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Officials urge calm as firms vow to remove cancer chemicals from bread

Health officials have urged consumers not to panic over the presence of cancer-causing chemicals in bread after an analysis revealed that many of India’s most popular bakery brands tested positive for potassium bromate and potassium iodate. 


Cash in one’s chips: The humble potato’s new Asian markets

Potatoes: like dairy not the first global staple you think of when it comes to Asia, but that doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t a growing market for spud-based ingredients.

Naturell launches India’s first protein-rich extruded snack

Naturell India has launched a seven-grain protein snack which it claims is a first of its kind in the country.

DSM to expand hydrocolloids business in China

Ingredients supplier DSM is planning two major plant expansions in China to boost its gellan gum and pectin capacities. 

This week Down Under

Kiwi bread study gives rise to healthier staple food

Bread design could be substantially improved to better protect heart health, according to new research from New Zealand.

Enzymes specialist DeutscheBack ramps up activity in China and Latin America

Baking ingredients supplier DeutscheBack is increasing its presence and capacities in Latin America and China to meet growing demand.

This week Down Under

Ancient genes analysed to protect modern wheat

Scientists in Queensland have been undertaking research into ancient wheats in a bid to ensure the crop’s future.

Special edition: Protein perspectives

Whistle stop tour: Protein global

Western Europeans are numero uno when it comes to per-capita protein consumption; bread is surprisingly the most popular protein medium; and protein has well and truly invaded the healthy snacking category.

Chapul cricket protein bars should be in 3-4,000 stores by end of year, predicts founder

Cricket bar pioneer Chapul is poised for significant growth in 2016 after securing national distribution agreements with UNFI and Nature’s Best (KeHE) that will see it boost its footprint from 500 stores today to 3-4,000 stores by the year end, CEO Pat Crowley tells FoodNavigator-USA.

Bakery veteran acquires stake in ‘diabetic bread’ biotech firm

Meiert Grootes, chairman of Europe’s biggest supplier of speciality baking products, has acquired a stake in a Malaysian-Australian biotech firm that earlier this year launched ingredients to produce the world’s first clean-label, low-GI “diabetic” white bread.

Yamazaki Baking grows bakery sales - and ends Mondelēz partnership

Japanese manufacturer Yamazaki Baking has increased its bread sales in the past year despite the impact of cost-conscious consumers and rising raw material prices.

Puratos set to expand across Australia after acquiring fillings supplier

Bakery ingredients supplier Puratos Group is ramping up its presence in Australia and New Zealand with the acquisition of fruit and patisserie fillings business Melbourne Jam Manufacturing Co.

News in brief

Processed foods push emulsifiers into doubling market size by 2020

India’s food emulsifiers market reached a value of US$53.4m in 2013, and is projected to grow at an annual rate of 10.1% from 2015 to 2020, according to a new report. 

RSPO to publish members’ plantation maps in wake of Indonesia’s forest fires

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will publish maps of all its members’ palm oil plantations – with the exception of Malaysia – in the hope closer monitoring will prevent forest fires and peat land destruction. But is this enough?

United Biscuits eyes China as a key market for McVities

United Biscuits (UB) has announced that its total UK exports have rocketed 50% over the past three years and it expects this figure to rise a further 50% by 2020, as demand grows from countries such as China for its British brands.

Palm oil producer launches peatland protection project in Indonesia

A palm oil producer’s pledge to rehabilitate peatland in Indonesia will provide momentum for industry-wide change, it says.

Me and my factory

Brothers ... still in naans

William and Charles Eid have big plans now they are back at the helm of Signature Flatbreads, the 50:50 joint venture with Aryzta. The brothers spoke to Rick Pendrous

Signature plans to open 20 bakeries in India

Signature International, which already has a production facility built to European standards in the city of Nashik – 200 miles north of Mumbai – has plans to build 20 flatbread manufacturing plants across the Indian subcontinent within the next five to 10 years.

‘Problems abound’ for protein ingredients, says report

Protein ingredients are facing major challenges in developed markets, with stagnation in technical applications and uncertainty over health and sports markets, according to a report from Giract.

Barry Callebaut to set up Indonesia compound plant to supply biscuit maker GarudaFood

Barry Callebaut has announced it will establish a chocolate plant on the premises of Indonesian biscuit firm GarudaFood to supply it 10,000 metric tons of compound chocolate per year.

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