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McCain joins industry move to improve child nutrition

A nationwide effort to improve child nutrition received a further boost with the announcement that another major food firm has pledged to align its product development and marketing efforts with...

Product scanner to track Hispanic purchases

A new scanning system aims to track product purchases made by Hispanic households, providing manufacturers with more detailed insight into the needs, preferences and shopping habits of this burgeoning consumer...

Food industry urges Congress to rexamine biofuel policy

The US food industry has urged Congress to conduct a study that evaluates the full impact of the Administration's proposal to expand biofuel use, in an effort to avoid any...

Australian GM report sparks canola controversy

Australia can adopt commercialised genetically modified (GM) canola production without compromising its organic agriculture, say new findings from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE).

Melamine-contaminated meat found safe for consumption

Meat from swine exposed to melamine has been found safe for human consumption, prompting the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow swine held on farms to be released and...

Snack makers urged to target health nuts

Manufacturers of nut snacks could boost lacklustre sales by marketing the products from a health platform and being more vociferous in publicising the nutritional benefits of a diet rich in...

MGPI to triple wheat gluten production

MGP Ingredients (MGPI) plans to expand its wheat gluten capacity in the US, as demand for the product increases following the recent move away from imported ingredients due to contamination...

Coca-Cola settles in benzene lawsuit

Coca-Cola has reformulated two of its soft drinks in the US to halt a lawsuit alleging they may contain the cancer-causing chemical, benzene.

SunOpta expansion continues with new fruit processor

SunOpta has further expanded its fruit supply chain, announcing today that it has completed the acquisition of another South American fruit processor, together with its North American distributor.

USDA highlights farm bill proposals for specialty crops

US Agriculture secretary Mike Johanns last week presented industry representatives with details of changes to the administration's 2007 farm bill, which provide an additional $5bn to address issues such as...

DuPont calls for global protection of crop diversity

Agricultural firm DuPont last week urged biotechnology leaders worldwide to help safeguard the world's food supply by ensuring the conservation of crop diversity.

No split for food division says Unilever

The chairman of Unilever has this week hit out at claims that the group may divide into two separate entities for food and personal care production to boost its operations.

FAO looks to organics for food security

Leading proponents of the benefits of organic agriculture put their heads together last week to discuss how organic methods could help preserve food security for the future.

Danisco prototypes target on-the-go healthy snack makers

Ingredient firm Danisco has developed a line of fruit snack prototypes in the US, to demonstrate how its products can be used to achieve healthier snacks combining indulgence and fortification.

Maitake Products to launch ingredient for metabolic syndrome

Maitake Products has secured a United States patent for its active glycoprotein, SX-Fraction, from the maitake (grifola frondosa) mushroom, and plans to target it to support metabolic syndrome.

Cargill promotes diversity of organic sweeteners

Ingredients giant Cargill last week gave its organic sweeteners a marketing boost at the nation's largest organics trade show.

Food safety fears reflected in contents of supermarket trolleys

Over a third of consumers have stopped purchasing certain food items over the past year, due to concerns over their safety, according to a new survey by the Food Marketing...

Palm oil industry defends environmental record

Indonesia's booming palm oil market is playing its part in ensuring a sustainable supply of the product, as scrutiny over the environmental impact intensifies, according to an industry insider.

Verdure launches functional Benefruits ingredients

Verdure Sciences has launched a new line of proprietary nutraceutical fruit and vegetable based ingredients, Benefruits, for use in dietary supplements, functional food and beverage as well as personal care...

Leading zero trans oils analyzed in independent testing

Independent testing of trans fat oil alternatives has revealed that the performance and taste of the more 'heart-healthy' oils matches or exceeds those of partially hydrogenated oils.

SunOpta acquisition expands firm's strawberry supply

Natural food group SunOpta is to increase its supply of strawberries to the food industry, following the acquisition of certain assets from a South American frozen strawberry processor.

Chiquita struggles on after Q1 loss

Leading banana supplier Chiquita has reported a $3m loss for its first quarter, hit by increased industry costs, unfavorable pricing and an exit from unprofitable business in Chile.

Imports of irradiated goods set to increase

More irradiated products from abroad will become available to US processors following the arrival of the first shipment of mangoes treated in India.

OTA survey reveals sustained growth in organics

The nation's organic market has grown beyond industry expectations to represent almost 3 percent of all retail food and beverage sales, according to preliminary results from an annual survey.

Europe must act on wholegrain health claims, says expert

The new health claims regulation has rekindled interest in exploring the benefits of wholegrains, said consultant Prof David Richardson, but there is a need for action in Europe to ensure...

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