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ADM: multi-lingual push at global marketing

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has launched a multi-lingual website in a marketing effort to provide international customers with easy access to information on its product portfolio.

Cargill enters glycerin business with new production plant

Cargill is set to expand its ingredient portfolio for the food industry, announcing last week that it is to open a 30-million-pounds-per-year glycerin refinery.

Superfruits and grains to set next functional trend?

"Miracle grains" and "superfruits" are among the ingredients set to enjoy increasing popularity with American consumers, as attention is focused on a combination of health benefits and exotic tastes, says...

Campbell soups to be made with lower sodium sea salt

The leading global soup firm this week announced that it is to slash salt content in its products by up to 45 percent, a move that underlines continued industry efforts...

Consumers need more nutritional help from food companies, study

Most Americans are unaware of the nation's new dietary guidelines, but a strong majority of consumers say they would like to see companies offering more health tips on their product...

Scientists designing the perfect dairy cow

Scientists in Australia have made a breakthrough in the quest to genetically engineer the perfect dairy herd by discovering how to multiply and isolate stem cells found in cow embryos.

Chiquita posts good results, but faces challenges ahead

Chiquita has said that 2005 was a "terrific" year for the company, despite a $19m net loss in its fourth quarter resulting largely from the flooding of 1,600 hectares of...

Kraft to target health, convenience and premium trends

US manufacturer Kraft Foods has announced a "fewer, bigger, better" policy, concentrating on crucial brands in key areas as the firm suffers from lagging performance.

Consumer support of GM declines, study

Consumer acceptance of genetically engineered (GE) food has slipped in recent years, according to a new study that brings together results from a number of national surveys.

Martek DHA could bring eye health claim to soymilk

Natural oils maker Martek Biosciences yesterday announced that its key product, the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, is to be used in a new soymilk product, which could allow the manufacturers...

UK, Germany checking soft drinks for benzene

Food safety authorities in Britain and Germany are checking soft drinks for benzene after tests suggest a private deal with soft drinks firms in the US, 15 years ago, failed...

McCormick continues restructuring with DPI acquisition

McCormick has announced that it is to acquire the remaining 49 percent of Dessert Products International (DPI) as the company continues its efforts to simplify its business and focus on...

Canadians opt for nutritious foods as they age, study

Canada's aging population and improved food labeling practices have started a trend away from fad diets and toward a more balanced and healthy eating pattern, according to a new study.

Tate & Lyle alerted to potential sucralose competitor

The re-appearance of a low-calorie tabletop sweetener product branded as Altern in a small number of Wal-Mart stores in the US has attracted the attention of Tate & Lyle.

Industry calls for collaboration of sugar producers and users

The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) has called for an end to the "bitter disputes" between sugar users and producers, saying the industry needs to unite in a common effort to...

Organic industry at odds over rating of dairy products

Two groups representing organic farmers are at loggerheads over the release of a new report that claims to rate the nation's organic dairy brands and products.

Consumers confused about sweetener safety, says study

Despite growing awareness of the health threat of obesity, Americans are still confused about the safety of the most commonly available sugar substitutes, claims an NGO.

Children's advertising guidelines to be reviewed

The Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) has announced it is to review its guidelines on how companies should advertise their products to children.

Bunge profits plunge after "difficult year"

The world's biggest oilseed processor Bunge has announced a fall in sales this year, as the company emerges from a "difficult year," which saw profits hit by a "weak operating...

FDA requests budget for food security

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced its monetary proposal for fiscal 2007 with security again at the top of the food agenda, while preparing for the potential...

Emerging markets lift PepsiCo sales

Emerging markets across Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America came good for both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola in 2005, increasing their importance in the two rivals' growth strategies.

Innovation drive hits Coca-Cola profits

Coca-Cola saw profits tumble by more than a quarter in the last three months of 2005, underlining the challenges that still lie ahead for the soft drinks firm in 2006.

Nestlé moves to dodge Middle East boycotts

Nestlé, the world's biggest food firm, has taken out adverts in Saudi Arabia to refute rumours that two of its dairy products are Danish, as unlucky Arla Foods continues to...

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Report examines health and wellness trends set for growth

A recent report by Information Resources Inc. (IRI) examines the health and wellness sectors of the food industry, revealing which areas are best poised for growth.