Beijing / CN. (hmp) Steamed buns, a traditional Chinese dietary mainstay, will as of 2008 be served according to detailed criterions, the «Huashang Morning Post» reported.
Winston-Salem / NC. (kkd) Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it has agreed to sell its mix manufacturing and distribution facility in Effingham (Illinois), to Harlan Bakeries Inc. for 11,8 million USD.
St. Louis / MO. (pb) Quick-casual restaurant chain Panera Bread Company has reported its systemwide comparable bakery-cafe sales increased 1,2 percent for the Q4/2007 ended December 25.
Geneva / CH. (iso) The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has launched a new CD that contains the ISO 22000 series of standards developed to help operators in the food chain to implement food safety management systems.
Berlin / DE. (bfr) The natural flavouring, coumarin, can cause liver damage in highly sensitive individuals. However, the effect can be reversed once coumarin intake is halted. This plant ingredient is found in woodruff and sweet clover and there are higher levels in cassia cinnamon, too. Consumers mainly ingest coumarin from food containing high levels of cassia cinnamon. Furthermore, synthetically produced coumarin is added as a fragrance to cosmetics and can reach the body through the skin.
London / UK. (rgf) Baking ingredients supplier Real Good Food PLC said it would continue to trade profitably despite high raw material costs and the possibility of reduced consumer spending.
Sydney / AU. (fs) While the performance benefits of enzymes are increasingly being acknowledged by food product manufacturers, enzyme suppliers still have to contend with price pressure and intense competition while at the same time delivering quality customised solutions and service, Frost + Sullivan says.
Omaha / NE. (caf) ConAgra Foods Inc., one of North America´s leading packaged food companies, reported results for the fiscal 2008 second quarter ended November 25, 2007.
Minneapolis / MN. (gm) General Mills Inc. reported results for the second quarter of fiscal 2008. Net sales for the 13 weeks rose seven percent to 3,7 billion USD. Segment operating profits essentially matched last year´s second quarter at 716 million USD.
Amsterdam / NL. (csm) Dutch food group CSM NV has reached agreement on the sale of QA Products (USA) to Kerry Group, an international manufacturer of food ingredients and flavors. The transaction was completed on December 18, 2007.