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Stevia in snacks and baked goods - stealth, competition, and potential

While stevia is beginning to take off in a number of baked goods and snack categories in the US, Asian and South American markets, some other emerging ‘natural’ sweeteners look...

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Cambridge launches open access nutrition journal

The Nutrition Society and Cambridge University Press have added to their stable of nutrition titles with a just-launched open access journal.

Tate & Lyle reports ‘solid performance’

Ingredients firm Tate & Lyle reported a solid performance today in line with expectations for the first three months of 2012.

UK food safety authorities issue food grade chemical supply warning

UK food safety authorities have issued a warning to food processors over the use of food grade chemicals from a Northern Ireland-based distributor following the death of a woman in...

Biocatalysts enzyme taps into new and growing Halal/Kosher cheese market

Enzyme manufacturer, Biocatalysts, has broadened its microbial dairy enzyme range with a product designed as an alternative to porcine pancreatin, a pig pancreas derivative, for dairy flavour applications.

‘Price battle’ hits Fonterra consumer sales in Australia, NZ

A retail price war in Australia and New Zealand hit Fonterra’s consumer sales hard in the first half of 2012, while the firm said a strategy refresh will see it...

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Peace Cereal goes non-GMO certified

US manufacturer Peace Cereal has received certification from the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program.

Time for a dose of nutrient profiling pragmatism, say stakeholders

Frustration at the inability of European Union lawmakers to decide on nutrient profiling rules made unusual bedfellows of health NGOs and Big Food representatives, who have agreed the EU would...

Lactalis touted as buyer for Dairy Crest spreads business

As UK dairy player, Dairy Crest, indicates it is ready to flog off its jewel in the crown - St Hubert - a food industry analyst reckons Groupe Lactalis is...

Study flags up texture challenges for sweeteners in baked goods

The use of alternative low-calorie, high-intensity, sweeteners in bakery products has to face several important challenges in terms of texture before it can effectively replace sugars, say researchers.

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What is the growth potential for stevia in snacks?

Attracted by its natural, low calorie profile, food manufacturers across the industry are turning to stevia but it is the market for snacks and non-alcoholic drinks that is leading the...

AAK strengthens position as ‘market leader’ with expansion in Burkino Faso

AarhusKarlshamn will triple its work with women’s groups in Burkino Faso to cement its position as a ‘front runner’ in the market over the next two years.

New soft drinks formats tempted cash-strapped consumers in 2011: Britvic

Soft drink manufacturer Britvic highlighted new formats and innovation of new products in a “busy and challenging year for soft drinks manufacturers” in its industry report.

EU needs common policy on iodised salt to battle deficiencies: Study

A common European Union policy which requires the food industry to use iodised salt is needed to tackle the issue of deficiencies, say authors of a study that  found 44%...

Mustard seed waste may offer natural preservative promise

A new method to extract compounds from 'low value' mustard seed waste could provide industry with a new source for natural food preservatives, according to a team of Canadian researchers....

EFSA gets shot down over budget approval

MEPs, debating the European Food Safety Authority’s finances and management board, have voted to delay the approval of the agency’s 2010 budget citing excessive costs of board meetings and questions...

Dispatches from the 6th Nutrition & Lifestyle conference in Brussels

6-year EU obesity platform nears completion: But has it worked?

A 6-year project tackling obesity and other diet and physical activity-related health issues across the European Union has spawned 300 individual positive actions by government, commercial and other actors –...

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Dutch palm oil – 21% sustainable

Use of RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) has seen growth in the Netherland’s and it now represents 21% of all palm oil used in the country’s food industry, according to...

Danone injects more capital into ‘receptive’ Russia

Following its merger with local dairy player Unimilk in 2010, Danone will invest a further US$700m in Russia over the next five to seven years, aimed at driving capacity and...

IFF adds new culinary herb and mushroom flavor lines

International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) is developing a line of culinary herb flavors to respond to demand for fresh flavors, and a line of mushroom flavors to help manufacturers build...

Dispatches from the 6th Nutrition & Lifestyle conference in Brussels

Tough? Not tough enough, says UK watchdog on EU health claim rules

Industry has become accustomed to feeling annoyed and hamstrung by the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation, but UK consumer watchdog Which? told a conference today that the rules...

Sweden may bring in trans fat legislation, report

Sweden may follow countries such as Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Austria, and implement legislation to limit the use of trans fats in foods, according to local media.

Industry ready for 'frank and honest' dialogue with consumers on savoury ingredients

The European food industry is aiming to have an honest and frank dialogue with the consumer, with a new forum established last week by ingredients consultancy Giract.

DSM aims to reinforce enzyme innovation with US acquisition

A deal with US company Verenium sees Dutch ingredients giant DSM acquiring exclusive world-wide licenses to alpha-amylase and xylanase enzymes within the food and beverage markets.

Bird's Eye brands up for sale; private equity divestures look set to continue

Frozen food business - Iglo - is up for sale as the private equity group behind it - Permira - is getting out after five years of ownership; the asking price...

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