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Health organizations called for stricter regulations on salt and sodium content in food at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) public meeting held yesterday.
Obesity rates did not rise last year for the first time in 25 years, a study has said, but are still too high and will continue to dominate public health agenda.
The seemingly opposing trends of health and indulgence will dominate the confectionery market over the next few years, and manufacturers who do not target both risk losing market share, says...
Stevia, the natural sweetener causing a whirlwind of interest around the globe, could also be a rich source of antioxidants and may protect against DNA damage and cancer, says a...
Tapping into the ever-growing search for natural antioxidants to prolong the shelf-life of foods, researchers from Portugal report that the leaves, flowers, and skins of chestnuts could be added to...
Fine chemicals firm Allylix is to get more than $3m worth of investment by a team of companies including Tate & Lyle Ventures to produce cost effective plant extracts called...
Natural and gourmet are two leading trends in the US food and beverage market - and they look to be joining forces to stimulate even greater growth, according to Packaged...
The acquisition of Tradin Organic Agriculture by fast-expanding SunOpta will enable it to extend its current organic programs while adding new sourcing projects worldwide.
Cadbury, Mars and a number of other leading global confectioners are under investigation in Canada over allegations of price fixing in the country, press reports have said.
An extract from grape seeds could offer a natural alternative to synthetic preservatives for processed meat, according to research from the US.
The top 10 trends to watch for next year include fresh and organic, superfruits, bold flavors, and probiotics beyond yogurts, according to Datamonitor's Productscan database.
Symrise has developed a sugarless version of its Evoglass flavor encapsulation technology, catering to growth in the sugar-free confectionery and packaged foods market.
The Global Organization for EPA and DHA omega-3s (GOED) is urging FDA to review the clinical science on the fatty acids so as to make an authoritative statement on recommended...
A diet rich in whole grains and fibre may cut the risk of pancreatic cancer by up to 40 per cent, according to a new scientific report.
The American Heart Association (AHA) has updated its heart healthy food stamp to ensure certified products have a low trans fat content and are in line with its consumer education...
It all started with a trip to Greenland in 1970. Three Danes, a couple of dogsleds, and several years of study later and the omega-3 was born. Since then, awareness...
A blend of native Australian herbs with synergistic preservative qualities could prove a natural alternative to sodium benzoate in beverages, claims its inventor.
High intakes of sucrose and fructose may contribute to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, suggest data from a cohort study, but the researchers say insulin resistance could also play...
The US government will this week re-examine its position on salt, a move that could ultimately lead to new regulations and limits governing the use of the compound.
The list of health problems associated with obesity continues to grow, with a new study linking excess body fat with poor bone health.
Over the past half year, stevia has been the focus of attention as the search for a perfect natural sweetener continues. But why are the birds circling when the ingredient...
New varieties of common beans could result in increased yields and lower costs, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Ocean Spray has played down fears of a shortage in cranberries due to bad weather - and has said the harvest has been virtually the same as last year.
French flavor firm Aromatech has started operations at its new US subsidiary, which the company believes will allow it better access to its customer base in the country.
Increased dietary intakes of acrylamide could raise the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer by 29 and 78 per cent, respectively, says a new study.
A large number of global breakfast cereal manufacturers are failing to take advantage of the potential for their products in markets such as Eastern Europe and Asia, according to consumer...
A strong increase in cocoa supply from the Ivory Coast has failed to put an end to market uncertainty over the price of the commodity, says the International Cocoa Organization...
Smithfield Foods, a leading US pork firm, has said it will not produce pork from cloned animals because the technology is still too new.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has appointed a new interim director for its Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), to keep up strong leadership at a...
Enzymatic modification of pea protein isolates may open up the up-and-coming ingredient to new applications, suggests new research from Canada.
Natural extracts from olive and grape showed better anti-microbial activity against a bacteria and yeast than three synthetic antioxidants, showing their potential as food preservatives, says a new study.
Grains company CHS has reported strong results for its 2007 fiscal year, on the back of a good performance throughout all segments of its operations.
Nestlé, Bunge, Danisco, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Tyson Foods are the first food processors to join a programme to develop global reporting standards on sustainability projects in the sector.
US ingredients company Cargill today said it will increase cocoa product operations at the Sao Paulo plant in Brazil, as rising incomes in the country push up local demand for...
The US dairy industry has called on the nation's regulator to keep any new nutrition symbol programs both voluntary and flexible for manufacturers.
Enzymatic modification of protein from canola could enhance the gelling properties of the canola protein isolate, and boost its potential as a food ingredient, suggests a new study from Canada.
Extracts from the bark of the magnolia plant formulated in mints and gums can effectively tackle dental bacteria, suggests a new study from the Wm Wrigley Jr. company.
