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Brazilian cocoa processing upgraded by ADM

Major food commodity processor and ingredients supplier Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will expand cocoa operations in Brazil to match expansion of current product lines, the firm said this week.

Are branded ingredients the secret to growth?

The news this month that the world's number one drinks giant Coca Cola has linked up with Tate & Lyle's Splenda sweetener in a new branding venture could signal the...

PepsiCo joins companies reducing ads to kids

PepsiCo has become the latest company to bow to pressure on the food industry from the rising tide of obesity, introducing voluntary restrictions on its advertising to children, according to...

Gellan gum lauched to improve soy suspension

CP Kelco, now part of the JM Huber Corporation, has launched Kelocogel HS-B gellan gum - a competitively priced alternative to improve the suspension of soy, cocoa and minerals in...

US equity firm snaps up Degussa's fruit system business

Flavours and texturants firm Degussa will shrug off its fruit preparation business to an American equity company in a sale that prepares the ground for a total divesture of its...

Northland Cranberries loses branded juice business

Northland Cranberries said on Wednesday that it had sold its branded juice business to Port Washington, New York based Apple & Eve for around $10.8 million, causing the loss of 35 jobs.

What's in a name?

Popstars usually lead the name change game, but over the past week the food industry has had its own stab at reinvention.

Trappey's sauce Louisiana plant closes

Mexican-style sauce, pickles and peppers producer B&G Foods is to close its Louisiana plant and move its operations to other exisiting facilities in an attempt to be more efficient. ...

Wild Oats loses out to new stores and rewards program

Natural and organic food chain Wild Oats yesterday blamed a greater than expected take up of its holiday rewards program and ongoing expenses related to the opening of new stores...

JM Smucker's earnings profit from Multifoods purchase

The acquisition of Multifoods boosted the Q3 earnings of leading producer of jams, jellies and preserves JM Smucker, according to results out last Friday.

Codex role in global food safety rules underlined

Underlying the destructive power of foodborne disease against the backdrop of the increasingly complex food industry, the head of a food safety centre warns the rise in demand for food...

Wheat experts push biotech need

Biotechnology is the key to the future of a competitive wheat industry, said experts at a conference this weekend, according to a report by Reuters.

Splenda maker invests heavily in NPD

Race for the next high margin ingredient continues as the UK maker of Splenda sweetener signs off $46 million over the next five years to invest in "next-generation food and...

Cinnamon drop: latest ingredient to go trans fat free

As the deadline for trans fats labeling approaches, confectionery manufacturer Wilbur last week launched a zero trans fat cinnamon drop.

Sensient sees small rise in Q4 earnings

Flavors company Sensient Technologies said last week that fourth-quarter earnings rose 2.5 percent, lifted by foreign exchange rates and higher profit from sales of traditional flavors in Europe and North America.

CSM slices away unprofitable ingredients units

Shaving off unprofitable units, Dutch ingredients firm CSM said this week it would close four of its bakery ingredients distribution units in the US.

FCAN joins call for Splenda to drop ad campaign

The Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) on Wednesday added its voice to the chorus calling for the FTC to examine the McNeil Nutritionals led advertising campaign for the artificial sweetener...

Jays potato chips market trans fat free status

Jays Potato Chips on Wednesday became another company to take advantage of the growing consumer awareness of the dangers of trans fats.

GM dispute panel meets in Geneva

With the countdown extended, talks continue this week in Geneva between the US and Brussels to move the entrenched trade dispute on genetically modified organisms forward.

Chocolate industry affirms reponsible farming need

Democrats Tom Harkin and Eliot L. Engel wrote a hard-hitting piece in the LA Times on Monday about the human cost of the chocolate trade, but the cocoa industry has...

Organic ingredient price decrease means more conversions

House of Bread Franchising has finally decided to start producing organic bread after a decrease in ingredient prices makes production a viable business option, reports Philippa Nuttall.

'Natural' sweetener to take on synthetic market

Swiss Research believes it has created the "holy grail" of sweeteners, a natural alternative to the synthetic varieties frequently lambasted by the media, it officially announced on Tuesday, Philippa Nuttall...

TIC launches low-viscosity inulin

Hydrocolloid supplier TIC Gums has launched an inulin ingredient aimed at boosting the fiber content in a variety of products.

Peanuts in plentiful supply

Several recently published studies have revealed the nutritional benefits of peanuts and USDA figures released last week show that there is no shortage of supply for food manufacturers.

Rising soybean stocks mean stable prices

Global stocks of soybeans continue to rise after last year's price spiking draw-down, with oilseed production for 2004-05 projected to reach 390.2 million tonnes, providing a 'comfort-zone' for inventory levels.

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