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Russian sugar production down, efficiency up

Russian white sugar production from imported raw beet is reported to be down by 23 per cent for the start of the year, as the sector struggles against diminished supplies...

Accession to spark food costs rise in Poland

Accession is due to impact inflation in Poland, with rising food industry costs being passed on to consumers and pushing the overall inflationary rate up to an estimated 3.1 per...

International scientists gather to discuss acrylamide

In the same week that the US food watchdog releases new findings on the presence of acrylamide, the probable human carcinogen, in processed food products, the American Chemical society will...

Lycopene factory from corn 'leftovers'

Boosting 'added-value' opportunities for companies working with corn, new research from government scientists on a fungus could hold the key to using corn fibre as a factory for the production...

'East meets West' to drive Chinese retail growth

China has recently relaxed the rules obliging foreign retail groups to take a local partner, a move expected to lead to rapid growth in the number of international retailers doing...

UK consumer opts out of cooking as convenience grows

Ready-to-go food products continue to meet the needs of the UK consumer, say market analysts Mintel, reflecting current growth trends in the food industry and confirming the future direction for...

EU quality card played at SIAL China

As one door closes another one opens with the Food Ingredients Asia show that ended in Shanghai last week now replaced by the finished foods exhibition SIAL China. At the...

Ancient sweetener boasts antioxidant compounds

A small US study on honey, a food consumed by mankind for thousands of years, suggests daily consumption of this sweet ingredient could be a good source of protective antioxidant...

Eastern European packaging tops UK agendas

The Central and Eastern European packaging and processing sector comes a very definite top with respect to market potential, according to recent market research carried out for the Total Processing...

Nestlé Hungary: strong results impacted by exchange rates

Nestle's Hungarian division has announced a disappointing set of financial results for 2003. Despite the fact that sales grew significantly, the division was hit by the continuing strength of the...

Soy crops in South America disappoint

Confirming reports earlier this month, the American Soybean Association said this week that unfavourable weather conditions for the first three months of the year have knocked soy crops in South...

Food safety agencies pivotal role in risk perception

Despite the development of a very important corpus of EU and national legislation to protect EU citizens against currently identified risks, several studies show that contradictory opinions about perceived risks...

Savings for Aarhus as firm sheds jobs

Danish fats and oils firm Aarhus United will shed a spinkling of jobs in an effort to curb costs in the face of intensified competition and lower than expected sales.

Vitamin E has protective role in bladder cancer

A diet rich in vitamin E appears to protect against both prostate cancer and bladder cancer, according to new research that lifts hopes for the vitamin after disappointing recent studies,...

Walnuts good for the heart

New research on walnuts - a key ingredient in a host of cakes and bakery goods - will help manufacturers in the mature bakery market gain a slice of the...

How does green tea work?

Japanese scientists may have explained why green tea stops the progression of cancer. They report that the active component epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) binds to a receptor thought to be behind...

Threshold of allergen food ingredients needs more research

As food manufacturers and ingredients suppliers work towards tough new rules on the labelling of food allergens, Europe's risk assessment body concludes that current scientific evidence is 'insufficient to establish...

Europe builds on vegetable proteins

Helping Europe reduce the massive 70 per cent of vegetable proteins it imports for consumption, a new EU-funded project will focus on how we can obtain quality proteins from grain...

UK bakery ingredients firm to make a mark

Driving into value-added bakery ingredients is a key area for growth in the mature bakery market. Recently baptised Bakemark UK, a new merger between Arkady Craigmillar, Readi-Bake and Caravan Brill,...

Low-cal sweetener has low GI, new study

Hopping on board the fast-moving low carb train, Arla Food Ingredients, the supplier of tooth-friendly sweetener tagatose, says a new study from Australian scientists confirms the product's low glycaemic response.

Big stores pay off for Metro

German retail giant Metro shrugged off currency effects and tough economic conditions in its home market last year to post a 4 per cent increase in sales - driven mainly...

Coke admits defeat in Dasani rollout

Convincing US consumers to buy bottled, purified tap water at a premium price may be relatively easy for a company as adept at marketing as Coca-Cola, but doing the same...

Sugar industry, an easy target?

'It is incorrect to focus on any specific food or ingredient in attempting to address obesity,' cautions the US food industry, in the face of mounting criticism that sugar intake...

Acrylamide detected in prune juice and olives

Concerns over the presence of acrylamide in processed foods have flared up again after the US food watchdog detects levels of this carcinogenic chemical in a new batch of foods....

Sainsbury's offloads US arm as domestic troubles continue

Struggling British food retailer Sainsbury's has given itself a £225 million shot in the arm with the sale of its US unit Shaw's to the Albertsons chain. Despite good performances...

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