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Transatlantic beef trade war comes to end

A deal between the Council of Europe, the USA and Canada will see the long dispute over the presence of hormones in imported beef come to an end.

Export strengths tip EU food and drink industry

Europe’s food and drink industry has tipped its decade-long downward export balance; a shift defined by strong export figures underpinned by emerging market demands, according to FoodDrinkEurope.

Researchers showcase ‘easy’ GM tracking technology

A new technology could help to monitor and track genetically modified crops in the food processing chain, say researchers.

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Naturex grows revenues 13% in Q1 2012

French herbal extracts supplier Naturex reports increased Q1 sales of 12.8% with sales rising from €64021 to €73473 compared to Q1 2011, in adjusted currencies.   

Multiple emulsions may unlock sodium reduction options

Formulating foods using multiple emulsions may provide a way to produce reduced sodium foods and beverages without impacting on the perception of ‘saltiness’, says a new study.

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Fighting the fat: Weight management and fat taxes

Fat reduction and weight management is an issue they both industry and policy makers have special focus on. Today our teams pick of the key news on the topic...

EU set to harmonise use of flavouring substances

The European Union is set to harmonise the use of flavouring substances across the bloc after member states endorsed the Commission’s proposal to establish a list of permitted flavouring substances....

Greece tops the fat list, finds EU study

Greece has the fattest children in Europe, with more than 50% of children suffering from weight issues, according to new research.

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Eurofins to reinforce Asia Pacific presence through acquisition

Food testing firm Eurofins Scientific plans to reinforce its presence in the growing Asia Pacific region through the acquisition of a majority stake in a testing service firm.

Food policies 'must motivate producers' to ensure supply

Untargeted subsidies and price controls may stimulate demand for food but they are likely to hinder supply, according to a senior economist.

Novel plant blend could be a game changer in fight vs metabolic syndrome, claim inventors

Florida-based ATM Metabolics is in advanced negotiations with some of the biggest food and beverage brands in the US and Europe about incorporating Emulin - the insulin-mimicking active ingredient in...

Industry damns sucralose study at cancer conference

Research led by the controversial Italian scientist, Dr Morando Soffriti, linking the artificial sweeteners sucralose and aspartame to cancer, was presented today at the Children with Cancer science conference in...

Erythritol may have dental benefits, finds Cargill clinical trial

The zero calorie sweetener erythritol may boost dental health, according to data from a new Cargill sponsored clinical trial.

Study links volatile corn prices to climate change

Corn price volatility is predicted to increase sharply over the next 30 years, with climate change the leading factor, a new study has found.


Fine words and cartoon cows: ‘ambitious’ UK dairy vision must be backed by cash

Another day, another food industry ‘vision document’ complete with funky cartoon cows. It seems that everyone is falling over themselves to get in on the act with such publications, especially...

Finnish confectioner Fazer sets 2017 target for sustainable cocoa

Finnish company Fazer has set a target to certify its entire cocoa supply by 2017 to ensure its cocoa comes from traceable sources and is free from the worst forms...

Canned foods may be more ‘affordable and convenient’ way to get key nutrients

When price, waste and preparation time are considered, canned foods 'almost always' offer a more affordable and convenient way to consume much needed-nutrients, according to the findings of a new...

Strides in producing sustainable palm oil “not matched” by uptake

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) has reached a “milestone” with production in excess of six million tonnes but market uptake has been slowing, according to RSPO figures.

Strong sugar performance sweetens ABF results

Associated British Foods sugar business has reported boosted profits despite ‘continuing challenges’ in its ingredients businesses.

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CSM jobs under threat as profits drop on weak demand in Europe

Ingredients supplier CSM has suffered a 23% fall in profits in its first quarter (Q1) results driven by weaker demand in artisanal bakery in Europe, which could force job losses.

China’s Bright Food may claim first European 'beachhead' with Weetabix, but others could be lurking – analyst

Chinese company Bright Food is reportedly in talks with Lion Capital to acquire British cereal maker Weetabix and could make its first mark on Europe, according to an analyst.

UK research firm developing ‘invisible’ coating for meat

A UK research firm are in the early stages of creating an ‘invisible’ film coating for meat to extend shelf life with the aim of eliminating primary packaging.

Nestlé’s €9bn Pfizer buy may face anti-trust trouble

Nestlé’s $11.85bn (€9.02bn) acquisition of Pfizer Nutrition may run into anti-trust hurdles after it beat Danone to the drug giant’s global infant nutrition business, according to an analyst.

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Food engineering degree could revolutionise industry

A new university degree in food and drink manufacturing will revolutionise the delivery of engineering into the industry, said the UK trade body behind the initiative.

Oil quality assurance collaboration could boost production efficiency – Cargill

Collaborative research, conducted by food processor Cargill and the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS), has led to the refinement of methods to assure consistent oil quality in food products.

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