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Additives and hyperactivity - jury still out

Parents concerned that additives in the diets of their young children may be having an adverse effect on behavioural patterns may be right - although clinical studies failed to support...

Frutarom set to buy IFF's European unit

Israeli flavours group Frutarom has signed a letter of intent to buy the European fruit preparations business of US-based International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a move which will significantly boost...

Rhodia doubles flavour base output

Rhodia, the speciality chemicals company, has expanded its capability to produce N-2,3-Trimethyl-2-isopropylbutanamide (more commonly known as WS-23) by with the recent addition of a second production stream at its UK...

Figs fight food bugs

More research this week from the meeting of the American Society for Microbiology suggests that figs and fig extracts could be used to inhibit the survival and growth of harmful...

Researchers discover why wine antioxidant kills cancer

Scientists have discovered a possible mechanism for the anti-cancer activity of resveratrol, the compound found in red wine and thought to be responsible for the drink's widely reported health benefits,...

A smooth approach to healthy growth

Sales of smoothies grew strongly last year despite consumers switching to cheaper products to assuage their thirst during the heatwave. But the longer term growth prospects for what still remains...

Seniors continue to pose problem to marketers

Earlier this week we reported that food companies were finding it hard to effectively target senior consumers in the UK - the so-called Empty Nesters - despite their growing disposable...

Probiotic bacteria may stop HIV infection

Probiotic bacteria appear to tackle the HIV virus and may even stop it from being transferred from a mother to her children, said researchers at the American Society for Microbiology...

UK food industry given three years to act on obesity

A report by the UK Parliament has today set out a number of proposals aimed at combating the obesity problem in one of Europe's most overweight nations. At the same...

Tracing salmon from farm to fork

German chemicals company BASF is to participate in a new project designed to trace Norwegian farmed salmon throughout the entire production chain as part of a qualitative move to boost...

Retailers urged to do more to drive category growth

Every supermarket owner is constantly seeking ways of driving growth across every product category, be it through innovation, promotion or refurbishment. But a recent survey suggests that their best efforts...

Stern Wywiol turns east for growth

Leading German ingredients provider Stern Wywiol says that its ability to provide ingredient blending solutions for customers in Eastern Europe is helping to buoy its results during a challenging time...

Denofa eyeing growth from new Member States

Key Norwegian oils, fats and feed supplier Denofa said it had come to the FI-CEE show at Berlin to test the water after accession. Simon Pitman spoke to the company...

Safety firm targets Ukraine

Food Safe International, the Canadian-based provider of food safety equipment, has said it will start to distribute its food safe process in the Ukraine.

Cerestar starts European trehalose distribution

Almost a year after first reaching agreement with the brand's owner, Cerestar Food & Pharma Specialties Europe is to begin the pan-European distribution of trehalose, the multi-functional ingredient created by...

Health ministers support obesity strategy

The world's health ministers gave their support on Saturday to a new policy produced by the World Health Organisation that is designed to tackle the world's growing problem of obesity...

White tea beats green in bug-busting

Numerous studies of the properties of green tea have shown that the beverage can stimulate the human immune system to fight against a variety of diseases, but new research presented...

More shelf stability from National Starch

ICI subsidiary National Starch has launched a new starch which it claims delivers superior freeze/thaw and shelf-life stability.

Irish beef sets out its stall

European beef consumption - hit badly by the BSE and foot and mouth scares - is increasing once again, and industry professionals meeting this week in Dublin are being urged...

Enzymotec targets growing diabetics market

Israeli nutraceutical firm Enzymotec has developed a prototype nutrition bar containing its nutritional oil, designed to target the growing diabetics market.

Brown rice could reduce Alzheimer's threat

Pre-germinated brown rice, high in levels of the nutrient GABA, significantly improved levels of spatial learning in mice, report researchers from the Japanese cosmetics and supplements maker FANCL, writes Dominique...

Maternal diet of oily fish may prevent asthma in offspring

Pregnant women with asthma who eat oily fish, such as salmon or trout, may help protect their children against developing asthma, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic...

Global action to combat animal disease threat

Transboundary animal diseases are on the increase, say the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). As a result, both...

Targeting the 'Empty Nesters': hitting the happy medium

There is a growing section of UK society which is still largely untapped by the food and drink marketers, despite a growing number of products, in particular functional food and...

FI-CEE quiet, but focused

The aisles were not brimming with people at the FI-CEE exhibition, which opened its doors in Berlin today. But the general consensus is that the show has been well targeted...

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