Calorie counter
Data from the New York health department the first US city to require calorie information to be placed visibly next to prices in restaurant chains has found that the number of calories ordered in coffee shops has fallen by 10%, but little change was noted in most chain restaurants, with only 15% saying it affected purchase decisions, reported the New York Times. A similar voluntary scheme is being monitored by the FSA in the UK.

Muntons’ supplier day
Malt-based ingredients supplier Muntons recently held a supplier day as part of its efforts to achieve close working relationships with suppliers. The company’s aim is to make savings without cutting margins, either in its own business or its suppliers’ businesses.

Wellness award
Snacks, biscuits and cakes manufacturer United Biscuits has been awarded the Wellness Award by the IGD, at its Food Industry Awards last month. It won for its commitment to offering consumers healthier products, with its achievement in reducing saturated fat by 50% across three of its McVitie’s brands recognised at the event.

Miller’s organic move
Irish miller Flahavans is investing 1.6m (£1.4m) in its Waterford factory to meet growing demand for organic oats. The company has already installed energy-efficient dryers and plans to buy new 4,000-tonne storage units shortly.

Costa’s Christmas
Costa Coffee has launched its seasonal Christmas food specials in-store, with a new range that includes 12 new sweet products. It features a yule log, a festive cupcake and muffin, gingerbread biscuits and mini brownie bites.