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Latest food ingredients trends from natural sweeteners to ancient grains


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.

Cargill's Life Stage business approach unveiled at IFT

Cargill's pioneering Life Stage approach to developing and marketing ingredients shows how the industry can better tune into consumer demand, writes Anthony Fletcher from New Orleans.

FiberGel Technologies launches oat and soy-based fat replacer

FiberGel Technologies launched its new oat Z-Trim and soy Z-Trim fat replacer at the IFT show that opened this weekend in New Orleans.

US bakeries launch wholegrain white

Two major US bakeries are today adding white wholegrain bread to their product ranges, targeting consumers who want the taste they like while receiving the nutrition they need, reports Lorraine...

Hop extract inhibits weight gain in rodents

Isomerized hop extract, a natural product used in the brewing process, prevented weight gain in mice when they were fed a high-fat diet, reported Japanese researchers this month.

Recent deals boost bottom line for Northland Cranberries

Cranberry supplier Northland Cranberries gains from agreement with rival Ocean Spray plus sale of branded juice business, reporting a lift in income for the third quarter this year.

A first, pectin ingredient enters Cargill's portfolio

Acquisitive US ingredients firm Cargill leapfrogs into a leading pectin position as the Citrico acquisition clears allowing pectin products to fall into Cargill's portfolio, reports Lindsey Partos.

Vegetable juice firms target booming Chinese market

Grasping the booming opportunities in the Chinese food and beverage market, Japanese food conglomerate Kagome has linked up with Chinese firm to bring vegetable and fruit juices to the market.

Study backs operating efficiency of organic sector

Organic production produces the same corn and soybean yields as conventional farming, but consumes 30 percent less energy and uses no pesticides, according to a revealing new study.

Demand for wood-sourced vanillin soars on price pressures for vanilla

Food makers turn to wood-sourced vanillin as high oil prices continue to put pressure on the price of petrochemical-based vanilla alternatives, and natural vanilla stocks remain vulnerable,writes Lindsey Partos.

Weekly comment

Let food be thy medicine

A society that views food as taste-bud entertainment rather than a basic of well-being was always bound to run into health problems. But with obesity now afflicting 300m people, and...

Soy industry highlights

The USDA has predicted a three percent drop in soybean production in 2005, while last week's terrorist attack on London has affected a number of commodity markets.

Cargill drives into whey derivatives market through Brazilian buy

Signing yet another deal to feed its seemingly insatiable appetite for acquisitions, US ingredients firm Cargill makes a drive into the whey derivatives market, reports Lindsey Partos.

Galaxy to offload assets to Schreiber

Galaxy Nutritional Foods has entered into two definitive agreements with Schreiber Foods for the sale of its plant assets and the outsourcing of its manufacturing operations.

MGPI settles resistant starch patent lawsuit

MGP Ingredients, Manildra Milling and the Kansas State University Research Foundation (KSURF) have reached a settlement over an alleged patent infringement involving food-grade starches,writes Anthony Fletcher.

FDA marks start of July with product recalls

It's only the beginning of July, but the FDA has already made a number of food product recalls.

Balchem backs growth of microencapsulation sector

Balchem's acquisition of the encapsulation and agglomeration business of Loders Croklaan shows that the company believes there is a strong future in encapsulation technology.

Business news weekly roundup

This week's roundup of ingredients business news includes the announcement of Chr Hansen's new owner and the establishment of an innovative new organic ingredients business.

Business news weekly roundup

This week's roundup of ingredients business news includes the announcement of Chr Hansen's new owner and the establishment of an innovative new organic ingredients business.

Huge costs of terror attack on US milk supply

The US milk supply chain is still too vulnerable to a terrorist attack, says new research, warning that stricter security could save billions of dollars and thousands of lives, reports...

Cargill buys food ingredient systems firm in China

Ambitious ingredients firm Cargill reaches into its deep pockets, strengthening its portfolio to food makers in China through the acquisition of an academia supported food ingredients firm based in Peking,...

FAO forecasts cereal output to fall 2.8 per cent

Tighter supplies will lead to rises in prices for maize and coffee, while the cost for rice, wheat, milk, oilcrops and milk will remain stable or fall, according to the...

Undeclared ingredients the major cause of recalls

A roundup of recalled products in June shows the importance of careful labeling, with the majority taken off the shelves because of various undeclared ingredients.

Roche wins final appeal point over price-fixing

The US District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday resolved the final outstanding point in Roche's appeal over the Empagran price-fixing case, ruling that the US courts have no...

Group behind food lawsuit accused of extremism

A lawsuit targeting Kraft, General Mills and Dannon for dishonest advertising over weight-loss claims has been attacked as a front for animal rights extremists, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Monday comment

Claims, claims, claims

As lawyers circle the food and drink industry like a fatted calf, the first lesson for those preparing for defence is that it is not so much what you sell...

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