Government child obesity efforts lacking, say advertisers
Childhood obesity is being comprehensively tackled by all sectors
of society, including media, advertising and food companies, but
the US government remains lacking in its response, according to the
Association of National Advertisers...
Trade group calls for reform to US sugar policy
A sweetener industry body claims the current US sugar policy is
harming the nation's food and beverage industry by driving prices
up and sending production oversees.
Snack industry trade show kicks off in Florida
The US snack industry's annual conference will open its doors
tomorrow in Florida, bringing together players from every level of
the industry for three days of seminars, educational sessions and
Sugar crops improve after hurricane losses
Sugar production in Florida increased during the last crop year,
reaching "more normal" production levels after significant
losses during the string of hurricanes in recent years.
Sudzucker confirms 06/07 profit forecast
Sudzucker believes its confirmed profit forecast for FY 2006/7
underlines the group's relative strength within a tough trading
New industry body aims to quell consumer food fears
A group of US food industry bodies has launched a new organization
designed to promote consumer understanding and trust of the
country's food system.
Raisio drops Russian potato business
Raisio executed an agreement yesterday on selling its Russian food
Coca-Cola pinched by high HFCS prices
Drinks giant Coca-Cola is feeling the squeeze of higher corn
prices, but the impact on its soda formulations - largely sweetened
with high fructose corn syrup in the US - remains unclear.
Report examines top flavors and ingredients for 2007
Ethnic flavors are expected to expand this year, together with an
increased consumer demand for bigger, bolder tastes, according to a
new flavors and ingredients report.
Food industry M&As rebounding, says new report
Mergers and acquisitions in the food industry in 2006 took a turn
up compared to the year before, with almost one third of all
activity occurring in the food processing sector, according to a
new guide by the The Food Institute.
Palatinit eyes Russian sugar-free market
Palatinit is confident that further growth in the Russian
sugar-free confectionery market will lead to new opportunities.
Bill aims to set nutritional standards for school vending
A bill designed to set nutritional standards for foods sold in
schools was last week re-introduced, after gathering strong support
from scientific and education communities.
EFSA issues barley glucose allergenicity opinion
EFSA has issued an opinion on the production of glucose syrups from
barley starch following a request from the EC.
Atkins diet best for weight loss - US study
Women following the Atkins diet, the once bright star in the galaxy
of diets, lost more weight than women following other diets, with
no concerns expressed over cardiovascular risk factors.
New non-GM breeding could lead to healthier oils
A new non-GM plant breeding technology is expected in the next two
years to result in the launch of 'environmentally friendly'
trait-enhanced crops, such as canola, sorghum and rice.
Trehalose best for improving aroma in dried fruit products?
Trehalose, a sugar found naturally in mushrooms, honey, lobster and
shrimp, improves the aroma and quality of dried fruit ingredients,
suggests a new study.
Retail sector pushes for self regulation
The retail sector is to show how it plans to direct consumers
towards healthier lifestyles within the context of the EU Platform
for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.
Nutritionists call for national school food standards
More than 600 school nutrition professionals will next week call on
Congress to adopt national food and beverage standards for
'competitive foods' sold in schools.
UK moves towards environmental food labelling
The UK has outlined its commitment to developing environmental
labelling for food.
Danisco welcomes EU sugar quota cut
Danisco has welcomed the EC's decision to introduce a temporary
sugar quota reduction as a "necessary step to restore the
balance on the market".
Are UK consumers becoming more health-conscious?
Increasing consumer awareness in the UK over healthy eating
suggests that government messages are finally getting through.
Tate & Lyle appoints new R&D head
Tate & Lyle's appointment of a new head of global research and
development underlines the company's focus on the value-added end
of the ingredients market.
Cargill sets up new supply agreements for Canada
Ingredients giant Cargill last week finalized agreements with three
of Canada's leading food distributors.
Tate & Lyle sells Canadian sugar business
Tate & Lyle's agreement to the sale of its Canadian sugar
refining business represents another move away from the commodity
end of the market.
Colloidosomes potential for controlled release of ingredients
Scientists are continuing to look into the potential of
"colloidosomes", novel oil-on-oil particles in an aqueous emulsion,
as encapsulators for food.
