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Hurricane Sandy latest: AAK; DSM, Mondelez, PepsiCo, Dannon, Unilever

Wednesday PM: In the latest updates from food and beverage firms affected by Hurricane Sandy…

Sugar and corn refiners accuse each other of hypocrisy as HFCS lawsuit gets ugly

Both sides have accused the other of hypocrisy as the increasingly bitter legal dispute between corn and sugar refiners moved into a new phase this week.

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Kellogg donates $500,000 to Hurricane Sandy relief

The Kellogg Company has committed a cash and food donation of $500,000 to relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

QualiTech offers natural flavor solution for products affected by peanut recall

A natural corn-based flavor ingredient may offer a solution for manufacturers using peanut ingredients during a recall, says Minnesota-based QualiTech.

RSPO members urged to support GreenPalm until they can achieve 100% physical, sustainable palm

A group* of palm oil growers, millers and environmental organizations has called on all members of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm oil (RSPO) to support the GreenPalm certificate trading...

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Confectioners and US lobbying

In this ‘Sweet Politics’ special edition looks at the lobbying efforts of the top US confectioners who are pumping big bucks into campaigns to influence proposed legislation in this...

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Hershey backs improved US international relations ahead of global push

The Hershey Company has been lobbying for improved foreign market access for US companies as it concentrates on growing its business internationally.

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Mondelēz favors sweeter US trade relations with Russia

Mondelēz International lobbied the US government to establish permanent normal trade relations with Russia earlier this year as it set its sights on the developing market.

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Mars pumps bucks into sugar reform

Mars Incorporated has focused much of its lobbying on driving reform of US sugar policy in this presidential election year.

Third time's the charm: Durbin, Blumenthal call on FDA to investigate energy drinks

For the third time in 2012, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. , joined for a second time by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has sent a letter to the Food and Drug...

Private label sales hit $98 billion on 6% growth, report says

Sales of private label food and beverage products in the United States topped $98 billion 2011, according to a new report from market research firm Packaged Facts. Products in this...

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Hain Celestial seals deal to buy UK jams and peanut butter brands

Hain Celestial has completed the deal to acquire jams, spreads and peanut butter brands including Hartley's, Sun–Pat , Gale's , Robertson's, and Frank Cooper's,  from UK firm Premier Foods for...

Hershey boss: Air Delight is a terrific product, but we’re still working out how to market it…

The “communication messages” around Air Delight - the aerated chocolate range launched by Hershey last summer - still need some work, bosses have admitted.

Nutrition runs up front in the US snack bar race: Rabobank

Nutrition and energy bars head up the soaring $6bn US snack bar market, according to a new report.

Mondelēz, PepsiCo et al take precautions as Hurricane Sandy hits the East Coast

Food and beverage manufacturers with offices and factories on the East Coast have taken precautions to protect staff and keep their businesses running as smoothly as possible as Hurricane Sandy...

Beige apocalypse: Why have bread volumes nosedived in the past five years in the FDMx channel?

Pound volumes of bread & rolls, ready-to eat breakfast cereals and wheat-based cereal bars have plummeted in the past five years in the US food, drug and mass channel as...

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Non-GMO Project verified product sales surge 66% to $2.4bn

Sales of non-GMO Project verified products surged by 66% in the past year to $2.4bn, according to new data* from SPINS.

Study claims optimum soya milk chocolate method

Soya milk chocolate can be perfected by increasing the refining time, according to new research.

Dr. Oetker joins Ontario’s $39 billion agri-food sector

German frozen pizza giant Dr. Oetker has announced the construction of a new facility in Canada, the latest company to join the Ontario Food Cluster.

Soda-Lo salt ‘microspheres’ can slash sodium in bread, peanuts and microwave popcorn, says Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle has developed several ‘ready-to-use recipes’ helping US firms slash sodium in bread, peanuts and microwave popcorn by using tiny salt ‘microspheres’ which deliver a disproportionately salty taste...

Will the ‘processed food’ definition in Prop 37 really kill off ‘natural’ claims on pack?

The dispute over whether Californian GMO labeling initiative Prop 37 will prevent manufacturers from using the term ‘natural’ on foods that contain no GMOs at all continues to rage, with...

Flowers Foods expands its bakery empire in the West Coast with Sara Lee/Earthgrains licensing deal

Flowers Foods has expanded its bakery empire with the acquisition of certain Sara Lee and Earthgrains assets and trademarks in California and Oklahoma City from Grupo Bimbo subsidiary BBU, Inc,...

Online tool seeks to evaluate impact of food production systems

A program being developed at Washington State University has received a $240,000 grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation to develop science-based tools to evaluate the sustainability of various food...

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PepsiCo revamps Quaker snack

PepsiCo has revamped its Quaker Quakes snacks with a new name and new look.

Amy’s Kitchen CEO: Only in America can you consume GMOs without knowing it

Bosses at Amy’s Kitchen, Whole Foods Market, UNFI, Nature’s Path and Jimbo’s… Naturally have joined forces to tackle myths they claim are being perpetuated by opponents of Californian GMO labeling...

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