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Food dye firm Fiorio Colori joins the AromataGroup family

AromataGroup has bought a majority stake in Fiorio Colori in a deal that represents the last of an acquisition spree by the flavour and aromatic extract specialists.

H1 Financial Results

Lindt continues to grow but warns of ‘stagnating’ chocolate markets

Lindt has posted sales and profit growth its half-year results, but has highlighted weak consumer sentiment in some major chocolate markets.

Mondelēz 'in talks' to acquire Cadbury biscuits license from Burton’s

Mondelēz International has allegedly approached UK’s Burton’s Biscuits for its license to produce Cadbury biscuits, according to reports.

Survey results

Brexit Poll: Confectionery industry outlook negative after Brexit vote

The majority of ConfectioneryNews readers polled expect the UK’s exit from the European Union will hit sales volumes for their businesses and lead to price hikes for cocoa and sugar....

Counterfeit stevia on the rise but spectroscopy could be the solution: Study

Handheld spectroscopy devices could be used for on-the-spot detection of counterfeit stevia, scientists have found.

Chia seed drinks tap into consumer movement ‘away from all things sugary’

Chia seed based drinks can disrupt the beverage market thanks to two key attributes: around 33% less sugar than fruit juice and an array of functional benefits, according to chia...

Coca-Cola turns to baobab in new low calorie soft drink brand

Coca-Cola has launched a soft drink which counts baobab extract among its ingredients: a beverage that could be rolled out globally in the future. 

News in brief

Système U signs agreement with SODIAAL to support French dairy sector

Système U and the French SODIAAL dairy cooperative have signed a partnership to provide what SODIAAL says is fair compensation for milk producers.

Tesco to make all its own-label chocolate Rainforest Alliance certified

Tesco – the UK’s largest supermarket chain – has pledged to use only cocoa from Rainforest Alliance sources in its private-label chocolate.

Readers' survey results

What does Brexit mean for your business? It means one third may now relocate outside of the UK

The results are in: We asked FoodNavigator readers what Brexit means for them and their business. Nearly 300 responded  - and almost one third said they are now considering relocating...

Brexit: What beverage companies think it will mean for their business

Brexit could help UK businesses realize there are opportunities outside of Europe – but it could also result in complications, uncertainty and slowed growth for the beverage sector.

IoT connected products to increase from 5bn to 21bn by 2020

‘Now is the time for brands to experiment with connected packaging in a structured way’

Gartner predicts the number of connected products in existence will increase from five billion to 21 billion by 2020, which means take up of the Internet of Things (IoT) will...

Beneo sets out R&D priorities with €4.6m lab investment

German ingredients supplier Beneo and Belgian sugar producer Raffinerie Tirlemontoise have invested nearly €5m in research and development (R&D) at its Belgian laboratory facility.

Danone+WhiteWave reaction

Frost & Sullivan: ‘More dairy companies will expand into the dairy alternative category to offset flat liquid milk sales’

More dairy companies will look to expand into the dairy alternative category to offset flat liquid milk sales and take advantage of the +15% compound annual growth rate witnessed by...

Undeclared nanoparticles in four French foods triggers call for crackdown

Authorities are being urged to crackdown on undeclared nanoparticles in foods after lab tests revealed their presence in four products sold in France.

Danone $12.5bn WhiteWave acquisition ‘comes as no surprise’ say industry specialists

Danone has entered into an agreement to acquire The WhiteWave Foods Company (WhiteWave) for approximately $12.5bn, with the transaction expected to close at the end of the year.

News in brief

Hydrosol ups stabiliser output with German facility expansion

Stabiliser specialist Hydrosol is set to increase its production with plans to open a second factory in Germany to meet growing demand.

Nine-month results 2015/16

Barry Callebaut sales up despite ‘sluggish’ chocolate market

Barry Callebaut has grown revenues and sales volumes despite declines in the overall global chocolate confectionery market.

Brexit impact

FDF launches six-step manifesto to ease Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a six-step manifesto to help Britain’s biggest manufacturing sector cope with Brexit – the “UK’s most significant peacetime challenge ever”, according to its director...

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Protein-rich foods to be developed in Dutch collaboration

Three Dutch food firms have joined forces with a research company to create a consortium focused on developing protein-rich foods.

Chr. Hansen posts more ‘modest’ results for EU human health

Danish probiotic supplier Chr. Hansen has reported more modest growth within EU human health and nutrition, saying its success and failure hinges on that of probiotic launches on shelf. 

Attracting food industry talent ‘never more urgent’

Food and drink manufacturers have never faced “a more urgent challenge” to attract talent, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), as it launched a new report designed to help plug...

UK dairy recovering after ‘dreadful’ two years: minister

The UK dairy industry may be turning a corner after a “dreadful” couple of years – but Brexit has created nervousness about the future of the market – the food...

Startup Spotter

Danone in talks with French cookie firm Michel et Augustin

Danone sees opportunities to grow French cookie brand Michel et Augustin in the US after opening exclusive discussions to acquire a minority stake.

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