Burnt sugar flavour breakthrough

Specialist food colouring company DD Williamson has developed a breakthrough natural acid-stable burnt sugar flavour which, it says, responds to demand for clean-label flavours. Applications include beverages and sauces, with the non-GM product offering stability in phosphoric acid, citric acid, alcohol (60%) and salt (15%). “Class one (plain) caramel colours and burnt sugars are not […]

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ABF revenues up – but pre-tax profits fall

Associated British Foods (ABF) has reported a 12% rise in revenues to £9.3 billion this year. However, its pre-tax profits fell 6% to £495 million after a £65m loss on the sale of the group’s American packaged oil business. Adjusted pre-tax profits rose 4% to £655m. Profits in the group’s sugar business rose by 24% […]

Morrisons jumps on chocolate bandwagon

Budget supermarket chain Morrisons has launched a range of own-label chocolates, which it describes as an ‘affordable indulgence’. It says the move comes in the wake of a growing demand for chocolate, with sales this year up by 10%. Morrisons Best Chocolate is produced in Italy. The range includes Best Dark Chocolate, Best Milk Chocolate, […]

Tate & Lyle joins forces with Solvay

Tate & Lyle has announced that it is to partner with Solvay to sell digestive health ingredient Solcatis Galactofructose in bakery and other food and beverage applications in Europe (excluding Spain and Portugal), the Middle East and Africa. Solactis Galactofructose, a non-digestible carbohydrate derived from milk, has been shown to deliver wide-ranging health benefits as […]


Tesco’s new twist on BOGOF

Tesco has revealed plans to cut Britain’s food waste by turning the traditional Buy One Get One Free (BOGOF) offer into Buy One Get One Free – Later, which means customers will be encouraged to pick up the second item at a later date. Shoppers will take an item under a BOGOF offer and receive […]

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Frozen food factory rises from the flames

Longbenton Foods, the new owner of the former Findus factory at Longbenton, has revealed that it will return to full production by the end of 2010. The factory in North Tyneside was forced to shed its entire 420-strong workforce after administrators closed down the plant when it was devastated by a blaze in January. But […]

Wine and dine

A wine flour set to enter the US market can deliver a healthy profile to baked goods, through the addition of antioxidants, fibre and fatty acids, while also extending shelf-life, according to its manufacturer Northern Light Food Processing. It claims the ingredients has a distinct advantage over competitor products as it does not contain grape […]


ADM acquires Czech oilseed plant

Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced the expansion of its European oilseed processing capabilities with the acquisition of ViaChem Group’s oilseed processing assets in Olomouc, Czech Republic. This facility, in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, consists of an oilseed crushing, refining and biodiesel plant that produces oil and meal for the food, feed […]


Salt shocker

Over three quarters of people (77%) are not aware that bread and breakfast cereals are among the top salt-contributing foods in our diet, according to a new Food Standards Agency survey. The top three salt-contributing foods are bread, followed by meat products, then breakfast cereals. When asked to pick the top three from a list […]

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Cereal success

Dorset Cereals has become the UK’s leading provider of muesli following the successful completion of two knowledge transfer partnerships with Bournemouth University. The Dorchester-based company, which produces flakes, granola, porridges, bars and slices as well as muesli, hired university graduates to help develop its marketing and production functions and, as a result, has nearly quadrupled […]


Tate & Lyle profit warning

UK food ingredients group Tate & Lyle has again warned that its annual profits will be lower than this time last year, when high commodity prices helped boost its returns. The company says ‘strong co-product revenues’ during the ‘commodity price peak of summer 2008’ boosted the business last year. However, despite what it calls ‘an […]

Welcome aboard!

We are delighted to announce that two of the biggest names in the food and drink industry have this month joined the Food & Drink Technology editorial advisory board. The first is Dr Steven Walker, the new director general of food and drink research organisation Campden BRI. He joined the business in 1987 and over […]

Danisco ups 2010 earnings target

Food ingredients group Danisco has upped its earnings target for 2010 after enjoying a 27% jump in first-quarter profits. Danisco revenues rose 7% to DKK3.5bn, although on an organic basis, sales growth was slower at 2%. Sales from Danisco’s cultures division rose 11% and were up 6% in Genencor. The company admitted, however, that ‘weak’ […]

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