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Choices appoints ex-Commissioner as chair

The organisation behind the Choices nutrition logo has appointed former EC Commissioner Pavel Telička as its independent chairman.

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ADM completes purchase of rapeseed plant

Archer Daniels Midland has received antitrust approval to acquire Campa’s rapeseed crushing plant in Sraubing, Southern Germany, a plan originally announced in August.

CIAA keeps up pressure over labelling free-market fears

The issues of font size and co-existence of European and national front-of-pack nutrition schemes are still vital topics for discussions on the new labelling regulation, says the CIAA in advance...

Defra traces UK food price story for 2008

Defra has published its annual Food Statistics Pocketbook, which traces the precise direction of food prices in the UK over the last 12 months and gives insight into the tough...

Flatulence-free soybeans pass the prototype test

Germinating black soybeans under stress from a fungus may give food formulators soy with less flatulence-causing carbohydrates, says new research from Singapore.

Falling vegetable oil prices to improve AAK cash flow

Specialty fats firm AAK has said that the falling price of vegetable oils will help keep its financial situation in good health – especially useful when acquisitions and organic growth...

PAVA’s future starch sales negotiations to minimise financial risk

Russian grain processor PAVA says it is already in negotiations with major firms to supply products from its new grain fractionation plant, due to be up and running by 2010.

British Sugar certifies carbon footprint with new method

 The UK’s British Sugar has become the first sugar company to use a new method to certify the carbon footprint of its granulated sugar.

BASF helps retailer with sustainable fruit and veg standards

BASF Crop Protection is developing a new set of criteria and standards for sustainable fruit and veg production for supermarket chain Rewe, which are intended to give sustainability assurances throughout...

DP Supply invests in fat powder and creamer capacity

DP Supply is radically increasing its capacity for producing spray dried fat powders and vegetable-based creamers with the purchase of Nordmich’s plant in Beesten, Germany.

Red meat may help toxins stick in the body: Study

A molecule present in red meat may increase a human’s susceptibility to food poisoning, suggests a new study in the journal Nature.

Ajinomoto confirms aspartame price increase for Europe

Ajinomoto Europe has announced a 15 per cent price increase for aspartame produced at its plant in Gravelines, France, just weeks after the US business made a similar announcement.

Indian food show reports record visitors

This month’s Food Ingredients India 2008 trade show in Mumbai received more than 3200 visitors over two days – 106 per cent more than last year, say the organisers.

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ADM makes cocoa management appointments

ADM Cocoa International has appointed Benoît Villers as its new director of chocolate, and Steven Laning as innovation and marketing director.

Food allergy programme a success, says FSA

 The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) says that its Food Allergy and Intolerance Research Programme has directly influenced FSA policy concerning allergies, which has in turn informed manufacturers.

DG Sanco debates consumer reception of new technologies

A conference taking place in Brussels is examining how best to deal with emerging technologies like cloning and nanotechnology, and to ensure that consumer confidence is addressed.

How chefs set standards for new food flavours

IFF's master chef talks through the process of establishing gold standards that new flavours aim to meet - from selection of the finest materials, to collaboration with the technical team.

New yeast strain could biofortify bakery with folate: study

Carefully selecting the yeast strain for bakery could result in natural biofortication of the product with folate, and remove the need to add synthetic folic acid, suggests a new study.

Cocoa supply chain and sustainability headline African symposium

 With sustainability a buzz word for today's confectionery makers, a symposium that kicked off in Ghana today will attempt to get to grips with current issues impacting sustainability in Africa's...

Price-fixing in the food industry

Competition authorities are sniffing about the food industry for evidence of price-fixing activities. A partner at law firm Eversheds explains how cartels come about, and why food may be a...

Symrise optimistic in face of financial crisis

German flavour and fragrance manufacturer Symrise remains confident of seeing growth for the remainder of this year and next, despite the financial downturn which is gripping the world markets.

Whey-protein could give reduced fat deep-fried foods: study

Whey protein isolates may reduce the fat content of deep-fried foods without affecting the hardness or crunchiness of the finished food, says new research.

Raw broccoli best for anti-cancer potential: study

Consuming cooked or processed broccoli may result in less of the potential anti-cancer compounds being available for absorption, suggests a new study from TNO Quality of Life.

Purac takes lactic acid message direct to consumers

Purac has launched an effort to assure consumers that lactic acid is a safe and natural ingredient, and dispel misconceptions about its origins and association with muscle stiffness.

Drink your way to five-a-day

Drinking vegetable juice is an effective and acceptable way to increase an individual’s vegetable intake, according to new research from the US.

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