Ridgeway / CO. (gff) Numerous innovations are rapidly changing the nutrient profile of bread and other grain foods. Prebiotics, Omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin D-fortified yeast, other grain flours, soy, fruits, additional fiber and resistant starch are just some of the items currently being added. At the same time, an increasing number of manufacturers in the United States are removing or reducing trans fats, sodium and sugars from grain based foods.
Bagsvaerd / DK. (nz) Novozymes A/S launches «Acrylaway» to reduce acrylamide which is formed when starchy foods are baked, fried or toasted at high temperatures.
Canton / MA. (dd) Dunkin´ Donuts announces that all its menu offerings in the United States will be zero grams trans fat by October 15. This includes the brand´s signature doughnuts.
Nuremberg / DE. (gfk) Late summer has seen a slightly gloomier consumer climate this year. While buying propensity remained generally stable, the economic outlook and income expectations were slightly down on their previous strong position.
Harare / ZW. (zd) Millions of families facing starvation in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe embarked on controversial populist political price wars have now turned to small grains such as millet, rapoko and sorghum meal for survival.
Irving / TX. (mf) From white tablecloth restaurants and fast food chains to thousands of America´s pantries, tortillas are not just the other white bread. Tortillas are the second most popular bread type, beating out whole wheat bread, bagels and rolls, and only giving way to classic white bread – a clear indicator that US taste profiles are changing.
Moscow / RU. (itt) Prices of bread, Russia’s staple food number one, have started going up and pushing up the rest of foodstuffs and consumer goods. In Russia’s western regions, bread has become 30 percent to 40 percent more expensive.
New York City / NY. (wib) Subway is the first large restaurant chain to list calories on its New York restaurant menu boards as required by a new law, announces a press release. In addition to Subway – 27.836 restaurants in 86 countries – the pretzel chain Auntie Anne´s Inc. is complying with the regulation and Johnny Rockets Group Inc. and Arby’s LLC have submitted sample menu boards to the city, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says.
London / UK. (wib) Pre-packed sandwiches may contain the same amount of salt as a Big Mac. A study, carried out by health lobby group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), suggests that many sandwiches bought at retail outlets contain more than a third of the day´s recommended salt intake.
Brussels / EU. (wib) The European Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation came with the beginning of July into force. That means, food companies will only be able to make claims about their nutritional or health benefits approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).