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Sugar beet pectin-protein nanoparticles show encapsulation potential

Using sugar beet pectin to coat proteins could lead to the formation of core-shell systems for use as encapsulators or fat replacers, suggests new research.

Tate & Lyle spins off sugar trading unit to Bunge

UK sweetener group Tate & Lyle reduces risk to earnings from today's volatile commodity markets, announcing the sale of its international sugar trading operations to US oilseed giant Bunge.

Danisco close to concluding sugar negotiations

Danisco has said it is close to concluding negotiations with potential buyers of its sugar business, but is still working towards spinning it off into a separate business by the...

Sugar beet pectin outperforms gum arabic: study

The potential rise of sugar beet pectin use in the food industry could see it substitute for gum arabic in emulsions, according to new results from Wales.

High costs for cocoa to prevail on stock shortfall

High prices for cocoa manufacturers will prevail as an investment bank predicts a third successive global cocoa deficit in 2008/09.

Rare sugar may replace sucrose for bakery and beyond

The rare sugar D-psicose may be an ideal substitute for sucrose, and have the added benefits of boosting antioxidant activity and boosting shelf-life, say Japanese researchers.

Increased demand and a healthy future for Latin American cocoa

There is a growing demand for cocoa from Latin America to meet the increasing popularity of premium chocolates in Europe and the US, according to a speaker at the recent...

Mars highlights cocoa biodiversity at UN conference

Protecting cocoa's biodiversity and sustainability are critical, said Mars at the recent United Nations Biodiversity conference held in Bonn, Germany.

News briefs: Fairtrade, sugar surplus and Mars community plan

Fairtrade is working to improve UK market share for its accredited chocolate makers, the forecast for global sugar surplus is revised upwards, and Mars unwraps its social responsibility credentials.

DEFRA agrees allocation of compensation for sugar growers and contractors

The allocation of aid between UK sugar beet growers and contractors will remain unchanged from the original proposal made in British Sugar's application, despite suggestions it could have been re-negotiated,...

Tereos confirms interest in Danisco sugar

French sugar and food solutions company Tereos has confirmed it is hoping to acquire Danisco's sugar business, and that it is bidding against Germany's Nordzucker.

Sugar not to blame for kids behaving badly: review

A new review of studies investigating the role of sucrose in children's behaviour has concluded that it is not the root cause of behavioural problems such as ADHD.

Global sugar trends, FAO report

International sugar prices have risen by 30.7 per cent since last November despite a second consecutive year of surplus supplies in 2007/08, according to the Food Outlook report published by...

Cocoa deficit forecast to fall but prices remain high

Latest figures from the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) suggest that there will be a rise in world production of cocoa compared to last year and a rise, though smaller, in...

Sugar and currencies blamed for Tate & Lyle profit drop

Tate & Lyle has reported an 11 per cent drop in pre-tax profits to £244m (c €307.3m) for full year 2008, a result of troubles in international sugar trading and...

Major HFCS users unlikely to ditch it for sugar, expert

Some food and beverage manufacturers may switch from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to sugar as a result of high corn prices, but this is only likely to be the...

Imperial Sugar to rebuild refinery damaged in blast

The Imperial Sugar Co today said it will rebuild the parts of its Georgia sugar refinery that were damaged in last year's explosion, reinstating it as the second largest refinery...

Callebaut ethical investment ensures cocoa traceability

Barry Callebaut has acquired a 49 per cent stake in Biolands of Tanzania, Africa's largest exporter of certified organic cocoa, after purchasing 100 per cent of its top-end cocoa for...

US consumer group warns against GM sugar beets

Citizens for Health, a US consumer advocacy group, has launched an online campaign to warn consumers about the dangers of genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets in food products.

Cargill builds first sugar refinery

Ingredients firm Cargill yesterday announced the construction of its first ever sugar refinery in the US, as part of the company's plans to provide all possible sweeteners or sugars to...

ICCO places more focus on sustainable cocoa

Sustainable cocoa production and standards were the focus of the first meeting of a working group for the Roundtable on a Sustainable Cocoa Economy (RSCE), organised last month by the...

Cosun defies sugar conditions to report growth

Cosun is expecting its recent acquisition of CSM Suiker to prop up its margins somewhat in the coming year, as conditions remain tough for the European sugar industry.

Barry Callebaut takes majority stake in Malaysian cocoa firm

Swiss chocolate company Barry Callebaut is to purchase a 60 per cent share of Malaysia's KL Kepong Cocoa Products in a move designed to increase its sourcing capacity in Asia.

Danisco reshuffles ingredients ahead of sugar split

Danisco is reorganising its ingredients business in a bid to target market trends like health and wellness more closely, and deal with issues that have been affecting parts of its...

News briefs: Cocoa, Cadbury and Sweet China

In financial news this week, cocoa prices go up yet again, Cadbury reveals more de-merger plans, and Sweet China is allowed to return to the London stock market.

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