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Staking a claim in chocolate formulations

Hard negotiations followed by new European rules put to bed long-standing disputes over labelling issues that hung over chocolate manufacturers. As more European manufacturers turn to vegetable fats, the challenge...

Research questions value of fortification

Fortifying wheat flour with iron appears to have little effect on improving intake of the mineral, suggests a report in this month's European Journal of Nutrition.

Russian confectionery market growth slows

After several years of gains, growth in the Russian confectionery market looks set to slow over the next six years or so, with only premium chocolate products likely to bring...

New technology to cut toxicity test need

Cost cuts for food manufacturers involved in enzyme-based food products could be on the way through shorter lead times following the development of a new food enzyme production technology.

Stakeholders get to grips with risk perception

Public perception of risk - notably with regards to genetically modified foods - is the focus of a high-profile conference to take place in Brussels next week. Senior figures from...

EU pushes funding for enlargement

Today in Brussels European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin will meet ministers and high level representatives of the 13 acceding and candidate countries to discuss their participation in the EU's Sixth...

Diageo given cold shoulder over pure malt move

Diageo's decision to change its Cardhu Scotch whisky from a single malt to a pure malt - a blend of malts from different distilleries - has met with widespread condemnation...

Discount chain is latest Spar disposal

Spar, the German retail group, is being forced to take drastic measures to haul itself out of the red. With operating losses of €65 million in the first half of...

Scientists beat the bean taste

Food scientists in the US have developed a new dough formulation to eradicate the musty, 'beany' aftertaste of some soy-based breads.

Adding pepper to salt discourse

A current driving force in the food industry - cutting salt consumption in production processes - is the focus of a new research initiative in the UK.

Ireland, vCJD at bay

Only one more person from the Republic of Ireland (ROI) is likely to die from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) as a consequence of eating BSE infected meat, scientists claim this...

New chocolate rules, new growth opportunities

Controversial changes over two years ago to Europe's chocolate rules - that had cocoa puritans and producers up in arms - came into force in the summer, providing ingredients companies...

Brussels strategy to move Doha forward?

When 145 countries walked away from the negotiating table at the World Trade Organisation meeting in Cancun in September, disappointment hung in the air over a failure to make real...

GM crops to feed the world?

Hunger is on the rise again after falling steadily during the first half of the 1990s, warns the UN's annual hunger report released on Wednesday. In the same week, a...

No more than 10 fraudsters at Ahold

Ahold , the Dutch retail group, yesterday admitted for the first time that the 'accounting irregularities' announced earlier this year had in fact constituted fraud, and that it believed that no...

Spanish pricing debate reaches Parliament

Rodrigo Rato, Spain's finance minister, has added his voice to the debate over food prices which has pitched retailers against suppliers. He said that Spain's various regional governments should do...

Shareholders delight in McCormick dividend

Shareholders in US spice company will welcome approval this week from the board of directors to a 17 per cent rise in the regular cash dividend.

Bulk oil margins eat into Aarhus bottom line

Danish oils and fats company Aarhus United saw third quarter profit falling by over 50 per cent as reduced margins, lower exchange rates, a decline in bulk oil sales and...

Amino acids boost Ajinomoto 1H

Strong sales in amino acids for food and pharmaceutical products lifted fiscal first half figures for Japanese seasoning giant Ajinomoto.

Irish companies to invest in British snacking?

Snack and convenience food consumption plays a dominant role inthe eating habits of almost half of British consumers, according tonew research published by Teagasc. And Irish food companies should be...

Orafti buys Belgian rice ingredients

Belgian ingredients company Orafti is to acquire Remy Industries, a Belgium-based producer of food ingredients made from rice, the company announced this week. According to...

Ahold losses deepen in year-to-date

The chances of Anders Moberg, the new chief executive of Ahold, achieving the bonus targets announced yesterday look increasingly unlikely as the Dutch supermarket group today announced a further slide...

Facing up to competitive times, Ingredia-Rhodia call the double cone

When onlookers of the food ingredients industry claim that consolidation will be a key trend in coming years they are generally referring to mergers and acquisitions. But could it be...

Food safety agenda finds form

As new US rules on bioterrorism fall shortly on the increasingly broad shoulders of the food industry, the US agriculture secretary confirmed this week that food safety will remain a...

Solutions to health pressures

A researcher in Guatemala has been awarded €120, 000 for his work on finding solutions to the public health problems caused by malnutrition.

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