71% of US consumers now read sugar content labels, Kerry says

USA – Kerry, a leader in global food ingredients, has released the findings of new clean label research on sweetening agents which reveals that 71% of US consumers now read the label for sugar content. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the company added that almost half of people surveyed also wanted to cut down their sugar consumption.…

Mondelez International reports significant progress against the 2020 impact goals

USA – Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, has reported important progress against its 2020 impact goals in its 2017 Impact For Growth Progress Report recently released. According to the company, the report details progress against sustainable agriculture and environmental footprint goals, as well as global expansion of healthy lifestyle and…

South Africa bans importation of possibly contaminated Zambian honey

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa has banned importation of pure honey from Zambia after authorities detected possible contamination of a consignment with American Foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae) disease, reports Lusaka Times. The ban, announced by the South African agriculture department through a letter to honey importers has elicited dissatisfactory observation from both the authorities and Zambian…

PepsiCo Mexico cuts down on sugar and salt by 24% in snacks

MEXICO - PepsiCo Mexico has cut down on sugar and salt across its snacks portfolio by 24% as part of a long-term reformulation strategy designed to reduce added sugars and sodium across products. According to FoodingredientsFirst, Mexico was a pioneer in implementing a sugar tax on sugary soft drinks in a bid to cut alarming…

DMK Group announces plan to reduce sugar content in its Milram range

GERMANY - DMK Group, Germany's largest dairy company, has announced that it will reduce the sugar content of products throughout its Milram range, as the company aims to adapt to the changing nutritional demands of consumers. According to the company, it will implement this new strategy in three phases. Firstly, Milram’s buttermilk and kefir drinks…

Synergy Flavours launches ruby chocolate flavour for young people

USA - Synergy Flavours, a leading supplier & manufacturer of food flavours, has added a ruby chocolate flavour to its ingredients portfolio, which is suitable for use in cakes, desserts and sports nutrition drinks. According to FoodBev, the new flavour has been developed to create products which will appeal to consumers between the ages of…

Hershey-owned Dagoba Organic Chocolate debuts new range of flavour-infused bars

GERMANY - Dagoba Organic Chocolate, a brand of premium organic chocolate, owned by Hershey, has debuted a new range of infused flavours for its bars and bite-sized chocolate ‘Gems’. According to Financial Times, Dagoba offers unique flavour combinations as part of its brand identity. The new flavours include 84% cacao extra dark chocolate, 37% cacao…

Tongaat Hulett shareholders reject remuneration policy as CFO steps down

SOUTH AFRICA - The complementary sugarcane and maize feedstocks company, Tongaat Hulett’s shareholders have voted against a non-binding advisory resolution endorsing the company’s remuneration policy at its Annual General Meeting. Meanwhile, CFO Murray Munro who joined the group in 2003 has stepped down due to health reasons but will remain as an employee of the…

Tongaat Hulett’s CEO Peter Staude to retire end of October

SOUTH AFRICA - The agricultural and sugar processor Tongaat Hulett has announced that its long-serving Chief Executive Peter Staude will be stepping down his role at the end of October after attaining the retirement age of 65 in June, Business Day reports. Staude who has been CEO of the agri-processing business since 2002 said in…

Greek yogurt maker Chobani launches the first lower-sugar yogurt range

USA – Chobani, America's number one Greek Yogurt, has launched "Hint Of" line, its first foray into the growing lower-sugar segment of the national yogurt market. The nation's No. 1 Greek yogurt maker launched the line, made solely at its South Edmeston plant in Chenango County, in December as a test, with limited distribution in…