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Eggs good for the eyes?

Regular consumption of lutein-enriched eggs could provide the body with protective levels of this antioxidant widely believed to help fight degenerative eye diseases, suggests a small study from the US.

Deadly food pathogen can live for a year

Food companies involved at every step of the food chain are obliged to maintain a clean, safe environment to beat food pathogens, but food scientists from the US report that...

Sales creep up for IFF

Weak sales of fruit preparations hit European sales for number two flavours group International Flavours and Fragrances (IFF) with the firm reporting an overall drop in sales for the region...

'Girly' FABs set to go the way of Babycham

Flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs) took the UK market by storm in the late 1990s, and while recent rumours of their death have been greatly exaggerated, growth in the market does...

PepsiCo flags up 'healthy' products

Soft drink and snack maker PepsiCo might not spring immediately to mind when thinking about healthy food products, but the US company clearly believes it has a role to play...

Brussels names food risk advisors

The European Commission has appointed members for three new scientific advisory committees on consumer products, health and environmental risks, and emerging and newly identified health risks, reports CORDIS.

French swap foie gras for Slim-Fast

The annual mass exodus of city-dwelling French citizens to the coastal resorts has already begun, and as usual it was preceded by the grunts and groans of French people trying...

Growth of FABs slips

Pace for flavoured alcoholic drinks slowing down in Europe's largest market - the UK - after the explosive growth witnessed in 2001, with the FABs moving into mainstream and as...

Russia bans Nordic poultry

The Russian agricultural ministry has announced a temporary ban on poultry imports from both Sweden and Finland in an effort to prevent the spread of Exotic Newcastle disease.

Bunge readies Polish oilseed production

US-based agro-food giant Bunge says it is readying to resume production at its newly acquired oilseed processing facility in southern Poland. Bunge says that, tying in with Poland's accession to...

Interbrew bites back

In reaction to the continued buy up of shares in Sun Interbrew by a Russian investment company, parent company Interbrew has responded by announcing measures to control the sale of...

Bakery ingredients supplier offers low carb alternatives

UK bakery ingredients firm BakeMark continues to drive deeper into 'value-added' ingredients, designing a new premix for food makers looking to target the growing low-carb food market.

Egg study angers industry

Sparking an angry response from the egg industry, but opening up opportunities for alternative ingredients, Japanese researchers suggest an egg a day could significantly contribute to heart disease in women.

Chocolate makers go head-to-head

Two of the biggest chocolate makers in the UK are to launch products which will directly compete with some of each other's biggest brands - an indication, perhaps, that the...

Tesco continues to stretch its lead

Tesco strengthened its position as the leading grocer in the UK in the last quarter, with sales growth more than twice that of its nearest rival Asda. Upmarket retailer Waitrose...

Asda steps up Fairtrade offering

After a highly successful Fairtrade Fortnight earlier this year, Britain's number two food retailer Asda is to increase the number of ethical products on its shelves - further evidence of...

Ahold sales fall again

Ahold's management remains stoically bullish about the Dutch retailer's chances of recovering from the double whammy of fraud and poor performance, but the company's latest set of results show that...

Moves in UK confectionery ingredients

UK confectionery firm Glisten Confectionery has gained a stronger foothold at the higher end of the confectionery market after food ingredients business Kiril Mischeff sold its House of York toffee...

Does organic food bring added health benefits?

The benefits of conventionally grown produce over organic foods was the focus of a recent debate between food technologists with scientists warning it is too early to reach conclusions, despite...

Two new market leaders for xanthan

The competitive world of xanthan gum saw a new player enter the already crowded market this week when US chemicals firm Huber announced it would buy the world's number one...

Country round-up: Czech brewer considers Poland

Czech brewer Ostravar says it is planning to enter into the Polish market in the coming months. The brewer says it wants to start exporting Ostravar beer to Poland, where...

Kofola extends reach into Central Europe

Backed up by strong growth in the Czech and Slovakian markets, soft drinks manufacturer Kofola has announced a 30 per cent increase in sales turnover as it launches a series...

CEE shows promise despite Unilever's flat European sales

Unilever, currently the world's third largest food company, has announced flat quarterly and half yearly results in Europe. But despite the disappointment the results highlight a number of sectors in...

Domestic market 'driving force' for Polish pork

Polish meat processors have been reporting increased sales following the country's accession to Europe, but despite the good news not everyone in the industry believes that this will have long...

Former Ahold execs indicted over fraud

Four former executives of Dutch retail group Ahold have been indicted by the US authorities for fraudulent activities at the group's US Foodservice division - the first charges brought against...

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