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Further horsemeat tests ordered

A new round of tests to see if beef products contain horse has been ordered by the European Commission.

Overspend led Fabulous Bakin’ Boys to administration

Cupcakes to flapjacks firm Fabulous Bakin’ Boys (FBB) fell into administration after overspending on equipment and taking its eye off brand investment, according to new md Richard Cooper.

Whey forward? Milk fat tax, dodgy tests and EU bureaucratic blocks

There is light at the end of the tunnel for a European whey wholesaler, as a long-running dispute over EU import duties on milk fat in whey protein is finally coming to an end.

Bakeries struggling with calls to cut salt, sugar and fat

Manufacturers of baked goods are reaching a point where calls to cut salts, fats and sugars in products are becoming detrimental to the quality of their products, a bakery manager has said.

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Graze has tripled business in US since January from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Online healthy snacks service Graze has surpassed 150,000 in US subscriptions after just three months in the market; growth the CEO has described as phenomenal.

The Philosopher Fizz? Study suggests thinking men prefer Pepsi to Coke from BeverageDaily.com

Japanese academics say that students in a taste test comparing the world’s two bitter cola rivals were more likely to prefer Pepsi to Coke when asked to give reasons why.

Sustainable palm oil shift is cheaper than bad publicity impact from FoodNavigator.com

The cost of moving towards traceable and sustainable palm oil is marginal compared to the long-term effects of negative publicity, says Euromonitor.

Special Edition: The possibilities of chocolate with reduced cocoa butter

Scientists discover novel sources for cocoa butter alternatives from ConfectioneryNews.com

Shea and palm oil derivatives may lead the way as the most common sources of cocoa butter alternatives for use in chocolate, but researchers are discovering novel forms ranging from mango seed to camel hump fat.

FDA allows irradiation of crustaceans from FoodQualityNews.com

Using ionizing radiation on crustaceans to control foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life is to be permitted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Fruit ingredients shows super European growth

Fruit ingredients shows super European growth

Food manufacturers have pampered to health-conscious Europeans with a raft of new fruit-based product launches in 2013,...

Green tea cereal: The next big nutritional punch at breakfast
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Green tea cereal: The next big nutritional punch at breakfast

Green tea has migrated from hot drinks into other foods over the years but has particular promise...

Sluggish growth predicted for global packaged foods markets

Sluggish growth predicted for global packaged foods markets

A slowdown in global packaged food markets is expected over the next five years as supply in...

BELFRIT leads Europe in botanicals harmonisation as Italy affirms 1000-strong list

BELFRIT leads Europe in botanicals harmonisation as Italy affirms 1000-strong list

Italy has legally adopted a harmonised list of about 1000 approved botanicals for use in food supplements,...

Food Vision 2014: Bridge knowledge gaps, overcome change and work sustainably

Food Vision 2014: Bridge knowledge gaps, overcome change and work sustainably

What is the future of food? Simple communication of complex advances will be crucial, as well as...

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