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Vitiva launches rosemary-based antioxidant range

Vitiva has launched what it describes as a powerful rosemary extract-based antioxidant that can be used in processed chicken and poultry products.

Meta-analysis of cutting salt in kids to pile pressure on food industry

A new meta-analysis of clinical trials of the effect of salt reduction in children reports that a modest reduction in intake does have a significant effect on blood pressure.

UK firm uncovers 'traditional' strawberry flavour

UK firm Create Flavours has developed an innovative method that it claims is capable of recreating more accurately the original flavour of strawberries.

Unilever CEO presents 'manifesto' to food industry

Unilever CEO Patrick Cescau presented his 'manifesto for the food industry' to the CIAA Congress last week.

Scientists create high protein, low fat tortilla

A team of food researchers has been awarded a patent for a new variety of tortilla targeting consumers eager for a low fat, low carb, soy-free version of the popular...

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A fair trade future

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Novozymes raises earnings outlook after strong results

Novozymes has reported 'highly satisfactory' results for the first nine months of 2006, enabling the enzyme giant to adjust the outlook for earnings upwards.

Jungbunzlauer targets salt and sugar reduction

Ingredients giant Jungbunzlauer plans to use next month's HIE show in Frankfurt to unveil a raft of healthier solutions to aid food makers.

Beta-cyclodextrin: potential for vanillin encapsulation?

Encapsulating vanillin in beta-cyclodextrin could improve the water solubility of the compound, as well as offering protection against oxidative degradation, suggests research from Greece.

CIAA re-elects Martin, pushes for better self-regulation

CIAA president Jean Martin, elected for a third term of office by the confederation's board of directors, used last week's Congress to call for better regulation of the food industry.

Danisco targets anti-staling with 'breakthrough' enzyme

Danisco has extended its bakery enzyme range with a new amylase enzyme that slows down the staling of industrial bakery products, and extending the shelf life of bread.

Superfruits could wrestle gut health beverages from dairy

New Zealand's HortResearch is conducting research aimed at taking fruit and fruit-derived ingredients into the next generation of gut health drinks based on their prebiotic properties.

New technology needed to cut acrylamide

EU manufacturers have made significant changes to their recipes andprocesses but have achieved only "modest" reductions in acrylamidelevels, according to an industry expert.

Distorted food supply, prices to blame for soaring obesity, says IOTF

The food and beverage industry must switch from "cheaper oils, starches and sugars" to a healthier and more nutritional focus, said the International Obesity Task Force, after startling new estimates...

Compulsory GM rice testing approved by EU

European member states have endorsed a draft EC decision to impose compulsory tests on all US long grain rice imports in order to prove the absence of illegal biotech strains.

Tate and Lyle considers sale of EU starch, sweeteners business

Ingredients giant Tate & Lyle is considering the sale of its Food & Industrial Ingredients, Europe (TALFIIE) division, in a move designed to sharpen its focus on value added ingredients,...

Researchers race to perfect first totally purple tomato

Research groups around the world are working on breeding truly purple tomatoes, packed full of anthocyanins, and reports suggest that such a finished fruit may only be a few years...

Australia launches plan to cut trans fats

Australia's government will work with industry to reduce trans fatty acids in Australian food, it announced this week, despite figures that suggest intake of the fats among the population is...

Blackstone and PAI devour United Biscuits

Blackstone and PAI acquired United Biscuits (UB) from private equity firms Midocean and Civen yesterday, in a deal worth £1.6bn (€2.3bn).

'Paralysis' of food trade talks bad for EU business

The European Commission has once again expressed regret that the failure of the WTO Doha Round of trade talks will negatively impact EU business.

Asda goes green

Asda announced yesterday that its store in Canford Heath Dorset is set to be the first supermarket to recycle, reuse or compost all of its waste rather than send it...

Scientists "substantiate" safety of noni fruit juice

Scientists have reviewed the safety data and case reports of supposed adverse reactions for noni fruit juice, and reached the same conclusions as the EU that the fruit poses no...

Business feels tremors of EU sugar shake-up

The shake-up of Europe's sugar industry is already having an effect on internal EU-25 trade, according to a recent USDA report.

Shopping savvy consumers snap up own brands

New research from Somerfield reveals that UK shoppers are saving £336m (€500m) every week by taking advantage of special offers and 'own brand' groceries.

UK survey detects Listeria in mixed raw veg salads

About 5 per cent of mixed raw vegetable salads in the UK are contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to a national survey that uncovered two products with levels above the...

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