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Low salt diet may increase anxiety levels, suggests rat study

Low levels of salt in the diet may contribute to anxiety and help explain our persistent appetite for salty foods, indicates a new study on rats.

Food prices could double by 2030, says Oxfam

Food prices could double by 2030, claims UK based charity Oxfam, which also estimates that demand in 2050 could be 70 percent higher than current levels.

MSG linked with weight gain: Study

Consumption of the flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) is positively associated with weight gain, independent of energy intake, says new research.

Production cost hikes put future orange juice supplies under threat

Rabobank has warned that orange juice prices are likely to remain high over the next decade as farmers in Brazil and the US battle higher production costs.

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Campden BRI to hold shelf life course for chilled foods

Campden BRI has announced it will be holding a one-day training course on methods for the evaluation and setting of shelf life of chilled foods.

Dry weather leaves brewers with malting barley supply crisis

A dry spring in much of Europe has sent malting barley prices shooting upwards – adding to the woes of brewers already under pressure from weak beer demand, according to analysts.

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EU officials and stakeholders to discuss Novel Foods

The future of the European Union’s controversial and much-despised Novel Foods regulation will be discussed at an upcoming event in Brussels on June 23, 2011.

Rosemary extract suppliers claim some rivals are misleading manufacturers

Several rosemary extract suppliers have attacked some competitors who they claim are failing to comply with recently enforced EU labelling laws.

French agency issues cancer-nutrition advice

ANSES, the French Food Safety Agency, says no food supplement or singular dietary intervention can prevent the onset of a range of cancers, while concluding overall diet and lifestyle habits...

Palm plantations are endangering biodiversity, say experts

Forest fragmentation driven by demand for palm oil is having a catastrophic effect the level of biodiversity, and may be endangering certain species, according to scientists from the Queen Mary...

Colour may be key to consumer acceptance of whole grain foods: Study

The size and colour of wholegrain wheat particles plays a fundamental role in determining consumer liking and acceptance of products, according to a new study.

Callebaut claims investment status upgrade will serve growth plans

Pod-to-pallet industrial chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut has flagged up the potential for growth arising from the fact that independent analysts, Moody’s, has given the company an ‘investment grade’ status.

EFSA to seek new data on aspartame; Ajinomoto remains confident

EFSA plans to issue a public call for new data on aspartame in the coming weeks; meanwhile, producer Ajinomoto has welcomed the Commission’s request for fast-tracked reevaluation of the sweetener,...

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Chengdu Wagott joins International Stevia Council

Chinese plant extraction specialist Chengdu Wagott Pharmaceutical has joined the International Stevia Council.

ADM cocoa powder cuts bakers’ costs with “less is more” approach

A new dark cocoa powder aims to deliver an indulgent rich taste for bakery goods, but also cut costs by reducing the product’s overall cocoa content, claims ADM.

Reduced fat intake may cut diabetes risk without weight loss

Reducing the proportion of fat in the diet could significantly reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, even without weight loss, according to a new study.

Tate & Lyle to resume sucralose production in US as demand soars

Tate & Lyle is planning to re-start production at its mothballed sucralose plant in the US, as hot demand for the sweetener means it needs more capacity from two global...

EC acts to ensure 'functioning' of the EU sugar market: CORRECTED VERSION

European Commission measures to open a further 200,000 tonne import quota for raw or refined sugar at zero import duty and the possibility for further imports at reduced import duty...

Serbian confectionery industry receives €250m loan from European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to give a €250m loan to Serbia to boost the export of the country’s confectionery industry.

Schwartz parent firm spices up UK production

Schwartz’s parent company, the global herb and spice manufacturer McCormick, has opened a new technical innovation centre in the UK.

Frutarom to buy Italian meat blends business from Chr Hansen

Frutarom is to acquire the majority of Chr Hansen’s ingredients blends business for meats and sausages for €25m, boosting its activities in the Italian market where it has hitherto had...

Juice labelling and ingredient proposals aim to boost EU competitiveness

MEPs have voted to allow nectar manufacturers to drop “with added sugar” labelling and to permit tangerine juice to be added to orange juices made in the EU.

Commission requests urgent safety review of aspartame from EFSA

The European Commission has asked EFSA to conduct a full re-evaluation of the safety of aspartame by July 2012, due to MEPs’ concerns and EFSA’s decision to look more closely...

A win-win bridge between flavour companies and universities

Building bridges between industry and universities to encourage ingredients research will prove beneficial for Europe in the long run, says V.Krishnakumar of ingredients consultancy Giract.

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