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BCC report: How to achieve long life

A new report examining the range of techniques and technology that manufacturers and processors can adopt to deliver product freshness has just been published.

Carlsberg firms up investments

Carlsberg has confirmed that the Investment Fund for Central and Eastern Europe (IFCEE) has become a shareholder in its Serbian brewery, Pivara Celarevo, in a move that is expected to...

Lonza expands in Czech Republic

Swiss chemicals company Lonza has opened up a new facility in the Czech Republic which adds to the company €117 million of investment into biotechnology products for the food and...

Tatramleko questions decision to shift HQs

Tatramleko, one of the Czech Republic's largest dairy concerns, is giving further thought to to the idea of moving its headquarters to neighbouring Slovakia in an effort to reduce taxation...

Cargill buys stronger position in EU chocolate ingredients

US agri-giant Cargill has carved a deeper position in the European chocolate market after Swiss firm Nestlé sold two cocoa processing activities to the acquisitive private company.

Sugar moves at Danisco

Cheaper sugar ingredients could be on the way for food makers as rumours continue to circulate about the proposed new rules to the EU sugar regime that could open up...

Taste and texture impact calorie controls

Artificial sweeteners may disrupt the body's natural ability to 'count' calories based on foods' sweetness, claim US researchers, suggesting mouthfeel plays a crucial role in gauging calories and casting a...

Londis finally agrees Musgrave sale

After seven months of uncertainty, Londis retailers last week voted massively in favour of the sale of the group for £60 million to Musgrave, the Irish company that owns Budgens...

Swiss ice cream makers: running to stand still?

Swiss ice cream manufacturers are hoping that the heatwave-induced growth of 2003 will not melt away in 2004, and are counting on continued interest in the impulse sector in particular...

POU coolers: turning tap water into gold?

Persuading consumers to pay money for tap water - no matter how well it is purified and packaged - is a difficult task, but growing numbers of companies across Europe...

Hungary's canners paying price for accession?

The Hungarian canned food sector is a vital part of the food industry in that country. But with the sector coming under renewed pressures following accession to the European Union,...

Globus to focus on Austria and Germany

Hungarian canned and frozen food manufacturer Globus says it is planning on developing its sales growth by focusing on its distribution channels for medium sized retailers in both the Austrian...

Fazer to focus on Poland

Cloetta Fazer Group, the Stockholm-listed Swedish-Finnish confectionery group, says it is planning to tap into the huge potential of the Poland market. According to CEO Karsten Slotte, the company is...

Low carb product sales to feel impact of fertility study

As popularity soars for the low carbohydrate, high protein Atkins diet scientists warn this week that even a 'moderately' high protein diet could reduce a woman's chances of becoming pregnant....

Political pressure to influence Commission on GM food

The unofficial ban on GM foodstuffs has ended but sceptical European ministers yesterday failed to give the green light on a biotech sweetcorn from Monsanto, reports Lindsey Partos. Food makers...

Food safety focus for new EU science network

A new project funded under the EU food quality programme will, for the first time, unite medical and veterinary expertise in the fight against zoonoses, report CORDIS. Findings from the...

Cactus extract reduces hangover symptoms

A cactus extract appears to reduce hangover symptoms, according to new research from the US.

Asian non-dairy market offers opportunities for new products

Growing consumer awareness of the health benefits of soya consumption is reinvigorating sales of soy drinks in south-east Asia, according to a new report from OrganicMonitor. And while the category...

Soybean to dominate US vegetable oil production

Vegetable oils will take the lion's share of the oils and fats market in the US as food makers continue to turn away from animal fats in favour of vegetable...

Guidance for new trans fat rules

In 2003 Denmark banned trans fatty acids from food products over fears that these hydrogenated fats could contribute to heart disease. The rest of the EU as yet has no...

Flavouring agents under scrutiny

At the table earlier this month in Geneva ingredients and additive experts met to discuss the safety of a host of flavouring agents and the construction of further principles for...

Corn Products signs on corn starch venture in China, a first

Joining the growing ranks of ingredients companies taking root in China to defend their market position, US starch and sweeteners firm Corn Products International has linked up with Shandong Juneng...

Australia 'buys-in' food technology

The Australian food industry was likely to remain an importer of innovative food and drink technology rather than an exporter, the chairman of consumer product giant Unilever's Australasian operations said...

Eggs have no impact on dangerous cholesterol, new study

Eating an egg a day does not impact the cholesterol particles in the blood most likely to cause heart disease, according to a new study that could play an important...

EU sugar cuts to be bigger than expected?

Cheaper sugar ingredients could be on the way for food makers in Europe as draft plans for tough changes to the much criticised sugar regime come to light.

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