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Wheat quality scuppered by rain, says survey

UK wheat quality has been pushed even further below the national three-year average, according to the first survey of wheat harvested during the worst period of the UK's summer rain,...

Antioxidant activity in apples to drive processed applications?

Food makers using processed apples in their food formulations can maximise on the health-boosting antioxidant component of the fruit with a new study backing up previous findings that suggest levels...

Improved functionality for Cerestar starch

Spearing the growing convenience sector starch specialities firm Cerestar improves the functionality of its C*PulpTex brand, aiming to slice away costs for food makers working in the pre-prepared foods sector....

Parabens: food authority proposes limit for food preservative

Europe's food watchdog comes up with benchmark consumer consumption doses for antimicrobial agents used sparingly by food manufacturers as a preservative in meat products and potato snacks, reports Lindsey Partos.

Frozen dessert tie-up for competitive market

In the US this week private ingredients firm Harte Foods links up with mail order food company The Wisconsin Cheeseman to tackle the increasingly consolidated frozen dessert market.

CEE round-up

Regional news includes Russian veterinary inspectors beginning checks on Polish dairies, the sale of one of the largest yeast manufacturers in Poland and plans by Vietnamese tea producers to increase...

Big brewers fight over Eastern Russian brewer

Three major European brewing companies are competing to purchase a small brewery in the previously unexplored region of Russia's far east, as the scrap to profit from one of the...

WBD gets EU export license to target expats

Wimm-Bill-Dann, has become one of the first Russian dairy companies to receive a new EU license to export its products to Member States. The move is expected to help the...

EU to up agricultural exports to Eastern Europe

The European Commission has approved measures to promote EU agricultural products in Central and Eastern Europe. The move will see fruit and vegetables being exported to Russia, Romania and Bulgaria.

Manufacturers, retailers implicated in latest Russian food fraud

The discovery by Russia's State Trade Inspectorate of tons of fake condensed milk on the supermarket shelves in Moscow and St. Petersburg has once again highlighted the enormity of the...

Wimm-Bill-Dann seeking Urals dairy foothold

Russian dairy giant Wimm-Bill-Dann is looking to increase its hold on the country's dairy market by tapping into the under-exploited Urals region. But after a year of falling profit margins,...

Unilever goes low-carb down-under

Unilever yesterday turned its nose up at any talk of a decline in the low-carb market and introduced 23 lines - the biggest launch in the company's history - into...

Mass production opportunities open up for natural sweetener

Competition in the sweeteners market could move up a gear in the near future as Japanese scientists harness production capacity for the taste-altering protein miraculin that makes sour foods taste...

No decision from Brazil senate on GM soy

Brazil, the number two soy producer after the US, has again delayed voting on a bill regulating the use of genetically modified organisms, suggesting that the Lula-led government might repeat...

Bone health gains for kids from calcium - exercise duo

Calcium intake and exercise combination is the key to optimal increases in bone density for pre-adolescent children, finds a new study that combines previous evidence suggesting the independent benefits of...

Sweeteners top growth in food additives market

Artificial sweeteners will lead the growth in the food additives market on the back of rising consumer demand for functional foods, closely followed by nutraceuticals and food preservatives, but flavours...

Favouritism adding to the woes of Russian vodka producers

Preferential treatment by local authorities is pushing Russian vodka producers on hard times. According to a recent market report it is the regional allocation of brands that is affecting profitability,...

Mother's diet lowers child's leukaemia risk

Women who eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruit and protein before pregnancy may lower the risk of having a child who develops leukaemia, Britain's biggest child killer disease, suggests...

UN hosts food safety debate

Food safety comes to the table for global discussions convened by two UN-backed agencies next month.

Chewing gum tax to hit Ireland?

A new gum tax in Ireland proposed to help street cleaning could add 5-10 cents to the price of a packet of gum and slice into a market.

New canola oil targets trans fat free formulations

Dow AgroSciences multiplies alternatives for food makers looking to remove artery-clogging trans fats from formulations with a new canola oil sourced from a specifically designed seed with a low saturated...

Chr Hansen launches natural red range

Number one natural colours firm Chr Hansen builds on ambitions to penetrate deeper into this growing market with the launch of a new range of natural reds that tackle stability...

New folic evidence favours food fortification

Food fortified with folic acid slashed rates of neural tube defects in babies finds new study from Canada that puts weight behind calls for global fortification of foods, as well...

Food industry manifesto targets obesity

Portion sizes will be cut as the food giants sign a seven step manifesto to tackle the sensitive food and health debate.

Fish sausage formula spears meat alternatives

Russian fish consumption is rising as consumers turn to healthier, safer and cheaper alternatives to meat, but with good quality fish products hard to come by in some parts of...

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