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How will organic food hold up in the recession?

Market analysis have expressed concern that demand for organic food will shrink in the tight economic situation, as consumers become less willing to part with a premium.

Certifiers consider options for organic protection in recession

UK organic certifiers are in early stage discussions over whether it could be feasible for organic farmers to feed some animals conventional feed for a limited period, without compromising their...

CASH warns on salt in seasonal meals

Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has warned that the average Christmas meal could contain over 11g of salt – almost twice the recommended daily limit for adults.

Ulrick & Short adds to tapioca starch fat replacement range

Ulrick & Short has launched a clean label tapioca-based starch for fat replacement in cakes and muffins.

Food companies warned about fake payment demand

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned the food sector to be on alert regarding a bogus letter which falsely identifies the sender as an agency official demanding payment...

Video season's greetings from Decision News Media

The Decision News Media team would like to bring you its seasonal greetings in person and show you around the offices.

Own Label Show to spur buoyant UK sector

The UK is set to have its first Own Label Show next November, billed as a forum for sourcing new product lines, finding partners and tracking developments.

Australian government, industry to set salt targets

Salt reduction targets for food products sold in Australia are expected to be set in October 2009, subject to development and agreement between the government and the food industry.

EFSA to investigate bee colony collapse

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is launching a 9-month project to investigate the causes of honey bee ‘colony collapse disorder’, and is encouraging all parties to share any data...

Melamine takes its toll on ingredient sales in China

The impact of this year’s melamine dairy crisis has rumbled through the food chain and although quality assurance measures can benefit responsible firms, downturn in Chinese dairy has still led...

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Dame Deirdre to step down as FSA chair

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) will have a new chair from next summer, as Dame Deirdre Hutton has announced she will step down at the end of her term...

Prepare for higher calorie count for fibre, say scientists

Scientists have warned that food manufacturers should move quickly if they wish to reformulate their products befor the official calorific value for fibre goes up next October.

Gum plus ions may cut fat and salt in meats: Study

A combination of gellan gum and magnesium chloride may lead to low-fat, low salt meat products, according to new research from Mexico.

2008 round-up: This year’s most read articles about sweeteners

As 2008 draws to a close, FoodNavigator has been reviewing which articles generated the most interest amongst you, the readers. Interest in sweeteners has been intense – from new...

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Sharing broccoli’s goodness with other plants

Everyone knows that broccoli is good for you, and advances in transgenic plant engineering by Danish researchers may soon see that goodness replicated in other plants.

Scientists set on busting the sugar-hyperactivity ‘myth’

An article published in the British Medical Journal today has dismissed the commonly held belief that sugar causes hyperactivity in children as a ‘medical myth’.

New enzyme promises higher yields to apple juice processors

Novozymes is introducing the first new technologies to be born out of its acquisition of Indian enzyme-maker Biocon, such as a new enzyme to increase apple juice yield and overcome...

Stevia sweetener gets US FDA go-ahead

The FDA has given the long-awaited green light for Reb A, the sweetener made from the stevia leaf, to be used in food and beverages - opening the flood gates...

Campina and Friesland get merger green light

Dairy co-ops Campina and Friesland are to become one at the end of this year, following competition clearance subject to conditions, and a favourable final vote by the councils of...

Girls lick boys on taste sensations: Study

There may be a shred of truth to sisters telling their brothers that they have better taste than them but we’re not talking about fashion or music, according to...

EFSA releases draft on scientific transparency

EFSA has released new draft guidance on transparency in the scientific aspects of risk assessment, building on previous guidance on the purely procedural side.

Food manufacturers mislead parents, claims BHF report

Manufacturers of children’s breakfast cereals and lunchbox snacks have been accused of misleading parents about high levels of salt, sugar and fat in a British Heart Foundation report.

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Symrise CEO to stand down next year

Symrise has started the search for a new CEO to take the helm from October 2009, following CEO Gerold Linzbach’s decision not to renew his contract.

Chr Hansen targets Middle Eastern yoghurt tastes

Chr Hansen has introduced a new yoghurt culture specifically designed to meet taste and texture preferences of Middle Eastern consumers, and help producers make cost savings.

Soaring demand for spelt sees product launches up 130 per cent

The popularity of spelt has rocketed in recent years, leading to a 130 per cent increase in European product launches containing the ancient grain over the past three years.

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