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General Mills fears effect of fuel prices

General Mills' net sales increase of three percent to $2.66 billion for fiscal 2006 first quarter has been dampened by fears that higher fuel prices will put pressure on earnings...

Corn dumping claims 'fundamentally flawed'

The US corn industry has slammed an investigation into alleged injurious dumping and subsidizing of grain corn by the United States as being "fundamentally flawed".

Gas prices affecting consumer spending, says study

Record high gasoline prices and the impact of Hurricane Katrina are leading large numbers of consumers to change how they shop and spend, says a market research firm.

Palm oil demand driving orang-utan to extinction

A UK lobby group is targeting the Malaysian and Indonesian palm oil industries, claiming that intense farming of plantations is threatening the orang-utan with extinction.

Gulfport recovery a positive sign for food industry

Mississippi's hurricane-hit port of Gulfport, a key economic engine and vital food transport hub, plans to be back in business by the end of the month.

Danisco targets Chinese enzymes market

Danisco's wholly owned subsidiary, Genencor International, is looking to exploit growing opportunities in China's enzymes sector.

Heinz invests in innovative future

Heinz's new 100,000sq ft Global Innovation and Quality Center near Pittsburgh underlines how consumer demand for innovation is altering how food companies operate.

Kraft targets kids' advertising as part of health and wellness campaign

On the back of growing consumer interest in healthy eating, leading US food maker Kraft Foods is focusing on its increasingly successful health and wellness segment, announcing plans to further...

Healthy foods growth driving optimism, says report

Food and beverage executives are optimistic that they will experience growth and increase their capacities next year, according to a new survey from Grant Thornton.

Standard portion sizes vital to tackling obesity

Improvements to labeling on packaged foods and beverages, such as uniform portion size standards, are vital if consumers are to be given correct nutritional information, claims the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

FoodNavigator-USA's publisher to be branded as Decision News Media

Novis, the publisher of FoodNavigator-USA, 22 other business news websites and more than 50 specialist e-newsletters, is today changing its name to Decision News Media, to convey theeditorial ethos that...

Mars offers cholesterol-lowering chocolate bars

Candy giant Mars has expanded its functional food line with a new plant sterol-enriched chocolate bar for lowering cholesterol.

Lonza launches non-GM emulsifier

Answering consumer suspicions of genetic modification Lonza extends its portfolio with a non-GM version of emulsifiers.

Loders plant feeds demand for trans fat alternatives

Supplies to meet demand of raw materials for trans fat alternatives multiply as the first crude palm oil tanker arrives at Loders Croklaan new refinery in Rotterdam, billed as the...

Kraft Foods spears new products to sustain growth

Food giant Kraft Foods, the maker of Maxwell House coffee and Nabisco cookies, will push funds behind 'fewer, bigger and better new product ideas' to fuel sustainable growth.

Hormone meat trade dispute goes before WTO

A World Trade Organisation hearing beginning today on the use of growth-boosting hormones could determine whether the EU's processors will have better access to North American meat supplies.

Grain exports on Mississippi river start to recover

A joint effort between government and industry is ensuring that normal levels of grain export movement along the lower Mississippi river are resumed as quickly as possible.

EU amends banana tariff

The EU today submitted a new lower tariff of €187 per tonne for bananaimports, after its previous proposals on opening up the bloc's market wererejected by the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Economic impact of Katrina to be severe

Hurricane Katrina could dampen real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the second half of the year by up to one percentage point, according to the Congressional Budgetary Office (CBO).

Cargill swallows Degussa unit

Ending months of speculation, hungry US ingredients firm Cargill strengthens pectin, lecithin and flavour positions, agreeing today to buy the food ingredients unit of German chemical giant Degussa.

Contamination, undeclared ingredients drive recalls

The majority of recent product recalls initiated by the FDA have focused on undeclared ingredients and potential instances of contamination in packaged foods.

Hurricane-hit Imperial Sugar resumes operations

Refined sugar giant Imperial Sugar has announced a return to operations at its Gramercy, Louisiana plant following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

New ConAgra CEO aims to revamp ailing giant

ConAgra Food's appointment of Gary Rodkin, formerly in charge of PepsiCo Beverages and Foods North America, comes at a critical time for the company.

IFF fined €12m in popcorn flavour case

As a warning of safety procedures at flavour firms, a former popcorn-plant worker in the US has been awarded $15 million (€12m) after a jury found exposure to butter-flavouring fumes...

Katrina leaves looming shipping crisis in her wake

Strong harvests should mean stable prices, but the shipping crisis caused by Hurricane Katrina's destruction of waterways and transport infrastructure could cost food producers billions.