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Audit arrangements reviewed in UK

Thoughts on reviewing audit arrangements in approved meat plants have been called for by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Dark choc improves heart health, but it’s got nothing to do with flavanols

Dark chocolate may help restore flexibility to arteries and prevent white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels, but increasing flavanol content will not affect these effects...

Novozymes: ‘Remarkable’ enzyme breakthrough promises radical efficiency boost for HFCS production

Novozymes has developed a "completely new" enzyme it claims will prove a game-changer for the sweeteners industry by making the process of converting starch into products such as high fructose...

Rising allergen-free demand spurs free-from food launches

Demand for allergen-free foods is on the rise – a trend witnessed by ingredient supplier EHL Ingredients, which says sales of its allergen-free spices have climbed sharply in the past 12 months.

Is methane from palm oil waste the next industry climate concern?

While the debate about deforestation due to palm oil rumbles on, new research has suggested that the release of methane from palm oil processing wastewater may also be a significant...

Food companies’ landfill waste plummets in UK

Food manufacturers have made significant progress in reducing the amount of waste they send to landfill, according to the results of a survey from UK trade body, the Food and...

News in brief

Frutarom introduces tea-based extract to extend shelf life

Frutarom Savory Solutions has added a new plant extract to its Origanox range for extending the shelf life of fried foods, extruded snacks and baked goods.

DAIRYREPORTER.COM EXCLUSIVE

DSM 'clean taste' lactase enzyme granted European patent

DSM’s lactose-free dairy ingredient Maxilact has been granted a European patent - giving the company exclusive permission to market "clean taste" arylsulfatase-free lactase enzymes in the region until 2026....

Sud de France launches WineHub to tap lucrative export markets

 An online hub that connects wine sellers from the Languedoc Roussillon region of Southern France with national and international buyers was launched this week.

EDITOR'S COMMENT

History of Violence: Why Diageo should ditch cutthroat Captain Morgan

Diageo should ditch lucrative rum brand Captain Morgan altogether since the real life Captain left an orgy of bloodshed and violence across the Caribbean, Ben Bouckley argues.

Benefits of breast milk over infant formula ‘overstated’: Study

Breast milk may be no more beneficial than infant formula for 10 of 11 long-term health and wellbeing outcomes traditionally associated with breastfeeding, US researchers have claimed.

Sat fat linked to increased levels of dangerous abdominal fat

The fat composition of food not only influences cholesterol levels and the risk of cardiovascular disease but also governs where the fat will be stored in the body, say researchers.

Beyond bread: Gluten-free potential in beer and pizza

Gluten-free bakery still offers plenty of opportunity in Europe, but beer, pizza and prepared meals are the most untapped segment of the cereal-containing products, according to a Mintel analyst.

ASA rejects ad compliant: Organic dairy, 'naturally' different?

The UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has rejected complaints that an organic milk promotion was misleading in its implication that high-protein dairy cow diets were not natural.

How nutritious are gluten-free foods?

One of the main drivers of the gluten-free market is a desire for healthier diets and better nutrition – as opposed to medical need – but how healthy is the...

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Candyking withdraws in ‘unprofitable’ Central European markets

Scandinavian pick & mix firm Candyking has decided to close businesses in Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic to focus its efforts on Poland.

Carbon nanotube sensor detects food dyes

A sensor that detects some synthetic organic food dyes has been created by Iranian researchers.

GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY CONFERENCE 2014

Danone: How will we feed 9bn people?

A Danone France leader says providing a growing planet with a safe, sufficient food supply down the road is a challenge the industry must meet now.

Special Edition: Gluten-free

Riches in niches? The retail future of gluten-free

Should manufacturers look to move gluten-free products into the retail mainstream or does the segment’s future lie in its niche positioning?

Special edition: Gluten-free

Pulses for gluten-free: ‘We are what they need,’ says Best Cooking Pulses

From ready meals to breakfast bars, lots of pulse flour-based gluten-free products are coming on stream, says Margaret Hughes from Best Cooking Pulses, Inc., with the favorable nutritional profiles and...

‘Daring, tough, aggressive...’ Diageo’s Captain Morgan forced to walk plank

Diageo brand Captain Morgan is smarting after the UK ads regulator banned an advert featuring the notorious buccaneer for encouraging ‘daring, tough and aggressive’ behavior.

Special Edition: Gluten-free

Could oats be the next gluten-free star?

Oats, when the supply chain ensures no cross-contamination, are a gluten-free cereal grain. So why haven’t we seen a flurry of oat-based gluten-free options in the global bakery sector? Are...

Indian business and Saudi prince to control basmati distribution in ME

An Indian conglomerate and a Saudi prince have teamed up with plans to make Dubai a regional hub for basmati rice—the leading food imports from the subcontinent to the Middle...

Oxfam sustainability scorecard reveals ‘leaders and laggards’

Leading food and drink makers including Nestlé, Unilever and Coca-Cola have made good progress in the year since Oxfam released its first Behind the Brands sustainability scorecard – and only...

EU Commission delays Crown Holdings Mivisa takeover

The EU Commission has delayed the deadline for Crown Holdings acquisition of Mivisa, from February 28 to March 14, according to reports in the Official journal for the European Union.

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