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Supplier’s view: What are the keys to success in the Middle East?

Zeelandia is a Dutch bakery ingredients supplier with more than 20 years’ experience in the Middle East. FoodNavigator asks about the challenges it has had to overcome to achieve market...

EU sugar quota reform: 2015 v 2020? Is it time to give sugar beet a caning?

On the day 27 associations issued a joint open letter imploring the EU to keep to its word and scrap widely despised sugar quotas across the bloc in 2015 -...

Cargill buys fibre technology after Tate & Lyle wheat processing exit

The €55m Tate & Lyle Ventures (TLV) fund has sold off the Fugeia wheat extract business it bought into in 2008 to Cargill’s starches and sweeteners division for an undisclosed...

Carmit Candy CEO: Specialty know-how gives bite to functional candy shift

Carmit Candy Industries’ expertize in specialty free-from candy formulations will give a competitive edge to its new line of functional confectionery targeting specific health functions and demographics, it CEO says.

Coarser flours give best volumes in gluten-free maize bread: Study

Maize flours with coarser particle size are the most suitable for making gluten-free bread, a study finds.

Food industry failing to manage animal welfare, warns report

The first ever structured benchmark of the world’s leading food companies suggests that farm animal welfare is not being properly managed and reported by the food industry.

Horse meat: In depth

Horse meat scandal : Where it began and where are we now?

The horse meat controversy has rocked Europe and even spread as far as Hong Kong with firms including Nestlé, Ikea and Findus all finding horse DNA in their products.

Excess vitamin D in pregnancy may lead to food allergies: Study

Consumption of high doses of vitamin D supplements during pregnancy may raise the risk of children developing food allergies after birth, says research.

Easy on the salt: Chr. Hansen develops sodium-reducing cheese concept

Chr. Hansen has developed a salt-reducing concept that enables cheese manufacturers to cut sodium levels by up to 50% while maintaining similar taste and texture properties.

Unilever & Nestlé tell Oxfam to bring other stakeholders to food ethics table

Unilever and Nestlé say Oxfam missed an opportunity for a wider and more comprehensive debate about food ethics after the NGO published a damning report on the supply chains of...

The Real Bread Campaign slams UK industrial loaf sector on ‘wholemeal’ and ‘wholegrain’ misuse

The Real Bread Campaign has slammed UK industrial bread manufacturers on the misleading use of ‘wholemeal’ and ‘wholegrain’ and has called for meaningful legal definitions and robust regulation.

Consumers will pay more for local foods: Study

Consumers are willing to pay more for foods that are grown and produced locally rather than having travelled extensively during production, according to new research.

EU ministers agree deal on fish discards

Europe has moved a step closer to phasing out the discarding of unwanted fish after fisheries ministers agreed on a ban to the controversial practice.

Nestlé blames horsemeat on ‘widespread fraud by a few’

The boss of the world’s biggest food company Nestlé, Paul Bulcke has blamed the horsemeat scandal on a criminal minority, who threatened to undermine trust between consumers and the food...

News in brief

UK burger sales plummet as consumers lose confidence

Sales of frozen burgers have plunged by 43% amid a consumer confidence crisis brought on by the on-going horse meat scandal.

South Africa supply chain concern after meat findings - study

Donkey, goat and water buffalo have been found unlabelled in meat products in South Africa raising “significant concern” on the functioning of the supply chain, according to a study.

New cocoa powder taps rising consumer demand for intense flavour, says ADM Cocoa

ADM Cocoa has introduced a new intense cocoa powder at Gulfood in Dubai this week, tapping into consumer interest in richly coloured and intensely flavoured cocoa products.

Snacking on global brand ideas with Euromonitor

The big eat: A shared global snack vision

A snack is a snack in every market making global brand building easier, a Euromonitor analyst says.

Nutrition 2.0: ‘Closer than you think’ and a ‘tremendous technical and business opportunity’

‘Tremendous opportunities’ await the nutrition industry as it embarks upon a modernized scientific approach to address nutrition, health/wellness and aging, says the Chief Executive Officer of a Silicon Valley company...

Artificially sweetened sodas do not lead to increased sugar consumption: Study

People who consume artificially sweetened diet drinks do not have an increased desire or intake of sugary or fatty foods, according to new research.

News in brief

Horse meat: Nestle drops Spanish supplier

Nestle has dropped a second, Spanish supplier in connection with discovering the presence of horse DNA in samples taken from chilled pasta products.

Ingredients and flavours drive double-digit development for Kerry

Irish food and ingredients giant Kerry Group has reported a 10.8% increase in operating profit for the year of 2012 on the back of strong growth driven by its ingredients...

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the...

Gulfood 2013 blog

The next big food gold rush

Teams from both the European and Asian editions of FoodNavigator are on the ground at Gulfood 2013 in Dubai, a food, processing, packaging and ingredients show which, according to its...

A taste of Gulfood 2013 - in pictures

FoodNavigator is at Gulfood in Dubai, delving into some of the latest trends in the region and looking at international firms' strategies to penetrate this fast-growing market. In this photo...

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