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Lycopene's use levels as a food colour up for review - EC

Current authorised maximum use levels of lycopene as a food colour are up for review with its use in fortified foods a critical factor, claims the European Commission following the...

Kellogg calls for industry wide engagement on salt reduction

Pressure to ensure customer taste preferences are continually met for leading breakfast cereal brands is a hindrance to achieving minimal salt levels, and an sector wide push is required to...

Special edition: Salt reduction

Sea salt rises on wave of premium tasting

In the fourth part of our series on salt reduction, we look at the rise of sea salt-flavoured products, predominantly in the snack-food area.

Food sector can help pull economies from recession

The food industry’s relative immunity to the effects of recession, and the strong links throughout the supply chain, mean it can play a part in reinvigorating the whole economy, say...

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Nordenia sell-off rumours

Owners of flexible packaging company Nordenia International are trying to sell the company for around €600m ($844m), according to media reports.

Danone's nutrient enriched yoghurt boosts satiety, study

Low-fat dairy yoghurt enriched with protein and guar gum fibre can significantly reduce short-term appetite, claims a new study.

Special edition: Salt reduction

Salt action varies across Europe

Salt reduction initiatives are underway in all the EU member states under the EU framework, but public awareness raising and reformulation are patchy.

Wild sells shares, plans global reach and IPO

Rudolf Wild GmbH has sold some shares to asset manager Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) in preparation for an eventual public listing, and plans to form a global flavour...

Acrylamide formation higher in dry fat-rich foods: Study

Dry food containing low amounts of carbohydrates are at risk of increased acrylamide levels, says a new study sponsored by the European Science Foundation.

Food nutrition labels fail to impress European consumers

Less than one-third of European consumers look for nutrition labels when shopping, according to a new study by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) published in the Journal of Public...

Purac raises lactic acid prices as raw materials rocket

Lactic acid supplier Purac has announced a price increase of between 0.10 to 0.15 Euros per kilo, as the company seeks to pass of some of the expense from rising...

Special edition: Salt reduction

Moderate salt cuts could save billions in healthcare costs

In the second part of our focus on salt reduction, we look at startling new data from the US that suggests a modest nationwide reduction in salt intake could save...

Special edition: Salt reduction

Science: Salt reduction benefits beyond the heart

In the first part of our series on salt reduction, FoodNavigator looks at the potential health benefits of salt reduction beyond heart health.

Study questions sucralose stability in bakery

Bakery formulators who use ingredients like glycerol or fats should exercise caution when using sucralose, suggests a new study from Canada.

Inulin could speed up baking time for breads, study

Adding inulin to white breads increases its nutrition quality but also accelerates the baking process and the crucial Maillard reaction, according to new research on the fibre.

EU steps up border controls to boost food safety

The European Union said measures to step up border controls on a range of imported foods of non-animal origin in a bid to boost food safety came into effect yesterday.

Allergen cross-contamination raises labeling concerns

Cross-contamination of allergens in food products may reach levels that are of public health relevance, says a new study from The Netherlands.

Industry working out details on new flavour regulation

The long lead time before regulatory changes become applicable means the flavour industry is prepared to support customers, says the president of the European Flavour Association (EFFA), though a few...

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Cheesed off – jingoism takes the spoils in the Cadbury battle

Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated, quipped Mark Twain. Predictions of the demise of Cadbury following the approval of Kraft’s offer are premature and are flawed by knee-jerk...

IPO considered for Chr Hansen

The private equity owner of Chr Hansen, PAI Partners, is evaluating the possibility of publically listing the company, the Danish ingredients company has confirmed.

IFF scientists probe improved citral stability for beverages

A common flavour solvent may boost the stability of citral, one of the most important flavour compounds in citrus oil, and enhance formulations of beverage concentrates, says a new study.

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Sterol/stanol claim can be used with food supplements

General cholesterol reducing health claims can be utilised on all food products including food supplements even if the authorised specific cholesterol percentage reduction cannot.

Common thickener may mask polyphenol bitterness

Formulating foods with the common hydrocolloid carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) may mask the bitter flavour of health-boosting polyphenols, says new research.

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Flood moves to Wisdom Natural Brands

Stevia personality Angus Flood has been appointed EVP of strategic development at Wisdom Natural Brands, tasked with developing corporate strategy and building the company’s market share.

Competition clamp-down shows need for compliance culture, lawyers say

As the competition authorities are stepping up scrutiny of the food sector, all companies should ensure they have compliance structures in place and do not view national activities in isolation,...

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