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‘Just nine percent of shoppers always read labels’

New research conducted by Canadean Consumer has revealed that while 32 per cent of UK consumers ‘often’ read the ingredients list on products they buy, only nine per cent ‘always do so’. The research also revealed that 21 per cent of consumers ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ read the ingredients, preventing them from familiarising themselves with less-everyday […]

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Sizzlin’ success for Snowbird

For the second year in succession, Snowbird foods has struck gold with its sausages. Entering cooked and frozen sausages in the British Pig Executive competition for the best of British sausage, Snowbird won gold in the class for traditional pork sausages with its innovative Lincolnshire sausage. The same sausage struck silver in the classes for […]

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EFSA GM maize review due next month

EFSA is set to publish its second and final assessment of the Séralini et al. publication on the potential toxicity of GM maize NK603 and of a herbicide containing glyphosate by mid-November. EFSA has extended the publication date of its second statement from the end of October until mid-November to allow it to fully consider […]

ProPac set for 2013 return

The UK processing and packaging exhibition dedicated entirely to the food and drink sector, Pro2Pac, is set to make its return next March. And, say organisers, it will be the biggest and best yet. The biennial event will be back with a brand new layout that reflects its ‘focus on visitor experience’. “Incorporating a host […]

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Coca-Cola fizzing with pride

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) both received accolades at the recent Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Community Partnership Awards in London. CCE was presented with the top award in the Environmental Leadership category for its initiative to ‘Reduce the carbon footprint of the drink in your hand by a third by 2020’. […]

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Acrylamide levels in food ‘largely unchanged’

EFSA’s latest report on acrylamide in food in 25 European countries reveals that levels remain largely unchanged. The report covers the monitoring period 2007-2010 and does not reveal any considerable change from the last report for the majority of the food categories assessed, says EFSA. However, since 2008 the number of results submitted to EFSA […]

New view for Vista

Vista Processed Foods, part of the OSI Group, has expanded its manufacturing portfolio in India by opening another frozen vegetable processing plant in the northern part of the country. The Punjab facility will focus on producing value-added frozen vegetable products for fast food and retail outlets for both the domestic and export markets. “With this […]

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GRAS status for Indena’s olive fruit extract

Indena has announced that its olive fruit extract Opextan has obtained GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe) status for use as a food ingredient in a number of food categories, including bakery products, beverages and beverage bases, chewing gums, coffee and tea, frozen dairy desserts and mixes, milk products, processed fruits and fruit juices, and processed […]

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Dohler big on brown

Döhler has unveiled a new range of ‘brown’ flavours, ranging from chocolate, cocoa, nut, nougat and coffee through to caramel and vanilla. Not only are markets and technologies constantly changing, so are flavour preferences, says the firm. “While caramel often had a ‘burnt’ character in Europe ten years ago, today’s preferences are for milder accents,” […]

Food company’s Polish preparations for future growth

OSI Food Solutions Poland has unveiled a new £20 million (€25m) production facility. The new building, in Ostroda, Poland, will house a state-of-the-art beef processing plant, replacing an older existing facility in the area. It will also help safeguard the roles of its 93 employees, says the firm. “It makes perfect sense to keep the […]

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ISC appoints new president

The International Stevia Council (ISC) has this week elected a new leadership team, with Cargill’s Zanna McFerson taking the helm as president. “I am honoured to have been elected,” she says. “The ISC has accomplished a lot since its formation in 2010 and I expect stevia to continue to expand its role in food and […]

Food chain radioactivity report published

The level of man-made radioactivity to which people in the UK are exposed remained below the EU legal limit during 2011, according to the 10th Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) annual report, published this week by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The report combines results from the Agency’s monitoring programme with those of […]

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Cargill extends cocoa programme

Cargill has officially extended its sustainable cocoa programme to South Sulawesi province, Indonesia. It’s an important step in developing sustainable cocoa production and increasing the yields of farmers in Indonesia, says the firm. “This launch in Indonesia builds on the ongoing success of Cargill’s activities to develop sustainable cocoa supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, […]

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