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Sufficient cocoa on the market although possible concerns over damaged stocks, ICCO

There is still sufficient cocoa available on the market, despite political turmoil in the Ivory Coast situation, the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) said yesterday, although there are concerns over cocoa...

DuPont extends Danisco offer deadline for a second time

DuPont has extended its $6.3bn takeover bid for Danish biotech firm Danisco for the second time, after holders of only six percent of Danisco’s shares have accepted the offer.

New flavour compound may block bitter tastes

A new compound that blocks bitter tastes, may help to make reduced sugar foods and drinks more palatable for consumers by jamming metallic type bitter tastes, say flavour scientists from...

Tate & Lyle meets FY expectations, sells Fort Dodge site to Cargill

Tate & Lyle looks set for full year results in line with expectations as its refocus on specialty ingredients pays off and it sells its mothballed facility in Fort Dodge,...

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New financial instruments for Russian and Ukrainian agriculture

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are promoting new financial instruments to help unlock agricultural potential in Russia and Ukraine at a...

Pizza research highlights challenges of salt reduction

Research carried out by World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) underlines the high and yet inconsistent salt levels in pizzas worldwide, even from the same brandowner.

Cosun finds a buyer for Unifine in Dawn Foods

Royal Cosun has struck a deal to sell Unifine to US bakery products and equipment supplier Dawn Foods, as it repositions to focus on processing of arable crops.

‘Non-conventional’ yeasts may offer new tastes: EU project

A culture of new opportunities from yeasts may soon be on offer for food the food industry, as a new EU project aims to explore the potential of ‘non-conventional’ yeast...

Unilever says Colman’s investment may cut jobs

Unilever says it is spending around £2.6m to upgrade production and expand production at its historic Colman’s mustard factory in Norwich, but admits that it could shed up to 20...

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Chr Hansen joins microbial genomics group

Chr Hansen has joined the industrial platform Kluyer Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation and will benefit from early access to research results on gene sequencing of enzyme and culture...

Whey protein structure discovery heralds next generation gluten-free breads

Researchers in The Netherlands claim to have pushed back boundaries on gluten-free bread formulation by using whey protein and locust bean gum structured into a ‘mesoscopic’ protein particle suspension.

Novel foods collapse ‘another nail in the coffin for innovation’, says economist

The collapse of talks on the novel foods amendment will have a detrimental effect on innovation and competitiveness in Europe, says the CIAA and an economist, while Commissioner Dalli is...

A fifth of Chinese dairy firms could close in latest crackdown

A requirement for Chinese dairy companies to renew production licenses could put a fifth of firms out of business.

FSA plays it safe with updated 2015 strategy

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) says its new strategic plan to 2015 reflects recent changes in nutrition responsibilities in the UK, with principal spending areas covering its core remit of...

Flavour forming interactions must be established: NIZO

Food formulators should not ignore interactions between food texture and structure with physical and sensory aspects for flavour perception, according to experts from NIZO Food Research.

Cloned animal row wrecks novel foods regulation

Last ditch efforts to salvage the novel foods regulation were derailed yesterday after the European Parliament and Council failed to reach agreement over the issue of cloned animals – with...

Acquisition boosts Cargill brand portfolio in India

Cargill has expanded its brand portfolio in India with the acquisition of the refined sunflower oil brand Sweekar from Mumbai-based consumer goods manufacturer Marico.

Ghana - Liberia venture unlikely to have major impact on cocoa industry, Euromonitor

The recent Ghana-Liberia agriculture pact is unlikely to have a major impact on the global cocoa industry; whereas Nigeria is a region to watch, according to Euromonitor.

'Mouthwatering’ sensation not linked to hunger or food images, says study

Feelings of hunger, or food associated images, do produce ‘mouthwatering’ sensations, or increase saliva flow, in the same way that the smell or taste of food does, according to new...

Raw material price hikes hit Swedish confectioner Cloetta

Ongoing high prices for raw materials including cocoa, milk powder, sugar and wheat and a decline in contract manufacturing sees Swedish confectionery group Cloetta reporting second-quarter sales loss and falling...

Study unravels effects of processing on food microstructure

The digestibility of foods like pasta – made up of starch in a protein matrix – may depend on the processing method, says new research that shows the importance of...

BASF cuts jobs in Cognis integration

BASF has announced plans to reduce its workforce by 450 by the end of 2012, as it progresses with its integration of Cognis and works towards its growth goal of...

New alliance aims to lead the way in organics

Eight organisations from as many European countries have formally announced the creation of the Leading Organic Alliance (LOA), a grouping which will co-operate closely to push at the boundaries and...

Academic attacks government sustainable food freeze

The co-author of an influential new report on UK food policy has hit out at the coalition government for its inertia on sustainable food policy since it came to power...

EU boosts food import controls after Japanese nuclear disaster

The European Union is to step up controls on food imports from Japan in the wake of the nuclear accident at Fukushima – but stressed there was no evidence that...

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