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IFF develops reference base for salt reduction flavors

International Flavors & Fragrances has completed an internal program designed for sodium reduction, which provides the firm with a base of reference for its range of flavor systems for reduced...

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China: a victim of trade wars?

If the Chinese government gives in to mounting international pressure to revalue its currency, it could spell the end of cheap exports, a move that many anticipate would have a...

Chiquita announces debt-reducing moves

Fruit supplier Chiquita is embarking on a number of debt-reducing initiatives, including the sale of its shipping fleet, as the firm struggles to find its feet after new EU banana...

Puratos to contruct US sourdough facility

Bakery ingredients firm Puratos is to construct a new sourdough plant in the US, designed to address increasing demand for its ready to use fermented sourdough line, which has until...

Pan Sino establishes Singapore's largest cocoa bean plant

Cocoa bean producer Pan Sino International has announced plans to build Singapore's largest cocoa processing plant, increasing cocoa bean supply for manufacturers.

Novozymes raises prices for brewing enzymes

Danish enzyme firm Novozymes has announced that it is to increase prices for a line of its brewing enzymes in the US, as the firm struggles to retain profitability under...

The whole grain potential of barley, rye

Barley and rye are underutilized whole grains, and although they are considered to be minor cereal grains they have major health benefits, heard food scientists and manufacturers last week.

Fruit-flavored drinks decline, future dull, says Mintel

Obesity concerns and a lack of innovation have driven down sales of fruit-flavored juice drinks in the US over the past five years, and prospects to boost the market remain...

Carbon monoxide in meat products 'deceptive', say consumers

Most consumers are concerned about the use of carbon monoxide to meats, according to a new survey, which rekindles an ongoing debate between industry and consumer groups.

FMC to increase prices on back of market pressures

FMC Biopolymer will again increase prices for its food ingredients on the back of high energy and raw material costs, and the company says it expects prices to continue rising.

Fears mount over possible rice contamination in the Philippines

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace is warning that the food supply in the Philippines could be at risk from illegal GM rice contamination originating in the US and China, with potentially...

Ten years later: ISAAA reviews biotechnology and its future

The next decade is set to see a global doubling in biotech crop availability, as countries become increasingly less skeptical of the technology after witnessing its benefits over the past...

Leadership - not management - brings most success to companies

A focus on leadership as opposed to just management within companies is the key to attaining emotional commitment in employees, teams and customers that will ultimately lead to stronger results,...

Mitsubishi brings new cellulose fiber to US market

A water soluble cellulose fiber new to the US market claims to provide moisture management, reduced oil uptake and improved coating adhesion in a range of food products, including baked...

World Food Day to highlight declining food aid

The theme of this year's World Food Day, 'Investing in agriculture for food security', underlines growing concern that aid to this particular sector has been declining for years.

Cargill targets higher sales in Asia

US agri-giant Cargill is setting up new offices in Asia to boost sales of its sweetener brands in fast-growing markets.

Coffee prices hit record high

The coffee market was very volatile during the month of August, particularly with the explosion in Robusta prices, according to ICO executive director Nestor Osorio.

General Mills' whole grain cereal conversion in retrospect

Changing its entire cereal portfolio to whole grains last year presented General Mills with a huge opportunity, but also a number of challenges, said the firm, which yesterday explored the...

ConAgra cuts plants, jobs as reshuffling continues

ConAgra Foods continues to slash plants and employees, announcing last week a number of new measures due to be taken as part of its ongoing efforts to streamline operations.

Is China key to restarting global agriculture talks?

China could play a vital role in the resumption of the Doha Round of trade talks, according to the World Economic Forum's China Business Summit 2006.

Guest Article

The dollar value of corporate brands

Branding specialists CoreBrand have shown that the corporate brand of food and beverage companies is a key asset to boost sales. Chief executive officer James Gregory tells why.

Second food revolution needed to feed the world

The FAO has called for a second Green Revolution to feed the world's growing population while preserving natural resources.

Food allergens still threaten US foods

Some food manufacturers are not doing enough to prevent the cross contamination of their products by allergens, according to a survey by the US food regulator.

'Green' consumers push for organic cocoa

The burgeoning organic chocolate market is taking off thanks to an increase in ethical consumerism and the willingness of confectionery makers worldwide to exploit the trend.

US sees more banana price hikes as Chiquita recovers EU losses

Banana prices in the US have seen a significant increase in recent months, as leading supplier Chiquita attempts to offset losses after facing tough trading conditions in Europe.