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Cocoa in the Congo: Emerging origin for organic chocolate makers

Cocoa production is thriving in the Democratic Republic of Congo, presenting an opportunity for the chocolate industry, say stakeholders working in the country.

Titanium dioxide should be avoided if you have colitis, say researchers

People with colitis should avoid food containing titanium dioxide particles, according to research carried out in Switzerland.

Slovakian prime minister considers import restrictions to tackle dual quality food

The Slovakian prime minister has warned of import restrictions its country would take in response to the quality of products sold in the region. 

Ingredion cracks the code to transform 'almost any liquid' into a powder

Turning thick honey or chocolate syrup into a flowable powder can be done cheaply and easily thanks to a highly porous plating agent that can replace spray drying, says Ingredion.

FDE: Act now before Commission considers maximum levels

Mandatory acrylamide action could be in place by spring 2018

An EU vote backing the Commission's proposal to reduce acrylamide in food and drink could see mandatory mitigation action and benchmark levels in place by spring next year, with maximum levels...

GSK plans Horlicks factory closure: 73 jobs at risk

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) plans to sell its UK malted milk drink brand, Horlicks, and to close its Slough factory, putting 73 jobs at risk.

GSK to sell Horlicks brand in the UK

GSK has announced it intends to sell its Horlicks brand in the UK, and is proposing to close the associated manufacturing site in Slough. It also intends to sell its...

Long-fibre prebiotics show promising sweetness, say scientists

How to keep things sweet without adding calories – is it a Holy Grail or could UK scientists have found a solution thanks to long-fibre prebiotics?

Stevia sweet taste unaffected by commercial production of high-purity extracts

Steviol glycosides remain unaffected by commercial processes that involve the extraction and purification of this natural sweetener used to reduce calorie content in popular beverages. 

Caramel supplier Nigay to open €20m French factory

French caramel supplier Nigay is to invest €20 million in a second factory in Northern France.

Lithuania moves to cap industrial trans fats

Lithuania has drawn up a draft law that will limit the amount of industrially produced trans fatty acids (TFAs) to a maximum limit of 2 g per 100 g of...

Mondelez’s Toblerone may have grounds for candy shape-based lawsuit against Poundland

A British business advisory lawyer says Mondelēz could take action against Poundland for launching Twin Peaks chocolate that looks like its Toblerone brand because of its “unique and distinctive” shape....

Tesco supply chain criticized in campylobacter chicken salad recall

Supermarket recalls thrust firms back into the spotlight and highlight inefficiencies amongst organizations and their supply chains, according to Crimson & Co.

European justice commissioner vows to end dual food quality practice in Central Europe

The European commissioner for consumers vowed to stamp out dual quality foods this week as she repeated concerns that selling products of a different quality in Eastern countries was permitted.

Desert King banks on plantations for sustainable supply of quillaja and yucca

Investing in quillaja and yucca plantations, rather than relying on wild harvests, will guarantee a more sustainable supply of these natural foaming agents, says international supplier Desert King. 

Natural umami flavours are a clean-label alternative to MSG, says Bell

Umami flavours can be a natural alternative to the not-so-clean-label monosodium glutamate (MSG), says Bell Flavours and Fragrances, as it launches six natural umami flavours including three yeast-free formulations.

Consumers interested in cold brew coffee in European retail: Mintel

Cold brew coffee has become popular in the US, but the segment is still emerging in European retail. But Mintel observes that the concept is attracting interest from consumers this...

Tax big but spend wisely, finds research on sugar levies

Health taxes that add 20% to the price of products are likely to be effective, but policymakers need to be transparent about where revenues end up, according to new research.

Shopper Insights

Sugar confectionery in top 10 grocery categories consumed out of home

Sugar confectionery is one of the main grocery categories consumed out of home, indicating an untapped opportunity for packs designed for picnics and other occasions, finds research by Shopper Intelligence.

Top 10 UK snack bar brands: goodnessKNOWS how Mars’ debut will change the playing field

Mars Chocolate has launched goodnessKNOWS bars in the UK, hitting the nerve of time that could disrupt the UK’s Top 10 snack bar brands, says Euromonitor.

Brexit could mean 'less safe and nutritious products,' report warns

Exiting the European Union presents serious risks to businesses and workers in the food sector, a briefing paper has stated as it warns of a future of “less safe and...

Unilever slaps palm oil supplier SMS with suspension following damning deforestation report

Unilever has suspended buying palm oil from Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS), after concluding the supplier had been in breach of its no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation policies.

Over one quarter of Firmenich factories running on clean energy

Over one quarter of Firmenich's factories now run on renewable energy, putting it on track to power all of its manufacturing plants with 100% renewable energy by 2020.

GNT opens €3m research lab to double product development

Colouring foods manufacturer GNT has opened a new research and development laboratory in the Netherlands which will double its capacity for product development.

GEA to build Asia’s largest milk production facility for Amul in India

GEA is set to build a new dairy plant in India for AmulFed Dairy that, when completed, will be the largest skim milk powder and dairy whitener plant in Asia.

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