Extracts from oregano and rosemary could extend the shelf-life of omega-3-rich fish oil, suggests new research from the US.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday announced it is pumping more funds into securing the safety of the nation's food supply.
Americans are paying proportionally less than any other nation for food, which the corn industry claims is largely a result of efforts to ensure abundant supplies of the crop.
Seasonal flavors, special packaging and convenience are the three core factors expected to help food and beverage manufacturers boost seasonal sales, according to new research.
The new crop of business cards yielded by another trade show season have been duly filed away. But the big question remains. Were the three days at FIE followed, for...
Meal kits have failed to follow the evolving trends in the marketplace over the past five years, resulting in "lackluster" products and declining sales, says Mintel.
The rise in health and wellness, a 'sea of change' in the food industry, is creating challenges for formulators, but hydrocolloid companies can offer solutions, says CP Kelco.
Antioxidant testing of nutrients has taken a leap forward as Cornell University scientists report a new assay that moves the quantification of antioxidant activity from the test tube to measuring...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created the board of its new Reagan-Udall Foundation, taking the agency one step closer to its goal of enhancing the development and...
The whey protein industry looks set to profit from the functional beverage trend as manufacturers say they have seen a surge in demand for their ingredients.
Wal-Mart's sustainability programme, which is forcing manufacturers worldwide to reduce their environmental impact, has come under heavy criticism from a coalition of international labour and civic organisations for being "unsustainable"....
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to veto a bill that would have required the labeling of foods from cloned animals has attracted fierce opposition from consumer groups.
Last month's wildfires in Southern California have caused $47m in agricultural losses, with avocados suffering the hardest hits, according to estimates released this week.
Tapping into the trend for alternative sources of pectin, researchers based in Belgium and Cameroon, have reported that pectin from banana skin could find application as a gelling agent.
Blue California claims to have developed an economical industrial production process for the 'natural sweetener' stevia, which promises lower prices for manufacturers.
Ingredient firm Nutrinova has settled another patent infringement case related to its acesulfame K product, solidifying its position in the US sweetener market.
Food giant Kraft Foods today announced a demerger of its Post Cereal brand to Ralcorp Holdings for $2.6bn of stock and cash, as part of the company's strategy to concentrate...
Researchers from the US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) claim to have stabilized a process of using extrusion technology to make healthy and tasty snacks out of legumes.
Inulin, the prebiotic fibre associated with improved gut and bone health, can be used as a fat replacer in sausages to cut energy by over 20 per cent without affecting...
Unreliable organic supplies are stunting the growth of over half of US organic food manufacturers, according to a new report by the nation's industry association.
Combining citrus juice or vitamin C with green tea or its extracts could increase the absorption of antioxidants from the tea up to 13-fold, suggests new research.
Given that Judaism is far from prevalent in either China or India, it may come as a surprise that these are the largest growth areas for kosher certifiers.
A polysaccharide from kefir grains, kefiran, is able to form gels after freeze-drying and may offer a novel gelling agent for industry, suggests new research from Argentina.
Foods from cloned animals could enter the US food supply by the end of the year, despite calls for further review of the long-term risks of such products.
A new whipping agent from Cognis targets aerated food products, such as mousses and spreads, as need for high volume foods increases in step with foodservice growth.
Starch player Avebe launches novel based potato starch and creaminess enhancer for range of food applications.
Food and beverage makers can benefit from the nutritional profile and positive clean label message behind pea protein extracted by a clean water process, claims Roquette.
Colloides Naturels International targets natural market demand with a combination of a wheat fibre and an acacia gum fibre that provides non-soluble and soluble fibre for a wide variety of...
Henry Dixon, commercial director at BDB, underlines the challenge of taste, texture and affordability in the formulation of health and wellness products.
WILD managing director Hans-Peter Voss explains how decades of experience in natural ingredients enables the firm to create targeted market solutions for beverage makers.
CP Kelco reacts to changes in the market with a range of solutions for the solubility and stabilisation for health-orientated functional ingredients.
Nitrites and nitrates, much maligned additives in processed and cured meats, may help heart attack survival and recovery, suggests a new mice study from the US.
The organic food market in the US has received a strong push from recent health and food safety concerns, according to a new report by Mintel.
A significant number of American consumers have never thought of buying soy products, suggesting there is space for a major awareness campaign to help boost flagging sales, says Mintel.
Biotechnology giant Monsanto has said it expects to double its profit over the next five years, on the back of the firm's hopes for new platforms it plans to implement.
Food safety will be the focus of a forum set to take place in China later this month, which will aim to coordinate global safety efforts and improve international trade.
Extracts from black cohosh may stop breast cancer cells in their tracks, suggests a new laboratory study involving scientists from French botanicals supplier Naturex.
