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Novozymes recognised for sustainable practices

Novozymes has been recognised by the United Nations for its efforts to further integrate sustainability into its business.

Minister sees hope in US-Korean trade dispute

South Korea's assistant agriculture trade minister is confident that a proposed free trade agreement between the country and the US will go ahead, despite further disagreements over agricultural issues relating...

New task force targets child obesity

A new childhood obesity task force was yesterday launched in the US, with the aim of promoting responsible marketing to help curb the rising epidemic.

Banana prices continue to rise, says Chiquita

Fruit supplier Chiquita has said its banana prices have continued to rise globally, an announcement that comes in the midst of the firm's terrorist funding scandal.

California calls for suspension of GM rice testing

Government regulation for GM contamination of rice is clearly not working, according to the California Rice Commission, which has called for a moratorium on GM field testing in the state.

Mangosteen juice is here to stay, Xango

In 2006, Datamonitor categorized the mangosteen juice category as one of the top ten trends to watch in its online ProductScan, but according to manufacturer and marketer Xango, the category...

Monsanto, BASF team up to fund new pipeline

Biotechnology firms Monsanto and BASF have entered into a research and development agreement that aims to pool the companies' resources in an effort to bring a greater number of traits...

Sugar crops improve after hurricane losses

Sugar production in Florida increased during the last crop year, reaching "more normal" production levels after significant losses during the string of hurricanes in recent years.

New industry body aims to quell consumer food fears

A group of US food industry bodies has launched a new organization designed to promote consumer understanding and trust of the country's food system.

Weekly Comment

Rise and shine: the GM wake-up call

News that a variety of GM corn produced signs of liver and kidney toxicity in rats should be a wake-up call for better testing and more transparency from biotechs, if...

Bunge eyes edible oil sector consolidation

Bunge appears set to consolidate its position in the edible oils market in order to meet growing demand amongst Eastern European consumers and processors.

Biscuit giant Burtons poised to expand after takeover

The UK's second largest biscuit manufacturer, Burton's Foods, has been acquired by British buy-out firm Duke Capital from US group HM Capital Partners for what is believed to be around...

Climate change leads to food crop losses

Warming temperatures have caused annual losses of roughly $5 billion for major food crops, according to a new study.

US-FAO accord targets fairer agriculture system

The US has signed an agreement with the FAO in order to enhance cooperation in the promotion and support of a viable, sustainable global agriculture system.

US food spending report uncovers trends and tastes

The USDA's newly published report on American food spending could give regulators and industry a better picture of consumer trends and tastes.

Ajinomoto acquisition targets Asian supply chain

Asian food giant Ajinomoto will use its latest acquisition to leverage its Knorr brands into emerging markets.

Wal-Mart suppliers on track to reduce packaging

Wal-Mart said this week that enough suppliers has signed on to its online "green" rating system, to keep the giant retailer on track toward achieving a five percent reduction in...

Cadbury to split drinks and confectionery businesses

Cadbury Schweppes has said it will separate its confectionery and US soft drinks businesses, sending ripples of speculation across the financial sector about the firm's motives.

Coca-Cola pinched by high HFCS prices

Drinks giant Coca-Cola is feeling the squeeze of higher corn prices, but the impact on its soda formulations - largely sweetened with high fructose corn syrup in the US -...

Cargill announces GRAS status for non-animal glucosamine

Minneapolis-based Cargill has announced that its Regenasure ingredient, the only non-animal glucosamine available on the market, has been determined generally recognized as safe (GRAS).

Report examines top flavors and ingredients for 2007

Ethnic flavors are expected to expand this year, together with an increased consumer demand for bigger, bolder tastes, according to a new flavors and ingredients report.

David Michael pushes cocoa extenders as shortage looms

The anticipated drop in cocoa production this year has prompted US flavor firm David Michael to renew a marketing push for its line of cocoa extenders, which claim to help...

Food industry M&As rebounding, says new report

Mergers and acquisitions in the food industry in 2006 took a turn up compared to the year before, with almost one third of all activity occurring in the food processing...

CP Kelco restructures into regional business units

Hydrocolloid firm CP Kelco has announced a complete overhaul of its business structure, in a move designed to boost its regional operations.

Energy drinks outperform all other beverages, report

Energy drinks last year stormed the US beverage market, outperforming all other categories, while one sports drink inched its way into the nation's top five trade marks by displacing a...

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