Ingredients

Kerry signs up for Federation of Bakers

Kerry Food and Ingredients has become the latest full-time member of The Federation of Bakers.

CSM to sell European bakery arm

CSM Global has announced plans to sell both its European and North American bakery businesses, to focus on bio-based ingredients.

Kerry butters up bakers

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours is looking to enhance the flavour of buttery biscuits with its new Beatreme range. The Irish supplier of food ingredients has developed the line, which includes cream, butter and cultured dairy, and has been created by naturally culturing fresh milk solids.

Healthy oil from Larchwood

Larchwood Foods' new rapeseed oil line offers bakers a high-quality yet cost-effective option for their products, said the firm.

Report

The tide of rising ingredients costs could finally be turning for food manufacturers, according to Lee Linthicum, global head of food research at Euromonitor International.

Seed pricing

Pine nuts:

Raw material prices in China have continued to climb and we are now, in sterling terms at least, some 20% higher than at the end of 2011. A disappointing Chinese crop set against hugely strong demand looks set to squeeze this market in 2012. Any respite from the new crop at the end of the calendar year cannot come soon enough. Prices are likely to climb further for the rest of this year.

April showers bring welcome relief for wheat

Heavy rainfall in April has alleviated immediate concerns about the impact of the sustained dry weather on the UK's wheat crop, although large swathes of England remain in drought.

Morrisons listings for Bacheldre

Bacheldre Watermill has secured listings for six of its lines in 383 Morrisons stores.

BBC radio show reviews egg supply

BBC Radio 4 presenter Sheila Dillon has assessed the supply of eggs in the UK following the European Union’s decision to ban battery cages.

GM plea to protesters

Scientists developing genetically modified (GM) wheat have asked campaigners not to damage crops at a trial at Rothamsted Research.

Real Bread Campaign steps up anti-GM wheat protest

The Real Bread Campaign has delivered a pledge to the government from more than 350 bakers, millers, farmers and consumers not to sell or buy GM wheat.

ABF sees profit decline for ingredients and grocery

Associated British Foods (ABF) has posted a decline in operating profit for its ingredients and grocery divisions this morning.

In its interim results for the 24 weeks ended 3 March 2012, ABF said its ingredients business, which includes yeast and bakery ingredients manufacturer AB Mauri, saw a £13m decline to £18m. Revenue grew by 2% to £538m.

ABF’s grocery division, including the Kingsmill bread brand, reported a 4% growth in revenue to £1.8bn, but a £34m decline in operating profits to £75m. The company said this was primarily driven by restructuring costs at Allied Bakeries in the UK, in addition to George West Foods in Australia.

Profit up nearly 30% at Carr’s

Carr’s Milling Industries said profit before tax in the first half of the year increased from last year, helped by a 12% growth in revenue.

New measures to aid sugar market

A number of new measures to aid the fluidity of the European sugar market were passed at the management committee meeting at the European Commission yesterday (12 April).

FSA provides ‘glittergate’ update

In a bid to clear up confusion over the legal use of edible and non-toxic glitters, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has developed new guidance for food businesses and consumers.

Amos to head up Zeelandia

David Amos has been appointed UK managing director for international bakery ingredients supplier Zeelandia.

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