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Danisco cuts quota in wake of sugar reform

Danisco has said it will reduce its sugar quota by more than 10 per cent following sugar reform proposals agreed by EU agriculture ministers, and being stung with levy charges...

Isoflavone-rich pasta effective to boost heart health - study

Pasta, enriched with soy isoflavones in the aglycone form, can effectively reduce blood levels of total and LDL cholesterol by about eight per cent, new research from Italy has reported.

Vague allergen warning is dangerous, Lords tell FSA

The UK's Food Standards Agency should ensure appropriate consideration is given to allergens by the European Commission, as part of if its review of food labelling, say peers.

EFSA to speed up review of colours from hyperactive kids study

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced it will prioritise its own review of the six colours at the heart of the recent study linking certain artificial additives with...

Fiske becomes Univar - and a specialist industry expert

Ingredients distributor Fiske is changing its name to Univar Food Ingredients to draw on the brand recognition of its parent company, and is taking on industry experts so it can...

Purac to move lactic acid production from Europe

After recording disappointing margins last month, CSM subsidiary Purac announced yesterday it will switch lactic acid production from Europe to Thailand, the US and Brazil.

Global enzyme growth driven by innovation, says report

The global market for food and beverage enzymes is forecast to slow but remain strong, resulting mostly from expanding markets and applications, according to a new report by The Freedonia...

Individual GI variations demand research attention - study

Individual variations in the glycaemic index (GI) of white bread, stated as 70 in the literature, may range from 44 to 132, says new research that questions the utility of the index.

Back to the Commission for GM maize approval

The European Commission will now make the final decision on whether to allow three new GM maize's onto the EU market after agricultural ministers failed to reach a majority vote...

Nestle points towards future of cocoa research

The future of research into the potential health benefits of cocoa should focus on the mechanisms and active compounds, with well defined clinical trials key to this burgeoning segment, says...

Walnut leaf extract could be natural antioxidant alternative

An extract from leaves of the walnut tree (Juglans regia) presented a potent ability to scavenge damaging reactive oxygen and nitrogen species responsible for food spoilage, new research has reported.

Parliament votes for more cash to sugar producers

The European Commission is poised to adopt its common position on measures to speed up sugar reform, following a vote in Parliament on amendments to increase compensation to sugar producers...

Peanut pregnancy advice caused consternation for UK Lords

A high level report from the UK's House of Lords has said advice on peanut consumption by pregnant women and children to reduce allergy risk could be counterproductive, and calls...

DSM casein ingredient to help glucose levels in diabetics

DSM is set to launch a casein ingredient aimed at regulating glucose levels in type-2 diabetics, which can be added to a wide range of functional foods and beverages to...

Danisco makes new hydrocolloid by depolymerising guar gum

Danisco is preparing to introduce a partially depolymerised guar gum to the market following a positive safety call from EFSA, tipped to bring new functionalities and a range of texture...

Whey protein may boost citral stability in beverages

Stabilising beverage emulsions with whey protein isolate may inhibit the loss of citrus flavour ingredients, suggests new research from the US and Italy.

Selenium may protect against artery furring

Selenium supplements may reduce the risk of heart disease by inhibiting the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, suggests a small study from Italy.

Exter launches flavour ranges for speed, flexibility

Exter Aroma is relaunching its flavour collection under six ranges, offering a more comprehensive range and positioning as a flexible market player that can respond to product development requirements quickly.

Sugar reform and biofuel take toll on yeast extract prices

Rising costs and shrinking supply of sugar molasses are driving up the cost of yeast extract production, says Bio Springer, which is today announcing a double digit price increase for...

Weekly comment

Consumers and the confidence crisis

Consumer demand - the holy grail of any industry - is a fragile and easily manipulated treasure. But influencing consumers for anything other than their own benefit will, more often...

Palsgaard counters milk costs for ice-cream makers

Palsgaard is the latest company to develop an ingredient solution that reduces the need for expensive commodities, with an emulsifier-stabiliser technology that calls for less milk solids in ice-cream.

Common food additives may cut acrylamide formation

Common food additives like calcium chloride and l-cysteine could reduce the formation of acrylamide in potato chips by about 85 per cent, according to a new study.

Vitiva ups capacity, considers acquisition

Vitiva has added new production lines to its natural extracts facility, giving it 70 per cent more capacity, and is considering acquiring another company so it can support demand with...

Weyermann makes organic colour for beer, bakery, beverages

German malting company Weyermann is posed to tap the trend towards organic colourings by introducing an organic version of its Sinamar natural liquid malt colour.

Symrise to predict taste changes by watching people eat

Symrise is set to learn about consumers' taste and sensory preferences by analysing data on food and drink choices made by diners at a 'Restaurant for the Future'.

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