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Drinking to good health

Rising consumer interest in health and naturalness is being strongly reflected in new product activity in the global soft drinks market, according to Innova Market Insights. According to the market research company, 60% of the soft drinks launches recorded globally in 2010 had a health positioning of some sort. This was primarily in terms of […]

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JF Hillebrand wins new Waitrose wine contract

JF Hillebrand, logistics provider to the global beverage market, has been awarded a new contract to manage all wine imports for Waitrose. Th three-year contract builds upon an relationship the two companies have maintained and developed for more than 10 years. JF Hillebrand is now the strategic solus partner for Waitrose and will provide full […]

Silver Spoon and Cargill in exclusive partnership to bring Truvia to UK

Two leaders in sweetness, Silver Spoon (part of Associated British Foods) and Cargill have announced an exclusive strategic partnership for UK distribution and marketing of Truvia branded tabletop, the first stevia-based, zero calorie sweetener. This announcement comes ahead of anticipated EU approval of stevia extracts later this year and, say the firms, heralds the UK’s […]

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Rules relaxed on beer, wine and bread sales

The UK government has confirmed that it’s to scrap regulations banning the sale of small measures of beer and wine as well as different unwrapped bread sizes. Existing laws limit licensed premises to selling alcoholic drinks in certain measures, while bakers may produce loaves of unpackaged bread in set sizes only. But science minister David […]

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Industry accolade for Law

Years of service to the food industry by Mike Law, chief certification officer at independent certification company Cert ID, have been rewarded with a Society of Food Hygiene Technology (SOFHT) Award for the Most Significant Contribution. Presented at the recent annual SOFHT luncheon at the Savoy in London, the awards recognise excellence within the food […]

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Wasabi taking root in new launches

While wasabi has been used in Asia for many years, interest in its use as a flavouring elsewhere in the world is growing, with the number of product launches outside Asia rising strongly in recent years, according to market analysts. Innova Market Insight’s Innova Database records that such launches have more than quadrupled over the […]

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New disease-resistant food crops in prospect

Researchers have uncovered the genetic basis of broad-spectrum resistance to a viral infection that, in some parts of the world, is the most important pathogen affecting leafy and arable brassica crops including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, swede and oilseed rape. They have tested resistant plants against a range of different strains of the virus taken […]

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New investment in carbon dioxide liquification

Air Liquide has revealed that it’s investing almost £8.8 million (€10m) in a new carbon dioxide recovery and liquefaction plant at the Wissington site of British Sugar in the UK. The plant will be able to recover up to 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year coming from natural fermentation processes, and is scheduled for […]

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Dohler and PureCircle join forces on Stevia

PureCircle and DöhlerGroup have announced that they are to form a global strategic partnership in a bid to develop ‘innovative Stevia-based ingredients and formulations’. The will take their combined talents – PureCircle’s portfolio of Stevia ingredients and Döhler’s sweetening, sweetening flavour and application know-how – to customers in 21 application centres around the world.

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New trend in adult soft drink sector

Flavour company Wild has used cider as the inspiration for a range of new products in the ‘adult soft drinks’ sector. With flavours such as blackcurrant and bitter orange, the firm says its non-alcoholic, cider-mix beverages ‘with a tart, tangy, fruity note’ offer ‘a perfect match for the palates of adult consumers, and a refreshing […]

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Global recognition for Cargill food safety advances

Its global food safety activities have won Cargill the prestigious President’s Award in the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUoFST) Global Food Industry Awards. The President’s Award is a new category that recognises efforts to advance food science and technology for the benefit of all. “We recognise the application of modern science and […]

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Scotland and Norway unite over mackerel dispute

Scotland and Norway have joined forces to call for an end to the so-called ‘mackerel dispute’ which they say is threatening to punish the responsible actions of Scottish and Norwegian fleets. First minister Alex Salmond met with Norway’s foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre this week to discuss a range of issues, including the decision by […]

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Search is on for UK’s greenest business

The search is on to find the UK’s greenest businesses, as a long- running environmental award scheme urges food and drink companies taking action on sustainability to make themselves known. Now in its 35th year, the Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Awards scheme is calling on companies to apply for its 2011 […]

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