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Special edition: Free-from foods

Sorting through the gluten-free toolbox

Gluten-free foods are a hot trend, and formulators are rising to the formidable challenge of replacing this multifunctional ingredient in baked goods, soups and sauces.

Post Holdings suffers the ‘unfavorable commodity cost effect’

Unfavorable grain costs pressed full year earnings for Post Holdings, despite a sales surge in the fourth quarter, it said.

Prop 37, the end of the Twinkie, and ConAgra gets Ralcorp: November 2012 in pictures

It was a fascinating month for the US food and beverage industry, with California rejecting Prop 37, ConAgra Foods finally agreeing a deal to acquire Ralcorp, Hostess Brands throwing in...

Chewing gum tax proposed in Mexico

Mexico is considering forcing gum manufacturers to pay a 50% tax on top of the selling price of products to pay for clean-up costs on streets.

Guar gum buyers aren’t buying, sellers aren’t selling: Industry expert

Guar gum prices have dropped a long way from peaks of $20 to $25 a kilo – but there is now a standoff between buyers and sellers, according to hydrocolloids...

Port strike creating botanical 'fulfillment panic,' supplier says

A strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is interrupting shipments of raw materials and is creating a “fulfillment panic” in the herbal industry, according to a...

News in brief

Glanbia chooses Sioux Falls, SD for replacement flax plant

Glanbia Nutritionals Ingredient Technologies, (GNIT) a manufacturer of  protein and flaxseed and other grain  ingredients, announced it will build a 40,000 sq. ft. cereal ingredient processing facility in Sioux Falls,...

Hispanic foods and beverages to reach $8.2 billion

The US market for Hispanic foods and beverages is estimated to be worth about $8.2 billion this year, according to a new report from Packaged Facts.

Senators tilt at Red Bull as FDA hints at energy action

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has told US Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal that is reviewing the safety of energy drinks and may take regulatory action if it...

‘Stop deceiving consumers on BVO’: 180,000+ signature petition tells Gatorade

A US student who launched an online petition demanding that PepsiCo brand Gatorade remove patented flame retardant brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from its sports drinks has gained over 180,000 signatories.

Study finds bacterial contamination in majority of US pork products tested

A majority of pork samples tested by Consumer Reports magazine were found to be contaminated with Yersinia enterocolitica, a organism that can cause food poisoning.

Healthy indulgence: What’s possible in chocolate reformulation?

Consumers have high expectations of chocolate in terms of taste and mouthfeel – so how easy is it to tinker with chocolate formulations to create an indulgent product that also...

News in brief

FMC BioPolymer raises global hydrocolloid prices by up to 15%

Global prices for a range of hydrocolloids, including microcrystalline cellulose, carrageenan, alginate products and other gums, have been raised by up to 15% by FMC BioPolymer.

Dearth of science limits aloe's potential, expert says

Aloe vera is a popular botanical in beverages and functional foods, but a dearth of credible science keeps the ingredient from achieving superstar status, according to a consultant.

Correlation vs causation: Is there a link between HFCS and diabetes?

A new study reports that there is an association between HFCS consumption and the incidence of diabetes, but the findings have been dismissed by the Corn Refiners Association.

Sweeteners linked to higher weight gain: Rat study

Consumption of non-nutritive sweeteners such as saccharin and aspartame could lead to increases in weight, according to new data in rats.

ConAgra creates private label giant with Ralcorp acquisition

ConAgra Foods will acquire Ralcorp Holdings, the largest private label food manufacturer in the US, the companies announced yesterday.

PepsiCo needs emerging market focus to repair margins: US investment firm

A US-based investment firm insists that PepsiCo needs to focus on its most profitable brands and emerging markets such as China to bolster margins and regain ground on Coke. 

Comment

Pharma seeks bigger dose of booming nutra sector

In just a few years the global health and wellness (H&W) products sector will be worth $1 trillion dollars – that’s a lot of billion dollar blockbuster drugs.

Agropur to invest $100m in US whey processing

Canadian dairy processor Agropur plans to invest more than $100m in a US whey processing facility to increase the plant’s capacity and upgrade existing technology.

Organic claims leave a sour taste when it comes to functional health, says study

Organic logos and claims generally have positive effects on consumers, but even the most positive supporter has negative inferences towards organic products when they are judged on functional health benefits,...

Vodka category risks ‘innovation fatigue’: Euromonitor analyst

After a rash of ‘new launches, gimmicky stunts and outrageous incarnations’, culminating in bubble gum-based vodka, Euromonitor International is warning of potential category ‘boom and bust’.

News in brief

McDonald's restaurant linked to salmonella outbreak

McDonald's is at the centre of an investigation of an outbreak of salmonella at one of its restaurants in Illinois.

NBTY acquires Balance Bar Company

NBTY Inc. has announced the acquisition of Balance Bar Company from Brynwood Partners, its private equity owner. Details of the deal were not announced.

FDA flexes FSMA muscle and suspends Sunland’s food facility registration

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended the food facility registration of Sunland Inc. after peanut butter made by the company has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella...

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