Monthly Archives: October 2018

Food-tracking blockchain wins big with FDA’s new food recall policy

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s  September 26th announcement that it plans to name retailers selling food that is being recalled instead of focusing just on food manufacturers looks like a big win for food-tracking blockchain. The latter is the same technology that underpins bitcoin digital currency. The FDA’s draft rules are primarily intended to apply to ‘serious recalls’… Read more »

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FAO Food Price Index down in September

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» The FAO Food Price Index* (FFPI) averaged 165.4 points in September 2018, down 2.3 points (1.4 Percent) from August and some 13 points (7.4 percent) below its level in the corresponding period last year. Only the sugar price index firmed in September, whereas the values of the other sub-indices, led by cereals, dropped from the previous month. » The… Read more »

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Gulfood Manufacturing 2018 at the forefront of industry

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The fifth edition of Gulfood Manufacturing, the Middle East’s largest food and beverage processing forum which runs at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) this November, promises to be the Gulfood spin-off’s most well-rounded and forward-looking exhibition and conference to date, offering a 360-degree solutions platform for a regional industry buoyed by strong consumer demand in an increasingly competitive marketplace. While… Read more »

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Cereals Canada welcomes new NAFTA agreement

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Cereals Canada welcomed the announcement of a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement, which will be known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “Achieving the agreement will ensure ongoing stability in agricultural trade within North America,” stated Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada in a press release. “Agriculture in all three countries has benefited from freer trade. Preserving these benefits was… Read more »

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Perfect dough mixing in any climate

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New technology that makes high-speed mixing possible in hot climates is being introduced on Tweedy™ mixing systems by Baker Perkins at IBA in Munich (15-20th September; Hall A6, Stand 321).  The Tweedy™ SuperCool mixer combines radically enhanced bowl cooling with advanced control technology to provide precise management of dough temperature in any climate. The technique features a re-designed cooling system… Read more »

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Forever Chocolate outperforming on sustainability

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Barry Callebaut leading among peer companies in Sustainalytics assessment Forever Chocolate, our plan to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025, has been ranked this year as an “outperforming” sustainability strategy in the food industry. This result is the conclusion of an in-depth independent sustainability assessment conducted by the company Sustainalytics. We are leading among our assessed peers. So what is… Read more »

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Lallemand Announces Yeast Price Increases

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Lallemand has announced price will increase for yeast, effective October 1, 2018, or as current contracts expire across all price zones. In Canada, pricing will increase 10.2 cents (CDN) per kilogram of cream yeast (17 cents per kilogram compressed equivalent) and 17 cents (CDN) per kilogram of bag and block yeast. Dry yeast prices will also increase by 57 cents… Read more »

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Guittard Chocolate Company secures major European distribution

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The US-based Guittard Chocolate Company has agreed a major deal with HB Ingredients for distribution of its confectionery range throughout Europe. Founded in San Francisco in 1868 and celebrating their 150-year anniversary, Guittard is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated chocolate making business within America. After launching into the UK last year, it now supplies some of the country’s top… Read more »

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Mars and Snickers makeover: Reduced sugar, added protein for UK chocolate icons

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New protein-packed versions of Mars and Snickers with up to 40 percent less sugar will hit UK shelves early next year as the demand for healthier alternatives picks up the pace in the confectionery space. More new product developments are also in the pipeline, as Mars Wrigley Confectionery plans to extend its reformulated range to include smaller portion sizes and… Read more »

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