Food safety

 

Nestle records strong growth

The Nestle Group reports strong organic growth of 7.4% with a positive contribution from all regions and businesses due to higher demand ahead of expected price increases. Food and beverage confirms momentum with 7.1% organic growth, fuelled by move towards nutrition, health and wellness. Nestle Nutrition on a like for like basis reached its 10% […]

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Tetra Pak invests £32.6m in Lund

Tetra Pak, one of the world’s leading suppliers of processing and packaging equipment to the food industry, is investing £32.6 million in two new buildings in Lund, Sweden. Dennis Jansson, President & CEO, Tetra Pak Group, comments,“This investment provides us with flexible premises for units such as our research and development department. The new buildings […]

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NUTRA NEWS: Fully functional omega-3

Frutarom has launched omega-3 preparations for dairy products. The latest technology incorporates the health-promoting fatty acids into recipes without imparting any unpleasant aftertaste. Essential omega-3 fatty acids have long been added to a wide variety of foods – yet their processing remains a great challenge for the manufacturer. This is because commercially available isolated omega-3 […]

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Companies join forces in research

A dozen leading companies have joined forces in a £10 million (£14m) partnership with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to support research aimed at helping the food industry develop products that deliver enhanced health benefits for consumers. The founder company members of the new Diet and Health Research Industry Club are Britvic […]

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Germany approves GM trials

The German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has approved the release trial of GM wheat lines with a modified protein composition. Several genetically modified wheat lines are currently being tested in a field trial on the site of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Germany. […]

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Soft drinks category grows 7%

In 2006 the UK soft drinks category grew seven per cent to reach sales of £8.3 bn in value, according to the annual Britvic soft drinks report. Apart from 2003 where the extraordinarily hot summer drove higher sales, this is the industry’s highest growth level in six years. Overall, the UK’s annual per capita consumption […]

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Healthy diet means boom time for mussels

Mussels are being hailed as the next wonder food as sales of the shellfish have soared by nearly 20% in the last year, recent figures from the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) have shown. The new trend is being accredited to consumers becoming aware of the many health benefits of eating mussels. With high levels […]

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NUTRA NEWS: UpFront builds biggest chromatography plant

Danish UpFront Chromatography has announced a collaboration with Solanic for the installation of a Rhobust industrial production plant for the extraction of high-quality functional proteins from the side-stream of potato starch production. Solanic is a business unit of the world’s largest producer of potato starch and starch derivatives, Avebe. The installation can process over 100,000 […]

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NUTRA NEWS: Beverage industry embraces African plant extracts

PhytoTrade Africa, the Southern African Natural Products Trade Association, and Afriplex, a specialist South African plant extract manufacturer, have joined forces to provide the beverage and nutraceutical industries with a range of unique African plant extracts. “This partnership is built on our shared desire to develop the economic potential of Africa’s natural resources by bringing […]

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Tackling the future of farming

The National Farmers Union’s (NFU) annual conference, held recently in Birmingham, had its eyes fixed firmly on the future of farming in the context of climate change, rapidly rising world demand for food, bio-energy and other factors to create threats and opportunities for Britain’s future farmers and growers. Speakers at the conference included NFU president […]

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Huge expansion in range of fairtrade products

The range of fairtrade products is growing at a huge rate, expanding far beyond tea, coffee and chocolate. Two new own-brand all natural nut products can now be bought at Tesco – a chopped brazil nut and dried apricot mix and a peanut, cashew and dried mango mix. More fruity products have also become available. […]

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Possible goji berry ban

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking evidence of consumption of goji berries, the small red fruit from Asia, in Europe before 1997 after enquiries from food businesses on whether the berries can be sold legally in the European Union. If they are considered a ‘novel’ food, they will need to be authorised before they […]

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Nestle announces record year

2006 was a record year for Swiss giant Nestle and saw the company achieve double-digit increases in EBIT, net profit and cash flow. Net profit rose by 13.8% to 9.2 billion Swiss francs (£5.6bn).“We are seeing the benefits of the Group’s transformation into a nutrition, health and wellness company, with stronger innovation and branding, as […]

Healthy trends show in top 100 grocery brands

UK consumers have made significant efforts to improve their diets with sales of healthier products rocketing brands up the top 100 grocery brands league table, according to a Nielsen report. “Health has dominated the consumer’s agenda. Many manufacturers and retailers have fundamentally changed their products to provide a healthier offering which has lead to phenomenal […]

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