Mars Wrigley invests US$79.36 million in Alsace M&M’s factory in France

FRANCE - The American confectionery producer, Mars Wrigley has invested US$79.36 million to upgrade its Haguenau M&M’s factory in Alsace, France. Mars Wrigley Confectionery France has made the investment as part of its commitment to remove titanium dioxide from all of its confectionery products produced in Europe by mid-2020. The investment is expected to pay…

Kenya’s sugar production increases by 45% on increased supply

KENYA – Kenya’s sugar production has increased by 45% in the past nine months due to increased supply of sugarcane by farmers to sugar processing plants, according to a monthly report by the Sugar Directorate. The quantities produced have increased from 284,036 last year to 411,567 tonnes between the months of January and October this…

Mars Wrigley launches new Twix Triple chocolate cookie bars in the US

USA – World’s leading chocolate and chewing gum manufacturer, Mars Wrigley Confectionery has introduced a new variety of Twix Triple chocolate cookie bars in the US. The new treat is a unique cookie experience made of chocolate cookie bars, chocolate caramel, and cloaked in milk chocolate, says Wrigley. It will be available in the US…

Barry Callebaut appoints Isabelle Esser Chief Human Resources Officer

SWITZERLAND – World’s leading chocolate and cocoa producer,Barry Callebaut has appointed Isabelle Esser as Chief Human Resources Officer and member of the executive committee effective February 1, 2019. She will work to ensure a constructive people strategy in line with the company’s ‘smart growth’ business model, reporting directly to the CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique. She…

Bühler creates new consumer foods segment, taps Haas head to lead role

SWITZERLAND– Swiss equipment leader Bühler has created a new consumer foods segment to add to its current two segments and appointed Germar Wacker, who has been the CEO of its Haas business unit, to lead the new segment.  The consumer foods segment will combine Bühler’s current chocolate, nuts, bakery and coffee business with the recently…

Barry Callebaut acquires Burton’s chocolate manufacturing assets in UK

UK – Leading cocoa and chocolate producer, Barry Callebaut has completed the transaction to acquire Burton’s Biscuit Company’s chocolate manufacturing assets in the UK. The company has also entered long-term agreement for the supply of over 12,000 tonnes of chocolate and compound per year to Burton’s Biscuit Company. The acquisition involves chocolate manufacturing assets of…

FIIRO develops technology to commercially extract natural sweetener Thaumatin

NIGERIA - The Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO) has said that it has developed a technology that allows commercial extraction of Thaumatin, a low-calorie sweetener and flavour modifier. According to a Beverage Industry News report the Director-General of FIIRO, Gloria Elemo said that the move was necessitated by a surging demand for alternative sweeteners…

Ingredion unveils ‘calorie-reducing’ allulose sweetener in America

USA – Global ingredient solutions provider, Ingredion has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Japan’s leading producer of specialty ingredients, Matsutani Chemical Industry Co. to unveil a ‘calorie-reducing’ allulose sweetener in America. Matsutani will manufacture the new product, Astraea Allulose in Mexico and market it across the Americas starting 2019. With wide…

Singapore considers ban, tax on high-sugar drinks to tackle diabetes

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and Health Promotion Board are contemplating banning the sale of higher-sugar pre-packaged drinks or introducing a sugar tax in a bid to curb high sugar intake among people. The Ministry indicated that the move targets to control lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity in the country. MOH…

Mondelez invests US$5m in Global Technical Center in Poland

EUROPE - Mondelēz International has said that it has invested a further US$5 million in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland to serve as an R&D centre for both local and global brands. The company said the new investment expands its research and development activities beyond Chocolate and Bakery and serve Gum and Candy…