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Deja Moo: Are we ready for cloned cattle?

Here we go again. Yet another technology in its infancy is likely to be introduced into the food supply, while industry remains cautious and consumers divided.

US sweetener report forecasts higher volumes, lower prices

US demand for sweeteners is expected to continue its steady growth to the end of the decade, but despite the expected increase in volumes, market value will be suppressed by...

Yogurt drinks are leading food and beverage product, ACNielsen

ACNielsen has shone the spotlight on drinkable yogurt as the fastest growing food and beverage product, findings that may inspire healthy ingredient manufacturers to more aggressively target this functional beverage...

New Syngenta corn enters US market

A new genetically modified corn is to become available in the US, after the variety was approved by the nation's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

McCormick profits fall as restructuring continues

Leading spice firm McCormick has reported a dip in its fourth quarter and full year financial results, with profits weighed down by restructuring charges.

DuPont food business slides further in Q4

US agricultural and chemicals firm DuPont has reported a surge in fourth quarter net income, but results were dragged down by a weak performance from the company's agriculture and nutrition...

'Low in' and 'ethical' claims top 2006 product launches

Food products with lower levels of 'bad' ingredients, such as fat and sugar, have seen a sharp rise in popularity over the past year, heading up new food and beverage...

Tate & Lyle forecasts 'lower than expected' Splenda sales

Tate & Lyle has predicted sales and profits of its Splenda sucralose product to 'only modestly' increase due to a slower than anticipated acceleration of uptake from major customers.

Biotech crops increase globally, led by Asia, says report

The second decade of the commercialization of genetically modified crops has seen a strong start, with developing countries leading the growth of biotechnology in 2006, according to a new report.

Illegal plantations linked to major coffee firms

Some of the world's largest coffee firms have been unwittingly sourcing beans from illegal plantations inside one of the world's most important wildlife sanctuaries, a new report says.

USDA releases annual crop production figures

Soybean production in the US last year was the highest on record, although production of corn, sorghum and rice decreased from the previous year, according to the US Department of...

Processors find new ways to cut operating costs

US processors are seeking new ways to cut operating costs and increase competitiveness in the face of another tough trading year, says PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Peanut oil production doubles with new US Golden Peanut refinery

Leading US peanut supplier Golden Peanut Company is expanding into the peanut oil market, with the start up this month of a new multi million-dollar oil refinery.

Ajinomoto, Pharmachem team up for custom amino acid solutions

Japanese amino acid manufacturer Ajinomoto is partnering up with Pharmachem to offer solutions to US customers that meet their specific needs.

Yeast extract cuts salt but keeps flavour

US based ingredients company Savoury Systems International (SSI) has expanded its range of salt replacers - helping bakers appeal to the growing number of consumers seeking to cut salt from...

Fun fruit tops 2006 innovation list

Innovation in fruit products has topped Datamonitor's list of most original new product introductions last year, revealing an emerging attempt to promote fruit consumption through fun.

Weekly Comment

There aren't plenty more fish in the sea

As a youngster I was brought up on a healthy diet of tuna fish sandwiches and Disney - making my new year's resolution for 2007 the toughest yet. That's right,...

New report examines emerging texture trends

Changing the texture of familiar food items could allow manufacturers to attract new consumers, says a report.

Kerry expands organic ingredients in US

Irish firm Kerry Ingredients has responded to the growth of organics in the United States by expanding its organic ingredient product range across the board, the firm announced yesterday.

Obesity - breakfast research points to new opportunities

Skipping breakfast and eating more fast food have again been shown to lead to overweight in late teenage years.

Corn Products acquisition expands sweeteners, ingredients business

Corn Products International today announced that it is to acquire the food business of SPI Polyols, as well as the remaining 50 percent of SPI's Brazilian joint venture.

Givaudan launches global flavor forecast tool

Guava and miso are amongst the major new flavors expected to take off this year, according to a new trend program launched by Givaudan, which aims to provide an annual...

New product development tool promises reduced costs

Market researchers Mintel and Information Resources Inc (IRI) have teamed up to create a new product tracking service, which the firms claim will help food and beverage makers cut development...

Integrity of industry-sponsored nutrition research questioned

Nutrition studies of beverages funded solely by industry are four to eight times more likely to report favourable conclusions for the sponsors than studies with no industry funding, say researchers...

Sandwich spreads suffer from lack of innovation, report

Lack of innovation and consumer demand for healthier products has resulted in a stagnant US market for once popular sandwich spreads such as ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise, according to a...

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