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Chr Hansen profits up despite Eurozone slowdown

Shares jumped more than 3% to just over €24.05 this morning in Danish enzymes, colours and cultures company Chr Hansen as its yearly revenue hit €699m. Profits improved 10.7% to...

Thick and creamy sensory cues increase satiety of low calorie foods: Study

Manipulating the texture and flavour of foods and drinks – to give them a thicker and creamier taste – could help to increase the feelings of fullness from low calorie...

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Ensuring sustainability at the new frontiers of palm oil production

Palm oil producers and traders have been looking for new production areas as expansion in environmentally sensitive regions in Southeast Asia has become increasingly difficult - but Latin American and African production...

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UK sustainable palm oil statement is ‘not really a commitment’, says RSPO president

A UK government statement drawing together new and existing pledges on sustainable palm oil falls short of a real commitment to sustainable sourcing, according to the president of the Roundtable...

Wheat price spikes will protect manufacturers in the long-run: Analyst

Sky-high wheat prices will deter use of the grain for feed and thus secure supplies for bakery and snack manufacturers in the long-run, according to an analyst.

Premier agrees sale of pickles and sauces business to Mizkan Group

Premier Foods has announced the £92.5 sale of its sweet pickles and table sauces business to Japanese firm Mizkan Group in a move that puts the firm past its target...

Unilever and FrieslandCampina expand sustainability partnership

Unilever and Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina have expanded their existing sustainability partnership with a pledge to co-operate on development and innovation while promoting sustainable production, packaging, and logistics.

Single sat fat meal has immediate impact on artery functions, warn researchers

A single meal composed of high levels of saturated fats can cause damage to arteries, according to new research.

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Hain Celestial seals deal to buy UK jams and peanut butter brands

Hain Celestial has completed the deal to acquire jams, spreads and peanut butter brands including Hartley's, Sun–Pat , Gale's , Robertson's, and Frank Cooper's,  from UK firm Premier Foods for...

Greenpeace urges food companies to check palm oil suppliers' sustainability score

Greenpeace has published a scorecard rating palm oil producers’ sustainability efforts, in order to provide food and other consumer goods companies with better information about how their palm oil is...

Fat-rich foods set up long term risk for malnutrition, suggests study

Consumption of fat laden foods can have huge implications for the risk of malnourishment in older age, according to new research.

EHL introduces lemon myrtle for UK food manufacturers

EHL Ingredients has introduced the Australian herb lemon myrtle to the UK market, touting it as a natural, organic ingredient with lemon and basil notes that could be used in...

Peanut skins may improve nutrition and flavour of peanut butter

Adding peanut skins to peanut butter could help to improve nutritional value while maintaining the flavour, say researchers.

Vitamin price drops but BASF nutrition sees 4% sales growth

BASF’s nutrition and health unit (N&H) earned €492m in Q3 – 4% more for the quarter than in 2011 when it had sales of €471m – despite falling prices for...

IOI Loders Croklaan opens new oils and fats refinery

IOI Loders Croklaan has opened a new oils and fats refinery in Wormerveer in the Netherlands, with a particular focus on sustainably sourced oils.

Royal DSM to acquire Cargill’s enzymes and cultures business

Royal DSM has said it will acquire Cargill’s enzymes and cultures business in an all-cash deal worth €85m.

Nestlé UK goes Fairtrade with Kit Kat two-finger

Nestlé UK & Ireland is doubling its commitment to Fairtrade cocoa by making its two-finger Kit Kat brand Fairtrade from January 2013.

Higher dairy intake lowers semen quality – Harvard study

Young men with a high daily intake of full-fat dairy may be risking their chance of having children, US researchers have claimed.

IMCD partners with Tate & Lyle to meet Fairtrade sugar demand

Food ingredients and chemicals firm IMCD Benelux has partnered with Tate & Lyle Sugars to supply specialty cane sugar ingredients in Benelux, Germany and Poland.

Experts reiterate call for calorie count reform

Caloric values – particularly for nuts and legumes – should be re-evaluated in light of recent studies suggesting commonly used calorie estimates may be flawed, according to a panel of...

CSM’s soon-to-be axed bakery business shines in Q3

CSM’s soon-to-be axed bakery supplies business shined in the third quarter alongside a ‘satisfactory’ performance of the future bio-based business, its CEO said.

Welsh chewing gum tax doesn’t stick

The Welsh Assembly has rejected plans to introduce a 5p levy on chewing gum.

Altruism is key to organic food growth, suggests study

Marketing efforts for organic foods should put more focus on altruistic aspects such as the environmental and animal welfare aspects if they are to have sustained growth in the sector,...

Unilever sales up 10% - but food business slides

Unilever reported a 1.4% drop in its food sales volumes in the third quarter, as its spreads business suffered from high pricing relative to competitors – but overall revenue at...

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Barry Callebaut appoints new chief innovation officer

Barry Callebaut has appointed ex-Unilever man Peter Boone as its new chief innovation officer.

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