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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’ […]

Martek resolves patent dispute

Martek Biosciences Corporation, the creator of DHA omega 3 and life’sDHA, has resolved a patent dispute with Capsugel France. The resolution follows Martek’s November 2008 action for infringement filed in the High Court of Strasbourg, France. As a result of the settlement agreement between Martek and Capsugel France, Capsugel and all of its affiliates have […]

A glass of its own

A new study shows consumers are just as likely to buy products in jars and bottles made with mixed colour recycled glass as they are to purchase items in clear glass packaging – a finding that could boost demand for containers with high recycled content. WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), which commissioned the research, […]

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Bond lolly helps thaw frosty image

A frozen replica of Daniel Craig’s torso has helped thaw frosty consumer perceptions of manufacturer Del Monte’s ethics. And in doing so, it has catapulted the brand from the bottom to the top of the latest Kaizo Advocacy Index. * Read the full story in the October issue of Food & Drink Technology.

Growing fury over Sigg’s BPA revelation

Mounting customer fury has led Sigg boss Steve Wasik to make a second apology over revelations that linings of the company’s older water bottles contain bisphenol A. On a US blog, the CEO of the Swiss-based company admitted the revelation that Sigg bottles made before August 2008 contained ‘trace amounts’ of BPA had breached the […]

More companies say no to ‘Southampton six’

More food businesses have joined those that have already stopped using the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in children. Among those now producing product lines free of these colours are three manufacturers and a chain of restaurants. Debenhams restaurants are now ensuring that all food served on the premises will be free of […]

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Low-salt bread ‘technically feasible’

Formulating breads with one-quarter of current levels of salt is possible without adverse effect on the rheological properties and the performance of the dough, according to a new study. However, total removal of salt led to significant deterioration of the dough and bread quality, say the researchers from University College Cork. “Omission of salt resulted […]

Why the US could be sweet on Reb A

Rebaudioside A (Reb A), a non-caloric sweetener derived from the stevia plant, could fill a sweet spot in the American food and beverage market, according to a new Rabobank report. The report, entitled Stevia and the U.S. Market, says the growing demand for products with greater perceived health benefits could help the sweetener grow in […]

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Expect ‘Kraft casualties’ says Leatherhead

Packaging firms across Europe would be ‘dramatically affected’ by Kraft Foods’ decision to slash supplier numbers, with the move causing potential casualties in the sector, says Leatherhead Food Research. “My understanding is that this will affect 30,000 companies globally across ingredients and packaging companies, which I suspect will be affected quite dramatically, says LFR market […]

A B Foods trading update sends shares soaring

News that Associated British Foods is on track for higher second-half earnings, and expects ‘some progress’ in full-year profits despite substantially higher debt costs, has sent shares in the company soaring by more than three per cent. AB Foods, which owns the brands Twinings, Kingsmill and Silver Spoon, as well as budget fashion chain Primark, […]

Industries link up to reduce food and drink waste

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is leading a series of new industry partnerships in a bid to reduce food and drink product damage throughout the supply chain, and improve product quality. Commissioned as part of WRAP’s strategy to minimise food and drink waste, the new projects – including the development of new category-specific innovations […]

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Southampton six safety review

A verdict on the safety of the so-called ‘Southampton six’ food colours is imminent after EFSA confirmed that its food additives panel is scheduled to discuss the review findings later this month. A spokesman says that should the panel adopt any opinions from the review process, the views will be published in mid-October following the […]

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Cadbury rejects Kraft takeover bid

UK confectioner Cadbury has rejected a £10.2 billion takeover bid from Kraft Foods, the US food group behind the Milka and Toblerone brands. Kraft announced its offer for Cadbury today and said the deal would create“a global powerhouse in snacks, confectionery and quick meals with a rich portfolio of iconic brands. The transaction – worth […]

Tetra Pak CPS defies recession with £1 million factory investment

Capital equipment and turnkey systems supplier Tetra Pak CPS has defied the recession by investing over £1 million in improvements at its UK factory in Sherborne. The company has upgraded its facilities to increase capability and cost effectiveness following a decision by parent firm Tetra Pak to allocate the Dorset-based supplier manufacturing orders from other […]

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