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Cargill targets key European ingredient markets

Cargill plans to highlight its growing focus on texturising and sweetness functionality solutions at a series of major events across Europe this spring.

UK beef prices set to rise

As the EU's ban on UK beef exports comes to an end, continental demand for Britain's cheaper meat is expected to raise prices by up to a quarter.

Novozymes reports solid start to 2006

Novozymes reported an increase in operating profit for the first quarter of 2006, providing a good basis for further expansion.

Cultural factors implicated in obesity, says study

Health professionals need to use more than tape measures and scales to define and tackle obesity, according to a paper in the British-based Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Carrefour's overseas operations take new twist

Europe's largest retailer Carrefour has chosen a buyer for its South Korean operations, whilst in Slovakia fresh controversy surrounding a Tesco store-swap may jeopardise its expansion plans.

Which? lampoons junk food ad ban

British consumer watchdog Which? has branded the new junk food advertising ban a "sham", saying broadcasting regulator Ofcom wasted its opportunity to veto food industry commercials that target young children....

Casino beats sales forecast

French supermarket Casino has announced a 17 per cent rise in first-quarter sales, as domestic performance improves and international sales smash records.

Emulsifiers vital for chocolate coating, says Palsgaard

Palsgaard, which has launched a range of ingredients designed to ensure the stable production of low-fat and cost-effective ice cream coatings, explains why emulsifiers are so important.

Industry awaits regulator's review of aspartame

Food processors are waiting with bated breath for the release next week of an EU regulatory review either confirming or rejecting the results of a scientific study claiming that aspartame...

Natural soy association vows to fight 'legislative vacuum'

The president of the European Natural Soy Association (ENSA) explains why soy food is stuck in a legislative vacuum, and why this must change.

EU not blocking WTO talks, says dairy chief

It is unrealistic to expect the European Union to make more big concessions at the upcoming World Trade Organisation talks, argues the European Dairy Association against critics of Europe's stance.

Firmenich makes functional debut with omega-3 technology

Firmenich is unveiling the first innovation to come out of its newly formed nutrition and health unit - Duralife Omega 3, which uses microencapsulation technology to overcome stability issues of...

UK food sector welcomes new sustainability approach

The UK food and drink industry has welcomed the publication of Defra's Food Industry Sustainability Strategy (FISS), which sets out proposals on how the food industry can tackle some serious...

Cargill focuses on health following Degussa deal

Cargill is looking forward to exhibiting a range of new health-focused ingredients at next month's Vitafoods exhibition following its successful acquisition of Degussa Food Ingredients.

UK food sector welcomes new health approach

The UK food industry has welcomed a new government campaign designed to encourage healthy changes in lifestyle.

Chr Hansen develops natural meat curing ingredient

Chr Hansen has developed a natural cure for meats that can be used in place of added nitrite, helping food makers to develop clean-label meat products.

Danone strengthens interest in Algerian dairy sector

Groupe Danone's growing interest in the Algerian dairy market underlines the importance of the North African / Middle East region to European milk processors.

Scientists unlock secret to whey-based 'mayo'

Scientists in Spain have developed a buttermilk-based emulsifier with similar properties to mayonnaise.

Gadot comes up with calcium for milk replacements

Gadot Biochemical Industries has developed a new calcium citrate compound that could help formulators overcome fortification issues with soy milk, fluid milk, smoothie, infant formula, and other milk replacement products.

World's most important commodity takes centre stage

The distribution of rice, the main staple of more than half the world's population, will be the focus of debate at the upcoming International Rice Commission meeting in Peru.

Enzymes can tackle trans fats, claims Novozymes

New enzyme technology offers the possibility of obtaining necessary melting properties without producing harmful trans fats, claims Novozymes.

Sustainable development a business reality, says report

Sustainable development will steadily advance over the next 10 years according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report - an issue that the food industry must positively address.

Laurus optimistic but sales fall further

Dutch supermarket Laurus has reported a 3.6 per cent drop in like-for-like sales for the first quarter, but insists the company is set for recovery this year.

Tesco courts green lobby as profits soar

Britain's largest retailer has once again beaten analyst expectations, hitting a new sales record of £41.8bn. But as it unveils plans for greener technologies, environmental campaigners fail to back the...

Solbar expands European soy interests to Finland

Solbar's selection of Danetto Food as its distribution partner for soy proteins in Finland is the latest initiative designed to strengthen the firm's position in the European soy protein sector.

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