Monthly Archives: September 2011

USDA report outlines food insecurity In America

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USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon today announced the results of USDA’s Household Food Security in the United States, 2010 report that found that the percentage of very low food security declined from 5.7 percent of households in 2009 to 5.4 percent in 2010. The USDA study indicated that in 2010, 17.2 million households in America had difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of resources. The number of food insecure households in 2010 was relatively consistent with statistics released in 2008 and 2009.

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Barry Callebaut will invest € 22 million to upgrade and expand existing facilities

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Following the divestment of its European consumer business, Barry Callebaut is further strengthening its footprint in Region Europe. Over the next few months, the company will invest nearly €22 million to upgrade and expand existing facilities. The majority of these investments is planned for 2011 and will be fully operational as of spring 2012.

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Expert calls for change in trans fat labelling

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According to a scientific review conducted by Spencer Proctor, along with Canadian and international colleagues, natural trans fats produced by ruminant animals such as dairy and beef cattle are not detrimental to health. In fact, they show significant positive health effects and some evidence even links these natural trans fats to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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Sara Lee: appoints chairman for «CoffeeCo»

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Sara Lee Corporation announced that its board of directors has agreed to appoint Jan Bennink, executive chairman of Sara Lee, as the chairman of the board of «CoffeeCo». This appointment will take effect after the planned spin-off of Sara Lee´s international coffee and tea business is completed in the first half of calendar 2012.

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AMF: Completes Acquisition of BakeTech

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AMF Bakery Systems announced that they had completed the acquisition of Baking Technology Systems Inc. (BakeTech) of Tucker, Georgia. Geri Walker, one of the founders of BakeTech who will continue as the president of the renamed entity.

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Bright future for peanuts

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The American Peanut Council forecasts a bright future for high protein peanut flour in line with increased demand for quality plant protein. Recent reports have predicted a boom in the high quality protein market as consumers begin to recognise protein’s weight management potential. Once only the domain of the sporting elite, protein is reaching a wider consumer audience and quality expectations are rising. As a result, sales of ‘novel’, high quality proteins, such as peanuts, are estimated to reach £1.71 billion within the decade.

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Strengthening European footprint

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Following the divestment of its European consumer business, Barry Callebaut is further strengthening its footprint in Region Europe. Over the next few months, the company will invest nearly €22 million to upgrade and expand existing facilities. The majority of these investments is planned for 2011 and will be fully operational as of spring 2012.

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IDDBA: New research focuses on innovation

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New original research, titled Innovation Trends, Attitudes, and Opportunities from the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association is now available. Innovative ideas from all aspects of business are of interest to supermarkets, food manufacturers, brokers, distributors, and others. IDDBA commissioned Datassential to study innovation in relation to new shopper technologies, social media, new food trends, nutrition, and a host of other areas.

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