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Food for thought

Collaboration and innovation – those are the two key aims for Food Matters Live, which I attended yesterday to discover the latest trends in the industry and see new launches that have been developed to meet these trends. 

Posted 23 November 2017

Diary dates  

After a busy few months of travelling for various international trade shows, conferences and factory visits, it has got me thinking about upcoming events, including ProSweets Cologne and ISM.

Posted 15 November 2017

Recipe change for Nutella

As the industry continues to push for sugar reduction and reformulation of much loved confectionery products, a change in the recipe of hazelnut-chocolate spread Nutella has caused uproar among consumers.

Posted 8 November 2017

Industry trends at Gulfood

Automation, clean label and protective packaging are just some of the key trends being discussed at Gulfood Manufacturing, which is taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre this week.

Posted 1 November 2017

On the road   

My blog comes to you this week from the Netherlands, where I’m on a two-day trip visiting various ingredients and equipment manufacturers.

Posted 25 October 2017

Cereal: a snacking staple

While it has long maintained a seat at the kitchen table, it seems cereal may be moving beyond breakfast and even beyond the bowl, with new figures showing that 43% of US cereal consumers eat it as a snack at home.

Posted 19 October 2017

Clubbing together

The confectionery industry is once again uniting in the battle towards sugar and fat reduction, this time with the launch of a research group dubbed the ‘chocolate and confectionery club.

Posted 11 October 2017

Attention to detail

Now is as good a time as any for food manufacturers to highlight the health benefits of their products or introduce new, healthier, lines, as European shoppers are buying food with less salt, sugar, fat or calories, according to analysts.

Posted 4 October 2017

A guide for confectioners

It’s been a busy week for the Confectionery Production team as we prepare to send our bumper Supplier Profile issue to press. In it, we have information from 24 suppliers in the industry – from ingredients to processing equipment manufacturers.

Posted 21 September 2017

Packaging showcase

Yesterday, I visited Packaging Innovations at Olympia in London, to see what new developments the sector is working on for confectionery, bakery and snack products.

Posted 14 September 2017

Fine food fair

Earlier this week, I visited the Speciality & Fine Food Fair at Olympia, London, which was a treat for all the senses. I’d heard good things about the show, but with it being my first time, I was keen to speak to exhibitors about their new product developments. 

Posted 6 September 2017

Dark chocolate with olive oil

There’s a new study almost every month highlighting the benefits of dark chocolate, but now new research is suggesting dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil is associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile.

Posted 31 August 2017

Bakery focus

I’ll keep my blog short and sweet this week as we’re sending the September issue of Confectionery Production to press.

Posted 23 August 2017

Search for sugar alternatives

It seems like only yesterday I wrote my blog about the fight against sugar, but it was in fact last month, and the issue is still not going away, particularly in the UK.

Posted 16 August 2017