Whole grains were in the spotlight last week, as food industry executives, scientists and health professionals gathered in Kansas City to examine the growth and the potential of the healthy...
US consumers are increasingly consuming functional products with the intention of preventing or treating disease, the Natural Marketing Institute's (NMI) Steve French told SupplySide West attendees last week.
Scientists from Nestle and the University of California have developed a model which could help explain the texture as well the transport of flavours and nutrients in foods.
Struggling banana supplier Chiquita again saw profits plunge in its latest quarter, although a modest improvement from last year has prompted the firm to remain upbeat.
New business strategy at Purac pushes preservation, fortification and flavouring.
Barry Callebaut announces the roll-out of probiotic chocolate to meet consumer demand for health and wellness foods.
Taste is a key challenge for makers of healthier chocolate: Henry Hussell, head of marketing at Cargill Sweetness, takes us through some of their solutions.
France-based Rosas claims it has patented technology that can extend the shelf life of food from 21 days to 21 weeks whilst saving on packaging materials.
Nutrition facts labels on food and beverage products in the US could be set for a revamp, with the nation's regulator announcing this week that it is considering revising reference...
New Jersey-based Mastertaste used SupplySide West to formally launch its new NutraFlavor range, designed to provide intense fruit flavor and pack a nutrient-rich punch.
Compounds in ripe fruit have been found to be highly active antioxidants, making them a potential source of health-promoting ingredients.
The first meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) takes place in Washington this week, with the freeing up of the food trade on the cards.
Texture, taste and nutrition are pivotal to Tate & Lyle's Rebalance and Enrich platforms.
DSM announces the roll-out of InsuVital, a new ingredient that actively attacks glucose peaks after meals.
Herald Krug, head of ingredient systems at Dohler, delves into health claims, research and the role of superfruits in health and wellness.
Taste remains a challenge in health and wellness products. Henk Welten, global strategic categories leader at Cargill Flavour Systems, takes us through some solutions.
Lipid Nutrition announces new markets for its satiety ingredient PinnoThin.
Makers of frozen snacks need to focus on health and innovation in order to boost slowing sales, according to a new report by Mintel.
A new imaging technique that shows increased neuron activity in mice's brains when they are hungry could be a key to understanding appetite, satiety, and why some people become obese.
The US government this week announced wide sweeping plans to improve the safety of the nation's food supply, with measures including more stringent inspections, stronger penalties and mandatory recalls.
Production problems and low world stocks will keep global cereal prices high this year, according to a new report, suggesting that the food industry's struggle to maintain margins will not...
Pomegranate, known as the royal fruit because of the 'crown' on top, is also the shining light for how to capitalise on consumers' growing interest in exotic fruits and ensure...
New Beneo group combines Orafti, Palatinit and Remy as it eyes up opportunities in the functional food market.
Tom Knutzen, CEO of major ingredients player Danisco, explains the company's strategy on high value-added ingredients to FoodNavigator editor Jess Halliday.
Terry Thomas, divisional vice president for National Starch, talks the language of texture and how to bring textural meaning to consumer palates.
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) today reported strong first quarter earnings, boosted by higher selling prices for its products, including sweeteners and starches.
Sales of Canadian food manufacturers have declined "fairly dramatically" in the first two quarters of this year, according to a recently released financial review of the food industry.
The soy compound lunasin has been shown to inhibit the expression of a gene responsible for internal cholesterol production, Soy Labs' scientists have said.
Researchers in the US have developed what claims to be the first tool that can predict the timing, quality and weight of sweet corn crops, a move that is expected...
The big 'Cs' got the meat industry in trouble last week - cancer and credibility.
More warnings against fortifying flour with folic acid have emerged, following evidence that this could lead to increased cancer rates.
PepsiCo today announced it will split its operations into three separate units in a move to better harness the growth of its snack and beverage businesses.
A new plant-derived high intensity sweetener is set to hit the market worldwide, emerging as what could be the first natural sweetener to rival artificial counterparts such as aspartame and...
The US market for tea is expected to double over the next five years, boosted by a growing interest in wellness, says a new report by Packaged Facts.
European ingredients firm Danisco is introducing a new range of lactitol-based sweeteners for bakery products in the Brazilian market - a strategic decision that indicates an on-going commitment to milk-derived...
The Journal of the American Dietetic Association is this month addressing various aspects of poverty and nutrition - in particular the relationship between income and fruit and vegetable consumption.
Diet and cancer are directly linked, with alcohol and red and processed meats posing particular risks, according to the World Cancer Research Fund's (WCRF) study released this week.
New Jersey-based International Flavors and Fragrances has reported a strong increase in its third quarter sales driven by its flavors division, but profits are hit by administration charges.
A team of scientists from the UK has found a new way to breed brassica vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and oilseed rape, that they say gives them protection against...
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