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Latest food ingredients trends from natural sweeteners to ancient grains

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Want to stay up to speed with the latest developments in sustainable palm oil, natural sweeteners, ancient grains, plant-based proteins, gluten-free ingredient trends, probiotics, prebiotics and omega-3s? Keen to stay on top of clean-label and natural trends, the challenges around replacing partially hydrogenated oils, BVO and Azodicarbonamide? Bookmark this section to see what the big names in ingredients supply are up to from Cargill and ADM to WILD, Givaudan, Bunge, PureCircle, Ingredion, GNT, DDW, Tate & Lyle and CP Kelco.

People on the move

It's all change at the top at Archers Daniel Midland, while Con Agra has announced several hundred job cuts.

Food industry must adapt to ethical consumerism

The increase in ethical consumerism means that food makers should seriously consider the commercial implications of eco-labels, though tighter regulation is still needed, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Label properly or lose consumer trust, warns NHB

Food manufacturers must be more honest with consumers or risk eroding their trust, as a recent study into honey demonstrates writes Anthony Fletcher.

Ingredients business news

Ingredients companies including Cargill and Chr Hansen are expanding facilities and picking up acquisitions in order to meet growing global demand, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Nestlé apologises over baby milk in China

Nestle, the world's biggest foodmaker, has apologised to Chinese consumers after the country's safety authorities detected too much iodine in one of its milk-power brands.

Industry comment

Who is afraid of GMOs?

It is a perversion of the 21st century that while affluent societies continue the quest to slice the fat from their increasingly obese populations, five million children die from hunger...

Ingredients industry people on the move

Kansas Wheat Commission administrator David Frey is off to Afghanistan, Symrise has a new CEO while Kyowa Hakko has appointed a new marketing manager in order to break the US...

Naturex to buy US extracts firm Pure World

French plant extracts supplier Naturex said today it will buy US rival Pure World for around $37 million (€30m), or $4.30 per share in cash, reports Dominique Patton.

Sustainable vanilla from India reaches Danisco stocks

Diversifying supplies and managing risk for the world's most expensive, and popular, natural flavour, for the first time ingredients giant Danisco receives a batch of sustainable organic vanilla from an...

New nutrition labels damage small firms, says study

Standardized nutrition labels are dampening market competition by helping large food manufacturers gain an even sharper edge over their smaller rivals, according to a new Duke University study.

WHO tool assesses risk of unsafe chemicals in food

Helping the food industry to manage the risk of unsafe chemicals in food, a UN-backed initiative focuses on pinpointing the presence of a wide range of contaminants in retail foods.

Ingredients industry business roundup

ConAgra has agreed to pay shareholders millions in compensation, while Nestlé has announced plans to concentrate trading more of its stock in the US.

Ingredients industry appointments roundup

New appointments this week in the ingredients industry include a new director of marketing at Galaxy and a number of new department of agriculture positions.

Cargill races into number three pectin position on Citrico deal

Hydrocolloid industry sees competition step up a gear as US ingredients firm Cargill, for the first time, buys into the pectin market through the acquisition of Citrico, reports Lindsey Partos.

Corn Products misled market, claims lawsuit

A lawsuit has been launched against ingredients giant Corn Products International, alleging that one or more of its directors violated federal securities laws by issuing false and misleading statements to...

Food ingredients weekly business roundup

Imperial Sugar received an offer of acquisition earlier this week, while Cargill announced its intentions to further invest in Brazilian sugar and General Mills had its rating outlook revised from...

Inadequate fungicide supplies threaten US soy industry

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has expressed concern that fungicide supplies may be inadequate to control a major outbreak of soybean rust, reports Anthony Fletcher.

FFG takeover begins for Technology Flavors & Fragrances

Publicly-floated US flavour supplier Technology Flavors & Fragrances is set to go private, as industry rival FFG Industries begins a tender offer to acquire all of the firms outstanding shares...

Global drinks player targets buoyant Indian market

International drinks supplier Brown-Forman embarks on new opportunities in the increasingly affluent Indian society, targeting the beverages market with the launch of its fruit flavoured Finlandia brand of 'luxury' vodka.

National Starch praised for innovation

National Starch, which recently changed its name to focus attention on its innovative nature, has been rewarded for its efforts.

Sweetener blend from Tate & Lyle targets cereal bars

Cereal bar makers looking to slash carbohydrate and sugar levels could find the solution in a new 'rebalance system' from sweetener supplier Tate & Lyle, the company claims, writes Lindsey...

Almond crop decrease suggests rising prices

The most recent forecast for this year's California almond crop signals a decline on that reaped 12 months ago, heralding an almost certain price rise, reports Philippa Nuttall.

ConAgra launches search for new chairman

ConAgra Foods is on the search for a chairman and CEO after the incumbent Bruce Rohde announced he was stepping down.

Comax pushes presence in Chinese market

Melville, New York headquartered Comax Flavors, has opened a new factory in Shanghai to serve the rapidly growing Chinese market, the company reported yesterday.

Big names push to increase low-fat ice-cream market

Ice-cream manufacturers gearing up for the season should take note as Haagen-Dazs and Unilever announce in the same week the introduction of low-fat offerings for this summer, writes Philippa Nuttall.