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Oatmeal beats ready-to-eat cereal on satiety, PepsiCo research shows

Remember the gluey texture of the oatmeal your mom served you as a kid? Turns out, this is a good thing, according to new research comparing the satiating effects of...

Europe must change policy on GM crops, warn experts

The European Union will be unable to meet increased demands for food and crops in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way without its changing policy with regard to genetically modified...

Q1 2013: Naturex net profit up 67%

Naturex has seen sales rise 13.2% to €83.2m in Q1 2013, with Nutrition its star core business performer, leaping about 33% from €22m to just over €29m.

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Grupo Bimbo continues downwards profit slide

Grupo Bimbo’s profits slumped 9.4% for the first quarter of 2013, continuing the downwards trend that has shaped business for the last year.

Chr Hansen expands colouring food offering

Ingredient supplier Chr. Hansen says it has stepped up efforts to support food and drink manufacturers in making the switch to the 'next generation' of natural colours by expanding its...

Europe shouldn’t over-rely on food imports: top scientist

A top food scientist has warned Europe against over-reliance on food imports, as China and other Asian countries imported more food and stock feed to cater for their increasingly affluent...

EU pesticide vote: Europe imposes ban on bee-harming chemical

EU Member States have voted in favour of continent-wide suspension of neonicotinoid pesticides that have been linked to bee deaths.

Consultant: ‘No need to fear EU novel foods laws’

The EU’s long-winded novel foods rules have long been viewed as an innovation-crimping legal structure, but a stream-lining of the process means companies should not fear it, a consultant says....

Lamex to buy share in struggling Serbian supplier

Frozen fruit specialist Lamex Food Group will buy a majority stake in Serbian red fruit processor to boost business and protect the group’s supply chain, its CEO says.

Danone, Yakult aim to further ‘collaborative relationship’ through deal

Yakult and its largest shareholder, Danone, have scrapped their nine-year old “strategic alliance” in favour of a new, looser agreement to further their “collaborative relationship.”

Home baking and ‘permissible treats’ top Britain’s recession-proof food trends

British consumers may be more careful with their money than they were before the economic downturn – but they are set to spend more on food and drink at home,...

‘Still failing to protect children’: New report slams UK advertising standards

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) are still failing when it comes to protecting children from the online marketing of junk food, according to a new report from the Children’s...

One extra sugary soda per day could increase diabetes risk by 18%: EPIC data

Consumption of one extra serving of sugar-sweetened beverage each day could be enough to increase the relative risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 18%, say researchers.

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BASF Petronas to build US$500m aromas plant in Malaysia

BASF and Malaysian partner Petronas Chemicals Group will invest MYR1.4bn (US$500m) in an integrated aroma ingredients project in Kuantan to serve the Asia-Pacific flavour and fragrance industry.

FoodNavigator's special focus on sustainable initiatives

With ever growing global populations and increasing pressure on the world's food system, taking sustainability is no longer an 'optional extra' for food industry. With this in mind, FoodNavigator takes...

Poor spring weather dents Unilever’s ice cream sales in Europe

Unilever’s ice cream sales in Europe have been hit by the poor Spring weather, it has emerged as the consumer goods giant announced its first quarter (Q1) results yesterday (April...

Is food truly addictive? New journal series investigates

Are the mechanisms behind binge eating and other addictive behaviours such as the taking of illicit drugs the same? Or does drawing such similarities oversimplify the issues with 'food addiction'?

Frutarom to close German spice refining facility, expand nearby sites

Frutarom has said it will close its Loxstedt-Nesse spice refining facility in Germany and expand production at nearby sites.

AAK reports record operating profit in Q1

Aarhuskarlshamn AB (AAK) has reported record operating profit in the first quarter, and reiterated that improvement in its Chocolate and Confectionery Fats business is unlikely to be significant until the...

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Mondelez and Callebaut up cocoa sustainability efforts

Mondelez International and Barry Calleabut have announced two projects within their broader commitments to cocoa sustainability.

Denmark to scrap decades-old soft drink tax

Denmark has announced that it will abolish its soft drink tax as part of a raft of measures intended to create jobs and boost the economy.

Trans fat crackdown prompts test launch

PerkinElmer has developed a lightning-fast trans fat analysis test in response to the recent global crackdown on trans fat in food.

Do all children like sugary and fatty foods? Perhaps not, finds study

Children from different cultures prefer different levels of fat and sweetness in foods and drinks, suggests new research that calls into question the idea that all children are predisposed to...

Pushing the boundaries: Can we take salt reduction to the next level?

Is industry at the limit of what it can realistically achieve in lowering salt levels, or will a new wave of scientific developments and innovative technologies help to push the...

‘Our goal is global pussyfication’: Branson-backed energy drink earns ASA rap

The UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has upheld 156 consumer complaints relating to an energy drink called ‘Pussy Natural Energy’, but the brand insists protestors simply twisted the meaning of...

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