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Südzucker confident in longterm sugar viability

Südzucker is confident that the revised EU sugar reform offers efficient producers long-term planning certainty, though it predicts a fall in next year's income.

Synergy vanilla deal guarantees steady supply

Synergy's authorisation to import whole organic vanilla pods directly from Madagascar should help guarantee supplies and achieve a degree of price stability.

Palsgaard improves emulsifier range

Palsgaard has developed a whipping emulsifier system designed to add freshness in a range of baked products.

More cranberry products anticipated

Ocean Spray is encouraged that the findings of a small study into the health properties of dried cranberries will lead to their use in a broader range of healthy food...

Soft drinks sales strong despite obesity concerns

Canadean predicts that carbonates, the leading global soft drinks category, will have grown by around 2 per cent in 2005 despite bad press and pessimistic reports.

Weekly Comment

Time to ditch the FFQ

Little wonder consumers are confused about which foods are good for them, and which bad, when scientists use methods with almost no chance of meaningful results.

India cautiously alters retail investment laws

The Indian government has relaxed outdated foreign direct investment (FDI) laws to grant limited entry to overseas companies, but has failed to please domestic policy makers or global supermarket chains.

EFSA to examine European dietary guidelines

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to provide food-based dietary guidelines intended for the European population as a whole, it emerged last week.

Natural enzymes improve product texture, say EU scientists

European Union scientists have developed new natural enzymes that claim to improve the texture of high-protein food products, reducing the need for certain product-enhancing ingredients.

Junk food marketers target kids with dirty tricks

Snack food advertisers should be banned from targeting children with underhand advertising campaigns that parents are oblivious to, says a new report.

EU proposes animal welfare labelling for food products

The European Commission proposes to create a special "animal welfare" label for meat and fish products.

Lycored revamps image to increase market presence

Nutritional ingredient firm LycoRed has embarked on a corporate image redesign in an effort to strengthen its market presence.

Tate & Lyle issues mixed trading update

Tate & Lyle claims that its latest trading update shows that it is on track to recover next year's higher energy costs, though its not all good news.

Maize imports free from illegal GMOs, says FSA

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) claims it has found no trace of unauthorised genetically modified material in samples of imported maize.

Company develops process to make vegetable dough

An Israel-based company has developed a method to make pastry dough mix that contains 50 per cent of vegetable ingredients.

Supersonic processing making waves in food and drink industry

Pursuit Dynamics, the UK-based creators of novel sonic wave food and drink processing technology, will announce at its AGM today plans to expand even faster this year after its breakthrough...

Kraft set for major reshuffle

Kraft Foods has announced plans for a major European reshuffle and a string of acquisitions, as US parent company Altria segregates the food producer from its ailing tobacco subsidiary.

EU firms can withstand sugar reform, says study

The slow nature of EU sugar regime reform should enable European producers to offset the worst effects, according to a new credit rating report.

UK's large retailers increase bill paying period

The UK's largest food retailers last year increased the time they take to pay their bills by seven days, putting more pressure on their suppliers.

Frutarom develops natural tasting citrus flavours

Frutarom has developed unique processing technology that it claims maintains the true natural flavour of citrus fruit.

Food allergies still ignored, says group

A pressure group in the UK is using food allergy and intolerance week to highlight what they see as a serious lack of understanding of the condition.

Brand erosion threatens famous labels

Private label popularity is challenging the reign of famous brands, leaving European manufacturers with a tricky dilemma: should they produce more private labels to recover profits or adapt their trademarked...

Global cereal initiative promises long term benefits

A new scientific programme promises to transform the development of the planet's three most important crops: rice, wheat and maize.

Price war "just the beginning" for ambitious Asda

Britain's second largest supermarket Asda has announced a £102 million investment to lower prices on key products so far this year, turning up the heat on rival chains.

Europe's soft drinks firms ban adverts to children

Soft drinks firms will voluntarily ban advertising to children across the European Union in an effort to curb public criticism amid the bloc's growing obesity problem.

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