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Temporary workers and corporate responsibility

As ever more food companies find themselves in the position of having employed migrants who were mistreated by illegal labour providers, it may be time for firms to start taking...

Barry Callebaut takes majority stake in Malaysian cocoa firm

Swiss chocolate company Barry Callebaut is to purchase a 60 per cent share of Malaysia's KL Kepong Cocoa Products in a move designed to increase its sourcing capacity in Asia.

Barentz and Sander confirm joint venture

Distributors Barentz Europe and Ernst Sander are officially launching their joint venture, called Barentz-Sander, this week, with an eye to bringing a bigger portfolio of ingredients to the tricky Swiss...

Granule size link to starch blend properties: study

A new study suggests that the relative size of starch granules used in a blend could determine overall gelation behaviour and whether or not the starch components add to each...

Neptune granted krill oil patent, opposition remains

A composition and matter patent granted to Canadian supplier Neptune Technologies & Bioresources for its omega-3 and antioxidants boosted krill-based ingredients last year has been validated by the European Patent...

Synergy unites operations across UK and Ireland

Synergy has adopted a new structure for its businesses in the UK and Ireland, with closer coordination of operations and development activities and the ultimate aim of providing a 'one...

EFSA nutrient profiling opinion gives no guidance, advisor

Companies need to keep a close eye on the next steps in the development of the European Commission's nutrient profiling system, says an advisor from EAS, since EFSA has failed...

Health continues to dominate bakery trends

The trend for healthy and functional foods will continue to dominate the bakery market this year, resulting in yet still more space for innovation in this area, a new report...

Industry cooperation needed for applying rice tests

The food industry is being asked to work with the European Commission to implement testing measures for rice imports from China to prevent unauthorised GM material entering the European food...

Study highlights Canadian pulse cultivar differences

A new study sheds light on the healthy and functional properties of pea, lentil and chickpea flours, using different cultivars grown in Canada under the same environmental conditions.

Danisco Sugar beats Q3 expectations

Danisco has reported a better-than-expected Q3 for its sugar division due, despite a challenging market and lower prices.

Cargill launches system for chewy-creamy ice cream

Cargill has developed a new functional system for the creation of frozen desserts and lollies with a chewy-creamy texture, a concept that could engender much innovation amongst manufacturers.

Study suggests calories cause addictive brain response

A new animal study indicates that food calories, not just sweetness, can trigger a positive response in the brain - a breakthrough that could have implications for anti-obesity strategies and...

Biofuels policy requires focus on sustainability, says CIAA

Proposed directives for promoting the use of biofuels fail to tackle concerns within the food industry on the possible impact on food and feed supply, according to the CIAA.

Mars: Sterol chocolate reduces cholesterol levels

An industry sponsored, peer reviewed study has found consuming chocolate containing plant sterols and cocoa flavanols can lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Meiji recalls GM sweetener in Japan

Japan's leading chocolate maker Meiji Seika has recalled a range of confectionery products, after it was discovered that they contained a novel sweetener made with an unapproved genetically modified enzyme.

Danisco reshuffles ingredients ahead of sugar split

Danisco is reorganising its ingredients business in a bid to target market trends like health and wellness more closely, and deal with issues that have been affecting parts of its...

Flush food industry ideal for acquisitions

Now is the time for food manufacturers to invest in acquisitions as the industry is awash with cash following many stable years, say UK analysts.

Tiny hairs could explain apple storage issues

Researchers from the UK have identified tiny hairs between the cells in Fuji apples - a trait they believe could have implications for storage of late-harvested fruit.

British food loses export crutch

Food From Britain (FFB) is to wind down its operations as of March 2009, following the withdrawal of funding from the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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Calm crucial for energy products

Energy drinks are a runaway success but extreme marketing and product formulation has the potential to cast a shadow over the multi-billion dollar global industry.

Grass pea could provide modified starch alternative: study

Starch from grass pea could be an alternative to chemically modified starch for the food industry, says a new study from Poland that assessed its rheological properties.

Nestle chief warns biofuels threaten food supplies

Nestle SA chief executive Peter Braback condemns proposals for increasing biofuel production as morally unacceptable, warning they will have devastating effects on food supplies.

Deal could make traffic lights mandatory, claims report

Supermarkets in the UK could be 'forced' to adopt the Food Standards Agency's traffic light labelling scheme, claims newspaper.

Dual testing no longer needed for US rice

Rice imported from the United States no longer needs to be tested for the presence of GM material both at the point of export and on arrival in the EU,...

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