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Cola wars continue as Vanilla Coke hits Europe

Coca-Cola, the world's top soft drinks company, announced on Wednesday the European launch of Vanilla Coke, the cola variant that has helped revive flagging sales...

Hartwall goes healthy with Ocean Spray cranberry

Finnish beer and soft drink manufacturer Hartwall has launched Fenix Piristava, a new cranberry and pink grapefruit health drink designed to meet the growing consumer...

Oils trap salt to prevent moisture loss

UK microencapsulation company TasteTech reported this week that it has developed a controlled release microencapsulated version of traditional salt that avoids any unwanted moisture withdrawal....

Nearly 1million people to benefit from fruit scheme

The UK Government's Department of Health this week published proposals to reform its social welfare Food Scheme so that pregnant women, mothers and young children...

Cuban receives World Food Prize

A native Cuban and graduate of US Cornell University was presented with the $250,000 (€253,000) World Food Prize on 24-25 October in Des Monies, Iowa....

Vitamin E: calls for more research

A study highlighting the ability of vitamin E to postpone the onset of Parkinson's Disease was published in Neurology this month. Yet other studies, such...

Replica Macallan gives a taste of the 19th century

The Macallan distillery, part of Scotch whisky group Edrington, has launched a replica bottling of what is believed to be the oldest known bottle of...

Bottled water market flourishes despite East European economic woes

Bottled water sales in East Europe have seen double digit growth in each of the past five years, reaching more than 6,300 million litres in...

GM cotton approved as food source

The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced potential changes to the Food Standards Code involving a new wine production standard and the approval of...

Sugar bail-out less than sweet

A federal government bail-out of the Australian sugar industry was under threat on Tuesday after business and opposition groups,in particular food manufacturers, objected to a...

Spanish retail growth curbed by 'excessive' legislation

The high level of legislation governing the Spanish retail sector could impact competitiveness and end up hindering development rather than helping it. This is the...

How powerful is the consumer?

When David Byrne, European Commissioner responsible for Health and Consumer Protection, issued a message of support this week to the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) ahead...

Tesco speeds up Express rollout with T&S buy

Just a day after the Co-op strengthened its position in the UK convenience store sector with the acquisition of the struggling Alldays group, the UK's...

Fortified drinks - fighting poverty

More evidence to suggest that fortified drinks could contribute to aiding dietary deficiencies in developing countries emerged this week when a US scientist reported that...

Gelatine from yeast, new method

The Dutch Institute for Agrotechnological Research (ATO) claims to have formulated an alternative to sourcing gelatine from animal bones and hair. How? From a yeast...

Versatility, fidelity - the keys to doing business with retailers

When consumers visit their local store to do their weekly food shop, they probably give little thought to how stores select the products they stock,...

Ajinomoto expands pharma operations

Japanese seasoning maker Ajinomoto is to acquire Shimizu Pharmaceutical, an unlisted drugmaker based in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, to boost its pharmaceutical operations, according to...

Co-op comes to the rescue of Alldays

Alldays, the debt-laden retailer which was being run by the official receivers, has been bought by the Co-operative Group for the sum of £131 million...

'Egg'citement' in China

China's egg industry has won over the trust of European authorities on egg products who believe rosy market prospects could lie ahead, reports the Xinhua...

Crops for fat replacer ingredient

The US-based Circle Group is to submit the high-fibre fat replacer Z-trim, sourced from a range of available crops, to the US Food and Drug...

German market, 9/11 hits Bordeaux wine exports

Exports of wines from the French region of Bordeaux dropped by 2 per cent in volume to 2.2 billion hectolitres and by 5 per cent...

I spy inulin

Hydrocolloid company TIC Gums has launched a new natural gum system derived from vegetables for use to fortify foods and beverages with dietary fibre. TIC...

Industry defends MSG

A recent study from Japan, published in Experimental Eye Research and reported in the latest issue of the New Scientist, suggested that diets high in...

Budapest cooks up the ingredients

The city of Budapest will once again host the Food Ingredients Central & Eastern Europe exhibition (FiCEE) in 2003. The exhibition will take place at...

Fish for brain health

Elderly people who eat fish or seafood at least once a week are at lower risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, finds a study...

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