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Tate & Lyle results ‘upbeat’ but 'real test to come': analysts

Financial analysts have welcomed Tate & Lyle’s trading update for the six months ending September 30 but warned of a challenging second half.

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UK food and drink exports continue to rise

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports have continued to grow this year, rising to £5.9bn in the first six months of the year – an increase of 2.2% compared with...

Stevia set to be a ‘mass volume, mainstream ingredient’, says PureCircle after striking deal with Coca-Cola

PureCircle says it is one step closer to establishing its high-purity stevia as a “mass volume, mainstream ingredient” after signing a joint development and supply agreement with soft drinks giant...

RTS identifies growing market for natural flavour materials

Market research firm RTS has identified a burgeoning market for natural flavour materials as companies increasingly move away from artificial ingredients – but its first report on the market is...

'Sugar control' study could spawn food solutions to fight obesity and diabetes

Intestinal enzymes responsible for breaking down starchy foods could soon be ‘toggled’ to be on or off, leading to foods that might help battle obesity and diabetes by better controlling blood...

EP committee votes to curb food commodity trading to tackle price spikes

A European Parliament committee has voted to limit ultra-fast computerised trading on food commodity and energy markets in an effort to curb the kind of speculation that contributed to food...

Gut bacteria changes touted as a cause of diabetes

Major changes to the profile of our gut bacteria ecosystem are associated with the development of type two diabetes, according to ‘exciting’ new meta-genomic data published in Nature.

EFSA approves safety of GM oilseed rape

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved the safety of a genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape for use in foods and feed on the EU market.

Can early exposure shape better diets for future generations?

From sweet tastes, to saltiness and even garlic – the latest research is suggesting that early exposure to tastes can help shape long term food preferences, but just how important...

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WWF Germany compares sustainable soy schemes

The WWF Germany has compared the ProTerra Certification scheme for sustainable soy with the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) – and has found now reason to prefer one over...

Self-regulation of food advertising to children is failing across Europe, says IASO

Self-regulation of food advertising to children has been labelled a failure by the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO), which has said in a new report that advertising...

Barry Callebaut UK strikes end as settlement reached

Barry Callebaut has reached a settlement with workers at a factory in the UK after strikes were staged earlier in the week over a pay dispute.

Ads for almond milk with 2% almonds not misleading, rules ASA

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that Alpro UK’s advertising of its ‘almond milk’ was not misleading, despite complaints that the product contained just 2% almonds.

Could the EU implement a Europe-wide fat tax?

European policymakers may be considering a Europe-wide fat tax in an effort to combat obesity – although such a move would be complicated and subject to considerable debate, according to...

Russia bans GM maize in wake of controversial Monsanto cancer study

Russian authorities have places a temporary ban on imports of genetically-modified maize produced by Monsanto in the wake of last weeks’ controversial GM cancer study.

EU project to test how well health claims are understood by consumers

A new EU project aims to tackle how consumers interpret health claims and symbols on food products in the hope of developing future guidelines on how such claims can be...

Combining label types could be beneficial for consumers, study suggests

Using a combination of GDA labelling and health logos could help consumers to understand the nutritional content and health implications of food products, say researchers.

Consumer demand for packaged foods boosts Russian specialty fats market

Russia’s specialty fats market has rocketed in the past decade, driven by increasing consumer demand for processed foods and higher levels of disposable income – and the sector is expected...

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European Potato Processors launch responsible frying website

The European Potato Processors’ Association has issued advice on responsible frying to reduce acrylamide levels in French fries.

Tate & Lyle Sugars take legal fight to European Commission over sugar rules

Tate & Lyle Sugars is seeking 75 million euros in damages from the European Commission after what it claims to be the ‘mismanagement’ of the European sugar market.

Special edition: Life stages 2012…

How to sell more products using, totally, like, mind-blowing arcade games and you know, facebook…

What do teenagers want? Kraft, which has just launched a gum targeting this demographic, believes it has the answer.

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Investment boosts RSSL flavor capability

‘Significant’ investment in new equipment and expertise has helped RSSL to boost capability in flavour analysis, says the firm.

Dispatches from IBA 2012

Citrus fibers give 70% cost saving as partial egg replacers, claims Fiberstar

Bakers can make big savings by replacing half of the eggs in the formulation with a citrus fiber blend, according to US ingredients firm Fiberstar.

UK food industry upbeat as sales expected to rise

The UK food and drink industry is optimistic about sales prospects in the third quarter (Q3), according to a survey conducted by the UK’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF’s)...

The 20 most significant food inventions of all time

The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, has issued a list of what it considers to be the 20 most significant inventions in the history of food and drink.

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