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New snack flavours capture Russian consumers

Young Russian snacks maker Sibirsky Bereg appears to have captured consumers' imagination with an array of experimental flavours and products, overtaking PepsiCo's Lay's brand in market share and growing by...

Novozymes: food enzymes rise above industry pace for Q1

Food enzymes contribute a quarter of sales revenue to the overall enzyme business in the first quarter, says Danish firm Novozymes, marking a one per cent rise in contribution on...

Tough sugar reform inevitable as EU loses appeal at WTO

Moves to reform the European sugar regime will accelerate after the EU loses its appeal against a World Trade Organisation decision that its handouts to sugar farmers are illegal, reports...

Bunge's profit shoots up on soybean yields

Bunge said last week that its first-quarter profit shot up 40 percent on the back of increased soybean yields, provoking the company to raise its outlook for the year, writes...

CSM spears bakery ingredients

Dutch bakery ingredients firm CSM continues to focus on core business, clearing the sale of its sugar confectionery unit Malaco Leaf to investment companies Nordic Capital and CVC Capital Partners.

OFT could clear Asda's Somerfield swoop

A bid by Asda for retail rival Somerfield would mark an important new strategy for Britain's number two supermarket, with competition authorities by no means certain to stand in the...

Month shelf-life for fruit with vitamin - mineral coating

A mineral and vitamin mixture that cuts the browning and extends the shelf-life of sliced apples could encourage consumers to eat more fruit, say researchers, Lindsey Partos reports.

Meat classification needs overhaul, study suggests

A Spanish scientist has discovered two variables that should be included in meat classification in order to produce a more exact economic evaluation in line with consumer demand, writes Anthony...

Acrylamide, the way forward

European scientists agree that efforts to reduce the potential carcinogen acrylamide from the European food chain must continue, and that science must focus on long-term studies to build a stronger...

EU ministers reject GM ingredient, again

European ministers once again throw out a Commission proposal to allow a GM ingredient to flow into the food chain, writes Lindsey Partos.

DSM earnings improve in Q1

Sales and operating profit improve "considerably" in the first quarter for the food unit of Dutch chemicals and life sciences group DSM, the firm reports.

Moderate alcohol feeds brain, and alcoholism?

Moderate drinking can boost the formation of brain cells, but could also lead to alcoholism, speculate Swedish scientists, reports Lindsey Partos.

Tate & Lyle questioned over Alabama factory plans

Tate & Lyle was yesterday taken to task by environmental groups and local residents over its plans to extend its Splenda factory in McIntosh, Alabama, reports Philippa Nuttall.

Chr Hansen: low US earnings knock H1 profit for ingredients

Low growth and higher production costs in the US knock first half profit for Chr Hansen's ingredients business, that posted a 9 per cent fall in profit for the first...

Danisco spins off Genencor's drug discovery arm

Danisco will spin off the loss-making healthcare activities of new enzyme acquisition Genencor, the Danish ingredients firm has announced.

Constellation to spark Allied Domecq bid war

The battle for Allied Domecq looks set to begin with news that Constellation Brands, the world's biggest wine company, is considering launching a rival bid to the £7.4 billion offer...

Australia supports food scientists in functional food race

Spearing the booming global €30 billion market for functional foods, Australian food scientists will receive funding from their government to develop and apply new technologies to protect the health-promoting activity...

Health messages on food labels confusing, finds new report

The majority of British consumers are 'confused' by health messages on food products: meanwhile chocolate and snacks are the last products to be ditched in a diet regime, finds a...

Cargill ramps up European palm oil supplies

Supplies of vegetable oils to European food makers will increase as US ingredients behemoth Cargill expands palm and coconut oil operations in Europe, reports Lindsey Partos.

Chinese farm group to buy Aarhus?

A Chinese farm and chemical group is in the process of buying Danish speciality fats business Aarhus United, and the deal could close by the end of the month, according...

Brussels clears lab detection test for Bt 10

Brussels clears new lab technology that can detect illegal GM sweetcorn Bt 10 following the discovery of this unapproved maize in Europe's food chain, writes Lindsey Partos.

Dairy price hike keeps Nestlé sales on track

Nestlé, the world's biggest food and drink manufacturer, has announced a modest increase in Q1 profits after successfully offsetting rising raw material costs with price increases across the UK and...

Industry explains GDAs on food labels

Efforts by food manufacturers to create 'user-friendly' food labels that present clear nutrition profiles for the increasingly health conscious consumer are the focus of a new initiative from the UK's...

Key to boosting rice crops in fungal genome?

A genomic milestone, researchers sequence the genome of the most destructive enemy of the world's staple food crop rice, a fungus called Magnaporthe grisea that causes rice blast disease.

When we eat, a risk factor in obesity?

Greater understanding of an internal clock that controls how much we eat, could contribute to the fight against obesity, say scientists, pinpointing "something deep within the brain."

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