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ABF feels tough trading environment

Associated British Foods has become the latest manufacturer to show concern over rising energy prices and the competitive retail environment - but insists half-year profits will be in line with...

Tate & Lyle targets low calorie ice cream

Tate & Lyle's Rebalance 022 ingredient product is being used in a new range of lower fat, reduced-calorie ice cream.

Cocoa flavonols linked to low blood pressure

Regular eating of flavonol-rich chocolate can cut the risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) by half, reports a long-term study of elderly men.

EC acts against GM food contamination

The EC has published a guidebook to help farmers reduce the adventitious - unintended and unavoidable - presence of GM material in non-GM food.

Somerfield dismantles Kwik-Save chain

The UK's fifth supermarket has confirmed it will sell the main bulk of underperforming soft discount chain Kwik-Save to an entrepreneurial consortium, ending months of speculation.

EU food chemical study could tighten regulations

An EU-funded project into maternal exposure of certain chemicals found in foods could lead to more effective food regulations.

UK to miss obesity targets, warns new report

Halting the deadly rise in childhood obesity will not be achieved without stronger leadership from the top, warns a stark new report from three UK watchdogs.

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The bad research debate

The dust is settling on the WHI trial. First came the news that low-fat diets didn't reduce the risk of breast or colorectal cancer or cardiovascular disease, then came news...

New guidance fuels food labelling debate

A new guidance document for food manufacturers on the best way to present GDAs (Guideline Daily Amounts) on their products has reheated the ongoing debate on nutrition and health labelling.

Soft drinks industry pledges to tackle benzene in drinks

America's soft drinks association said it would have to look again at benzene in drinks, after new tests revealed to suggest it and food safety authorities failed to stamp...

Lack of good graduates crippling food industry

Declining numbers of graduates entering the food industry is seriously threatening the sectors ability to meet the needs for further growth, warns the IFST.

GM potato no threat to health, says EFSA

A genetically modified potato product with altered starch composition poses no threat to human health, according to an EFSA panel ruling.

Scientists uncover secrets of how taste functions

A new scientific breakthrough could help food makers achieve a much better understanding of taste and how it functions in nutrition.

Tate & Lyle commended for green policies

Tate & Lyle has demonstrated excellence in environmental practice by developing supply chain partnerships, according to Environwise.

Numico sales propped up by new market growth

Dutch infant food and nutrition company Royal Numico has achieved full-year double-digit growth for the first time, as strong sales in Eastern European and Asian markets deflect rising costs.

Dietary supplements and bird flu - the debate

As the bird flu grip on Europe increases by the day, scientists have begun to publicly debate the role of nutraceuticals as possible preventatives in the wake of news that...

EFSA hails GM summit despite conflicts of opinion

EFSA's acting director claims that this weeks meeting with environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) was a success, despite a huge gulf in opinion.

Sudan red colouring fine a warning to food industry

The successful prosecution of a UK food company over the presence of illegal Sudan food dye should serve as a warning to the whole industry.

Givaudan's new flavour head has work cut out

The announcement that Mauricio Graber will take over as head of Givaudan's flavours division comes after the firm reported modest flavour results for 2005.

EC warns of looming sugar oversupply

The European Commission argues that quotas will have to be cut for the 2006/07 marketing year to prevent a serious oversupply of sugar.

Industry targets creation of perfect sports drink

The addition of protein to a carbohydrate-containing beverage provides benefits superior to traditional carbohydrate based beverages, claims the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) on sports nutrition and performance.

More evidence that grape juice may 'reverse' brain aging

Drinking Concord grape juice appears to reverse the course of neuronal and behavioural aging in rats, an effect that is proposed to be due to the complex mix of polyphenols.

Romanian GM ban slammed by biotech industry

Europes biotech industry has criticised Romania's proposed ban on transgenic soybeans, claiming that the decision will negatively impact both the European food industry and consumers.

Heinz-HP deal in the can

Britain's Competition Commission (CC) has granted provisional clearance for Heinz' acquisition of HP's leading sauce and canned goods brands - and looks set to give full consent in April.

Kraft to target health, convenience and premium trends

US manufacturer Kraft Foods has announced a "fewer, bigger, better" policy, concentrating on crucial brands in key areas as the firm suffers from lagging performance.

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