Tate & Lyle alerted to potential sucralose competitor
The re-appearance of a low-calorie tabletop sweetener product
branded as Altern in a small number of Wal-Mart stores in the US
has attracted the attention of Tate & Lyle.
New cost effective asparagus breed developed
Scientists have developed a new variety of asparagus that offers a
higher yield and a higher percentage of marketable spears.
Industry calls for collaboration of sugar producers and users
The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) has called for an end to the
"bitter disputes" between sugar users and producers, saying
the industry needs to unite in a common effort to improve the US
Low-carb diets reduce weight but may raise cholesterol, study
Low-carbohydrate diets may appear effective when it comes to weight
loss, but they could be linked to higher levels of LDL or 'bad'
cholesterol levels, say scientists.
The cost of bad research
The science has spoken. Low-fat diets don't work: Forget the
carrots and broccoli sprouts, I can now have my cake and eat it,
and put extra cream on top.
Organic industry at odds over rating of dairy products
Two groups representing organic farmers are at loggerheads over the
release of a new report that claims to rate the nation's organic
dairy brands and products.
Consumers confused about sweetener safety, says study
Despite growing awareness of the health threat of obesity,
Americans are still confused about the safety of the most commonly
available sugar substitutes, claims an NGO.
New alliance targets fruit cultivar innovation
A leading European horticultural research institute has launched a
partnership with a New Zealand science organisation in order to
develop new fruit cultivars.
Children's advertising guidelines to be reviewed
The Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) has announced it is
to review its guidelines on how companies should advertise their
products to children.
FDA requests budget for food security
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced its
monetary proposal for fiscal 2007 with security again at the top of
the food agenda, while preparing for the potential threat of avian
'flu takes top overall priority.
Industry backs WTO's GM ruling against EU
A US industry body has commended the WTO's ruling that the EU and
six member states broke trade rules by barring entry to GM crops
and foods, something that has had a significant impact on the
nation's food industry.
Bunge profits plunge after "difficult year"
The world's biggest oilseed processor Bunge has announced a fall in
sales this year, as the company emerges from a "difficult
year," which saw profits hit by a "weak operating
environment" in Brazil.
Emerging markets lift PepsiCo sales
Emerging markets across Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America came
good for both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola in 2005, increasing their
importance in the two rivals' growth strategies.
Low fat diet: breast cancer link 'due to chance'
Five servings of fruit and vegetables per day and a diet low in fat
reduced the risk of breast cancer by nine per cent, a figure
dismissed as not significant and due to 'chance'.
Innovation drive hits Coca-Cola profits
Coca-Cola saw profits tumble by more than a quarter in the last
three months of 2005, underlining the challenges that still lie
ahead for the soft drinks firm in 2006.