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Comment: Splenda buy would fit Ajinomoto strategy

Japanese food maker Ajinomoto is said to be interested in acquiring the Splenda sucralose business from UK food ingredients group Tate & Lyl...

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Latest Interviews

FrieslandCampina navigates dairy challenges 12 Nov 2014

Dean Best

With stagnant sales in Europe, the Russian embargo and softer-than-normal demand in China, it has been a challenging year for dairy processors. Dean Best met Cees Ruijgrok, the head of FrieslandCampina's export business, at the SIAL trade show in Paris to take the temperature of the sector.


SIAL 2014: Valio hopes to overcome Russian woes 10 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

Valio is facing some significant challenges. The Finland-based dairy group is grappling with the closure of the Russian border as well as the decline in industrial markets for dairy ingredients. However, the company is also working to identify new growth avenues, such as its lactose-free technology. Katy Askew spoke to Kari Finska, SVP of Russia and eastern markets for Valio, to find out more.

Latest News

ABF grocery profits up but pressure on bread 21 Apr 15

Hannah Abdulla

Associated British Foods has reported a 4% increase in half-year profits from its grocery division despite pressure on its bakery businesses in the UK and Australia leading to lower sales from the division.


Orkla pulls palm oil from Smash chocolate 14 Apr 15

Dean Best

Orkla has removed the palm oil from its Smash chocolate on sale in Norway and Finland as part of ongoing plans to reduce its use of the ingredient.


Uni-President Q1 earnings drop 13 Apr 15

Katy Askew

Uni-President Enterprises, Taiwan's largest food maker, booked a 14.6% decline in net earnings for the first three months of the year.


Food industry quotes of week: Wrigley, Mondelez 10 Apr 15

Hannah Abdulla

This week, Wrigley confirmed it is building a new gum plant in Kenya to help expand in a number of African markets. US confectioner BBX Sweet Holdings announced the acquisition of local peer Kencraft Candy, while FrieslandCampina revealed plans to close its cheese packing plant in Lochem. We also interviewed the general manager of Al-Rawabi, Dr Ahmed El Tigani, who told us about the UAE dairy company's recent move into functional dairy. Here is the week in quotes.


UPDATE: Kraft cool on wheat charge impact 2 Apr 15

Dean Best

Kraft Foods Group has played down the possible impact of any penalties that could be imposed for allegedly manipulating wheat prices after charges were brought in the US against the company and Mondelez International.


Kraft, Mondelez charged with rigging wheat prices 2 Apr 15

Hannah Abdulla

Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez International have been charged with manipulating wheat futures and cash wheat prices.

Latest blogs

Tate & Lyle shakes up Splenda unit 21 Apr 15

Dean Best

Amid significant pressure on profits from its Splenda sucralose business, UK-based food ingredients group Tate & Lyle has this morning (21 April) announced plans to try to "maximise returns".


US campaigners lobby FDA on GRAS rules 16 Apr 15

Dean Best

Four campaign groups in the US have urged the country's Food and Drug Administration to close a "loophole" in regulations on food additives and bring the rules - due to be finalised by August next year - in line with policies first drawn up over 50 years ago.

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