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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.

EVT launches 3D Robotguidance for gingerbread

‘China is still one of the biggest markets for vision systems’

China is still one of the biggest markets for vision systems, says EVT (Eye Vision Technology) as it launches the EyeScan 3D for its image processing software.

Premium promise: Indian bread market to hit $0.81bn by 2020

Sliced white bread remains king in India but there is huge promise in premium as consumers become more experimental and health conscious, says a ValueNotes analyst.

Vitafoods investment hunt: 14 start-ups on menu

14 nutrition start-ups are formally seeking investment and partners the day before Vitafoods Europe officially opens next week in Geneva.

Coles fined A$2.5m for ‘fresh’ bread claims

Australian supermarket major Coles must pay A$2.5m in penalties over false and misleading ‘fresh’ claims on its par-baked products, a federal court has ruled.

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