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Special edition: Drinks ingredients

Niches make the beverage world go round

Pepsi, Coca Cola, Snapple, Dr Pepper, Gatorade. Big beverage brands are household names, but while they may make up the lion’s share of revenues niche products are where the growth...

Chinese potato starch firm ups production

Chinese potato starch producer China Essence is ramping up capacity with the construction of two new facilities, expected to be completed this autumn.

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EFSA panel publishes GMO model

The European Food Safety Authority’s GMO panel and Environmental Working Group has developed a new mathematical model for working out the impact of genetically modified crops on butterflies and...

Plantation acquisition to boost New Britain Palm Oil production

New Britain Palm Oil (NBPOL) has completed a major acquisition that increases its plantation area by more than 50 per cent, at a time when a shift is underway towards...

CSM cautious about recovery in bakery market

Signs of recovery in the bakery ingredients market are not yet evident, according to Dutch supplier CSM as first quarter results released this week show a decline in volumes by...

Special edition: Drinks Ingredients

The science of beverage emulsions

Innovative ingredients and solutions are emerging to help formulators add flavours, colours and healthy ingredients and keep up with consumer demands for innovative beverages.

Scallop-shell powder boosts frankfurter safety and shelf life

Treating frankfurter sausages with scallop-shell powder (SSP) significantly reduces the growth of Listeria monocytogenes (LM) and E.coli 0157:H7, and boosts product shelf life, according to a new study.

Leiber invests for yeast extract capacity increase

Leiber is ramping up its yeast extract capacity by bringing its spray-drying activities in-house, as demand for brewery by-products is gradually increasing and third party spray-drying capacity is sought after.

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Organic Monitor plans Sustainable Foods Summit

Organic Monitor is hosting a summit on sustainable foods this summer, which will look at ways that market leaders are adopting ‘organic plus strategies’ like carbon offsetting to add value...

Nutrition brings rosy glow for DSM in Q1

DSM looks to have kicked off 2010 in good form, with a 24 per cent increase in net sales overall and a stable and robust performance from its nutrition division.

Phosphate-ageing study dismissed by industry

A study linking phosphate to premature ageing has been dismissed by a leading trade association as having no relevance to foods and soft drinks.

Call for EC to intervene to end volatility in cereal prices

EU farmer representatives are urging the European Commission to intervene to stabilise cereal prices and reduce volatility in the market.

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Evira prepares for food risk focus

Finland’s Evira is preparing for its Finnish Food Conference on 4 May, which will address issues of food risk assessment, risk management and risk communication.

New pea protein process aims to grow market

Roquette has optimised the production process for its Nutralys pea protein to enable higher levels to be used without affecting taste. It expects the breakthrough to bring considerable new market...

MEPs vote to veto ‘meat glue’ additive approval

The EU Environment committee is taking steps to block the planned approval of bovine and porcine thrombin as an additive to bind together meat morsels into one piece, on the...

Super Gum excels for beverage stabilisation: Study

The modified acacia gum product 'Super Gum' could enhance the stability of beverages like coconut milk, says a new study from Germany and Thailand.

Snack makers pledge to cut out adverts aimed at children

The European Snacks Association (ESA) is playing up a commitment to help curb obesity in Europe with the announcement that it has joined an EU initiative designed to restrict advertising...

EFSA delivers all-clear verdict on volcano food safety risks

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has judged the potential risk to food safety in the EU emerging from the volcanic eruption in Iceland as negligible.

LCI offers “clean label” role in meeting bakery challenges

Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) is highlighting the clean label credentials of its functional flours that can be used to help address some of the challenges faced by cake and pastry...


Foods with artificial trans fats should be considered adulterated

There is a pile of evidence linking artificial trans fats with heart disease, so why is it still in our food? It’s time to get real and recognize that artificial...

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Don’t confuse consumers with stevia messages, industry

The take-home lesson of last week’s Stevia World Asia conference is that getting across the right message to consumers is key to growing the market.

Bread improvers firm Sonneveld acquired by Norwegian group

Bread ingredients supplier, Sonneveld, claims its takeover by Orkla Food Ingredients (OFI) will not result in a narrowing of the bakery ingredients supplier base due to OFI’s decentralized business model....

PepsiCo explores natural sweetener from oats

Patents filed by PepsiCo and Cargill reveal they are exploring new sources of natural sweeteners from oats and monatin, a naturally-occurring substance found in a plant grown in South Africa.

Cognis volumes return to pre-recession levels

Cognis has revealed that sales volumes in the first quarter of 2010 have almost returned to the pre-recession levels of early 2008.

Pectin-pea protein mix may provide enhanced emulsifiers

A combination of pea protein and pectin may provide enhanced emulsifiers for a range of food products, with potential to increase shelf-life, says new research from France.

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