Ireland’s Crust & Crumb to build US$5.8m new pizza factory

IRELAND - Crust & Crumb, the manufacturers of chilled pizzas, pizza bases and flat breads, has made plans to build a US$5.8 million new factory in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, supported by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland. According to the company, this development into its new location at Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, will enable expansion…

Bakery product supplier Delifrance completes US$4.6m factory expansion project

UK – Delifrance, a French bakery supplier, has completed the US$4.6 million expansion of its Wigston viennoiserie production site in Leicestershire. According to the company, the expansion was approved in order to meet the growing demand for products such as croissants, pain au chocolat and pain aux raisin in the UK. FoodBev reported that the…

Barry Callebaut reports 6.9% sales growth in first 9 months of FY 2017/18

USA – Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has reported grew its sales volume by 6.9% to 1.5 million tonnes in the first 9 months of fiscal year 2017/18. According to the company, it achieved very good volume growth across all regions and product groups in a global chocolate…

Lesaffre acquires bakery ingredients company Delavau Food Partners

USA - Lesaffre, a French yeast manufacturer and the world’s largest manufacturer, has announced that it has purchased Delavau Food Partners a leading innovator in baking ingredients based in North America. According to the company, Delavau has served as a premier supplier of technologies to major food brands, with knowledge in calcium and enzymes is…

Everfoods to acquire India’s leading brand of fresh baked cookies Cookie Man

INDIA - The packaged foods company, Everfoods has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a leading brand of fresh baked cookies, Cookie Man from Australian Foods (I) Pvt. Ltd, reported ET Retail. While the amount of the transaction was not known, the acquisition expands Everfoods portfolio, adding a brand of fresh baked cookies in…

J. M. Smucker Company signs definitive agreement to sell US baking business

USA - The J. M. Smucker Company, an American manufacturer of fruits spreads and toppings, has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to sell its U.S. baking business to Brynwood Partners, in a transaction valued at US$375 million. According to the company, the business generated net sales of approximately US$370 million for the Company's…

Fonterra to double butter output at Edgecumbe to meet Chinese demand for ‘muddy buns’

CHINA – Fonterra, a multinational dairy co-operative, is set to double up its butter output at Edgecumbe to meet the increasing demand for Chinese ‘muddy buns’ which is  a growing trend. According to the company, ‘Muddy Buns, Dirty Dirty Bread, or Zang Zang Bao’ as they’re known in China, are creating a social media frenzy…

France to ban use of titanium dioxide in pastries by the end of 2018

FRANCE - The French government has intensified campaign against titanium dioxide used as a pigment to bring a bright and smooth white appearance to pastries or confectionery or to opacify yogurt and ice cream, according to FoodingredientsFirst. The country is debating to ban the use of titanium dioxide as an additive in recipes by the…