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FDA program aims to improve tomato safety

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to start a tomato safety initiative as part of efforts to reduce the incidence of produce-related foodborne illness in the country.

DuPont expands seed research in Brazil

DuPont is to open a new corn and soybean seed research facility in Brazil, a move that comes as part of its reinvestment plan designed to increase focus on plant...

Fenchem enhances CS testing following Chinese ingredients scare

The highly publicized contamination scares involving imports from China are leading some suppliers, such as Fenchem, to take extra precaution in testing their ingredients so as to calm potential fears...

Consumer psychology could be used to eat healthy, says USDA

A new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends alternative methods that could be implemented to help consumers make healthy food choices, including placing limits on purchases made...

Ajinomoto to acquire Calpis in $680m stock swop

Ajinomoto plans to merge with Japanese compatriot Calpis, in a bid to further its transformation into a health and nutrition company and develop more value-added products to meet market demands.

Obesity trend prompts sugar alternative growth

Growing concerns about obesity and type-2 diabetes are driving low-sugar, sugar-free or sugar substituted products, says a new survey from the NPD Group.

Coca-Cola announces Campbell's soup agreement

Coca-Cola will market Campbell's range of vegetable-based juice brands in North America as it moves to expand its presence in the non-carbonated drinks market.

Danisco targets stabilisers to avoid dairy price-hike

Danisco is marketing its Grinstead IcePro stabilizer systems to help manufacturers avoiding being stung by volatile prices in the dairy sector, reducing the need for butterfat and dairy solid content.

Dupont rises to population growth challenges

Dupont is eyeing global challenges as opportunitie, and is angling its science and innovation to catering to global mega trends in food, energy and security, say executives.

Phyto-Sources builds capacity for functional food demand

Phyto-Source has announced a significant expansion of its pine tree sterol production capacity for the second time in one year, due in large part to EU demand for its product.

Tate & Lyle unveils Promitor to help bridge fibre gap

Tate & Lyle has announced the introduction of a new line of branded fibre ingredients called Promitor, which can be used in a broad range of food products to help...

ADM expands cocoa presence in Ghana

Agricultural giant Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced today that it is to build a new cocoa processing facility in Ghana, in a move expected to diversify and expand the...

Agricultural methods threaten genetic resources, FAO

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization has warned that the intensification of agricultural methods and standardisation of products putting genetic diversity at risk, which could compromise food security in...

Nestle markets first Senomyx savory food products

Nestle, the world's largest food company, has begun rolling out the first commercial food products containing savory flavor ingredients made by Senomyx.

IPA to fine tune probiotic awareness, standards

The International Probiotics Association has placed a new executive director at the helm who is looking to bring transparency and self-regulation to the growing global market for so-called friendly bacteria.

Organic food miles offset benefits, Canadian study

A study from the University of Alberta has concluded that the environmental impact of food miles racked up by organic produce cancels out the benefits of growing it.

Gum arabic suppliers: Sudan threats are not serious

Ingredients suppliers say threats by Sudan's US ambassador to cut off gum arabic supplies from the country are not serious, and an embargo would not have a catastrophic effect on...

Checking fat content depends on how consumers think, claims study

The social context of consumer groups could contribute to the way they perceive food products, according to a new study that examines the differences between individualistic and collectivistic societies.

Canadian hemp milk looks to nourish US dairy alternative market

Canadian hemp manufacturer Manitoba Harvest is counting on its new hemp milk to bring further consumer awareness to the health benefits of a seed often associated with marijuana.

New Med diet symbol to flag up healthy goods

A new Mediterranean diet packaging symbol was today launched in the US, and is set to enjoy significant success from food manufacturers keen to flag up products that meet the...

ERS report highlights shifts in food marketing

Increased competition has shifted the dynamics in the food marketing chain over the past ten years, with consolidation emerging as a major tactic as the industry strives to capture and...

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Could organic eat itself?

Just when organic food has begun to make a noticeable dent in the overall food market, air freighting - a measure that solves the segment's biggest current problem - is...

Sudan threatens industry with gum arabic withdrawal

The Sudanese ambassador to the US has threatened to withdraw the supply of gum arabic, an emulsifier and stabiliser used by the food industry, in response to a pledge to...

No increase in food ads to kids, says FTC report

Food advertising on children's television has not increased in almost three decades, according to new data released Friday by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Monsanto expands cottonseed presence with DPL takeover

Monsanto has completed its acquisition of Delta and Pine Land Company (DPL) after agreeing to divest its US branded cottonseed business so as to soften the competitive impact of the...

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