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Tate & Lyle sells sugar operations

Tate & Lyle has sold its international sugar trading operations to Bunge Ltd for an undisclosed amount. It represents another step in the company’s strategy of reducing its exposure to volatile commodity markets. The international sugar trading business made an operating profit of £2 million (€2.5m) in the two months to 31 May 2008, an […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Sugarfree gum market grows

European market research has shown a worldwide increase in the consumption of sugarfree chewing gum. 85% of the chewing gum bought in Germany is now free from sugar, an increase of 12% since 2006, while sales of sugared gum have fallen by 5%. Consumption in Italy has risen to 9%, while in Turkey the sugarfree […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Kellogg acquires Chinese biscuit manufacturer

Kellogg has acquired the Zhanghang Food Company (Navigable Foods), a manufacturer of biscuits and crackers in the north and northeastern regions of China. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Navigable Foods’ 2007 net sales were approximately $50 million (€31.8m). “Geographic expansion in high-growth markets like China will help Kellogg Company continue to deliver sustainable […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Cadbury confirms strong start to 2008

British confectionery company Cadbury has shown a strong first half of 2008 with growth expected to be above 4-6% and double-digit growth in emerging markets. Todd Stitzer, Cadbury’s CEO, says: “We’re off to a strong start as a focused confectionery business and expect first half revenues above our goal range and good progress on margins. […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Pasteurised under vacuum

Buhler Barth AG introduced a new CCP nut and almond sterilisation system at this year’s Interpack. This latest innovation was developed in response to the continuing salmonella problem, which has particularly hit the almond industry in the US. Existing processes approved by the Almond Board of California (ABC) often degrade or even destroy the natural […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Symrise joins forces on heart products

Symrise AG and Cambridge Theranostics Ltd have entered into a strategic partnership under which Symrise will contribute up to €8 million in milestone-related payments towards the development and clinical evaluation of new health and medical food products. The partners will share the profits on products resulting from the collaboration. For Symrise, this step means expanding […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Fruit Up natural sweetener for fruit jellies

Fruit Up is a natural fruit sweetener from WILD with an appealing sweetness profile and proven nutritional value, for the use in the manufacture of fruit jellies. With Fruit Up, WILD continues its focus in the field of natural products, providing genuine value-added ingredients for the confectionery industry. The innovative fruit jelly concept, based on […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Obituary Ken Goddard

Kenneth Goddard, the packaging and confectionery editor died on 10 June, losing his fight to cancer. He was 62. Ken started life as a journalist on a motoring magazine and moved into the specialist field of packaging in 1978. He became assistant editor of Packaging News at Maclean Hunter and then editor. In 1986 he […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Pasteurised under vacuum

Buhler Barth AG introduced a new CCP nut and almond sterilisation system at this year’s Interpack. This latest innovation was developed in response to the continuing salmonella problem, which has particularly hit the almond industry in the US. Existing processes approved by the Almond Board of California (ABC) often degrade or even destroy the natural […]

Posted 25 July 2008