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Natraceutical moves to patent cocoa fibre process

Spain's Natraceutical Group has developed a new alkalization process to make its soluble cocoa fiber suitable for use in functional milk products, an area it has identified as offering strong...

Parmalat posts profit as strategy takes shape

Parmalat's profit before interest and tax rose 18.4 per cent in the first two months of 2006 to € 45 million, with predictions that net debt would remain stable over the year.

Food industry compliant, suggests GM soy study

The results of a study showing that soy products in the UK are correctly labelled with respect to GM contamination have been welcomed by the biotech industry.

Report identifies key drivers in ready meals growth

Food makers must tap into two key consumer trends if they are to profit from the continuing popularity of ready meals, according to a new report.

Super fruits set to dominate flavour market

So-called super fruits could prove to be the success story of 2006, according to Innova Market Insights.

EC clears Cargill Degussa acquisition

The EC has cleared Cargill's acquisition of Degussa's food ingredients business after ruling that the move would not stifle competition within the lecithin market.

Tate & Lyle shares slide despite encouraging update

Tate & Lyle's latest trading update is encouraging, but it underlines how challenging life is in the shadow of the EU's new sugar regime.

DSM pulls out of aspartame market

DSM has today announced its withdrawal from the aspartame business, citing price erosion and unprofitability as key factors.

Norwegian scientists develop omega-3 'candy'

Norwegian researchers are developing a new chewable capsule for omega-3, primarily aimed at small children who have trouble swallowing normal capsules.

BASF launches non-GM maize solution for Africa

BASF has developed a non-GM solution to help African maize farmers eradicate a disease that is costing them an estimated € 1.2 billion a year.

Chr Hansen wins curcumin colour patent

Chr Hansen has been awarded a patent for a new process that it claims improves total yield of curcumin from turmeric by 30 to 40 per cent.

Too little salt could be bad for you, claims report

A new study into the effects of salt intake suggests that people who reported eating less salt than is recommended by UK and US government guidelines were 37 per cent...

Food ads to kids to be restricted

Proposed guidelines to restrict food advertising directed at children will herald a new era of tighter regulatory control in the UK, according to food law experts at Eversheds.

Cosun predicts tough times despite solid results

Royal Cosun has put a slight increase in profit down to the contribution from Nedalco, but anticipates challenging times ahead.

Beta-glucan fruit drink lowers bad cholesterol levels

Soluble fibre beta-glucan could lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and seems more efficient when put in beverages, claims new research.

New alliance promises tastier tomato flavours

A German-Israeli research team has identified DNA fragments in wild tomatoes that could enable the development of better-tasting fruit.

High sugar price may boost shift to premium products in China

Food and beverage firms making premium products will cope best with the current surge in price of both Chinese and imported sugar, with higher margins to cover the rise in...

Numico sharpens focus by outsourcing milk powder plant

Royal Numico plans to partially outsource its base milk powder production in order to focus its production platform on higher value-added ingredients.

Chr Hansen taps growing demand for oleoresin

Chr Hansen is nearing completion on a new ingredient factory in India to meet increasing global demand for natural spice extracts, or oleoresins.

Cereal makers back vital new EU food legislation

The European Breakfast Cereal Association (CEEREAL) has hailed two important pieces of European food legislation as "broadly positive' for the future of the industry.

Weekly Comment

Salt debate leaves bitter taste

The current debate about the levels at which the UK's food regulator has set its salt reduction targets misses the point about how healthier eating habits can be achieved.

Fish group slams omega 3 study

A report claiming that oily fish has no effect on mortality, heart disease or cancer has been described as highly misleading by fish industry groups.

Codex launches food additive info service

Codex has launched a searchable web-based version of its standard General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) to inform food firms about the latest developments.

Campbells' puts UK and Irish businesses up for sale

As part of efforts to consolidate its production and business portfolio in Europe, US food giant Campbells' says it is considering the sale of certain of its UK and Irish...

ONC names microencapsulation solution Powder-loc

Ocean Nutrition Canada (ONC) has revealed the double-shell technology underlying its Powder-loc microencapsulation for omega-3.

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