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Danisco seals Chinese deal

Danish sugar and ingredients firm Danisco closes on its xanthan gum production deal in China, consolidating the firm's stabiliser presence in this emerging market. Just days after the firm posted...

Sweeteners in food formulation face new rules

Food manufacturers using the sweetener cyclamate face change as they come to grips with new European rules that radically reduce the use of this man-made, non-caloric sweetener 30 times as...

Millions of euros poured into food contaminants

A lack of integration at a European level is 'severely hampering' efforts to co-ordinate stakeholder efforts - food industry and independent scientists - in the area of chemical contaminants in...

'Health' label helps drive dark chocolate sales

A new US study reports that the higher cocoa, lower sugar content and antioxidant properties of premium dark chocolate are making it a more attractive for health-conscious consumers, especially the...

Safety guide for food industry

A new guide from CCFRA has been launched to help microbiologists assess the reliability of results from food tests. Stringent new EU laws require food manufacturers to show a thorough...

US consumers must count calories says expert group

The US government's latest measures to tackle obesity have been attacked by consumer groups for relying on the 'self-policing' of the food industry and not leading to major initiatives to...

Free-flow fluids

Researchers at the University College of Dublin are claiming that real time process control for food manufacturers - and more specifically the confectionery sector - has been advanced thanks to...

Russian quality on the up

Quality is an issue that has plagued many food processors in Russia over the years. But one company, Kraft Foods, claims that its operations there - where it is a...

ABF buys up edible oils

Acquisitions for UK food, ingredients and retail firm Associated British Foods are key to reducing dependency of group profits on ABF's leading revenue source British Sugar. This week the company...

'Value-added' the way forward for Aarhus

Expecting a higher uptake of vegetable fats by European chocolate manufacturers following the new '5 per cent' chocolate rule, Danish oils and fats supplier Aarhus United sees a drop in...

Raw material pricing will continue to knock food industry in 2004

Wheat, corn and soybean prices will remain high for much of 2004, warns the US agency Fitch Ratings, with the industry likely to see a continual shifting of higher ingredients...

Chocolate gets the low-carb make-over

Feeding the growing consumer demand for food products low in carbohydrate ingredients a company in Hawaii has turned to the gourmet chocolate zone.

Diet foods unlikely to tempt Germans

Almost one in four (23 per cent) German adults admits to often skipping meals to keep their weight down - a massive 17.5 million people. But according to a new...

Czech this out

Organisers of the international food fair Salima 2004 claim that exhibitor numbers are up on for the bi-annual event, to be held in Brno, southern Moravia, from 2-5 March

Strategy pays off for confectionery firm

The dominance of the multiple retailers in the UK has had a devastating effect on the specialist retail sector there, with the massive buying power of the major chains allowing...

Finding solutions to 'globesity'

The pressing problem of obesity in children has to be tackled rapidly and efficiently to avert the heavy price society might pay as incidences of obesity linked diabetes and heart...

'Whey' to go

Countdown to the integration of 10 new member states in Europe this April begins under the aegis of the Irish presidency. For manufacturers, a clear understanding of the marketplace in...

Tate & Lyle taps into growing low cal market

Tate & Lyle has sweetened its longer term outlook with its deal, announced on 19 February, to buy out Johnson & Johnson's sucralose manufacturing capacity, said the investment bank Goldman...

New nutty berry opens up for food formulations

Exalted of late for their antioxidant health benefits, fruit berries continue to show growth in a range of food applications. Fruit ingredients stalwart J.O. Sims has launched a new Canadian...

Low-fat diet helps slow prostate tumours in mice

A low-fat diet may help men with aggressive prostate cancer better fight their disease and live longer, according to researchers who showed that a diet low in polyunsaturated fats slowed...

Genome could increase coco harvests

War and disease have marked volatile prices for cocoa in the past three years, peaking at 17 year highs in 2002 when the Ivory Coast - source of two fifths...

Chinese up sorbitol production

In a move to protect home markets Chinese corn processor Global Bio-chem will link up with Japan's Mitsui & Co to develop, manufacture and sell the bulk reduced calorie sweetener...

Low carb slot in food culture only temporary?

One in five Americans are currently following the low carbohydrate diet as the fad Atkins-style dietary regime continues to take hold of the weight-conscious consumer. But how long will it...

Swiss chocolate makers saved by exports

Last summer's weather was not the most conducive to increased sales of chocolate, as producers in Switzerland revealed this week.

More chocolate, anyone?

Although growth has been rapid for Nestlé in the Russian confectionery sector, there are a number of challenges to be tackled in order to ensure future expansion - low per...

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