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Firmenich, Danisco find way for lower fat vanilla ice cream

Firmenich and Danisco have found a way to lower the fat content in vanilla ice cream by 40 per cent without distorting the flavour profile, a development that fits with...

Cargill shows confidence in chocolate with €16m investment

Cargill has officially opened a new plant for chocolate fillings and coatings in The Netherlands, as part of a wider plan to grow its cocoa and chocolate operations.

Vinegar could be used for salt reduction: Study

Adding low concentrations of vinegar to foods may enhance perception of saltiness and enable food manufacturers to cut salt content without affecting taste, according to new research from Japan.

Irish food safety system condemned after pork dioxin scandal

The current system for monitoring and tracing Irish pork is inadequate and should be overhauled urgently, a highly critical report from the country’s Parliament has said.

Tate & Lyle to produce all its sucralose in Singapore

Tate & Lyle is to produce all its sucralose from its new plant in Singapore, ‘mothballing’ its facility in McIntosh, Alabama.

Frutarom blames currency and destocking for sales drop

Functional ingredients, fragrance and flavour supplier Frutarom has reported a decrease in sales and net income for the quarter but confirms growth plans.

Symrise develops sustainable process for citrus oil extraction

Symrise has introduced a new manufacturing process to improve the quality, solubility and sustainability of its citrus oils for flavouring beverages, dairy and sweets.

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Northern Foods plans factory closure after contract loss

Northern Foods is closing its factory in Hull after losing the contract to make ready meals for its main customer, Morrisons.

Ohly opens Shanghai application centre, sales office

Ohly is opening a new food application centre and sales office in Shanghai, as the its new yeast extract plant in Harbin nears opening.

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Danisco announces post sugar board changes

Danish ingredients firm Danisco has announced that three of its longstanding board members will not stand for re-election at the AGM in August.

Prebiotics to prosper in Europe: researchers

  Many consumers remain confused about just what prebiotics are and what they do, but they are responding to the general gut health messaging surrounding various prebiotic forms, and seeking prebiotic...

Vitiva plans AquaRox launch for hot-filled beverages

Slovenian extracts firm Vitiva is gearing up for the launch of a new rosemary extract for clear, hot filled beverages next month, which it says has a neutral taste and...

Salt replacers in fish burgers pass taste test

Replacing sodium chloride with potassium chloride does not affect the sensory quality, or shelf-life of fish fillets, says new research.

Danisco looks to microbiology future with new research hub

Food safety and health and wellness concerns mean microbiology is playing an ever increasing role in the food industry says Danisco Cultures’ innovation chief, as the company opens a new...

Round table: The growth of nanotech

Food and nutrition is a 'hot spot' for nanotechnology, experts have said. Stephen Daniells talks to two such experts and asks where the developments are, could it really lead to...

EFSA issues health claims help

  The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a Q&A (question and answer) in advance of its stakeholders meeting in Brussels on June 15, to help industry better understand...

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Plant gene session to assess funding options

Plant genetics experts are poised to take part in a meeting on strengthening the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture next month.

Danone’s bid for €3bn cash rocks stocks

Danone has surprised traders with the announcement of a €3bn rights issue in a bid to reduce debts and have cash to hand for acquisitions.

Commission plans support for struggling olive oil sector

As demand for olive oil falls and prices follow suit, the European Commission is considering support that would let beleaguered producers tender for aid so they can store their surplus.

Arsenic rice study prompts new advice for parents

The UK’s Food Standards Agency is advising that infants are not given rice drinks as a replacement for cows’ milk, breast milk, or infant formula, following a new study that...

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Cheerios: Drugs for breakfast?

When is a breakfast cereal not a breakfast cereal? Well, when it’s a drug.

Organic conversion label could enable price premiums

Developing an official ‘label’ for organic conversion-grade produce would let farmers secure price premiums while they are going through the organic conversion process, claims a new European study.

MSG: Review dismisses allergy concerns

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavour-enhancer, does not increase the risk of developing allergies, such as asthma and rhinitis, says a new review from the US.

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FAO launches livestock welfare web portal

A new internet portal dedicated to providing information on animal welfare legislation, research and standards, practices and policies has been launched by the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Acrylamide reduction not uniform across foods, EFSA

There is a general trend towards lower levels acrylamide in food products over time, EFSA has observed – but the decrease is not consistent across food groups and for some...

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