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Maple Lead job losses will help 'ramp up' their 'world-class supply chain'

Maple Leaf Foods cuts 400 jobs

By Oscar Rousseau

Canadian food processor Maple Leaf Foods has announced it will cut 400 jobs, with most of those to come into effect before Christmas.

CP Kelco raising prices on Genu Pectin

CP Kelco raising prices on Genu Pectin

By Maggie Hennessy

Effective July 1, CP Kelco will raise prices on Genu Pectin products up to 10%, due to the cost increase of citrus peel, a key raw material used in pectin production.

Twinkies maker Hostess Brands files for bankruptcy

Twinkies maker Hostess Brands files for bankruptcy

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Wonder bread and Twinkies maker Hostess Brands has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to allow it to restructure, but does not expect to stop producing or delivering any of its products during the process, the company said on Wednesday.

Richard Smucker: 'Most commodity costs appear to have peaked in early fall and have retreated modestly in the past couple of months'

Special edition: Dealing with higher commodity costs

Hedging your bets: What will cost inflation look like in 2012?

By Elaine Watson

Raise prices to offset cost inflation, and you can expect to take a volume hit. But if all your rivals are ratcheting up prices too, at least you’re all in the same boat, right?

How strong is your brand?

Special edition: Dealing with higher commodity costs

Weathering the commodity price storm: Winners and losers

By Elaine Watson

“I’m not sure I can give you a prediction on 2012 that will really mean anything”, responded Coca-Cola’s chief financial officer Gary Fayard when asked by an analyst for some ‘color’ on the 2012 outlook for commodity prices last month.

IFF profits slip on higher raw material costs

IFF profits slip on higher raw material costs

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) has reported a 6% increase in quarterly revenue, although higher pricing did not keep up with double-digit growth in raw material costs, the company said.

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