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Symrise wins battle for Diana Group with €1.3bn bid

German flavours and aromas specialist Symrise has won the battle for French flavour and ingredients producer Diana, after agreeing a deal that values the firm at €1.3bn.

Promising growth forecast for Swiss biotech firm Evolva

Swiss-based biotech Evolva is on target to launch a raft of products over the next few years on the back of recent successes.

Back on track: Strong Q2 balances out natural colours loss for Chr. Hansen

Ingredients giant Chr. Hansen has an unchanged outlook for full year, after a strong second quarter eased the woes created by the firm losing its biggest colours customer in Q4 last year.

dispatches from ISA conference 2014

Simplicity, not science, rules sweetener coverage

The average consumer’s desire for simplicity and the average journalist’s desire for a good headline is driving public perception of sweeteners, according to participants of a debate in Brussels.

Raspberry ketones on sale without novel foods approval

Novel foods such as raspberry ketones continue to be widely available for sale throughout the UK in weight loss products and dietary supplements, despite not being approved by the regulatory authorities, as the Food Standard Agency (FSA) has just confirmed they should be.

EFSA report outlines recommendations for improved food additives model

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) plans to revise the tool used to estimate food additive intakes on the back of stakeholder feedback and updates of food consumption in its Comprehensive Database.

Kids' preferences for sweet and salty foods are linked: Monell study

Children who most prefer high levels of sweet tastes also most prefer high levels of salt taste, according to new research that suggests such a link may be behind high childhood consumption of sugar and salt.

Sweetener promise? Tequila plant compound backed for diabetic sweetener use and blood sugar benefits

A sweetener produced by isolating agavins from the tequila producing agave plant could offer blood sugar benefits to people with type 2 diabetes and offer weight loss hope to obese people, say researchers.

Curbing the sweet cravings: Clinical trial success for spinach extract leads to EFSA application

Swedish firm Greenleaf Medical AB is poised to lodge an article 13.5 health claims submission to EFSA for its weight management ingredient Appethyl, on the back of positive clinical trial results.

Roses are red, violets are blue, and so is chocolate, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut says chocolate makers can produce products in novel colors far easier with its new flower-shaped food colorant pellets compared to using high doses of powder and liquid dyes.

Acquisitions ahead for Symrise amid Diana bid rumours

Symrise has recorded new highs in 2013, growing sales by 6% and EBITDA by 10%, while reports claim that the flavour and fragrance firm has made a bid for the Diana Group.

2017 packaged food and foodservice salt targets issued

Updated salt targets for packaged foodstuffs are too soft on meat and cheese, a leading expert claims, as the Department of Health (DH) posts foodservice targets for the first time.

Strawberry compounds could boost foods’ sweetness without sugar

Naturally occurring flavour compounds in strawberries could be used to improve the flavour and sweetness of processed foods without using sweeteners, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

Study identifies ‘quick and simple’ test for salt levels in food

A ‘novel method’ for measuring salt content in food is said to be more robust and easy to use than current techniques, according to a new study.

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Select Alimenta acquires Emans Derivati Aromatici

Milan-based flavour company Select Alimenta srl has acquired Emans Derivati Aromatici srl, also located in Milan, for an undisclosed sum.

Carbon nanotube sensor detects food dyes

A sensor that detects some synthetic organic food dyes has been created by Iranian researchers.

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Frutarom acquires Florida citrus specialist CitraSource

Frutarom has acquired Florida-based citrus specialist CitraSource for about $7.5m, in an effort to increase its control over the sourcing of raw materials, the company has said.

Wild expands European facilities

Wild Flavors GmbH plans to expand two European facilities for natural flavours, colours, plant extracts and fruit-based sweeteners, the company has said.

Is the food industry falling out of love with ‘natural’ claims? Not according to the data, says Mintel

When PepsiCo replaced the word ‘Simply Natural’ with ‘Simply’ on some Frito-Lay lines recently, some commentators wondered if this signaled the beginning of the end of the industry’s love affair with all-natural claims. However, new data suggests otherwise.

Preview: Vinisud February 24-26

Flavoured wines big hit with younger drinkers

Demand for flavoured wines continues to grow, according to a report from Wine Intelligence that will be presented at tradeshow Vinisud next week.  

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