EU’s legislation to reduce the level of acrylamide in coffee and confectionery

UK - The European Union’s regulations are set to become into law, requiring food manufacturers to reduce the amount of acrylamide used in packaged foods including biscuits, cookies and coffee. The regulation reduces the amount of acrylamide permissible for various food products, ranging from 350 micrograms (μg) of acrylamide per kilogram for biscuits and cookies…

Pepsi releases J-Cola soft drink range for the Japanese market

JAPAN – Suntory, a Japanese brewing and distilling company group and Pepsi have announced that they will release a cola drink exclusively for the Japanese market called J-Cola. According to Foodbev, new flavours will be available as part of the new range, including a Regular cola drink, a zero calorie variant aptly named Zero and…

High refined sugar prices grow Dangote Sugar’s revenue by 20%

NIGERIA - Dangote Sugar, the Nigerian refined sugar manufacturer grew its revenue by 20.44% to US$568.28 million in its full year ended December 31, 2017 attributed to high prices of refined sugar. The company posted a profit before tax of US$149m, a 173% increase from US$54.52million recorded in the corresponding period of last year. According…

South Africa’s sugar tax starts operation, joins UK and Ireland

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s sugar tax billed as a new health-promotion levy has started operation, requiring consumers to pay 2.1 cents per gram of added sugar or other sweetening matter that exceeds four grams per 100ml. On the other hand, sugar-sweetened drinks of which the sugar content is not disclosed on the packaging would…

Hershey Company announces its holistic cocoa sustainability strategy

USA - The Hershey Company, an American company and one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world has announced Cocoa For Good, its holistic cocoa sustainability strategy. This comprehensive strategy addresses the most pressing issues facing cocoa-growing communities: poverty, poor nutrition, at-risk youth, and vulnerable ecosystems. According to the company, it seeks to bring…

Hershey India appoints new Managing Director

INDIA- Confectionery and chocolate manufacturer Hershey Indiahas appointed Herjit S. Bhalla as the company’s new managing director, the company said in a statement. Bhalla brings extensive experience in building consumer, food and retail brands having spent more than 16 years in various sales and marketing, management roles at Unileverin India, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. In…

PureCircle debuts new plant-based, Non-GMO stevia sweeteners

ASIA - PureCircle is expanding its portfolio of sweeteners made from stevia with new plant-based, non-GMO, GRAS approved range even as stevia application in the food and beverage sector continue to rise as high as 10% in 2017. The recent advances boost production to help meet demand for stevia, a sugar substitute containing many sweetener…

UK and Ireland to enforce sugar tax starting April

UK - The UK and Ireland governments’ separate proposed sugar tax policy on soda and fizzy drinks is set to be effected April, termed as the Soft Drinks Industry Levy in the UK. According to the two governments, a number of products that will be exempted from the tax include dairy drinks with at least…

Mondelēz International announces OREO brand will display Cocoa Life logo

USA - Mondelez International has announced that from the end of March, the OREO brand will be covered by its industry leading sustainable cocoa sourcing programme, Cocoa Life. OREO packs will display the Cocoa Life logo, which will be present across the full range by the end of this year. According to the company, this…

PHE Survey reveals too much sugar and too little fibre in diets

UK - Public Health England has revealed that most of UK consumers eat too much sugar while there is little fruit, vegetable and fibre in their diet based on data collected from 2014 to 2016. The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) indicated that sugar makes up 13.5% of four to 10-year-olds, and 14.1% of…