Monthly Archives: December 2020

La Morella Nuts introduces its Mediterranean nut craft and expertise to the world

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Specialty nut expert La Morella Nuts, who creates nut based ingredients full of taste and goodness for artisans and brands, announced global expansion after decades of experience in Mediterranean Nut Craft in Spain. With the expansion, the Mediterranean Nut Craft expert taps into the growing need for healthier indulgence and plant-based products around the world. Similar to the Mediterranean lifestyle,… Read more »

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Pandemic leads to cancellation of ISM and ProSweets Cologne 2021

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The world’s largest trade fair for sweets and snacks, ISM and ProSweets Cologne 2021 have been cancelled due to ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic. As recently as two weeks ago, Koelnmesse, the top associations of the German sweets and snacks industry and industry representatives were certain that the events would go ahead. But a growing number of infections along… Read more »

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A new wheat quality milestone is reached

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Finding ways for bakers, millers and wheat growers to work cooperatively toward enhanced wheat quality has been a wheat industry aspiration since early in the 20th century. A recently announced initiative between Grain Craft, ADM Milling Co. and a major baking company marks a new high-water mark in these efforts. Under the program, the millers agreed to supply flour milled… Read more »

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Ulma Packaging develops compact line delivering automation for SME bakeries

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Responding to increased demand from SME bakeries seeking integrated automated solutions to improve speed and drive cost-efficiencies, Ulma Packaging UK has devised a new entry-level automatic line based on a compact layout. The company’s latest series has been designed with smaller firms in mind, to save space on the factory floor and reduce manual handling that are key features of… Read more »

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Mondelez considering closing two US biscuit plants

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Mondelez International is considering closing biscuit manufacturing plants in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and Atlanta as early as mid-2021, Baking Business reported. No official decisions have been made. Mondelez said it would retain its manufacturing in the U.S. if these plants were shuttered. However, in 2016 the Chicago Tribune reported roughly half of the 1,200 workers at the company’s Chicago location were laid off after the company… Read more »

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Ivory Coast, Ghana cancel cocoa sustainability schemes run by Hershey

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Ivory Coast and Ghana are cancelling all cocoa sustainability schemes that U.S.-based Hershey runs in their countries, accusing the chocolatemaker of trying to avoid paying a cocoa premium aimed at combating farmer poverty. In a letter addressed to Hershey and seen by Reuters, the Ivorian and Ghanaian cocoa regulators accuse Hershey of sourcing unusually large volumes of physical cocoa on… Read more »

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FAO Food Price Index registered a sharp rise in November to its highest level in nearly six years

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» The FAO Food Price Index* (FFPI) averaged 105.0 points in November 2020, up 4.0 points (3.9 percent) from October and 6.4 points (6.5 percent) higher than its value a year ago. The November increase did not only mark the biggest month-on-month rise since July 2012, but it also resulted in the index reaching its highest level since December 2014…. Read more »

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Enzyme enrichment could make bread a superfood

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Via the addition of an enzyme during baking, a study has demonstrated that bread can improve blood flow and aid the vascular system. Could bread be the next superfood? A small addition during bread making unlocks the potential of wholegrain bread, putting it on a par with other ‘superfoods’, according to researchers. During a clinical trial published in Clinical Nutrition,… Read more »

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Cocoa Flavanols Can Improve Cognition and Brain Oxygenation

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In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers have demonstrated that consumption of cocoa flavanols can improve efficiency in blood oxygenation in the frontal cortex — a brain region that plays a key role in planning, regulating behavior and decision-making — of young healthy people and that it is likely to contribute to improvements in cognitive function, but only when cognitive… Read more »

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