Study identifies top performing food sectors
AC Neilsen's latest market report, which examines the
fastest-growing categories and product areas across 66 key markets
around the world, provides an insight into the future direction of
global food development.
Corn Products expands polyols business with acquisitions
Ingredient firm Corn Products International has completed the
acquisition of the food business of SPI Polyols, as well as the
remaining 50 percent of SPI's Brazilian joint venture.
Chinese anti-dumping tariffs unfair, says EU
The EU has expressed concern that new anti-dumping tariffs imposed
on exports of its potato starch by China, are unfairly targeting
producers within the bloc.
Royal Cosun announces indicative 2006 sugar beet price
Dutch firm Royal Cosun has announced an indicative sugar beet price
of €48.25 per tonne of quota beet from the 2006 campaign.
Snack body asks for action on commodity costs
With the increasing use of some of their raw materials for the
production of biofuels, snack makers have called on the European
Commission to take measures to ensure they do not face further
price hikes for their supplies.
Key to salt-tolerant wheat uncovered
A major advance in breeding new salt-tolerant varieties of wheat
could have important implications for future supplies.
Food versus fuel: is a happy ending possible?
The era of biofuels is here but this does not necessarily mean
unending food price shocks or a critical diversion of agricultural
production away from food.
Avebe launches 'added value' starch division
Dutch potato starch group Avebe has launched a new subsidiary
designed to develop more added value potato-based ingredients.
Corn Products closes 'record' 100th year
Corn Products International has reported "record" sales for
2006, closing its 100th anniversary year with what it had forecast
to be its "best year ever" .
ADM posts strong half year sales
US agricultural giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) today reported
strong results for the first half of the year, saying its
performance takes it further towards its strategic goal.
New Farm Bill to promote fruit, veg in schools
Improving nutrition in schools and fighting trade barriers are two
priorities of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 2007 farm
bill proposal, unveiled yesterday by Agriculture Secretary Mike
EC moves to withdraw quota sugar from market
The European Commission took the first steps towards a substantial
withdrawal of quota sugar from the market this week.
More fat linked to less weight in kids study
Higher intake of fats is associated with lower body weight, says
new research from Sweden that offers an alternative side to the
role of fat intake in the rise of obesity.
An economic alternative to pure pectin?
A French company has developed what it claims are two economic
alternatives to pure pectin.
EU to vote on widespread obesity action plan
The European Parliament is next month set to vote on a report that
calls obesity a "European epidemic" and proposes that all countries
implement certain measures to combat the growing condition.
Scientists consider cyclodextrins as resveratrol carriers
Encapsulating resveratrol, the red wine polyphenol reported to have
heart health benefits, in beta-cyclodextrin could increase the
polyphenols availability, says new research.
'Low in' and 'ethical' claims top 2006 product launches
Food products with lower levels of 'bad' ingredients, such as fat
and sugar, have seen a sharp rise in popularity over the past year,
heading up new food and beverage product launches in 2006,
according to Mintel.
Sugar solution targets organic apple growth
The application of vinasse, a fermented waste product obtained from
sugar processing, could help the organic apple industry eradicate a
major source of disease.
Orange-fibre sausages - taste like the real thing?
Replacing fat with orange fibre to improve the nutritional quality
of the banger does not affect the sensorial nature of the product,
Spanish researchers have reported.
7UP changes label to avoid misleading 'natural' claims
Cadbury Schweppes is to change the labeling on its 7UP product
following a fierce debate on the validity of new 'all natural'
Kerry expands organic ingredients in US
Irish firm Kerry Ingredients has responded to the growth of
organics in the United States by expanding its organic ingredient
product range across the board, the firm announced yesterday.
Kraft faces lawsuit over 'all natural' drink claim
Kraft Foods could face a lawsuit for deceptive marketing, which
claims that the US giant is mislabeling a fruit juice product as
Gluten-soy protein's potential for carb replacement
A gluten-soy protein isolate combination has significant potential
as a carbohydrate replacer in cookies aimed at the low-carbohydrate
diet sector, say researchers.
Starch research targets clean label products
New research into the properties of various starches could be of
use to food manufacturers developing clean label products.
EFSA calls for data on furan food contamination
EFSA has invited the food industry to submit data on furan
contamination in food and beverages from 1 January.