San Diego / CA. (prn) Senomyx Inc., a company using proprietary technologies to discover and develop novel flavour ingredients for the packaged food and beverage industry, announced the issuance by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of U.S. Patent No. 7.241.880, «T1R Taste Receptors and Genes Encoding Same».
Paris / FR. (wib) What will Danone do with all the money the french group would earn by selling its cake and cookie business to Kraft Foods Inc. – we asked us last week. This week we know:
Amsterdam / NL. (csm) CSM announces to further concentrate its production in the US. The production of the Lancaster (NY) based facility of subsidiary H.C. Brill Company will be transferred to other CSM Bakery Supplies North America facilities in a phased schedule in order to ensure uninterrupted supply and service to all customers.
Minneapolis / MN. (prn) The Schwan Food Company is a multibillion-dollar private company with approximately 22.000 employees worldwide. Based out of Marshall, Minnesota, the company sells fine frozen foods on its traditional delivery trucks, in grocery-store freezers, online and in the foodservice industry. Through the operations of its business units, Schwan products have a solid presence in roughly 50 countries.
Tel Aviv / IL. (jp) According to «Jerusalem Post», the Israeli Knesset Economic Affairs Committee ordered bakeries to temporarily begin producing price controlled bread and called upon the government to form a special committee to investigate and settle the matter of government controlled bread prices.
Austin / TX. (ssc) Sandwich chain Schlotzsky´s Ltd. – subsidiary of Atlanta based franchisor Focus Brands Inc. – wants to open ten locations in the Nashville area within the next five years. The Nashville expansion is part of a national growth strategy that calls for opening 50 restaurants per year, according to a release.
Harare / ZW. (wib) It´s reported that over 1.300 shop owners and business managers have been arrested in a bizarre attempt by Robert Mugabe´s regime to enforce price controls in the country. State media reports say most of those arrested have been fined, while 33 company executives picked up Friday appeared in court Monday.
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. (pf) Premier Foods PLC reported that it was selling off its frozen foods business as it revealed that comparative sales during the first six months of the year are expected to dip, hit by competition for bread and rising wheat prices. The company is understood to already in talks with parties about buying its frozen foods group, acquired with the 1,2 billion GBP purchase of RHM PLC in December 2006 («Hovis», «Mr. Kipling», «Bisto» …), which generates annual sales of 50 million GBP.
Copenhagen / DK. (das) Danisco A/S has signed an agreement for the acquisition of the shares in Innovative Ingredients in Cape Town, South Africa. Innovative Ingredients is a bakery enzymes formulator, currently providing services to the South African bakery industry at an advanced technological level.