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Worries for vanilla

Recent political unrest in Madagascar may affect the vanilla output of the world’s top producer Tensions have risen sharply in the country, one of the largest global producers of vanilla amid clashes between government and opposition supporters and a new wave of looting. The country’s new president Andry Rajoelina ousted former president Marc Ravalomanana after […]

Posted 25 March 2009

New violet natural colour

Made from purple carrot, the new anthocyanin colour offers beverage producers a vivid and stable violet colour with increased shelf life. Chr. Hansen has added a new member to its ColorFruit family of transparent colours extracted from edible fruits and vegetables. Based on purple carrot, ColorFruit Magenta 109 WS’ develops a natural and vivid violet […]

Posted 18 March 2009

Nordzucker acquires Danisco Sugar

Danisco has announced the sale of its subsidiary Danisco Sugar to German company Nordzucker. The subsidiary has been sold for DKK 5.45bn Danish kroner (€731m). In February, the German competition authorities, the Bundeskartellamt, granted a final approval of Nordzucker’s acquisition of Danisco Sugar, which included the sale of Danisco’s German-based sugar and bioethanol plant in […]

Posted 18 March 2009

Online mixing tool for bakers

Marion Mixers, based in Iowa, US, is launching an industry-first online industrial mixer tool that will begin the mixer selection process for processors across the globe. It can be used in the bakery and snack industries, among others, to quickly identify the correct industrial mixer for their application mixing needs. The program includes a systematic […]

Posted 18 March 2009

Four indulgence products in one carton

Sweet as you like’ is a new dessert concept from Danisco that allows the consumer to choose from four different desserts ” all from the same carton. Based on the desired outcome, the desserts can take on a variety of forms ” sauce, panna cotta, whipped topping or ice cream. The texture opportunities include liquid, […]

Posted 18 March 2009

Unilever launches ice cream in Romania

As part of its growth strategy in South Central Europe, Unilever has announced plans to launch an ice cream business in Romania. Global ice cream brands such as Magnum, Cornetto, Vienetta and Carte d’Or will now be widely available throughout the country. The company is also to acquire the Romanian ice cream brand Napoca, which […]

Posted 18 March 2009

Hershey to buy Van Houten Singapore

Barry Callebaut has sold 100% of its consumer company in Asia, Van Houten Singapore, to The Hershey Company. While Callebaut will retain ownership of the traditional Van Houten Brand, Hershey will own the license of the Van Houten brand name and related trademarks in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Australia/New Zealand for consumer products. […]

Posted 18 March 2009

PepsiCo snack targets women

US snack and drink firm PepsiCo has brought out a new low-calorie popcorn snack, free of artificial colours, flavours and preservatives to target the female market. Smartfood popcorn clusters is the first snack targeted specifically at women by PepsiCo. The clusters combine sweet and salty flavors and come in 120-calorie packages. PepsiCo sees an estimated […]

Posted 4 March 2009

Barry Callebaut to sell consumer chocolate business to Natra

Barry Callebaut, the leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products has signed an agreement with Spanish private label chocolate player Natra to integrate Callebaut’s European chocolate consumer business into Natra. The combination of the two businesses would create a significant private label and third-party chocolate products maker in Europe with estimated annual sales of […]

Posted 4 March 2009

Carle & Montanari to showcase integrated systems at Ipack IMA

The spotlight will be on its new HFI 518 five-rolls chocolate refiner, this new machine features technical innovations of increased capacity, accessibility and ease of cleaning. Specialised in the manufacturing of machines, plants and turnkey solutions for the chocolate industry, Carle & Montanari (SACMI Group) will be exhibiting on a 140 mq stand (hall 5, […]

Posted 4 March 2009

New Aero campaign

Nestle UK has launched its latest ad campaign for its chocolate bar Aero brand featuring skateboarding champion Bob Burnquist. The ad, entitled ” feel the bubbles” , features the award-winning skater in California, skating through 50,000 chocolate coloured balloons to the soundtrack of the Jackson Five track ABC. The campaign aims to reposition the Aero […]

Posted 4 March 2009

More confectionery manufacturers move outside US

The Hershey move of some confectionery lines from its Reading, US plant to Canada and Mexico seems to be a trend in confectionery manufacturing. The closure of the plant lost about 260 jobs in the area. Still, comments Kirk Saville, a spokesman for Hershey, “90 percent of the Hershey products sold in the US and […]

Posted 4 March 2009

New Aero campaign

Nestle UK has launched its latest ad campaign for its chocolate bar Aero brand featuring skateboarding champion Bob Burnquist. The ad, entitled “feel the bubbles”, features the award-winning skater in California, skating through 50,000 chocolate coloured balloons to the soundtrack of the Jackson Five track ABC. The campaign aims to reposition the Aero brand to […]

Posted 4 March 2009

Carle & Montanari to showcase integrated systems at Ipack IMA

The spotlight will be on its new HFI 518 five-rolls chocolate refiner, this new machine features technical innovations of increased capacity, accessibility and ease of cleaning. Specialised in the manufacturing of machines, plants and turnkey solutions for the chocolate industry, Carle & Montanari (SACMI Group) will be exhibiting on a 140 mq stand (hall 5, […]

Posted 4 March 2009