Monthly Archives: May 2019

The FAO Food Price Index rises to a 10-month high

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» The FAO Food Price Index* (FFPI) rose in April 2019 to around 170 points, 1.5 percent (2.5 points) higher than in March and marking its highest value since June 2018. At this level, the FFPI would still remain 2.3 percent below its level in the corresponding month last year. Except for the sub-index for cereals, all the other sub-indices… Read more »

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Wollongong TAFE’s king of chocolate chosen as president of an international panel for the World Cup of pastry, gelato and chocolate

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TAFE Wollongong teacher Herve Boutin is celebrating being chosen as the president of an international jury panel for the pastry, gelato, and chocolate World Cup in Milan. Named Master Patissier Chocolatier Confectioner MOF Glacier in 1989 Mr Boutin will oversee the judging of the World Cup when 18 countries, including Australia, compete for the 2019 World Trophy of Pastry, Gelato… Read more »

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How sourdough starters and freshly milled flour are transforming the simple loaf

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Not so long ago, things weren’t looking so good for bread. It was all no-carb this and gluten-free that. Bread baskets disappeared from restaurants. Lettuce leaves replaced hamburger buns. Suddenly, a beloved staple of the human diet was no longer welcome at the dinner table. But now bread is back. Not just any bread, though. Not the white, spongy, pre-sliced… Read more »

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ADM realigning Midwest flour milling capacity

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Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) said this week it is realigning its flour milling footprint in the U.S. as its new high-capacity mill in Mendota, Ill., nears opening. In the coming months, the company will end production at its Nokomis flour mill in Minneapolis, Minn., and its flour mill in Salina, Kan. In addition, the company continues to plan to… Read more »

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Fortified Flour Premixes Are on the Rise

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The global food premix market, including flours, is on the growth, the research company Future Market Insights (FMI) predicts. In terms of revenue, it is estimated to expand at a CAGR of 5.4% by 2027. The demand for food fortification has increased significantly in the recent years due to the high rate of micronutrient deficiency disorders among the global population,… Read more »

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5 Most Common Baking Mistakes, According to Pastry Legend Pierre Hermé

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Calling Pierre Hermé a perfectionist is an understatement. To master the art of painstakingly precise French pastry, there is no other option. Hermé inherited four generations of Alsatian pâtisserie tradition, but that didn’t stop him from seeking formal training. At the age of 14, when most of us are entering high school, he set off for Paris to perfect his… Read more »

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Toblerone and Cadbury will be made with sustainable cocoa

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Mondelez International, which makes Toblerone, Cadbury and Milka, is trying to protect its business from global warming by switching to sustainable cocoa. Currently, Mondelez sources about 43% of the cocoa for its chocolate brands through its Cocoa Life program, which provides educational and financial support to cocoa farmers in order to improve crop yield. Mondelez pledged this week to raise… Read more »

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A rare sugar will not count as added sugar, according to F.D.A. draft guidance

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The Food and Drug Administration said it will use enforcement discretion to allow allulose, a rare sugar, to be excluded from the total sugars declaration and added sugars declaration on the Nutrition Facts Label when allulose is used as an ingredient, according to draft guidance issued by the F.D.A. on April 17. The F.D.A. previously had said allulose counted in… Read more »

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Oreo-maker Mondelez is considering adding CBD to its cookies and snacks

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Cannabis aficionados everywhere may finally get their wish as Oreo-maker Mondelez eyes adding CBD-infused snacks to its product line, which includes Chips Ahoy cookies, Cadbury chocolate, Nilla Wafers and Nutter Butter cookies. “Yes, we’re getting ready, but we obviously want to stay within what is legal and play it the right way,” CEO Dirk Van de Put told CNBC on… Read more »

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Puratos reveals host of bakery innovations

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International baking and fillings maker Puratos UK has added two new flavours to Topfil range and two complementary variants to its Satin Crème Cake line. Launching in time for the spring / summer season, the Topfil Select Blackcurrant and Hibiscus and Topfil Select Strawberry, Cucumber and Mint fruit fillings are available now. Both lines are inspired by floral and alcohol… Read more »

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