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NPD focus still a priority for UK food and drink sector

Investment in NPD and employee training remained strong in the UK food and drinks sector despite economic ill-winds, finds report.

2011’s top science under the microscope

It’s been a big year for science, with innovations, reformulation, and sustainability all under the microscope. In this festive edition, the FoodNavigator team highlights some of our favourite science stories...

Our 2011 dairy digest: relive the stories that made a milk splash this year...

From killer ice cream to Nestlé and Danone cancelling or suspending local operations in China, 2011 was a roller-coaster ride for the world dairy industry. So fasten your seatbelts and...

Naturex adds to pectin and juice concentrate portfolio with Polish acquisition

Continuing on its recent acquisition trail, French botanicals group Naturex has bought up Polish pectin and juice concentrates manufacturer, Pektowin, in a bid to strengthen its concentrates portfolio and expand...

Preference for salt may begin in the cradle, scientists warn

Early dietary exposure to foods containing added salt shapes a greater preference for salty tastes throughout infancy and childhood, suggests a new study.

Red Bull fights Pit Bull filler to EU court defeat

Simply filling a soft drink bearing a trademarked brand name does not itself violate an EU directive regarding use of that sign, according to the European Court of Justice (CJEU)...

‘Flavour map’ flags up connections between ingredients

New research revealing how food ingredients are interconnected by their flavour compounds could help industry formulators develop new flavour combinations, say researchers.

Wacker stabiliser said to deliver next generation mayonnaise and margarine

German ingredients supplier, Wacker, has released a new starch-based emulsifier, using alpha-cyclodextrin, for stabilizing oil-in-water emulsions in products such as salad dressings, margarine and mayonnaise, reducing reliance on hydrocolloids.

Owner of bakery and cereal ingredients group LCI reports jump in profits

The co-operative owner of bakery and cereal ingredients supplier Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) has reported a hike in net income of €23m in its full-year results.

Grease is the word for Swedish butter smugglers…

But it didn’t have groove and meaning for the two men when they were stopped by Norwegian police for trying to smuggle butter into the country.

News in brief

Thorntons issues profit warning

UK-based chocolatier Thorntons has announced that profits have been hit by weakened consumer demand and strong marketing competition ahead of its final year results due next year.

Exclusive interview

Beneo: Prebiotic health claim rejections have put prospects “on hold”

The second part of this exclusive interview sees Beneo executive board member, Yves Servotte, explaining the cooling but not crushing effect of EU prebiotic health claim rejections on its inulin-chicory...

2012 set to see some heavyweight M&A activity? Definitely, say leading food market analysts

Is there appetite for M&A activity in 2012? Food market watchers reckon the sector could see some heavyweight deals next year despite the on-going credit lending challenges.

Researchers offer improved methods for carmine extraction

Optimised methods of extracting the food colourant carmine could offer industry lower allergenicity and higher stability than currently used extraction techniques, say researchers.

News in brief

Dutch salt policy makers eat too much salt, finds study

Health policy makers in the Netherlands have been found to consume more than double the recommended daily salt intake of 6 grams.

Asian suitors and Kraft may move for United Biscuits as split rumours rife

UK-based United Biscuits (UB) may have attracted bidders from Asia and major companies like Kraft and PepsiCo amid rumours the company has split its operations into a snacks and biscuit...

New Cloetta becomes biggest player in Scandinavia and overtakes Kraft in Sweden – analyst

Swedish confectioners Cloetta and Leaf have sealed a €753m merger making it the largest confectionery company in Scandinavia, according to an analyst from Euromonitor.

CCE catches Olympic fever but French soda tax dampens spirits

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) says it is focusing on the London 2012 Olympics to spur sales, but admits that any French soda tax could lead to retail price rises there of...

Exclusive interview

Beneo board: “Let us not forget that functional food responds to a clear demand of the consumer”

In the first part of this exclusive interview, Beneo Group executive board member, Yves Servotte, explains how European Union health claim rules have informed strategic thinking at one of Europe’s...

Gender and education play a large role in healthy convenience meal choices, study

Socio-demographic factors such as gender and education play a large role in consumer choice when it comes to buying health-orientated ready meals, but sensory appeal is still the dominant purchasing...

Report damns online junk food advertising to children

Inconsistencies exist in advertising regulations across different media, enabling companies to market high in fat, salt and sugar products (HFSS) to children online, claims new report.

New protein separation technology moves closer: Solae

A new process could help to selectively separate out high-value protein components in foods such as soy and thus produce higher purities and yields with high nutritional value, at cost-savings,...

News in brief

EC gives green light for Panrico takeover

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Spanish bakery supplier Panrico by US based investment manager Oaktree.

UK food industry comes together to answer big questions in salt reduction

Leading members of the UK food industry have announced a partnership to fund and deliver a new comprehensive report on reformulation and sodium reduction methods.

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