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CP Kelco ups pectin supplies

Number one pectin supplier CP Kelco ramps up production, doubling capacity at the firm's production site in Limeira, Brazil.

DASH diet may do more than lower blood pressure

The DASH diet, developed by the US government's National Institutes of Health as a way to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, may have health benefits that go beyond its...

Pecan prices rise on hurricane aftermath

Food manufacturers using pecan nuts in their food products can expect a hike in price as recent hurricanes in the US destroy nearly half the crops in major producing states.

Profit doubles for Bunge in 3Q

Improved margins and risk management tools help the world's biggest oilseed processor Bunge more than double its profit for the third quarter, despite a knock back from soybean trade in...

Europe deregulates packaging sizes

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to deregulate pack sizes for a whole range of consumer products such as ice cream, frozen food, low alcoholic drinks and soft drinks.

Key Hungarian ingredient pulled from shelves

Hungary has banned sales of its ubiquitous national spice paprika after high levels of potential carcinogenic aflatoxins were found in warehouse stocks, writes Lindsey Partos.

Danone, Parmalat fined for misleading Hungarian ads

Hungary's competition watchdog has fined French dairy giant Danone HUF10 million for manipulating and misleading consumers with its advert for Danone Activia yoghurt, writes Chris Mercer.

Frozen bread builds on Russian foodservice niche

Russia is a bread country - it has been a staple part of the diet there for centuries, and to many people it is as much a part of the...

Razguliay fortifies rice market stronghold

Russian agricultural processing giant Razguliay is to create a new holding company called Kubani Ris, which will process 83 per cent of all the rice grown in Russia and help...

Unilever applies for ice structuring protein approval

Changes to the new food code in Australia and New Zealand are underway as the food agency for the two countries calls for comment from industry, government and consumers on...

New research underlines antioxidant activity in chocolate

Evidence backing the health promoting benefits of chocolate continues to mount, bringing dynamism to slacking sales, reports Lindsey Partos. Researchers from Spain have discovered that polyphenols found in cocoa extract...

Weaker US bread consumption hits Novozymes sales

A fall in bread consumption in the US impacts sales for food enzyme leader Novozymes in the third quarter with the Danish firm reporting a 7 per cent fall in...

More palm oil pulled from UK shelves

The list of palm oil products to be pulled from the UK supermarket shelves is growing on a weekly basis. The country's food watchdog has identified the illegal carcinogen Sudan...

Razguliay cereal products play the quality card

Russian food group Razguliay has launched a new range of grain-based products under the Divnitsa brand, the first stage of a strategy aimed at allowing the agricultural processor to compete...

Opportunity knocks as Maslenitsa brand changes hands

Maslenitsa, one of Russia's best known frozen food brands, has been sold by its owner, Morozko, to the Kairos group for a sum thought to be around $100,000. The move...

Green light from Brussels for GM corn in food formulations

GM starch and corn oil are cleared for use in European food formulations after Brussels gives the green light on a genetically modified maize line from US biotech giant Monsanto,...

Upturn in fortunes at DSM

DSM expects to see full year profits rise 50 per cent on last year, said chairman Peter Elverding, after stronger than expected growth in the third quarter continued the positive trend.

Caramel colour leader spears Nordic firms

The world's number one caramel colour supplier DD Williamson is driving deeper into the Nordic countries, signing a deal with Swedish food distibutor Norfoods to build growth in the increasingly...

New sustainable chocolate hits US shelves

A new chocolate bar which claims to be made from sustainable cocoa plantations was launched in New York late last month with high hopes of building on the growing awareness...

Codex tackles cadmium levels

Europe tackles levels of cadmium contaminated foods, particularly in children, finding that cereals and vegetables contribute two thirds of the consumption of this toxic heavy metal that can cause kidney...

Innovation rewarded at SIAL

Nearly 150,000 visitors streamed through the doors of Europe's major food fair SIAL 2004 in Paris last week that presented more than 460 product innovations from 40 countries.

Belvédère bucks Polish downturn

Belvédère, the French group which is Poland's biggest vodka maker, is predicting better-than-expected sales for 2004 after a strong first half performance bucked the downward trend in the recession-hit Polish...

DBG strengthens Baltic position

The Danish Brewery Group, Denmark's second largest beer maker, has strengthened its position in the Baltic markets through the acquisition of a controlling stake in Lacplesa Alus, Latvia's number three...

Tea improves memory

Food makers will be encouraged to use green and black tea in their food formulations as science builds a picture of the possible health benefits, most recently that they could...

Aarhus investor sells majority stake

United International Enterprises Limited (UIE), the majority stakeholder in vegetable oil firm Aarhus United, confirms it will sell its considerable stake in the Danish firm, due to be divested by...

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