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Training the salt of the earth

On International Labour Day, workers across the world will be raising a glass in honour of the salt of the earth.

Danisco develops system for vegetable whipping creams

Danisco is launching a new emulsifier and stabilizer system for vegetable-based whipping cream, which it says has benefits compared with both with dairy cream and other vegetable alternatives.

Early exposure to food allergens may increase tolerance

Exposing premature and low birth weight babies to food allergens early in life may boost tolerance later in life, suggests a new study from Canada.

CAP code backlash highlights UK food ad divide

Ten organisations have voiced concerns over a new code for non-broadcast advertising of food products aimed at children in the UK, claiming that it is inadequate and will not reduce...

Euringus introduces organic pea fibre for Europe

French supplier Euringus is introducing a new organic pea fibre to its ingredient range, which it expects will help food makers meet demand for fibre-enriched products in Europe in the...

Hershey and Barry Callebaut join forces

Chocolate giants Hershey and Barry Callebaut, have teamed up for a landmark partnership which will see the Swiss cocoa producer providing the raw material for Hershey's chocolate products and expanding...

WTO leaders know the cost of Doha failure, Lamy

Multilateral trade is tilted against developing countries, said World Trade Organisation (WTO) director general Pascal Lamy yesterday, but negotiations towards a conclusion to the Doha trade round are seventy per...

DSM Nutrition sales on a par with last Q1

DSM has reported flat sales for its Nutrition division in the first quarter of 2007, but a new, forward looking programme is already underway to improve profitability and place emphasis...

DSM builds Chinese process flavour capacity with new facility

DSM Food Specialities is opening a new process flavour plant in Xinghuo, China, which it says will expand its product range and double capacity to make the Dutch company becomes...

Chitosan complex superior for emulsion flavour stabilisation?

A chitosan-containing complex was more effective at stabilising citrus flavours and could offer a cost-effective alternative to gum arabic, suggests joint Italian-US research.

Novozymes has high hopes following strong Q1

Spurred on by a positive set of first quarter results, Novozymes has adjusted its expectations for 2007 upwards, including the effect of the recent patent dispute settlement with Danisco.

Propolis to make jump from health to food preservative?

Propolis, the waxy resin collected by honeybees and currently marketed for its health benefits, could also find use as a natural food preservative, suggests new research.

FDF members on board for waste-management

The Food and Drink Federation has said that many of its members are clued up on waste- management issues, with programmes already in place to reduce waste, minimise packaging, and...

Italian fruit fraud robbed EC of 50m, claims OLAF

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) estimates that a major citrus fruit scam in Italy has defrauded the EU budget of up to €50m in EC aid for the processing of...

Scientists question benefits of polyphenols

Polyphenols, antioxidants linked to a long list of health benefits, may not be so good for you when taken in larger doses found in supplements and foritified foods, researchers have...

Special edition: Global food trade

What's going down with Doha?

Two weeks ago world leaders extended the deadline on the beleaguered Doha trade round to the end of this year. Exhortations not to let the opportunity pass have ensued, but...

Agricultural action needed to protect food future, FAO

A major shift in agricultural methods and their environmental impact is urgenty required to protect productivity and food security in the future, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns...

Food ads make fat kids eat more, study

A study at the University of Liverpool has shown up a strong tendency for children to eat more after watching food adverts on TV - a finding that lends support...

Fish gelatin found to protect against moisture loss

Fish gelatin might become the latest packaging advance in helping extend the shelf life of frozen foods.

Rose petal extracts to see strawberry pigments bloom?

Antioxidant compounds extracted from rose petals could protect the colour of strawberry extracts during processing, says a new study.

FSA asks: What can we learn from Sudan 1?

The UK's Food Standards Agency is planning a review of the Sudan I incident, which led to a massive recall of food products containing the illegal dye in February and...

Ingredients contribute to strong ABF quarter

Associated British Foods (ABF) has posted a 7 per cent rise in profits, which includes a 3 per cent increase from the ingredients division achieved despite adverse currency translation and...

Soy protein from by-product to offer low-cost isolate?

Soy hypocotyls, a by-product of the soy protein industry, could offer a cheap and readily accessible alternative of protein isolates, a joint US-China study has reported.

Malaysian trade talks stall on GM labelling

The labelling of genetically modified (GM) goods within Malaysia has come further under the spotlight this week as the industry remains torn between its proposed bio-safety laws and free trade...

Step up obesity campaign, experts urge

The obesity epidemic has reached a crisis point, experts warn at this week's European congress, and governments and the food industry must gear up efforts to deal with it and...

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