FDA to hold allergen labelling meeting
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to hold a public
meeting on August 13, 2001, in Washington, DC, to discuss the
labelling of foods containing allergens and the inadvertent
addition of allergens to foods due to processing...
Sales boost Weston's profits
Canada's largest food processor and distributor George Weston Ltd.
said on August 1 that Q2 earnings rose on solid sales in its food
processing and frozen foods units.
PepsiCo-Quaker deal approved
After months of baited breath soft drinks giant PepsiCo Inc.
finally obtained the approval, albeit by a hair's breadth, to buy
Quaker Oats Co. and its successful Gatorade brand.
New fragrant rice from Thailand
Thailand, the world's top rice exporter, has developed a new
high-grade, disease-resistant strain it hopes will bolster sales to
the West and Japan.
Doctors prescribe fruit and veg
Doctors in the UK are to prescribe fruit and vegetables to
potential victims of heart disease in a new experiment to tackle
Saputo Q1 results up
Saputo Inc, the largest dairy processor in Canada reported on a
first-quarter profit climb of a third compared to the same quarter
last year as the price of cheese shot up.
Purple ketchup hits the shelves
US food giant H.J. Heinz Co on Tuesday launched purple ketchup to
amuse children at the dinner table.
Blow to FMD eradication
Wales will cull more sheep infected with foot-and-mouth disease,
and thousands more animals will be tested in England on Tuesday in
what farm officials say is a big blow to Britain's costly fight
against the epidemic.
Meal ban forces rise in meat prices
Retail prices of livestock and poultry are expected to increase in
the Philippines as local producers predict a possible rise in the
prices of animal feeds due to the import ban on meat and bone meal
imposed by the Agriculture department.
New World meets Borden Pasta
New World Pasta, a maker and marketer of pasta, said on Monday it
has acquired the remaining pasta businesses of the Borden Pasta
Group from Borden Foods Corp. for $43.1 million.
Anti-GM wheat campaigners in Canada
The latest campaign against genetically modified foods took place
in Canada on Tuesday when consumer groups, scientists and farmers
joined forces to demand the federal government postpone approval of
genetically modified wheat.
Decision on Pepsi-Gatorade purchase imminent
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is getting ready to vote as
early as Wednesday on whether to try to block PepsiCo Inc.'s
proposed $13.8 billion acquisition of Gatorade sports drink maker
Quaker Oats Co.
Aflatoxins found in peanut butter
UK health officials are calling for tighter controls against
cancer-causing chemicals that have been found in peanut butter.
Bayer close to Aventis agrochemical purchase
German chemicals group Bayer AG is edging towards a deal to buy the
agrochemicals arm of Franco-German drugs group Aventis SA for
around Euro 7.25 billion, including debt.
A pint a day keeps doctor away
According to a study published in the July issue of the journal
Epidemiology, beer may help prevent coronary heart disease.
Researchers of the University of Toronto in Canada found the
formula to combine salt with iron and iodine without altering its
aspect or flavour.
Jordan on track to fight iron deficiency
The Health Ministry of Jordan will start fortifying flour with iron
and folic acid to combat iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) in
cooperation with the World Health Organisation and UNICEF.
A burger and surf please
Fast food and surfing on the Net may become a feature of the
future, McDonalds revealed recently.
Milk nutrients may prevent Alzheimer's
According to a recent study published in the medical journal
Neurology, elderly persons who consume low levels of vitamin B-12
and folate may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's
FMD spreads in Wales
Foot-and-mouth disease has been found in samples taken from a
further 2,000 sheep tested in Wales, UK.
Cataract prevention with nutrients
A new study provides further evidence that nutrient antioxidants
play a role in the prevention of cataracts.
Mexican Cola to target bottlers
Mexican soft drinks firm Coca-Cola Femsa said Monday it planned to
use its strong cash balance as a "war chest" for the possible
acquisition of smaller bottlers.
Energy drinks grip the UK
According to a new report by market analysts Mintel, the energy
drinks market is booming with the UK market currently valued at
Breakthrough for food production
In a breakthrough that could boost food production in many parts of
the world, scientists said on Monday they had inserted a single
gene from a relative of the cabbage into a tomato plant to create
the first crop able to grow in salty...
Round table on food gives fuel for CAP overhaul
Further confirmation that European consumers' want detailed food
information and are increasingly prepared to pay for good-quality
produce came last week at the European Commission's Round Table on
food and agriculture.
