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Russia: A hard market to crack

Although Russia's food retail market is set to become the largest on the continent, it will be a tough market for western European food processors to crack.

China sterol suppliers benefit from GM issue

European mistrust of GM ingredients is creating strong demand for Chinese plant sterols and natural vitamin E, increasingly backed by third-party certification, writes Dominique Patton.

Russia to become Europe's largest grocery market

Europeans in 39 countries spent a combined total of €1,363bn on food and groceries in 2004, with Germany as the largest market, to be overtaken by Russia in 2020, according to IGD Services.

Tate & Lyle defiant in face of sugar regime change

Tate & Lyle has vowed to continue to pursue its ambitious expansion plans despite warnings that proposed changes to the sugar regime could begin to affect business as soon as...

UK unveils amended nutrient profiling system

Food officials in the UK have developed a model that ranks the health status of foods according to the sum of their nutrients, reports Dominique Patton.

Greater understand of labeling needed, claims report

Half the world's consumers understand the nutritional labels on food packaging only 'in part', although two in 10 'always' check grocery labels, according to a new study from ACNielsen.

Proteins market must look east, claims report

The €3.77 billion European proteins industry must overcome consumer health concerns if it is to capitalise on opportunities presented by new functional products, claims a new report.

Food makers to test as recalls on Sudan continue

Five months after the illegal red colour Sudan 1 sparked the biggest food product recall in the UK's history, the country's food agency detects the colour in a batch of...

New study investigates alternative emulsifiers to non-GM soya lecithin

New study takes a fresh look at alternative emulsifiers, as consumer suspicions of GM foods push food makers to source non-GM versions of the popular emulsifier soya lecithin, and supply...

Sources to multiply for organic ingredients?

With the rise in organic processed food comes a leap in demand for organic ingredients, but is it still early days for local ingredients sourcing, asks Lindsey Partos.

Australia knuckles down to country of origin food labels

Food makers could expect new rules on origin labels as Australia and New Zealand food regulators prepare to consider the final country of origin labelling proposal at its meeting in...

Food scientist sought as journalist

Novis seeks a bright, driven food scientist for a reporter's post in southern France. The main mission is to deepen coverage of scientific breakthroughs in food techniques and nutritional understanding...

DSM beats 2Q expectations with higher selling prices

Dutch chemicals group DSM reported better than expected second quarter results today, as higher selling prices in its industrial chemicals unit and lower fixed costs boosted margins, writes Dominique Patton.

Xylitol sweetener, growth opportunities pinned on teeth

Growth areas for the polyol sweetener xylitol highlighted, as leading ingredients firm Danisco claims new health guidelines recommend xylitol to prevent dental caries, reports Lindsey Partos.

EU sugar reform to impact local operations for enzyme leader Novozymes

Number one food enzyme supplier Novozymes likely to move production to the US and China as a result of the new EU sugar reform, the daily Berlingske Tidende reports.

Regulator rules Somerfield purchase anti-competitive

It looks likely that Somerfield might be forced by the UK's competition regulator to sell 14 of the 100 former Safeway stores it purchased from Wm Morrison, a move that...

Polarised light detects spinach health

Rapid pulses of polarised light could be used to detect feisty or flailing raw plant materials.

Edible food wraps target convenience and health positions

Edible food wraps made from fruit and vegetable ingredients could appeal to food makers looking for nutritious, colourful and eye-catching films for convenience foods, reports Lindsey Partos.

Carrefour's strategy puts pressure on suppliers

Suppliers to Carrefour will continue to be limited on what they can charge for their products as the world's second largest retailer fights to boost flagging sales across most of...

High quality ingredients define premium food product

High quality ingredients are the single most important factor in making a product premium, concludes a new report from UK market analysts IGD, writes Lindsey Partos.

Cocoa flavonols emerging as functional food ingredients

Cocoa compounds can be extracted and marketed as functional food ingredients, or even synthesised for use in pharmaceuticals, said confectionery giant Mars this week, reports Dominique Patton.

New Avebe starch: instant lump-free thickener for all temperatures

One starch for all temperatures that behaves as an instant, lump-free thickener hits the market, as Dutch co-operative Avebe extends its line of Paselli EZ potato starches, reports Lindsey Partos.

PepsiCo bid for Danone, pure speculation

French food and drink giant, Groupe Danone, has acknowledged US PepsiCo's denial of takeover plans, as the French government threatens to do everything in its power to stop such a...

Taste of bitter compounds and dietary choice influences Man's life

Man's ability to taste bitter compounds may have been "strongly advantageous" in human evolution, report European researchers.

Hovis targets children with new crustless bread

British food group RHM last week announced it will launch a crustless bread under its Hovis brand, targeted at young children who only like the soft part of a loaf.

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