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Isoglucose may take a third of EU sugar market

Isoglucose may take up to 30% of the current European sugar market after quotas are removed in 2017, according to a new report.

Higher meat and dairy prices offset lower cereal prices in 2013: FAO

Global food prices are high but have fallen slightly since last year, with higher meat and dairy prices offsetting declines in cereals, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s food...

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Bye-bye black box: Could ‘radical transparency’ transform the food industry?

Lack of transparency in blended ingredients is harming trust in the food industry – but there is another way, says president and CEO of Premium Blendhub, Henrik Stamm Kristensen.

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Looking back on 2013: How did we do with last year’s predictions?

Before we take out our crystal balls in January and look ahead to 2014, let’s take a moment to ask, how accurate was our forecast for the past year? FoodNavigator...

Guar gum prices likely to plummet on ‘huge’ crop

Hydrocolloids expert Dennis Seisun has just returned from his third annual visit to Jodhpur in India to check on the guar crop there, and reports “in a nutshell, a huge crop...

Tight raw material supply driving up hydrocolloids prices

Tight supply of raw materials is affecting many hydrocolloids and prices are likely to rise as a result, according to hydrocolloids expert Dennis Seisun.

FiE video: Almond Board of California talks global supply and demand

The Almond Board of California talks pollination, global supply and Chinese demand at this year’s FiE event in Frankfurt.

Beneo chief: ‘It is the duty of the food industry to offer healthy solutions'

With the World Health Organization just last week calling on the food industry to do more to improve global nutrition levels, the new(ish) chief of European ingredients giant Beneo says...

Sugar prices drive FAO food price index rise

Sugar price increases have led to the first rise in the global food price index since April, but food commodity markets are becoming less volatile, according to the Food and...

DSM profits rise 27% but nutrition space ‘sluggish’ as omega-3 bites

DSM has delivered a Q3 increase in EBITDA earnings of 27% across all its divisions despite “headwinds” like the ongoing economic flatline in Europe and elsewhere, challenging currency movements and rising ingredient...

Taxing sugary drinks could reduce UK obesity, claim researchers

A 20% tax on sugary soft drinks could reduce the prevalence of obesity in the UK by 1.3%, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

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25% of Brits eat less meat than last year: Survey

A quarter of British people say they eat less meat than a year ago and values surrounding meat-eating habits are changing too, according to a survey.

Yantai Andre Pectin increases pectin prices on raw material shortage

Yantai Andre Pectin has increased its pectin prices by 10-20% across all markets, after citrus peel and apple pomace supply has dwindled.

Nestlé nine-month sales growth below full-year target

Nestlé organic sales growth slowed to 4.4% in the first nine months of the year, compared to 6.1% in the same period last year, hit by weaker demand from emerging...

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European regulators authorise modified gum arabic as food additive

US hydrocolloids firm TIC Gums has received European approval for its modified gum arabic emulsifier, to create higher oil products.

Using maths to make the most of bees for improved food production

Global food production and bees are closely interrelated – but optimising how honeybees pollinate food crops could help improve yields, despite declining populations.

Chocolate bar prices climb 25% in past year as cocoa deficit deepens: Mintec

Soaring cocoa butter prices have upped the cost of chocolate bar manufacture in Europe by 25% in the past 12 months, according to commodity analysts Mintec, which claims the cocoa...

Indonesian palm oil: Rising stocks, dropping prices

Record palm oil stocks from Indonesia, the world’s biggest producer, could mean a price drop for the food ingredient.

Bitter sweet: Rising dark chocolate consumption drives up price

Rising dark chocolate consumption is driving up prices, according to data from Euromonitor International, with China, Switzerland and the US having the highest retail value.

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Plant egg entrepreneur: ‘We’re not in business just to sell products to vegans in Northern California’

Egg replacers have been around for years, acknowledges the entrepreneur who has persuaded everyone from Bill Gates to the co-founder of PayPal to part with some serious cash to fund...

Vegetable oil prices rest on EU biofuel vote

Wednesday’s vote by the European parliament on proposed limits for biofuels has the power to determine future prices of food stuffs like vegetable oil, according to a report by the...

Enough cocoa for chocolate makers this year but price hike looms: ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has slightly reduced its cocoa deficit forecast for the current crop year and says there are ample stocks for chocolate manufacturers, but a deficit next...

Will European sugar users switch to isoglucose when quotas end?

The success of isoglucose in the EU largely depends on whether food and drink companies decide to make the switch from sugar, says managing director of the European Starch Industry...

Emerging markets boost Unilever’s profits

Unilever has said that new products and emerging markets have helped lift its second quarter sales, although it warned of continuing economic challenges.

Tate & Lyle meeting profit targets despite 4% US soft drink slide

Tate & Lyle CEO Javed Ahmed says earning and profit forecasts are intact – “mid single digit growth” – despite an unseasonably cold spring that has contributed to an annual drop of...

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