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Consumers lack motivation and attention to make healthy choices, finds research

A lack of motivation and attention from consumers prevents nutrition information labels from positively impacting food choices, say researchers.

Nestle ‘sure’ child labour occurs in supply chain as company allows probe

Nestle has become the first food company to allow the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate whether children are working on cocoa farms supplying its factories as the company said...

Danish firm’s packaging move triggered by exchange rate insecurities

The plummeting value of the British pound on international markets was a key driver in Faerch Plast A/S shifting a part of its packaging operations to the UK.

Industry ‘grossly underestimated’ consumption levels for flavouring agents, EFSA panel

The European flavourings industry grossly underestimated consumer intake levels of products flavoured with some chemically derived flavouring substances, according to an EFSA panel.

Dispatches from FIE 2011

Meat extender promises cost savings for industry

French ingredients supplier Roquette has further extended the applications for its Nutralys pea protein by teaming up with extrusion technology experts Sotexpro to develop a textured version that allows for...

Unilever: We know there’s frustration, but ‘breakthrough is near’ on sustainable palm oil

While the uptake of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) has not been as fast as many stakeholders had hoped, a “breakthrough is near” according to Unilever’s director of sustainable sourcing...

Norwegian dairy giant call for tariff relief as butter crisis bites

Leading Norwegian butter producer TINE has called upon the country’s agricultural authority to temporarily suspend customs duties on butter imports, to avoid shortages over the Christmas period.

Fresh EU novel food proposal may separate cloned meat legislation

New proposals on novel foods regulation due in 2012 may see separate legislation to deal with the delicate issue of animal cloning, according to experts from the FSA.

News in brief

Aryzta sees strong performance in emerging markets

Speciality bakery firm Aryzta has announced revenue growth of 9.6% in a first quarter (Q1) in a trading update issued yesterday.

AB Enzymes upgrades texturiser for clean label bakery products

AB Enzymes is set to launch a texturiser for clean label bakery products that it says can cut costs and give results closer to monoglycerides than its last offering.

Barley brewing offers basis for portfolio variation and sustainability, DSM

Jeroen van Roon, global marketing manager for beer for DSM Food Specialties told BeverageDaily.com that barley brewing enzymes could help brewers cut down on more costly malt-based products, and develop...

German research house touts novel flavour analysis method

A new way of analysing flavours in food and beverages goes beyond sensory profiling and can both ensure brand quality and innovation, claims German developer Metabolomic Discoveries.

New technique may allow for improved production of low calorie cocoa butter

A novel method for removing free fatty acids in oils may help industry to produce refined low-calorie cocoa butter, according to new research.

Chr. Hansen expands e-number free colouring range

Ingredients firm Chr. Hansen has doubled the number of products in its fruit colouring food stuffs range, which it said will allow manufacturers to diversify sweet confectionery products and keep...

News in brief

SABMiller gains final regulatory approval for Foster's takeover

SABMiller has gained final regulatory approval from the Australian Federal Treasurer for the acquisition of Foster's, following a recommendation from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).

‘Doing nothing is not an option’ on cheese composition concerns, Dairy UK

Trade body Dairy UK has revealed to DairyReporter.com that it is concerned about the impact of the new EU Food Information Regulation (FIR) on UK cheese compositional standards.

CHS to acquire Israeli soy protein company Solbar for $133m

The United States’ biggest farmer-owned cooperative CHS Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire soy protein company Solbar for $133m, sending share prices in the Israeli company soaring.

Second buys third in Romanian chocolate race

The second largest player on the Romanian chocolate market Kandia Dulce has acquired former competitor Supreme Chocolat, the third largest player, which could put pressure on market leader Kraft, according...

EC bids to offset sugar supply shortfall in EU next year

The European Commission is aiming to leverage the ‘abundance’ of the out-of-quota harvest in the EU to ensure an adequate sugar supply next year.

Lack of new novel food plans hindering EU innovation, claims trade group

EU food industry representatives claim the delay in new novel food regulation proposals from the European Commission is seriously hampering innovation in the EU food and beverage manufacturing sector.

Orkla offloads bakery business to retail group

Norwegian firm Orkla Brands has announced the sale of its bakery unit Bakers to the retail group NorgesGruppen for an undisclosed fee as retailers augment their dominance on the Norwegian...

Ulrick & Short launches new functional fibres

UK-based clean label ingredient specialist Ulrick & Short has launched a new range of functional specialist fibres targeted specifically at the dairy industry, and based on wheat and oats.

Protein may affect wakefulness and burn more calories, study suggests

Protein may play a greater role in wakefulness and burning calories than simple carbohydrates, suggests a new mouse study published in the journal Neuron.

Manufacturers moving steadily towards sustainable palm oil - WWF

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has found that food manufacturers are making progress towards ecologically friendly palm oil practices.

Caobisco calls for extended buffer stocks to combat supply fluctuations

The Association of the Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery of Europe (Caobisco) has called for buffer stocks to be extended to cover the supply of commodities like wheat, skimmed milk powder...

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