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DIC and Fermentalg ink deal on 'new generation' natural algae colours

French microalgae specialist Fermentalg is partnering with Japanese chemical giant DIC to develop natural food colours, particularly blue phycocyanin derived from Spirulina.

‘No deal’ Brexit could hike food prices by a third: BRC

The British Retail Consortium (BRC), an industry body representing UK retailers, has warned that British shoppers could pay as much as one-third more for “everyday food items” in the event...

Partnerships with start-ups ‘a strategic imperative’: Unilever

Unilever has made fostering relationships with start-up companies “a strategic imperative” as it works to leverage collaborations in order to meet evolving consumer needs.

PureCircle targets tailored stevia solutions

Stevia manufacturer PureCircle is launching the Sigma X-celerator, a new tool that aims to deliver customised ingredient combinations to its food and beverage customers.

Cloetta issues profit warning after factory fire

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta warns its third quarter profits will be hit by a fire at a production lines at its Turnhout, Belgium, factory in June.

Confiture ReBelle on a mission to tackle food waste

Start-up French jam maker Confiture ReBelle is a mission-based company that aims to reduce food waste in the country by shortening the supply chain and empowering citizens. ReBelle's Louise Le...

Food sector criticises 'political' dual-quality debate as EC signals intervention

Food makers have insisted that the industry views “all consumers [as] equally important” as the European Commission signalled its intention to improve product competitive testing proceedures in response to concerns over so-called “dual quality” foods. ...

Bühler acquires Haas to add biscuit capabilities

The Bühler Group has acquired Austrian-based confectionery, biscuits and wafer equipment supplier Haas for an undisclosed sum.

Love Taste Co. on ‘explosion’ in demand for veggie smoothies

Love Taste Co. started as a smoothie stall in London’s Borough Market. Today, it generates retail sales approaching £40m a year. Founder Richard Canterbury talks growth, flavour trends and the...

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Omega Ingredients creates Signature flavour range

British flavour specialist Omega Ingredients has developed a premium range of natural flavours called Signature, which includes Indian mango and garden pea.

Aggressive Ter Beke 'pushing back boundaries' with KK deal

Belgian food maker Ter Beke is growing its European ready meals unit and expanding in the UK via an investment in KK Fine Foods.

Is Unilever using bad science to market Marmite?

Unilever has launched its “biggest ever campaign” for the yeast extract spread Marmite, but new research published at the launch has been mocked on Twitter as “egregiously wrong”....

Coca-Cola: ‘Most growth dollars in beverages are still going to come from sparkling.’

Despite declining soda consumption and sugar sweetened beverage taxes going into effect across the US, Coca-Cola saw its soda revenue rise 4% in 2016 thanks to smaller packaging.

Godiva enters mainstream supermarkets in bid to become $2bn brand

Premium chocolate brand Godiva has partnered with supermarkets in the UK, North America and other major markets to enter mainstream retail.

Commission urges UK to recognise geographical indications post-Brexit

The European Commission has called on the UK to guarantee the protected status of food products that have been registered with the EU’s geographical indications (GIs) after Brexit.

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From nanoemulsions to octopuses: Palsgaard pushes the boundaries of applied research

Emulsifier research into natural nanoparticles, algae and…octopuses? It may sound strange but this is exactly the kind of ‘outside-the-box’ research that’s possible at Danish firm Palsgaard thanks to the fact its...

Food and drink brands aim to win big in e-commerce

General Mills, Kellogg, Unilever and Coca Cola Co. outline their plans to win in e-commerce, a channel tipped for growth in Europe where brands over-index.

Fair Insects offers insect medley to the (meal) table in Protix acquisition

Insect company Protix is to add mealworm, cricket and locusts to its burgeoning portfolio with the acquisition of Fair Insects in a deal that follows a €45m round of funding...

For a better batter: Kröner-Stärke launches native starches for fried foods

Kröner-Stärke has launched a range of native wheat-based starches, including organic and gluten-free, for clean label battered and breaded products.

Nestlé launches Shreddies marketing campaign that reflects modern life

Nestlé’s latest brand campaign, created by McCann London, moves away from knitting grandmothers after seven years to embrace a new ‘Shreddie or Not’ attitude.

Swiss food industry add Danone and Kellogg to sugar-cutting pact

The Swiss Confederation and food industry representatives have welcomed Danone and Kellogg’s signatures to a declaration that commits firms to cutting sugar content in its yoghurt and cereal products.

Brexit leak leaves food sector ‘alarmed’ on immigration policy

A leaked document revealing the UK government’s proposal to tighten immigration rules as early as 2019 has left the food sector “alarmed” over ongoing fears of a worker shortage.

Wessanen’s Whole Earth sees protein snack going mainstream

Wessanen’s Whole Earth brand is extending its sports nutrition snack, Power Balls, beyond health channels and onto supermarket shelves as health-focused consumers become more “mainstream”.

Flying SpArk ignites start-up streak during IKEA bootcamp with fruit-fly protein

Insect protein firm Flying SpArk are among ten start-ups invited to join IKEA’s first accelerator program as the food tech company look to develop products containing its fruit fly-derived protein. ...

Urban honey firm Bybi finds sweet success with CSR partnerships

Urban honey producer and social enterprise Bybi works with multinationals, such as Carlsberg, who ‘rent’ its hives in a CSR partnership that benefits both, Bybi founder Oliver Maxwell says.

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