry Callebaut appoints new chief innovation officer

Barry Callebaut has appointed ex-Unilever man Peter Boone as its new chief innovation officer.

Ground-breaking laminated recycling technology firm commercialises first site

A revolutionary technology that enables the recovery of aluminium from laminated pouches will be demonstrated for the first time on a commercial scale by the end of the year.

AAK files patent for composition to prevent fat bloom

Swedish ingredients firm AAK has filed a patent for a composition that it claims prevents chocolate fat bloom.

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