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Naturex acquires Chart Corporation

Naturex has acquired US-based natural flavour ingredients firm Chart Corporation, reaffirming the French company's strong position in the global plant extracts market.

Chicory root examined as yet another novel pectin source

Chicory roots pulps, a by-product of the inulin production, may offer a range of pectin for the food industry, Belgian researchers have reported.

Unilever and Raisio sign patent peace deal

An agreement has been reached between Raisio and Unilever to grant non-exclusive global rights to a number of plant sterol and stanol patents - a move which will allow both...

Superfruits in the news 2007

When I was a kid, my Christmas stocking always had a satsuma stuck in the toe. But this year children could well be finding some of the new superfruits that...

FSA shapes healthy consumers of the future

The UK Food Standards Agency has published a framework of core skills and knowledge to teach children and young people to make healthy food choices.

Upfront commercialised protein extracting technology

The Danish manufacturer of processing equipment Upfront Chromatography is commercialising its technology for the production of vegetable proteins on the back of a successful launch with Solanic.

Ingredients launch round-up 2007: Part two

In our second round-ups of new ingredients that have become available this year, we highlight launches of carbohydrates and fibres, cultures, enzymes, and fats and oils.

Group calls for tighter salt regulations on bread

A UK campaign group has called for stricter regulations on the formulation and labelling of supermarket bakery bread, after consumer group Which? found that some fresh loaves contain twice as...

Consumers against nanotech in food, says BfR

The majority of consumers do not think that nanotechnology should be used in food applications, according to a survey from German risk assessor BfR, and they are more likely to...

Festive magic: cooking boosts veg's nutrient content

For that extra boost this Christmas, scientists from Italy recommend steaming that broccoli because it will increase the levels of cancer-fighting compounds.

Palm oil price fears rise with flood waters

Severe flooding in Malaysia looks likely to affect palm oil supplies for November and December, sparking a shortage that would drive up prices.

Lactose intolerant can still eat some cheese

Lactose intolerant Brits may be missing the high calcium health benefits of dairy goods due to the misapprehension that they cannot eat cheese, according to a new survey conducted by...

Callebaut acquisition increases supply in America

Swiss confectioner Barry Callebaut this week closed the acquisition of Food Processing International's cocoa factory in Philadelphia, increasing its factory network and supply chain in North America.

Whey encapsulation highlights 2007

Whey protein is increasingly hitting the mainstream. This year saw numerous studies published exploring the potential of the ingredient to encapsulate value-added ingredients. Here, FoodNavigator reviews the progress from 2007.

Friesland, Campina talk merger; CEO stands down

Friesland Foods and Campina revealed today that exploratory talks are underway to merge into a global dairy giant - and Campina CEO Justin Sanders is standing down "to give the...

Ingredients launch round-up 2007: Part one

The new product pipeline's of ingredient companies have been bountiful this year. In the first of two round-ups on new ingredients that have become available for food manufacturers this year,...

Ingredients M&A round-up: 2007

2007 has seen a slate of mergers and acquisitions across the food ingredients sector. presents a round-up of who now owns what.

Think big, think nano

In an exclusive interview, Professor Niels Christian Nielsen, winner of this year's Danisco Award, shared his thoughts with Stephen Daniells on the rise of nanotechnology and gave insight on this...

Chr Hansen strengthens probiotics with Medipharm buy

Chr Hansen has signed a conditional agreement to buy Swedish Arla Foods' subsidiary Medipharm, a deal which will strengthen the Danish firm's probiotic activities.

Apple skin powder to boost fibre in snacks

An under-utilised food-processing by-product, apple skin, could offer the food industry a novel and healthy-boosting source of fibre for bakery, Canadian researchers report.

Moss holds key to surviving drought: study

The moss Physcomitrella's ability to survive dehydration and then regrow when watered could be applied to crops in drought-stricken areas without the addition of new genes, according to scientists who...

Weekly comment

Time for antioxidants v2.0

'Antioxidants' crop up every where, from beverage cans to cereal packets. But industry must wake up to over use of the antioxidant tag before the term loses meaning for consumers.

Frozen culture cuts costs in soft cheese production

Danisco's new range adapts frozen cultures for the production of soft cheeses in a bid to increase efficiency in regards to cost and production while achieving creaminess and high calcium...

Danisco to review ingredients strategy ahead of split

Danisco has said it is reviewing the strategic direction and priorities of its core ingredients business, as a result of its decision to de-merge its sugar and ingredients operations.

Pectin sourcing advances: 2007

As 2007 draws to a close, FoodNavigator looks backs on a year of continued exploration for novel sources of pectin for the food industry.

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