Hershey to submit initial bid for Nestlé’s US candy business

USA – US chocolate giant producer, Hershey, is preparing to submit its initial bid to Nestlé’s US confectionery business, which makes sweets including Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, Sno-Caps and Laffy Taffy. Nestle had announced in June, that it would explore strategic options, including possible sale for its US chocolate and candy business. The business on the…

Cargill introduces functional native starches to address consumer demands

USA - Cargill has introduced a new brand portfolio of functional native starches that deliver simple ingredients label that consumers demand, along with greater process tolerance, shelf life and storage stability. Dubbed SimPure, the range offers food and beverage manufacturers tailor-made, functional native starches and with its product line available worldwide. The custom starch blend…

Ingredion launches low-sugar glucose syrup to cut on sugar

USA - Ingredion Incorporated, a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, has introduced a new line of low-sugar glucose syrups. Called Versasweet, the new glucose syrup has been introduced to help decrease the amount of sugar on labels, while at the same time manufacturers can also make product labels more appealing by…

Agency warns FDA, FSIS about drug residue in seafood imports

USA - U.S. seafood imports from as many as 140 countries reached 6 billion pounds by 2015, with 50 percent coming from foreign fish farms. “As imports of farmed seafood increase, so too do the concerns over the presence of drug residues,” says a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report prepared for Sen. Thad Cochran,…

China delays enforcement of new food import controls

CHINA – China has announced it has delayed enforcing the new controls on food imports following the complaints made by the United States, Europe and other trading partners. According to a document submitted to the World Trade Organization, Beijing had decided to grant a ‘transitional period of 2 years following comments by other governments, reported…

Kemin launches BetaVia, expands immune health products line

USA – Kemin Industries, the global nutritional provider and manufacturer, has launched new algae-sourced beta-glucan ingredients, which provide immune health benefits for functional foods and beverages. The launch of the BetaVia Complete and BetaVia Pure ingredients has seen Kemin expand into the global immune health market as the new products contain algae-sourced, GMO-free beta-glucan ingredients…