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Segmentation cues substantially decrease snack intake, says study

Subconscious ‘stop signs’ placed in snack food products could help the battle against obesity by controlling overeating, according to the findings of a new study.

Aspartame sales plunge for Ajinomoto

Global sales of aspartame “decreased considerably” during the first quarter of Ajinomoto’s financial year, according to the company.

Momentum builds to overhaul global calorie system

A storm in the US over how calories are measured could cross to Europe and an overhaul of the system is long overdue, according to one nutrition expert.

Edible collagen sales strong for Devro

Devro has reported rising edible collagen volumes in Europe, especially eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Germany, in its results for the first half of its financial year.

Dairy Crest praised for ‘Churchillian’ milk price cut delay

Dairy Crest has been praised for its “Churchillian” decision to defer its planned raw milk price reduction while it continues talks with protesting farmers.

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PureCircle: stevia 3.0 intensifies war on obesity

PureCircle’s next generation of stevia extracts, nicknamed stevia 3.0, will help the company step up its assault on the global obesity problem, according to Jason Hecker, vice president for global...

Food groups take stand on CAP priorities

Fairness in the food supply chain must be addressed alongside other priorities related to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), according to farmers’ union representatives.

News in brief

EFSA calls for more info on aspartame

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is delaying its report on the safety of aspartame, calling for more information before it can complete the review.

EU sugar quota supports ‘quasi monopoly’

The EU sugar industry benefits from a “quasi monopoly” situation as a result of the current EU sugar quota system, according to the European Starch Industry Association, Association de Amidonniers...

Low sat fat- zero trans fats solution for margarines and shortenings on the market in the next 12 to 24 months?

A product that will stabilize and solidify fats and oils, such as margarines and shortenings, with lower saturated fat and zero trans fats could be on the market in 12...

Food, pharma and beauty could be next big trend

The blending of food, pharma and beauty could be the next big trend in the global food market according to Sanford C Bernstein.

Frutarom gets firm with condiments

Frutarom Savoury Solutions has launched stabilising compounds that enable condiments such as dips, ketchup, sauces and mustard to be incorporated into meat and sausages.

Always falling short: Joined up thinking needed to battle global hunger and obesity

An unprecedented level of joint planning, innovation, and action between academia, governments, civil society and the food industry is required to battle the ‘double crisis’ that world hunger and high...

Ready meals ruled by sensory indulgence trend

Demand for sensory stimulation and indulgence is the most important global mega-trend in ready meals, according to market analyst Datamonitor.

Danone records sales growth despite European demand deterioration

Danone has warned of continued “rapid deteriation” in consumer demand in Southern Europe, despite reporting global sales growth of 5.9% for H1 2012.

Reducing sodium needs increased knowledge: Review

A scientific review has suggested that wider knowledge on the role of sodium chloride in baked goods is needed should industry wish to reduce levels successfully with little disruption to...

LycoRed buys Ukrainian carotenoid specialist

Israeli supplier Lycored has paid an undisclosed sum for a Ukrainian firm specialising in fungal pathogen-derived carotenoids in a move that brings a natural beta carotene into its portfolio.

China driving snacking market, with healthy snacking leading the charge: Blue Diamond

Global demand for almonds is increasing, with snacking driving a lot of opportunities. China is the premier snack growth region, says Bill Morecraft, General Manager of Blue Diamond Almonds Global...

Naturex reports H1 growth on back of acquisitions

Natural ingredients supplier Naturex has reported a healthy 15% growth in sales for the first half of its financial year on the back of ‘positive contributions’ from the firm’s new acquisitions....

Unilever posts ‘Nestle-like’ results

Unilever has become “Nestle-like” in its delivery of strong and consistent results, according to Andrew Wood, senior research analyst at Sanford C Bernstein.

Slashing salt could prevent stomach cancer

Reductions in salt intake, coupled with better labelling of salt levels in foods, could help to slash stomach cancer rates by 14%, according to new data compiled by the World...

PureCircle shores up stevia supplies

PureCircle has diversified its supplies of stevia leaf, enabling it to step up global growth plans and defend its supply chain against future issues.

Tate & Lyle Speciality Food Ingredients takes hit

Pre-tax profit at Tate & Lyle’s Speciality Food Ingredients (SFI) division took a hit in its first quarter from strikes in Turkey and lower volume sales in sucralose.

Aldi wins battle of the puds against Dr Oetker

Aldi has won a victory in a German court battle with food manufacturer Dr Oetker over the patent and marketing rights of a chocolate and cream dessert.

Chinese suppliers merit demonization but progress is being made, says BI chief

The credibility question over ingredients sourced from China are ‘well earned’, says George Pontiakos, president and CEO of BI Nutraceuticals, but the US FDA is doing a great job on...

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