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Goodman Fielder agrees to takeover bid from Wilmar and First Pacific

Iconic Australian food maker Goodman Fielder has finally agreed to an A$1.34bn (US$1.26bn) offer by Wilmar International and First Pacific Company to acquire the company after the last two bids were turned down. 

Coles ‘freshly baked’ claims false, rules Australia Federal Court

Australian retail major Coles misled consumers with false claims that its bakery products were ‘freshly baked’ in store when they were par-baked, the Federal Court of Australia has ruled.

Hard and crunchy = fewer calories?

Consumers perceive foods that are either hard or have a rough texture as having fewer calories, says a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Up to one-third of Indian grain being lost to substandard warehousing

India needs around 43m tonnes of additional warehousing and storage capacity if it wants to reduce the amount of food grain that is at risk of being damaged by poor conditions.

Celiac Disease breakthrough?

Natural protein elafin ‘promising’ in battle against gluten toxicity: Study

The human protein elafin could be delivered into the gut using a probiotic bacterium to reduce the inflammatory reaction typical of celiac disease, researchers suggest.

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How does sugar affect health? Find out at FoodNavigator’s Sugar Debate: Separating Fact from Fiction

Sugar – at least in excess – has been blamed for everything from heart disease to obesity and cancers in recent months. But is it as bad as all that?

Almonds & their skins show prebiotic potential: Human data

Fiber-rich almonds and almond skin may selectively boost the populations of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli in the gut, says a new study funded by the Almond Board of California.

Something like a phenomenon: Bakery in China

The bakery sector in China is a social phenomenon - considered by many as a trendy, Western sector, says a Shanghai-based consultant.

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American Institute of Baking buys Chinese certification body

The American Institute of Baking has entered into an agreement to acquire Beijing Sino-Swiss ADC, an officially approved certification body in Beijing, China. 

Samjo starts up new plant with eye on China’s bakery market

Korean food firm Samjo Celltech is set to begin production of sauces and seasonings at its new plant in the Chinese city of Weihai in eastern Shandong Province, the company said on Monday.

Chinese tastes moving to cereals in spite of last year’s predictions

China’s bakery and cereal sector is expected to grow by almost US$15bn up to 2017 as this predominantly Western export continues to take hold in Chinese homes. 

Sunsweet: Prunes are fashionable in Japan but face image problems in US

Prunes hold bakery promise in Japan because they are fashionable and highly regarded for digestive health properties, but there are challenges in the US given the fruit’s image problem, says Sunsweet Ingredients.

RAN: Kellogg cannot deflect palm oil heat onto supplier

Kellogg cannot shirk its palm oil responsibility by deflecting attention to its supplier, says RAN following a statement from Kellogg calling for productive talks between its supplier Wilmar and the environmental group.

News in brief

Mrs Bector’s investor 'looking to divest stake in biscuits business'

Rumours persist that one of India’s leading bakery and condiments companies is looking to sell off the controlling stake in its biscuits business to private equity investors.

Live from the 20th International Congress of Nutrition

Prof: 'GI can be more powerful obesity-fighting tool in Asia than the west'

Prebiotics and other fibres have a big role to play in curbing spiraling obesity, diabetic and pre-diabetic rates in emerging economies like India and China, according to one respected nutrition academic here at the ICN in Granada.

Greenpeace and RSPO clash over forest fires

Food companies that only use certified sustainable palm oil have been accused of “certifying destruction”, according to a Greenpeace report released to coincide with the first European Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) summit in Berlin this week.

One-third of Chinese faced with excess aluminium consumption

Alum-based baking ingredients are to blame for almost one-third of Chinese people consuming quantities of aluminium above the recommended maximum safe level in their diets, according to new research.

Health awareness and scares behind rise of non-dairy toppings in India

Fueled by growing health concerns and new-found awareness of lactose intolerance among the consumers, India’s non-dairy toppings segment is growing in strength. 

Machinery firm says Japan is 15 years ahead in cake innovation

North America and Europe can learn a lot about cakes from Japan – a market that is significantly advanced in terms of innovation in the field, says cake machinery firm Masdac International.

Cargill registers concern with palm oil supplier about child labour allegations

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has accused Cargill of using child labour in its palm oil supply chain – and Cargill says it has registered its concern with supplier KLK.

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