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Barclays downgrades US packaged food sector

Barclays Capital has adjusted its outlook for the packaged food sector in the US as it is not expected to see the benefits of lower commodity prices in the near...

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SunOpta board shake-up after resignation

SunOpta Inc has announced that Robert Fetherstonhaugh has resigned from his post as a director of the company.

Convenience helps drive breakfast market

Breakfast food manufacturers that offer the convenience factor as well as health and wellness could see the most growth in a market that is increasingly competitive, according to a new...

Prebiotic-fortified fruit juice passes formulation test: Study

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) can be used to partially replace sucrose in fruit juices without detrimentally affecting physical characteristics of the juice, says new research from India.

Alcohol brand growth potential amid economic gloom

In the current economic climate consumers are turning to local alcoholic beverages rather than imports, providing opportunities for brand growth, according to a report from The Nielsen Company.

Clean-label, cheap fat replacers developed by TNO

Spreadable gels made from superheating starch and then cooling it may lead to inexpensive fat replacers, scientists from TNO Quality of Life tell FoodNavigator.

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New food safety initiative in Asia welcomed

The US Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has welcomed moves to improve food safety in Asia Pacific with the launch of the APEC Partnership Training Institute Network.

Whole Foods signs up new fairtrade certifier

Whole Foods Market is turning to an alternative fairtrade certifier which claims to open certification up to a host of products that are not covered under the Fairtrade Labeling Organization...

Early promise for almond’s prebiotic potential

Preliminary reports of a prebiotic potential of almonds are promising and intriguing, and impending human trials may reveal if the benefits can be translated from the lab to the layperson.

Brand America boosted by Obama and melamine scare

The Obama effect and concerns about food safety could help boost US brands overseas which appear to be falling out of favor, according to a new report from Euromonitor International.

PepsiCo ready for stevia product launches

PepsiCo said it is poised to launch two drinks sweetened with stevia in the US as soon as it is given the green light by the FDA over its GRAS...

Fish and shellfish cause most foodborne illness outbreaks - CSPI

Fish and shellfish are more likely to cause foodborne-illness than any other category of food product, according to the US Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

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Cargill corn milling scoops presidential honor

Cargill Corn Milling, which produces corn sweeteners and other value-added food, feed and fermentation products, has received the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for innovation and performance excellence.

Whole grain health claims restricted, finds Kellogg-funded review

A study commissioned by the Kellogg Company has found that FDA’s definition of whole grains is restricting the use of health claims linking the grains to heart health and diabetes...

Symrise VP discusses dairy portfolio expansion

The new alliance between Symrise and First Choice Ingredients reflects the flavor company’s strategic march into the US dairy market as it positions itself at the heart of America's dairyland...

Calls for stricter allergen labels in Canada

The proposed new regulations governing allergen labeling on packaged foods in Canada do not go far enough and need to be strengthened, according to an association of dieticians.

Cereal at breakfast aids healthy lifestyle: Study

Eating cereal at breakfast time can help people manage their weight and eat more healthily throughout the rest of the day, according to a new study.

Metal detection tool minimises food loss, says US developer

A new metal detector targeted at the food processing sector offers minimal loss of good material due to a fast reacting, powerful pneumatic drive for the reject gate, says the...

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USDA commits $5.8M to protect citrus crop

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced $5.8m in funding to stop the spread of Asian citrus psyllid in California.

Symrise dairy alliance with First Choice

Symrise has entered into a business alliance with First Choice Ingredients, securing its supply of raw dairy products so it can expand its natural dairy flavor portfolio in the US.

Parry’s organic spirulina goes GRAS

Parry Nutraceuticals has said its organic spirulina product has been certified as GRAS, meaning it can be used to enhance the nutritional value of foods ranging from cereals and snacks...

Quality is key to sustaining private label growth

The economic downturn in the US is leading to strong sales increases for store brand products, but high quality standards need to be maintained to make sure they are long-lasting,...

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Funding to investigate probiotics

The Global Probiotics Council (GPC), a committee formed by Groupe DANONE and Yakult Honsha Co, is to award two grants for research into the role of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota...

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Conjuring with calories: Regulation and labeling changes

There was something magical about the recent news that the caloric value of both gum arabic and erythritol have been officially lowered, but whether it turns out to be a...

Austrian ministry links GM corn to infertility

Consumption of genetically modified corn may lead to infertility, according to a new study commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, and carried out by Veterinary...

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