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New regulation to impact liquorice prices, says leading supplier

Confectionery makers can expect no let up in the current high liquorice prices due to the fact that pending EU regulation, setting limits for the first time on Ochratoxin A...


Krill conflict could threaten omega-3 potential

The krill category and the science backing it are still emerging, but there are many who believe krill extracts have the potential to 'go big' in the healthy foods arena....

Changing tastes make China new flavour centre

Burgeoning demand for flavours from Chinese food manufacturers has led to rapid growth in the last decade and encouraged more foreign firms to set up operations there, says Leatherhead.

US food waste impacts climate, say scientists

Americans waste about 1,400 calories-worth of food per person a day – or 40 percent of total food supply – with implications for climate change and obesity, claim US researchers.

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FTC announces forum agenda on food marketing to kids

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced its agenda for a December 15 meeting to discuss food marketing to children.

Frutarom explores authenticity in natural citrus

Frutarom is introducing new premium natural citrus flavours intended to be as true-to-nature and authentic as possible – and which meet incoming labelling rules for natural and FTNF flavours.

Clean label demand behind new fruit line for choc makers

Chocolate processors can boost their clean label and meet good for you indulgence trends with a new fresh fruit based ingredient range that is free from artificial additives, allergens and...

Milk fat can help eliminate choc fat bloom, claims study

Replacing some of the cocoa butter with milk fat can control fat bloom in chocolate, according to new research from Canada.

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Kraft closes Romanian confectionery plant

Kraft Foods has moved confectionery production from Brasov, Romania to Svoge, Bulgaria with the loss of more than 220 jobs, the company has said.

Sucralose safe from natural trend, says JK

The strong trend toward natural products is unlikely to encroach significantly on the market for artificial sweeteners, according to sucralose manufacturer JK Sucralose.

Cadbury India taps into health trend with glucose bar

Tapping into the health and wellness trend, Cadbury is targeting the youth market in India with an energy glucose containing chocolate wafer bar.

Chocolate flavors help cushion cocoa price impact

Synergy has released a range of chocolate flavors intended to help manufacturers sidestep the impact of volatile cocoa prices.

Chocolate market set to consolidate, says analyst

The chocolate sector looks set for further consolidation with the smaller players struggling to offset higher cocoa prices, claims one market analyst as the rumour mill goes into full gear...


Food prices face a welcome perfect storm

There’s a perfect storm building for food prices. You don’t have to scan the horizon to see the signs; the clouds are developing all around us - at a faster...

Louisiana sugar refinery deal finalized

A three-way joint venture to build a $145m sugar refinery in Gramercy, Louisiana has been finalized by Cargill, the Imperial Sugar Company and Sugar Growers and Refiners (SUGAR).

Ocean Spray launches whole cranberries

Ocean Spray is now offering whole dried cranberries as ingredients, to help raise confectionery and snack products into the premium category.

Hershey launches travel confectionary range

The Travel Retail group of confectionary giant Hershey has launched a new range of travel retail exclusive products including Hershey’s Kisses, Hershey’s Nuggets chocolates and Reese’s and Hershey's Miniatures....

Hershey confirms interest in Cadbury

Hershey has confirmed that it is “reviewing its options” regarding a possible joint bid with Ferrero for British confectioner Cadbury, following media speculation about talks yesterday.

Dispatches from FIE

Managing the great Southampton switch-out

The industry is under time pressure to remove artificial Southampton food colours from products before European warning labels are required next year. Helene Moeller, group product manager for ingredients at...

Hershey and Ferrero could bid for Cadbury

Hershey and Ferrero are reported to be considering a joint bid for Cadbury that could put the brakes on a hostile takeover by Kraft.


Alleviation of hunger should top CSR agenda

Climate change dominates the CSR agenda but new USDA figures on food insecurity are a sharp reminder that alleviating poverty and hunger should always be the top priority.

French sweet tooth holds sugar opportunities

Opportunities for low-sugar formulations could potentially reside in France with a new study showing eight out of ten French people consume a reduced sugar product at least once a week.

Dark chocolate could be stress buster

Daily consumption of 40 grams of dark chocolate for two weeks can reduce stress and benefit metabolism and microbial activity in the gut, claims scientists based at the Nestle Research Centre.

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TCP Partners acquires confectionery packager Tray-Pak

Pennsylvania-based TPC Partners has acquired a majority shareholding in packaging manufacturer, Tray-Pak Corporation.

Packaging innovation aimed at low scale confectionery makers

A new digital press can provide cost effective customised decoration of metal containers for eco-conscious confectionery makers involved in small volume applications, claims a US speciality packaging firm.

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