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Study claims chewing gum can reduce daytime tiredness

British researchers have conducted a study that suggests chewing gum can combat daytime sleepiness.

Nestle ‘sure’ child labour occurs in supply chain as company allows probe

Nestle has become the first food company to allow the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate whether children are working on cocoa farms supplying its factories as the company said...

Competition watchdog scrutinizes Amcor takeover plans

The Australian competition watchdog confirmed it is probing Amcor’s proposed takeover of packaging company Aperio Group to see if the deal would damage competition in the domestic market.

Xylitol chewing gum could cut ear infection risk in children– study

Researchers at the University of Toronto have published a study review that claims chewing xylitol- based chewing gum five times a day can reduce acute middle ear infections (AOM) in...

Chr. Hansen expands e-number free colouring range

Ingredients firm Chr. Hansen has doubled the number of products in its fruit colouring food stuffs range, which it said will allow manufacturers to diversify sweet confectionery products and keep...

Second buys third in Romanian chocolate race

The second largest player on the Romanian chocolate market Kandia Dulce has acquired former competitor Supreme Chocolat, the third largest player, which could put pressure on market leader Kraft, according...

Manufacturers moving steadily towards sustainable palm oil - WWF

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has found that food manufacturers are making progress towards ecologically friendly palm oil practices.

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Frito-Lay and Innovia in legal battle over biodegradable film patents

Frito-Lay and Innovia Films are locked in a legal fight over which company owns the patent rights to biodegradable films used in packaging for crisp and snack bags.

Caobisco calls for extended buffer stocks to combat supply fluctuations

The Association of the Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery of Europe (Caobisco) has called for buffer stocks to be extended to cover the supply of commodities like wheat, skimmed milk powder...

News in brief

Analysts say EU debt crises could lead to cocoa price hike

Goldman Sachs has forecast cocoa prices to climb 12% in the next three months as West African cocoa harvests slide and the EU debt crisis continues, according to reports.

Novel bakery and confectionery blends with URC technology - Taura

Taura has launched an ingredients range that it claims allows manufactures to combine 100% ultra rapid concentrated (URC) fruit and vegetables with other ingredients for the first time in premium...

Special Edition: Stevia

Stevia supply chain is built on sustainable values, say suppliers

Greater ownership and management of the stevia supply chain has helped to build a system that is sustainable, responsible, and scalable, say leading global suppliers PureCircle and Cargill.

German court raps Ferrero on vitamin content labels

Italian confectioner Ferrero has been ordered by a German court to change the labelling on its Nutella brand or face €250,000 fines per individual case.

First Chinese plant an easy decision for tna

Packaging systems producer tna has opened a new plant in China in a bid to tap into huge growth in the domestic packaged foods markets - particularly the snack sector.

Jelly Belly sports beans ‘still growing in the double digits’

Sales of sports beans – jelly beans laced with vitamins B, C and electrolytes – are “still growing in the double-digits each year” six years after launch, bosses at brand...

US chewing gum market to mature as consumers demand health products – analyst

Growth in the US chewing gum market will be driven by products with perceived health benefits as children’s gum market declines, according to an analyst at IBISWorld.

Chewing gum could deliver satiety hormone, aid weight loss

Vitamin B12 may form a complex with a satiety-boosting hormone and provide formulators with a novel weight loss ingredient for use in products like chewing gum, preliminary research suggests.

Special Edition: Stevia

Getting a handle on flavour, bulking and bitter blocker systems key to stevia formulation

In-depth understanding of how stevia works with different flavour systems, bulking agents, and other ingredients is required to optimise NPD or reformulation of existing food and drinks using the natural...

Vitamin gum pioneer targets sports nutrition market with novel bubblegum

The firm behind a patented technology enabling the incorporation of multiple vitamins and other bioactives in coated chewing gum, has developed a novel bubblegum targeting the sports nutrition market.

Novel Foods Exclusive

First yeast-derived beta glucan approved as novel food in EU

Health ingredients firm Biothera has been granted novel foods approval in the EU for its immune health ingredient yeast beta glucan and said there were prospects for manufacturers in a...

Special Edition: Stevia

Coca-Cola to expand stevia offering in EU; no plans to drop aspartame

Coca-Cola said it has no reason to drop the artificial sweetener aspartame from its low or zero calorie beverage brands in the European market as it welcomes last week’s approval...

Novel Foods Exclusive

Wrigley gains novel food approval for magnolia bark extract in EU

Gum giant Wrigley has been granted novel food approval in the EU for an extract to be used in chewing gum and mints that will allow it to introduce new...

News in brief

Campco to step up chocolate production

Indian chocolate manufacturer Campco has announced plans to increase its production capacity from 18,000 tonnes per annum to 23,000 tonnes per annum by October next year.

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Chinese market opens up for Naturex for flavour modifier; Burgundy integration underway

Naturex has just received novel foods approval in China for its flavour masking system, Talin. President and chief executive of the botanicals group, Jacques Dikansky, revealed the news and discussed...

Callebaut teams with Indonesian cocoa exporter to build €24m processing site

The world’s leading cocoa manufacturer Barry Callebaut has entered a joint venture with Indonesian cocoa exporter P.T. Comextra Majora and has announced plans to build a €24m manufacturing facility....

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