Natural and organic food chain Wild Oats yesterday blamed a greater
than expected take up of its holiday rewards program and ongoing
expenses related to the opening of new stores for a
wider-than-predicted quarterly loss.
Underlying the destructive power of foodborne disease against the
backdrop of the increasingly complex food industry, the head of a
food safety centre warns the rise in demand for food carries an
"invisible price tag".
Flavors company Sensient Technologies said last week that
fourth-quarter earnings rose 2.5 percent, lifted by foreign
exchange rates and higher profit from sales of traditional flavors
in Europe and North America.
The Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) on Wednesday added its
voice to the chorus calling for the FTC to examine the McNeil
Nutritionals led advertising campaign for the artificial sweetener
Splenda, writes Philippa Nuttall.
Democrats Tom Harkin and Eliot L. Engel wrote a hard-hitting piece
in the LA Times on Monday about the human cost of the chocolate
trade, but the cocoa industry has hit back by reaffirming its
commitment to responsible farming.
Swiss Research believes it has created the "holy grail" of
sweeteners, a natural alternative to the synthetic varieties
frequently lambasted by the media, it officially announced on
Tuesday, Philippa Nuttall reports.