Confectioners demand new technology for healthy foods
Confectionery manufacturers are increasingly looking to new
processing and packaging firms for new technology, in order to
create products specifically targeted at the health market.
Camera launched for bakery oven inspection
A new cableless video system allows bakery manufacturers to inspect
the inside of their oven using only the oven's own conveyor belt
and a camera, the manufacturer claims.
Ferrero to change Nutella ad, following ASA ruling
Ferrero UK has been told to remove its recent TV advertisement for
Nutella, after a British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)
verdict that it contains misleading information about nutritional
Tropical fruit holds key to helping sweet-toothed diabetics
A compound that occurs naturally in fruit could hold the key to
allowing diabetics to share the same sugary treats as the rest of
Wrapper revamped for faster water packaging
Packaging firm Standard-Knapp claims that its integrated tray
packing and shrink wrapping system for water bottles now operates
at speeds of up to 70 trays per minute.
Fairtrade branded unfair by UK think tank
A UK-based policy institute this week slammed Fairtrade, saying
that the practice distorts the market and traps some of the world's
poorest farmers in a cycle of poverty.
Sugar companies may face compulsory quota cuts
The European Commission may have to enforce compulsory final sugar
quota cuts of 1.16m tones in 2010 with no compensation, as current
renunciations fall below targets.
Functional chocolate creeps up on mainstream
A quarter of Western consumers are interested in chocolate with
physical or emotional health benefits, according to Barry
Callebaut, indicating that there is a strong market for functional
EC not phased by 20,000-plus health claims
The European Commission insists it is on track with the process of
tabulating the thousands of health claim petitions submitted to it
by member states and European trade organisations, but industry
sources are not so optimistic.
News briefs: Cadbury, Hershey and Swiss confectionery
The sale of Cadbury subsidiary Monkhill is finalised, a
Hershey director leaves his post, and the Swiss sweet industry
experiences stable sales at home but higher sales abroad.
Price hikes spell financial troubles for Premier
Soaring commodity costs have sent Premier Foods share prices
tumbling and may cause the company to breach its banking covenants,
according to analysts.
Dutch spirit producers face shrinking market, experts say
The market for Dutch spirits continues to shrink - and demand for
the world famous jenever gin will halve over the next 12 years, a
report has said.
Tate & Lyle makes massive fairtrade sugar switch
Tate & Lyle is to convert its entire retail sugar range to
fairtrade in the largest fair-trade switch ever made by a UK
Row over 'deceptive' fruit flavours
A debate on flavourings has erupted over a report from a consumer
pressure group that claims fruit flavourings mislead consumers into
believing they contain actual fruit extract.
Indian chocolate demand fuels domestic cocoa increases
In response to rising demand in the chocolate industry and reduce
dependency on imports, Indian cocoa producers have said they will
increase domestic cocoa production by 60 per cent in the next four