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Sushi demand piles profits and pressure on urchin industry

The dramatic increase in the number of sushi restaurants in the US has put pressure on California's burgeoning sea urchin industry to ensure the sustainability of an important food source.

SunOpta to distribute antioxidant-rich Brazilian berry

Natural foods group SunOpta said today that it will distribute organic acai pulp produced by California-based Sambazon Acai to food and beverage manufacturers across North America.

Weekly comment

No avoiding sustainable sourcing

Food companies do not yet face the ethical sourcing equation of the clothing industry, where brands from Nike to Marks & Spencer cannot afford a single claim of sweat-shop production....

Mississippi grain transports to recover in time for harvest?

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week announced new measures to free up barges on the Mississippi river in an attempt to restore the grain transportation system-disrupted by Hurricane...

Cargill refinery plans underline bright future

Cargill's plan to construct a million-ton-per-year sugar refinery on the Mexican Gulf would represent an enormous boon to the regions' hurricane-hit food industry.

Health is key to growing food bar market

Health is a key driver for sales of food bars, which look set for an annual increase of around 9.9 percent over the next five years, according to new market...

How disaster planning saves the candy

The responses by a food conveyor manufacturer and a chocolate maker to the recent hurricane that hit New Orleans provide examples of how a mix of disaster planning and staff...

Frutarom improves flavors distribution in Canada

Israeli flavors firm Frutarom has announced that distribution of its products in Canada is to be taken up by Nealanders International, a move in line with Frutarom's strategy to become...

ADM sales down but lower costs boost profit

Archer Daniels Midland last week posted a significant dip in first-quarter net income, but indicated that the year ahead could be a good one for agricultural ingredients companies as a...

Tuna industry takes stand in labeling lawsuit

Californian tuna canners have opened their defense in the two-week-old Proposition 65 case, confident that they can defeat the lawsuit that would force mercury warning labels on canned tuna.

Health food claims strongly misleading, says CSPI

Health-conscious consumers are being misled by food labels that exaggerate the presence of healthy ingredients, says a consumer pressure group.

Florida juice standards relaxed to cope with Wilma

The Florida Citrus Commission (FCC) has agreed to relax maturity standards for oranges and grapefruits processed for juice in a move to help growers impacted by Hurricane Wilma.

Italian gourmet sector targets US consumers

An ambitious Italian gourmet food promotion programme could transform the fortunes of a revitalised sector - as long as EU bureaucracy doesn't ruin everything.

Flavor and fragrance sales continue to fall at IFF

International Flavors & Fragrances saw a further drop in sales in its third quarter, as it still struggles to overcome the impact of the sale of one of its businesses...

Anheuser sales slip marrs waste award

Anheuser Busch's waste-cutting focus may have got it into the Environmental Protection Agency's hall of fame but another slip in beer sales looks like making 2005 a year to forget.

Age and habit influence cereal choice, says study

Age and habit are key influencing factors when it comes to the type of cereal US consumers choose to buy, according to a recent study by Zogby International.

New studies confirm TV-obesity link

Television viewing is a key factor in the nation's growing obesity epidemic, according to two studies published in this month's Journal of Pediatrics.

Recovering Florida citrus hit again by hurricane

Up to 15 percent of Florida's citrus crop was destroyed when Hurricane Wilma hit the southern part of the state on Monday, according to preliminary estimates by Florida Citrus Mutual,...

Microencapsulation and ingredients firms share common challenges

Innovation must be a priority for microencapsulation and food ingredients companies to meet the challenges in today's competitive market, says a new study.

Weekly Comment

Putting a premium on substance over style

Food producers are flogging the term 'premium' for all it's worth, threatening to flood a market that relies on exclusivity for its success with well-packaged tat.

Florida citrus faces slow, uncertain recovery

An upbeat forecast for Florida's 2005-06 citrus crop is good news, but it still leaves the industry a long way from fully recovering from devastating disease and natural disaster.

Further niacin price rises could be on the way

Millers and supplement makers could see prices for niacin, or vitamin B3, increasing further next year if energy prices continue to rise, says a leading supplier.

Kraft spin-off moves closer to becoming reality

Food giant Kraft, which saw earnings drop 13.5 percent in third quarter earnings yesterday, moved a step closer to being spun off from parent Altria after a $280 billion government...

CP Kelco raises pectin and xanthan gum prices

Leading pectin and xanthan gum supplier CP Kelco becomes the latest hydrocolloid firm to pass costs onto the market, announcing price rises across its biogum, carrageenan and cellulose gum range.

DecisionNewsMedia seeks a deputy editor

Decision News Media, a fast-growing international Internet company and aleader in business and science news publishing, is seeking a deputy editor.