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UK food industry faces labour shortfall as Brexit fallout gathers pace

UK food manufacturers faces a shortage in labour skills and manpower fuelled by Brexit and low numbers of young people choosing the sector as a career, say food policy experts.

Take it from Toyota – lean and green can cut costs

Food processors could drive down costs by following the model designed by car manufacturer Toyota in the 1950s, according to a leading supply chain expert.

Tate & Lyle profits jump 85% as weak pound provides boost

British ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle has reported an 85% increase in profit before tax, putting the successful performance down to higher sales, a weak pound and fewer exceptional costs.

Confectionery industry can go beyond RSPO palm standards, says Palm Done Right

Confectionery firms can go further than RSPO standards by sourcing organic palm oil that meets the standards of Palm Done Right, claims the developer.

Rising butter price stirs up discontent in bakery and pastry sector

The price of butter has risen sharply in the past year raising concern in the bakery and pastry sector globally.

Firmenich weathers the vanilla supply storm with diversified sourcing

By diversifying its vanilla sourcing to Uganda, Indonesia and India as well as developing alternative natural flavours, flavour giant Firmenich says it is weathering the impact of Madagascan cyclone Enawo.

Glanbia Co-op completes share placement for creation of Glanbia Ireland

Glanbia Co-operative Society (Glanbia Co-op) has completed the placement of 8.7m ordinary shares in Glanbia plc to raise approximately €155m ($174m) for Glanbia Co-op.

Godiva and McVitie’s moving to new food categories

Yildiz Holding brands Godiva, McVitie’s, Flipz and Turtles are set to move into new food categories through a licensing deal with brand extension agency Beanstalk.

Barilla identifies Med diet and sustainability as the ‘new culture’ of food

A ‘new culture,’ in which food sustainability and the Mediterranean lifestyle form the pillars to this change, is required to safeguard the health of populations and land resources.

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BfR expands coop with ILRI and starts pyrrolizidine alkaloids project

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany has expanded its cooperation with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Modified maize starch brings cost savings of 15%, says Ingredion

Ingredion's latest waxy maize modified starch can bring cost savings of up to 15% when replacing in sauces and removes the pasty texture associated with other texturisers, said the company. ...

Univar to bring Bunge lecithin range to Europe

Bunge has partnered with ingredient distributor Univar to bring its lecithin brand BungeMaxx to Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Rabobank launches investment initiative to promote innovation

In an effort to promote innovation, Rabobank announces launch of the Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund (RFAIF), allowing companies to receive up to €3 million.

Interpack 2017

Multivac signs MoU with Meyn Food Processing Technology and Cabinplant

Multivac has completed a strategic alliance (Memorandum of Understanding) with Meyn Food Processing Technology and Cabinplant to sell joint processing, filling, weighing and packaging technology.

Dairy Crest looks to innovation as adjusted profit grows

UK company Dairy Crest Group plc has published its preliminary results for the year ending March 31, 2017.

Co-op UK to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa under hybrid model for retailers

Co-op UK has invested in a women's leadership program in Côte d’Ivoire as part a move to source all cocoa for own label products as Fairtrade.

News in brief

Institute of Food Research becomes Quadram Institute Bioscience

The Institute of Food Research (IFR) has become Quadram Institute Bioscience.

Center enables real-life training conditions - Ecolab

Ecolab has opened its first training center in Europe for its field team and customers.

dispatches from Food Integrity in Parma

Food Integrity: Organised crime and Italian authenticity

Why the food sector attracts organised crime groups, protecting authentic Italian products and an added company to the project were highlights of the Food Integrity conference last week.

Interpack 2017

GEA sees rise in label-on-a-stick lollipops

GEA showcased its Aquarius BunchWrapper wrapping machine at Interpack which is fitted with labelers for placing labels inside a wrapping film and on a stick.

Direct selling

‘The Cocoa Exchange’: Mars sets up e-commerce party program for chocolate

Mars Chocolate North America is recruiting ‘curators’ to host parties promoting a specially created range from Mars, which can be sold on an online store.

Interpack 2017

GEA debuts Comas and Imaforni processing lines

GEA debuted its Comas cupcake production line and Imaforni multi-zone tunnel oven for crackers, cakes, pies, biscuits and cookie manufacturing at Interpack.

Mars joins Nestlé, Lindt and Ferrero in calorie reduction goal

Mars-Wrigley, Nestlé USA, Ferrero, Lindt, and Ferrara Candy say half of their individually wrapped products will be 200 calories or less by 2022.

Former First Lady Obama criticizes efforts to delay Nutrition Facts changes as insulting to consumers

Requests to delay the implementation of the updated Nutrition Facts panel, which includes a line to indicate added sugar and makes calories more visible, and a last-minute delay of menu...

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: Confections hold steady in face of the war on sugar

Despite significant headwinds generated by the escalating war on sugar and increasing consumer preferences for healthy products, the confectionery industry is holding its own with sales climbing 1.2% in the...

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