Daily Archives: February 24, 2018

Planning and Innovation Key for Spring Cake Success

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The spring cake season can come out of nowhere. The madness of the winter holiday season subsides and is followed, in many regions, by a cold spell that drive shoppers in doors with no reason to purchase cakes. And then, as suddenly as the trees begin to bloom, the rush is on for graduation parties, Mother’s Day, Easter, first communions… Read more »

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Dr. Oetker proposes to buy Unilever’s Alsa baking and dessert business

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Unilever has revealed that German food manufacturer Dr. Oetker has made a binding offer to buy its Alsa baking and dessert business for an undisclosed price. Asla, which was acquired by Unilever in 2010, manufactures flan mixes and baking powder among other products. Unilever revealed that the transaction with Dr. Oetker would include Asla’s manufacturing plant in Ludres, France. Of… Read more »

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The FAO Food Price Index remaining steady

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» The FAO Food Price Index* (FFPI) averaged 169.5 points in January 2018, nearly unchanged from December 2017 but almost 3 percent below the corresponding period last year. While firmer prices were registered for cereals and vegetable oils in January, dairy and sugar values were generally weaker and meat quotations remained steady. » The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 156.2… Read more »

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BakeMark acquires Multifoods brand from CSM Bakery Solutions

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BakeMark announced that it had reached an agreement with CSM Bakery Solutions to buy the Multifoods brand of mixes and bases to expand its product portfolio. The leading manufacturer and distributor of bakery ingredients, products, and supplies will also acquire two manufacturing facilities from CSM as part of the agreement. The facilities are located in Elyria, Ohio and Spartanburg, South… Read more »

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EU Bans Use of Artificial Sweeteners in Dietetic Bakery Products

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As a result of the EU’s new rules on dietetic foods, applicable since July 2016, a whole range of products carrying dietetic suitability statements needed to be re-labeled and/or reformulated. In addition, Commission Regulation 2018/97, published on January 23, 2018, bans the use of artificial sweeteners in fine bakery products aimed at people with special dietary needs. It is applied… Read more »

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Winners announced at Masters de la Boulangerie

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From 3rd to 5th February, the much-anticipated Masters de la Boulangerie organised by Lesaffre, took place, at the heart of the Europain show in Paris. Artists-experts in international baking, also visionaries and pioneers for their profession, 3 new elite bakers have just been awarded the honorary title of 2018 World Master Baker : Peter BIENEFELT – Nutritional Bread Making (Netherlands)… Read more »

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Barry Callebaut partnership produces high-flavanol chocolate

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Barry Callebaut has revealed a partnership with FlavaNaturals to produce chocolate containing high levels of cocoa flavanol in the US. The announcement follows three years of collaboration on the development of FlavaBars, a line of chocolate containing five times the cocoa flavanol content of a typical dark chocolate bar. FlavaBars are said to leverage over a decade of development by… Read more »

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Nestlé Buys Majority Stake in Latin American Company Terrafertil

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Nestlé announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Terrafertil, a company selling natural, organic, plant-based foods and healthy snacks. The move widens Nestlé’s presence in a fast-growing category in Latin America, the United States and the United Kingdom. Nestle did not say how much it was paying and how big a stake it was taking in the company…. Read more »

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Government pressure steers reformulation

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Salt, sugar and fat long remain to be the perennial villains in the food industry with many food manufacturers and companies looking for healthier ways to reformulate products. Salt is often associated with health conditions, excessive consumption of salt is known to affect heart health and blood pressure, and more recent studies have confirmed that a high-salt diet reduces resting… Read more »

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