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Testing of honey takes on new momentum in fallout from GM ruling

Work is under way by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre to identify appropriate sampling and testing methods for the presence of pollen in honey.

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UK manufacturers to face higher energy costs

Energy prices paid by UK firms are 10% higher than those of their German competitors, according to a study by the manufacturers’ organisation EEF.

Ferrero to build €90m site in Turkey to seize upon another growing market

Ferrero has announced plans to build a new factory in Turkey in the province of Manisa to leverage its position in a confectionery market that has grown 120% since 2004,...

Tate & Lyle signs agreement for salt reduction technology

Tate & Lyle has announced an exclusive, worldwide license agreement with Eminate Ltd for its novel salt reduction technology Soda-Lo.

Croda gains gold IFFO ‘responsible production’ standard

Ingredients supplier Croda has gained a ‘gold standard’ for responsible production methods from the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation – and says a full ‘responsible sourcing’ standard is in...

'Magnetic tongue' may help improve processed food development

A new ‘magnetic tongue’ has potential as a rapid, sensitive, and relatively inexpensive approach for food processing companies to use when developing and testing new or reformulated products, suggest researchers.

Bakery division of CSM to see greatest number of job cuts

Bakery ingredients supplier CSM’s planned restructuring programme to offset weak consumer demand will result in 500 job losses, revealed the company when releasing its Q3 interim statement yesterday.

Salt-based fish preservative heralded as phosphate alternative

An ingredient billed as an alternative to synthetic phosphates for fish preservation targets anti-rancidity and promises yield increase along with antimicrobial stability in prepared fish and fish products.

Flavour standards: are these set to be game-changing for food and drink R&D?

A new line of flavour reference standards aimed at ensuring skilled panel testers for product testing will have a transformative effect on food and beverage formulation, claims developer Cara Technology.

Nestlé fortifies Brazilian milk products to capture added-value trend

Nestlé has launched two new fortified milks in Brazil that it claims will help parents to increase the iron and vitamin content of children’s diets, as the firm rides regional...

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We've goat to go to Hong Kong: Delamere Dairy

UK goat's milk producer Delamere Dairy has opened a Hong Kong sales office as it hopes to make 'significant inroads' within the Asian market.

Chr. Hansen hails new cheese culture club members

Danish food ingredients specialist Chr. Hansen is poised to launch a new range of cheese cultures that it claims will radically extend the shelf-life taste profile of products such as...

Jury finds for Novozymes in patent infringement case against Danisco

Danisco was told by a US court to pay Danish food ingredients producer Novozymes $18.3m in damages for patent infringement.

Market entry of a microalgae-derived fat reducer edges nearer

Commercial scale-up of a microalgae derived flour algae is expected to get underway in December this year, with anticipated market entry for set for 2012, claims Solazyme and Roquette.

FMC to acquire Chilean natural color and health ingredients firm

FMC Corporation has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Chilean natural colors and specialty ingredients firm South Pole Biogroup, as it looks to expand its food ingredients portfolio.

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Juna aims to cause Andean stir in UK juice sector

Juice startup Juna claims that it will shake-up the UK juice market following the recent launch of a new all-natural nectar range made mango, lulo, guanabana and mora fruits.

Big brands slow to spot UK energy-boosting drinks trend, analyst

Large beverage players have ‘been a little slow of the mark’ in benefiting from a UK consumer trend towards consuming energy drinks for general rather than sports purpose.

Ferrero to tap into rapid Indian chocolate growth with new production site – analysts

Italian chocolatier Ferrero has opened its first production facility in India; a chocolate market analysts have said has huge potential.

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Fonterra fears NZ $20m daily milk loss due to massive gas leak

Fonterra says it fears it will lose around NZ $20m of milk a day after it was forced to close 15 of its 17 processing sites on North Island, following...

Greencore: Is a management buyout on the cards?

A management buyout in tandem with a private equity alliance could be a likely outcome in any change of ownership of Greencore, claims Shore Capital Stockbrokers, following the surprise news...

Stevia alliance set to bear NPD fruit in Europe early next year

Stevia-based launches are expected early January 2012 from the leading European players in the beverage, snacks and confectionery sectors, claims an Israeli consultancy, which, along with supplier Chengdu Wagott, has...

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Hain Celestial eyes chilled soup expertise with Daniels Group acquisition

The Hain Celestial Group has acquired UK-based chilled foods manufacturer Daniels Group, the company has said.

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UK withdraws olives on botulism fears

The UK has ordered the withdrawal of a batch of Italian olives after they were linked to two cases of botulism in Finland.

Researchers question science quality on sugary drinks’ health impacts

Scientific reviews of the evidence linking sugary drink consumption with health impacts such as obesity and type-2 diabetes are often of low quality, claim the authors of a new paper...

Swedish authorities approve Arla's merger with struggling Milko

The Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) has approved Arla’s merger with struggling Swedish dairy processor Milko, which had faced bankruptcy in the event of the deal not going through.

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