Novel foods approval for ice cream ingredient

The European Commission has granted novel foods approval for Ice Structuring Protein (ISP), an ingredient used in ice cream to reduce fat content and improve stability. The novel foods application was made in 2006 by Unilever, which already sells products containing the ingredient in the US, Australia and Mexico. According to the company, which will […]

EFSA re-confirms aspartame safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said there is no indication that aspartame causes cancer, following its assessment of a study that linked regular intake of the sweetener with an increased risk of certain cancers. EFSA’s panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) was asked by the European Commission for […]

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EU go-ahead for lycopene use in foods

European Commission approval for the use of several lycopene forms in foods looks set to significantly expand the market for the tomato-based antioxidant now that it is no longer restricted to food supplement applications. Offerings from Vitatene, BASF, DSM and Lycored have all won Novel Foods approval, making the market ripe for growth, according to […]


Thumbs-up for new salmonella detection kit

A new, rapid detection kit to identify salmonella species in food has received approval from international accreditation body the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC). The Salmonella Rapid Culture Method, developed by Thermo Fisher Scientific, is said to deliver highly accurate results in less than 48 hours compared with up to four days for other methods. […]

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Ulrick & Short to steer a new path

UK clean label ingredients developer, supplier and manufacturer Ulrick & Short has revealed plans to launch a range of new nutritionally beneficial ingredients later this year. The company has joined forces with Appetizing Innovation to prove the efficacy and legality of ingredients with specific health declarations, and to help the company take its first major […]

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Green tea cheer for Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle has sealed a deal for the exclusive EMEA distribution rights of a new green tea extract from tea and coffee sourcing company A Holliday & Co. Called Teawell 95, the extract has a 95% concentration of the catechin Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – among the highest purities available on the market today. EGCG is […]


Cargill shelves omega-3 offering

Cargill has stopped work on its nascent fish oil-sourced omega-3 offering less than two years after its high-profile launch. According to a spokesman for the company, the unbranded ingredient is no longer under development as Cargill is focusing its healthy nutrient efforts on some of its other offerings such as phytosterols, inulin, alternative sweeteners and […]


Sales of bread and bakery products continue to grow

Figures released this week suggest the popularity of bread and bakery products continues to grow, with UK consumer spending rising to £3.8bn in 2008. But despite the surge in sales, the report says that a push in innovation is crucial to arrest an overall contraction in consumer spending on bakery products. In total, expenditure on […]

New acquisition for Frutarom

Israeli flavour and ingredients company Frutarom has signed an agreement to acquire the assets and business of the American Company Flavors Specialties for $17.2 million, financed through bank loans. The agreement includes a clause that could increase or decrease the value of the deal to $27 million or $13.15 million based on earnings in 2009 […]


Frozen food is the future, says BFFF

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) is launching a new foodservice campaign which aims to educate the foodservice sector on how it can profit from using frozen food in the face of an economic downturn. To run over two years, the Profiting from Frozen Food campaign will focus on how buying frozen food will save […]


Croda and Speirs join forces

Croda Europe Limited has signed an exclusive supply agreement with Speirs Nutritionals Limited to market omega 3 emulsions to food product manufacturers in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America. Under the agreement, the New Zealand company will micro-encapsulate Croda’s fish oil concentrates into omega 3 emulsions for incorporation in a wide range of solid […]

Celebs urged to say no to junk food ads

The UK Food Commission is introducing a charter for celebrities willing to pledge that they will not use their image to promote foods high in fat, saturated fat, sugar or salt. Campaigners at the commission cite stars such as Ian Wright, Chris Hoy and David Beckham as having had their ‘brand’ linked to unhealthy foods. […]