Twenty times more beta-carotene in new golden rice
UK scientists have developed a new genetically modified strain of
golden rice that is said to produce 23 times more beta-carotene
than the previous variety, reports Dominique Patton.
Nutrient packed carrots change color
One US scientist wants to make the humble orange carrot pack a
bigger health punch by boosting its nutrients, and thereby changing
its color, reports Philippa Nuttall.
US food giants attacked over 'low sugar' claims
An American woman has launched a lawsuit aimed at food companies
including Kraft Foods, General Mills and Kellogg alleging that "low
sugar" breakfast cereals are leading the customer astray.
Seed success ups Monsanto's earnings
Monsanto yesterday raised its estimates for the company's
second-quarter earnings on the back of successful results from its
seeds and traits business.
Business round up: Aerotech, Certified labs, Bobbi Buford
Aerotech P&K this week opened two consumer products and food
safety (CPFS) laboratories.
Cargill stake in European food business expands
US food ingredients firm Cargill takes a larger stake in the
European food and drink landscape as Brussels paves the way for its
purchase of Italian farm commodity firm Pagnan, writes Lindsey
Taste, and choice, of food moulded as a baby
The foods that children, and later adults, choose are linked to
taste profiles set at a very early age, suggest new findings from
the UK, reports Lindsey Partos.
Soybean prices continue to rise
Food makers using soybeans suffered further price increases last
month as a worsening drought reduced production in Brazil and
pushed US soybean prices in February up around $1 a bushel, said
the USDA this week.
Monsanto completes purchase of Seminis
Monsanto yesterday completed its acquisition of leading seed
company Seminis, making it a wholly owned susidiary.
"Healthy" brand extensions lead new products
Last year saw few completely new food and drink products, with
innovation aimed at extending already successful brands, according
to a new report.
Cola war drives growth for sweeteners in 2005
Coke war drives innovation in diet drink sweetener formulations
with the number one soft drinks player Coca-Cola rolling out a new
aspartame and acesulfame potassium based cola onto the market,
writes Lindsey Partos.
Low vanilla prices cause slack profits for McCormick
Spice company McCormick said yesterday that its Q1 profits and
sales were lower than expected, pushed down by struggling vanilla
prices, but remained confident for the rest of the year, writes
Egg safety centre aims to boost industry profile
A new egg safety centre in the US could help ensure that health
scares associated with eggs and low public confidence are far less
common in the future.
Organic, fair trade cocoa and sugar supplier born
Leading merchant of cocoa, sugar and coffee ED&F Man has
launched Corigins, a US-based supplier offering traceable, quality
sugar and cocoa ingredients, Philippa Nuttall reports.
Xanthan gum to leave fewer lumps
Hydrocolloid supplier TIC Gums has launched a product designed to
help xanthan gum dissolve more easily in water.