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Germans eating more chocolate

Germans eating more chocolate

German chocolate sales grew by 3.6 per cent in the first five
months of 2003 as retailers ended their price war and returned to
more normal prices. But volumes rose by less than 1 per cent, and
the exceptionally hot weather in June...

Amcor gets its fill

Amcor gets its fill

Amcor PET Packaging has won a contract to manufacture a new 0.5 L
refill PET bottle for Coca-Cola Germany, which is aimed at
replacing small glass bottles.

UK sugar harvest imminent

UK sugar harvest imminent

British Sugar and the NFU have agreed the provisional factory
opening dates for this year's sugar harvest. Newark factory will
open on 12 September with the remaining five factories opening on
16 September.

A sweet deal

A sweet deal

UK sweeteners and starch group Tate & Lyle has completed the
sale of its monosodium glutamate (MSG) production unit in France to
Japanese seasonings company Ajinomoto.

Sweet kisses

Sweet kisses

Hershey Foods Corporation has introduced Hershey's Kisses rich dark
chocolates, the first permanent addition to the brand in nearly 10
years.

Hearty snacks

Hearty snacks

German functional food and supplement maker WellPlus Trade is
developing a bar prototype to contain Israeli firm Enzymotec's
heart-healthy MultOil.

Choc of ages

Choc of ages

A German confectioner has made the rather brave claim that it has
developed chocolates capable of countering the ageing process.

Perfectly stable

Perfectly stable

Swiss stabiliser manufacturer Swissgum is set to introduce a number
of innovations at Fi Europe, which takes place from 18 to 20
November 2003 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Express to the Orient

Express to the Orient

Confectionery and biscuit manufacturer Swiss Delice is planning to
expand into China this autumn. The move comes after the company's
success in launching the brand in Hong Kong last year.

By gum!

By gum!

Swiss stabiliser manufacturer Swissgum is set to introduce a number
of innovations at Fi Europe, which takes place from 18 to 20
November 2003 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Lo-cal baking

Lo-cal baking

Danisco is launching Salatrim, a new low-calorie fat targeted at
the European confectionery and bakery industry. The product, which
has been patented, will be sold under the name Benefat.

Dairy innovations

Dairy innovations

Fun, convenience and health are the clear drivers of innovation in
the food industry, as the latest review of new products from
Mintel's Global New Product Database shows.

Vepatec boxes up

Vepatec boxes up

A robotic concept from cartoning specialist Vepatec is to be
launched and demonstrated by Partners in Packaging at the PPMA
Machinery Only Show.

Cadbury profits melting

Cadbury profits melting

Cadbury's rapid expansion over the last few years has boosted sales
in the first half of the year, but the increasing cost of
restructuring its business took a hefty toll on profits.

Perfectly minted

Perfectly minted

The PPMA sponsored Starpack Award has gone to Field Packaging
Systems, UK, for the process technology in its carton erecting
system for After Eight mints.

Expanding yeast

Expanding yeast

Lesaffre Yeast has added a new consumer yeast brand to its North
American portfolio with the acquisition of Stranks Management and
its subsidiaries.

Boxing clever

Boxing clever

Northampton-based packaging firm Boxes Prestige has won the
packaging business of the year award at the UK's national Starpack
Awards.

Sweet anticipation

Sweet anticipation

The launch of Confectionery Manufacturing Expo Americas, the new
candy expo for the industry's suppliers, was announced this week.
The event will be held on 13 to 14 September 2004 at the Navy Pier,
Chicago.

Apple-coloured drinks

Apple-coloured drinks

US food colour manufacturer D.D. Williamson has developed a caramelised
apple product from 100 per cent apple juice concentrate. The
company claims that food and beverage processors using the
caramelised apple product may label it...

Vital ingredients

Vital ingredients

Researchers have identified a flavour enhancer that could be used
to reduce salt, sugar and monosodium glutamate levels in our foods.

Cocoa champion

Cocoa champion

Two leading European food industry associations have named ADM
Cocoa's De Zaan cocoa liquor as the standard in joint research on
chocolate production.

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