The West as emerging market for instant noodles
Suppliers of instant noodles in Mainland China have recently
re-focused on expanding product ranges, and using new production
technology, as western countries are increasing their imports of
Australian food council welcomes findings of GM inquiry
A New Zealand government inquiry which urged the South Pacific
nation not to reject genetically modified (GM) foods was welcomed
by the Australian food industry on Tuesday but slammed by consumer
New information source on dietary supplements
On July 30, the American dietary supplement industry launched the
Dietary Supplement Information Bureau™, a science-based information
centre about aspects of supplementation.
CLA in cow's milk investigated to fight cancer
New research in the UK is investigating the theory that drinking
milk can help the body fight viral infections and diseases
Omega-3 enriched ice cream developed
US sensory analysis firm Arthur D. Little Inc. has created the
first reduced fat ice cream containing omega-3 long chain
polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) from fish oils.
Carrefour builds procurement centre in China
Carrefour SA, the French supermarket giant, unveiled plans to build
a major procurement and distribution centre in the southern Chinese
province of Guangdong.
Age-old all-natural preservative from the Vikings
Researchers are looking peat moss, an old Viking trick, as a way of
preserving foods and saving in refrigeration and transport costs.
Bestfood baking buyout on track
The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it approved Canadian
food processor George Weston Ltd.'s purchase of Unilever NV's
Bestfoods Baking Co.
Use of EVOH for irradiation under review by FDA
The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing
a food-contact notification for use of irradiation with ethylene
vinyl alcohol, a substance used in plastic packaging films.
DSM net profit fall
In Q2 2001, DSM reported a profit on ordinary activities after
taxation of Euro 106m, same as Q1 2001. Net earnings per share
amounted to Euro 1.05.
NZ gov disappoints anti-GMO campaigners
Last week Europe announced ground breaking regulations for the use
of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), this week it is the turn
of New Zealand government to tackle this sensitive subject.
Campbell set to give a boost to its brands
On July 27, Campbell Soup's chief executive Doug Conant, cut the
company's dividend and earnings guidance to try to revive its
brands from a sounder financial base.
Altus functional food line hits the US
Altus Foods, a functional foods joint venture between Quaker Oats
and Novartis Consumer Health, has launched a line of foods designed
to lower cholesterol.
Consolidation predicted for Mexican bottled water market
The world's biggest bottled water companies are pouring into Mexico
where notoriously polluted and unhealthy tap water has created one
of the world's most vibrant markets for H2O in bottles.
A barrel of rum for San Miguel
The Philippines' top food and beverage conglomerate, San Miguel
Corp, is currently in talks with the management of Tanduay Holdings
Inc. to buy the rum manufacturer.
China bans Spanish olive oil imports
On July 27, China announced that it is suspending imports of olive
residue oil from Spain following the discovery of benzopyrene in
Record high for US olive oil sales
Olive oil dollar sales in the US for the year 2000 exceeded those
of all other cooking oils.
China has become the world's largest beer manufacturer
China is now the world's largest beer producer, however its output
of barley has dropped and barley's price has risen by a margin of
10 per cent in one year.
New agent to fight wine industry's main disease
A group of New Zealand scientists announced that they have
discovered a biological control agent for botrytis, one of the main
diseases of the international grape growing industry.
Uniq's profits may be lower than last year's
UK food company Uniq Plc reported on July 26 that first-half
profits at its convenience food business were likely to be slightly
below last year, despite a three per cent rise in the unit's sales
in the first quarter.
Femsa reports beer sales weak, profits up
Femsa, the Mexican brewery and bottling group reported that Q2
operating profit rose 3.8 per cent but that its beer division
showed unexpected weakness as domestic sales volumes fell sharply.
Brazil allows GM soybeans
The Brazilian Government has announced it will allow the commercial
production of genetically-modified seeds.
Labels and buying decisions - GMA
The Grocery Manufacturers of America reaffirmed that the food
industry adheres to the US Food and Drug Administration's
"strict rules about how companies can relay information to
consumers about how a product tastes."
Certain fruits may help protect lungs
Researchers in the Netherlands have found that apples, pears and
other fruits rich in certain plant compounds may help protect the
lungs from chronic disease.
British cocoa industry & govt discuss child labour issue
The British cocoa and chocolate industry and government officials
will support an investigation into forced child labour in West
African cocoa plantations.