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Sugar competition under microscope

The lack of competition in the sugar sector could become a particular target of European Commission competition authority action over concerns it could inflate confectionery and other food prices in the long term. Although the unprecedented rise in prices in early 2008 has been deflated by the credit crunch, the Commission is still concerned that […]

Cadbury to sell final drinks business

Cadbury is to sell its last remaining drinks business to focus on chocolate and sweets as the group re-confirms guidance for strong profit growth. The company will divest its Australian beverages unit, estimated to be worth £600 million (€652m), in order to become a pure confectionery group. The Australian division is the last drinks business […]

AB Foods buys sugar unit

Associated British Foods (AB Fooods), the owner of British Sugar, is to buy Ebro Puleva SA’s sugar unit for €385 million, gaining half the market in the Iberian peninsula as EU reforms reduce production AB Foods, whose other businesses include Twinings teas and Primark retail stores, produces 4 million tonnes of sugar annually under British […]

Food colour ban

UK ministers have agreed that six artificial food colourings should be phased out after research found a link with hyperactivity in children The Food Standards Agency called for the voluntary removal earlier this year while European regulators work to agree a continent-wide ban. The food colourings, sunset yellow E110, carmoisine E122, Tartrazine E102, Ponceau E124, […]

Food colour ban

UK ministers have agreed that six artificial food colourings should be phased out after research found a link with hyperactivity in children The Food Standards Agency called for the voluntary removal earlier this year while European regulators work to agree a continent-wide ban. The food colourings, sunset yellow E110, carmoisine E122, Tartrazine E102, Ponceau E124, […]

Ingredients news: Stabilisers put the icing on the cake

Cargill is introducing two new stabiliser ranges that enable baked goods manufacturers to produce bakery icings that work with various processing requirements. These new texturising solutions will give manufacturers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa flexibility in producing colourful, visually appealing, great-tasting bakery icings. Satialgine OGI cold soluble alginate was developed for direct-use icings, […]

Ingredients news: Natural melanges come to the UK

BakeMark UK has launched the UK’s first melanges as part of its new Optinature range of all-natural products. Produced under the BakeMark UK Craigmillar umbrella, the melanges are a whole new concept in bakery fats for the UK market. Melange is the French word for mixture; the products, popular in other parts of Europe, are […]

Natra makes inroads in China and US

Valencia-based Natra is strengthening its positions in China and the US with new offices in both countries. The two new branches join Natra’s existing international network of five European factories, from where it produces 115,000 tons of chocolate products annually, and a trade office on the West coast of the US. From its new office […]

Mars raises the bar on nutrition

Mars Snackfood UK has made nutritional improvements to its filled confectionery bars and launched a new consumer marketing campaign with the strapline: Raising the bar’. The product changes, which are being implemented across Europe, mean that Twix, Milky Way, Snickers and the iconic Mars bar, will all become free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives. […]

Mars raises the bar on nutrition

Mars Snackfood UK has made nutritional improvements to its filled confectionery bars and launched a new consumer marketing campaign with the strapline: Raising the bar’. The product changes, which are being implemented across Europe, mean that Twix, Milky Way, Snickers and the iconic Mars bar, will all become free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives. […]

Melamine found in confectionery around the globe

Multinational confectionery giants have defended the integrity of their products in the wake of the melamine in Chinese milk powder scandal. However, Cadbury has been forced to withdraw products produced in its Beijing plant, and Mars has been shocked by an Indonesian authority announcement that M&Ms and Snickers made in China contain melamine. Cadbury voluntarily […]

Barry Callebaut extends Chocolate Academy network

Zurich-based Barry Callebaut has added to its global network of Chocolate Academies with two new facilities ” one in Russia and the other in the US. Callebaut now operates 12 Chocolate Academies across the world, all offering seminars, demonstrations, theoretical courses and practical workshops designed to inspire passion for fine chocolate. The US Academy is […]

Move over goji, here comes Baobab

The fruit pulp of the Baobab tree is the latest ingredient for confectionery, cereal bars and smoothies, following Novel Foods approval by the European Commission. The Baobab tree is known as the upside down’ tree, and is a common feature of the landscape in southern Africa. Its fruit has up to three times the vitamin […]

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. […]