Kraft to split into two companies

Eighteen months after buying Cadbury, Kraft Foods has announced that it is to split into two companies by separating its North American grocery business from its global snacks enterprise. “Eighteen months into the Cadbury integration, the company has, in fact, built a global snacking platform and a North American grocery business that now differ in […]

Frutarom snaps up UK ingredients firm

Frutarom has revealed that it’s bought UK-based ingredients firm British East Anglian Food Ingredients (EAFI) for £3 million (€3.5m). Founded in 1979, EAFI develops, manufactures and markets flavours, seasoning compounds and functional ingredients for the food industry, specialising in convenience food, snacks, and processed meat and fish. Among the assets being acquired by the Israeli […]

Wasabi taking root in new launches

While wasabi has been used in Asia for many years, interest in its use as a flavouring elsewhere in the world is growing, with the number of product launches outside Asia rising strongly in recent years, according to market analysts. Innova Market Insight’s Innova Database records that such launches have more than quadrupled over the […]


‘Breakthrough technology’ behind reduced calorie chocolate claim

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business has unveiled ‘the breakthrough technology’ behind what it claims is the first chocolate to achieve an EU-approved consumer claim of reduced calorie. According to Cargill, the 30% calorie reduction is double that of any other chocolate on the market and is equivalent to a saving of up to 160 calories […]

Solbar splashes out on US market

Solbar Industries has announced that its subsidiary, Solbar USA, has completed the acquisition of the Green Planet Farms plant to produce soy protein isolates in Nebraska, USA, for approximately £4.89 million (€5.6m). The Green Planet Farms plant, which specialises in production of soy processing, was built in 2008 and includes new assembly lines and modern […]


Sustainable palm oil coup for Lipsa

Spanish oils and fats company Lipidos Santiga (Lipsa) is now certified to process and supply sustainable palm oil in the Segregation category as specified by the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) criteria. Lipsa says it’s the first Spanish company to obtain such certification, and one of the first in Europe. Its first shipment of […]


Anti-ageing snacks market set to soar, says Leatherhead

Ever-increasing life expectancy is leading to growing interest in fortified snacks and baked goods, according to a new report from Leatherhead Food Research. The Market for Anti-ageing Foods report goes on to say that the global market for such foods shows massive potential, with an increasing number and variety of customers registering an interest in […]


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 […]

The junk food divide

Despite generations of overweight people blaming their size on their genes, new research reveals that the North-South obesity divide may have more to do with food shopping habits than family history. A new nutrition map of Britain unveiled by looked at 250,000 orders with the UK’s biggest supermarkets through its price comparison website. It […]


New UK salt reduction targets

The Food Standards Agency has unveiled revised salt reduction targets for the food industry, affecting 80 food categories. By 2012, the FSA is hoping to have reduced salt intake to 6g a day for adults (2.4g sodium), from around 9.5g in 2000/1. The current consumption estimate is at 8.6g, indicating that progress has been made […]

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UK snack food firm sells loss-making subsidiary

UK snack food and confectionery firm Zetar has sold a loss-making snacks business to the unit’s chief executive in a deal worth almost £2.7 million. The Baked Snacks Company Ltd (BSC) has gone to Mobeen Mehdi, following a management buy-out by his team. Mehdi has paid £590,000 up front, with the balance due over the […]

INGREDIENTS NEWS: Peanuts prove a healthy handful

Leading nutrition researchers at the 2nd International Nuts and Health symposium have recommended increased peanut and nut snacks consumption as a more effective step to improve dietary health and reduce risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Proceedings published in the Journal of Nutrition concluded that replacing snacks high in refined carbohydrates with nuts […]


Teens are nuts over snacks

Recent research carried out across secondary schools in the UK has revealed that unsalted peanuts are a popular ingredient amongst teenagers. After taste trials, a staggering 95% of pupils confirmed they would buy healthy snacks containing unsalted peanuts and dried fruit mixes. These results will be of particular interest to manufacturers looking to tap into […]


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