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WTO's failure is food industry's loss

The short sighted failure of greedy WTO trading partners to achieve any sort of meaningful agreement on global agricultural tariffs is bad for Europe's food industry.

Could spices and spicy foods help in obesity struggle?

Spices have benefits beyond giving flavour to foods and drinks, say scientists from Holland and Canada, and could be considered as 'functional' ingredients in the struggle against obesity.

Europe targets harmonised enzyme regulations

The European Commission has proposed new legislation that would harmonise EU rules on food enzymes.

France moves towards GM - opposition remains

Anti-GM pressure groups are targeting France just as the country appears to be growing receptive to the technology.

Europeans warm to discount supermarkets

Discount retailing is still on the rise in Europe, as international expansion and increasing consumer acceptance are set to push sales up 36 per cent by 2010.

Kellogg's sales boost offsets rising costs

The world's leading cereal producer Kellogg's has posted a three per cent rise in second quarter net earnings, as strong sales in the Americas help compensate for rising commodity costs.

Label all fats to cut heart disease, urge scientists

Food labels should list all fats to help cut heart disease, according to researchers from the University of Oxford.

Sensitive taste buds turn kids off veggies, says study

Kids who are overly sensitive to bitter tastes, caused by genetic variations, are more likely to eat less vegetables, says a study from the US.

EC demands return of mispent CAP money

The EC has vowed to recover €161.9 million of unduly spent CAP expenditure, following a decision adopted yesterday by the European Commission.

Expert calls for kava clinical trial to establish safety

The only way to convince European governments on the safety and efficacy of kava kava and to restore the industry in the South Pacific is to conduct clinical studies and...

ABF expands yeast extract capabilities

ABF Ingredients is expanding its yeast extracts and proteins manufacturing facilities in Europe and North America in order to tap growing demand.

Could olive waste boost lard's health image?

Lard, the animal fat with a poor health image, could be stabilised by adding antioxidants from olive oil milling waste, boosting the shelf-life and adding nutritional value, says a study...

Sluggish protein market forces Tyson downgrade

US packaged meat processor Tyson Foods has been downgraded by Moody's Investors Service, following concerns the firm cannot cope with the current slump in global meat sales.

Bird's Eye exits private label business

The world's largest frozen foods business Bird's Eye plans to sell five US factories that make non-branded products, and instead concentrate on its more profitable trademarked range.

Blair demands food industry cooperation to tackle obesity

Government cannot be the only actor with responsibility over the current obesity crisis, said UK prime minister Tony Blair in a key note speech on public health yesterday.

CSM acquisition strengthens global bakery portfolio

CSM's $70 million acquisition of CGI Desserts, a supplier of thaw and serve bakery products, underlines again the firm's focus on the bakery market.

EU food industry 'disappointed' in WTO talks failure

The EU food industry has expressed disappointment at the WTO's failure to achieve any meaningful agreement at the Doha round of agricultural trade talks.

DSM will not raise prices to meet costs - for now

DSM has said that it will not pass on rising costs to end markets straight away, despite an otherwise excellent Q2 blighted across the board by yet more increases in...

Oily fish may benefit heart rhythms, suggests study

Eating omega-3-rich fish like tuna has beneficial effects on heart rhythms, and may offer protection against fatal arrhythmias, suggests a cohort study lead by Harvard researchers.

Health concerns drive sugar-free ingredient growth

Sugar-free alternatives are beginning to take off in a number of food sectors, driven by health concerns and product innovation according to new research.

Kiwis could protect DNA from damage, says pilot study

Two to three kiwis a day could keep cancer at bay by helping to repair damaged DNA, suggests a pilot study from the home of the fruit.

FSA calls for comments on noni juice approval

The expert scientific committee that advises the UK's FSA on novel foods is calling for comments on its draft opinion of a noni juice product.

Watchdog finds increase in food related fraud

Food companies and administrative bureaucrats attempting to dodge the EU's laws better watch out - the bloc's fraud and corruption watchdog is on their trail.

Chr Hansen chairman resigns

Chr Hansen chairman of the board of directors Jens Bigum has announced his intention to step down once the group's annual report and accounts are formally approved in December.

Food firms "missing the value of waste"

British charity FareShare has launched a new recycling scheme offering food manufacturers a cheaper, greener solution to industrial waste disposal, saying they are missing out on the value of waste.

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