Ingredients

 

Tetra Pak to invest extra £30 million in China

Tetra Pak has announced its intention to invest an additional £30 million into its hi-tech 620m RMB(£60m) plant in Beijing. The investment is designed to double production capacity from eight billion packages to 16 billion to meet growing demand in the Chinese dairy market. A second laminator will be installed in the Beijing plant, and […]

Tate & Lyle invests £4.5m in research

Tate & Lyle has announced that it will contribute £4.5 million over a five-year period to King’s College London to set up a new centre for research into the link between nutrition and health. Collaboration between the company and the university dates back to the 1970s when research by scientists from King’s College London and […]

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Allergen law extends to molluscs and lupins

The European Commission has passed new legislation to extend food labelling requirements to include molluscs and lupins. This requirement will come into force in autumn 2006, with the industry expected to comply by autumn 2008. Since November last year, it has been a legal requirement to indicate the presence of 12 specified allergens and their […]

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Sun Valley introduces peanut-free nut factory

Sun Valley, processor of nuts and savoury snacks, is introducing a completely peanut-free nut factory in response to the increasing number of reported peanut allergies. Sun Valley, processor of nuts and savoury snacks, is introducing a completely peanut-free nut factory in response to the increasing number of allergies. The company’s second, separate factory will handle […]

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Tangerine deal creates new confectionery opportunity

Tangerine, the Blackpool-based confectionery firm, has bought the confectionery arm of Burton’s Foods for an undisclosed sum. The deal creates the UK’s largest independent sugar confectionery firm increasing Tangerine’s turnover from around £45 million to nearly £60 million. Commenting on the deal, Tangerine chairman Steven Joseph said,“This is fantastic news for Tangerine, and confirms our […]

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California Tree Fruit branches out in Europe

The Garden, a London-based marketing agency, has been appointed by the California Tree Fruit Agreement (CTFA) to generate greater interest in its members’ fruit – firstly in trade circles, before targeting consumers. California’s peach, plum and nectarine business is currently booming, with over one and a half billion pounds of the fruit produced in California […]

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Caffeine content leads to concerns

The makers of the Red Bull energy drink have been forced to reformulate the beverage for the Turkish market to meet the country’s ban on high caffeine energy drinks. The makers of the Red Bull energy drink have been forced to reformulate the beverage for the Turkish market to meet the country’s ban on high […]

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Nestle puts on weight with Jenny Craig

Nestle SA has agreed with a private equity group including ACI Capital and MidOcean Partners, the acquisition of Jenny Craig, a weight management company offering branded nutritional products and services in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The company achieved sales in excess of US$ 400 million during the past year with double-digit organic […]

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French crush on Britvic

French company PAI Partners is tipped as the favourite to acquire British-based soft drinks firm Britvic, which is reported to be the target of an international takeover. Britvic is said to be struggling in the fizzy drinks market as health-conscious consumers look for alternative options. The company, which owns Robinsons in Norwich and the Tango […]

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Defra update on GM crops

Defra has proposed measures to ensure that growing of genetically modified crops in England will not disadvantage other farmers. The plans include enforcing strict separation of distances between genetically modified and conventional crops. Under EU rules, no GM crops will be grown in the UK unless scientific evidence shows they are safe for human health […]

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Simple labelling prompts food switch

Labelling food products with clear, simple nutritional information produced ‘quite extraordinary’ changes in consumers’ buying habits in just eight weeks, according to a report on a major European conference. Speaking at the Annual Obesity Europe Conference in Brussels recently, Tesco’s European affairs manager Ian Hutchins claimed that consumers switched in a matter of weeks to […]

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Targeting contaminated eggs

The European Commission is planning to set new targets to reduce salmonella in laying hens in member states. The move follows the publication of an EU study, which shows high levels of infection in flocks in a number of countries. UK animal health and welfare minister, Ben Bradshaw, welcomed the preliminary report from the European […]

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Chew over a coffee

Coffee-flavoured chewing gum has been launched by Wrigley in the US. The product – called Doublemint Kona Creme – is said to have been a success when it was introduced in China last year. The gum will be available at 7-Eleven stores.

Bowl cans boost business

Crown Food Europe has extended its range of bowl-shaped cans for the single-serve food market in Europe and North America. The distinctive bowl shape is designed to improve consumer convenience and boost visual appeal.“Bowl-shaped cans are a great way for food companies to introduce convenience, as well as durability, to single-serve products, comments Laetitia Durafour, […]

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