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Chunk of U.S population deficient in B12

Nearly two-fifths of the U.S population may be deficient in Vitamin B12, according to a recent study. Researchers involved in the ongoing Framingham (Massachusetts) Offspring...

Unilever launch cholesterol lowering spread in Finland

Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer products group, announced yesterday that it is to launch its Becel pro-active spread in Finland this week. Becel is to muscle...

Japanese Snow Brand dairy investigated

Japan's largest dairy products maker was raided this week by police. The move follows a massive food poisoning outbreak which left 14,800 people ill in...

US starch producer buys Starch Australasia

Penford Corp., a producer of speciality starches in NorthAmerica, is to purchase Starch Australasia Limited for US$58 million in cash. Starch Australasia, part of Gooder...

Del Monte buys jarred fruit

Del Monte Foods Co., the largest U.S. producer of canned fruit and vegetables, is to purchase Sunfresh, a jarred fruit business. Del Monte announced this...

Cocoa bean good source of fibre

The cocoa bean shell is a good source of insoluble fibre, according to a study carried out at the University of Toronto in Canada. Researchers...

Sara Lee sells stake in leather goods company

US consumer products group Sara Lee Corp., is to sell a stake in its leather goods company Coach. The company is to offer 7.38 million...

Keebler Foods bid starts

Bids for Keebler Foods Co., the second-largest biscuit maker in the U.S after Nabisco Inc., started this week. According to analysts the company is likely...

Fosters buys wine

Australian brewer, Foster's Brewing Group Ltd, announced yesterday that it is to purchase California-based Beringer Wine Estates Holdings Inc. for $1.14 billion. Fosters, which controls...

Vitamin E and C help memory, new studies suggest

A long-term health study has shown that Vitamin E and Vitamin C supplements have a ``significant protective effect'' against memory problems and loss of mental...

Vitamin E reduces stroke risk

Foods rich in vitamin E may help reduce stroke deaths in postmenopausal women, according to a report in the current issue of The American Journal...

EU gives Bass the green light

Bass, the UK hotels and leisure group, announced this week that it had received clearance from the European Commission for the sale its brewing arm,...

CSIRO urges balanced diet

The foods we eat may help to protect against cancer, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) announced recently. "A diet which includes cereals,...

Asthma linked to diet, new research suggests

Diet may be to blame for the rise in asthma and allergies in children, a recent study in Saudi Arabia suggests. Research on the effect...

UK BSE protection measures may change

Proposals to change current UK legislation on BSE protection measures - bringing it into line with new measures across the European Union - were issued...

Absolut owners may bid for Seagram

Vin & Sprit, the Swedish company that owns and makes Absolut vodka, may join the bidding for Seagram's drinks business, the Financial Times reported yesterday....

Lonza sells additives

Lonza, the Swiss speciality chemicals company, announced yesterday it is to sell its new additives plant in Singapore. The 70,000 tonne a year isophthalic acid...

Hercules, Pharmacia and Lehman in joint biogums venture

Hercules Inc., a world leader in hydrocolloids, announced recently an agreement with Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partners and Pharmacia Corp. to establish a new biogums...

New GMO labelling regulations in Australia

New regulations on labelling of genetically modified foods, made in Wellington, New Zealand last month by Health Ministers from New Zealand and Australian State and...

Novartis reports positive financial results

Novartis, the Swiss life sciences company, announced this week that sales in the pharmaceuticals division were up 8 per cent in the first half of...

Pernod Ricard to bid for Polish vodka

Pernod Ricard, the French drinks group, announced last week that it is looking to bid for Polish vodka producers that may be privatised in coming...

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