Genome sequencing promises better crop protection
The genome sequencing of a disease-fighting fungus used to protect
crops could have cost-saving implications for the food ingredients
ConAgra launches search for new chairman
ConAgra Foods is on the search for a chairman and CEO after the
incumbent Bruce Rohde announced he was stepping down.
National Starch praised for innovation
National Starch, which recently changed its name to focus attention
on its innovative nature, has been rewarded for its efforts.
Sweetener blend from Tate & Lyle targets cereal bars
Cereal bar makers looking to slash carbohydrate and sugar levels
could find the solution in a new 'rebalance system' from sweetener
supplier Tate & Lyle, the company claims, writes Lindsey
Almond crop decrease suggests rising prices
The most recent forecast for this year's California almond crop
signals a decline on that reaped 12 months ago, heralding an almost
certain price rise, reports Philippa Nuttall.
High salt diet reduces bone density in girls
White adolescent and African-American girls assimilate salt and
calcium differently, say researchers, claiming this may explain why
races have different rates of high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
Fat in diet boosts metabolism
Fat consumption in the diet can lead to healthy blood levels of
sugar and cholesterol, say researchers.
Kraft puts money into flavor research
Kraft Foods is helping to finance a seat at the Monell Chemical
Senses Center, which should help scientists - and food companies -
to learn more about the intensity and quality of flavors.
Comax pushes presence in Chinese market
Melville, New York headquartered Comax Flavors, has opened a new
factory in Shanghai to serve the rapidly growing Chinese market,
the company reported yesterday.
Big names push to increase low-fat ice-cream market
Ice-cream manufacturers gearing up for the season should take note
as Haagen-Dazs and Unilever announce in the same week the
introduction of low-fat offerings for this summer, writes
Low-fat dairy cuts diabetes risk in men
Dairy food makers looking to drill further into the health benefits
of their primary foodstuffs will welcome new findings that suggest
two servings of low-fat dairy foods a day could reduce men's risk
of developing type 2 diabetes.
Food firms falling behind in ability to innovate?
The food industry is falling behind in its ability to innovate,
claims an article in this week's The Economist.
Drought knocks Brazil's soy stocks
Price rises for soy-related ingredients are still under pressure as
drought, high production costs and a strong real all impact soybean
production for Brazil's 2004-05 crop, writes Lindsey Partos.
Healthy oils are good for business
Growing consumer awareness of the importance of healthy oils and
food manufacturers' desire to eliminate hydrogenated oils from
their recipes have boosted sales for Spectrum Organic Products.
Pomegranate gets juiced by leading producer
Fruit juice maker Old Orchard is once again making the most of
recent health research pertaining to various fruits, adding a
blueberry-pomegranate option to its range.