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Dispatches from ProSweets 2012

Everyone's talking about stevia at ProSweets - director

The sweetener stevia is the hot topic of this year’s show following its approval as a novel food in the EU, according to the show organiser.

MEPs vote against amended nutrition claims, food sector rallies

MEPs have rejected the revised nutrition claims list recently adopted by the European Commission, a move which could be detrimental for reformulation efforts in the food sector says a trade...

Europe must move to stamp-out cocoa child labour, MEPs tell Commission

A committee of MEPs is calling on the European Commission (EC) to consider legislating against use of child labour in cocoa plantations that fuel the EU's demand for chocolate, while...

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EFSA celebrates 10 years of “transparency, scientific excellence, independence and responsiveness”

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says it will continue to change and adapt to the risk assessment landscape as it celebrates 10 years of existence defined by, “transparency, scientific...

Claims or pictures - what makes shoppers choose healthier options?

The role of on-pack health claims, images, information on how food is processed, health logos and nutritional labelling on the perceived healthiness of a food product has never been systematically...

Givaudan to work with MIT researchers on ‘flavour algorithms’

Flavour giant Givaudan is working with scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to come up with a ‘flavour algorithm’ that could one day replace human taste testers.

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Belgian food industry mimics Dutch 2015 palm oil pledge

All palm oil designated for the Belgian market will be produced based on the sustainability criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by 2015, claims a new pledge...

Premier Foods explores marketing beyond shoestring, Mr Kipling ‘category blur’

Premier Foods CEO Michael Clarke says he is pursuing a strategy of 'category blur' to revive the company’s disappointing trading performance, as he announces new marketing ammunition for the bakery...

Naturex founder: “After Asia, acquisitions will be European and North American”

Rampant acquisitionist Naturex will make 3-4 European and North American acquisitions in 2012, once it completes a deal with an unnamed Asian supplier by the end of March, CEO, president...

GMO honey ruling can be challenged, claims legal expert

Honey producers and importers in the EU and elsewhere face legal and economic uncertainty arising out last autumn’s European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) ruling, claims a legal expert calling for...

Pre-development research is key to success, say experts

Improving R&D to utilise the wealth of information known on flavours and target markets before developing or launching a new product can help industry better understand their chances of success,...

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Dutch coalition to drive sustainable growth in business

Major food players DSM and Unilever, dairy manufacturer FrieslandCampina and beverage giant Heineken form part of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC) set up to drive and promote sustainable growth...

Food fraud – a greater public health risk than traditional safety threats?

Criminality, the global supply chain and the unpredictable nature of food adulteration for financial gain mean it can pose a greater public health risk than traditional safety threats such as...

Food firms back government export plan

Food manufacturers have backed the government’s new plan to boost UK food and drink exports to emerging markets such as India and China, which aims to help towards the drive...

Burden of ‘fat taxes’ questioned

Importers of food and drink to European countries that impose a ‘sin’ or ‘fat’ tax should pay close attention to how it impacts the market, according to one expert specialising...

Animal fat and cholesterol may increase gestational diabetes risk: Study

A pre-pregnancy diet that is high in animal fat and cholesterol could almost double the risk of pregnancy related diabetes, says new research.

WHO debates industry’s role in child nutrition plan

The involvement of the private sector in child nutrition has proved contentious at a recent meeting of the World Health Organisation’s executive board (EB).

Naturex eyes Asian acquisitions as 2011 sales jump 12%

With 2011 sales jumping 12.3%, the world’s biggest botanical extracts specialist says it will acquire 4-5 companies in 2012, with negotiations advancing with an Asian target.

Researchers highlight opportunities for NPD in dietary guidelines and EU legislation

The food industry should look to new dietary guidelines and EU health legislation as an opportunity to develop a wide range of new and innovative products, say researchers.

Consumers seek Britvic fizz in flat financial times…

Fragile fiscal confidence amongst consumers in Great Britain (GB) and Ireland means they are turning away from Britvic’s stills to its lower-priced carbonates, according to an analyst who follows the...

Princes invests in new tomato processing business

Princes is to become part-owner of its first tomato processing plant in a move expected to bring closer links with growers and suppliers.

Zetar establishes French subsidiary

UK-based confectionery and snacks firm Zetar has established a French subsidiary to leverage its position in continental Europe.

DSM’s outsource service sees demand grow

DSM BioSolutions has seen increased demand for its outsourcing services from the food industry, with a growing number of larger companies realising the benefits.

New strategy will monitor potential conflicts of interest, says EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), in its newly released scientific strategy 2012-2016, said it has put in place a comprehensive system to record and evaluate the declared interests of...

Brookes Avana deal: little competition referral risk

Premier Foods’ £30M Brookes Avana deal with food group 2 Sisters is unlikely to result in complications with the competition authorities, according to city analysts.

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