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 […]


Frutarom snaps up UK ingredients firm

Frutarom has revealed that it’s bought UK-based ingredients firm British East Anglian Food Ingredients (EAFI) for £3 million (€3.5m). Founded in 1979, EAFI develops, manufactures and markets flavours, seasoning compounds and functional ingredients for the food industry, specialising in convenience food, snacks, and processed meat and fish. Among the assets being acquired by the Israeli […]

‘Naturalness is key to functional food success’

The ability of manufacturers to prove the ‘naturalness’ of their products will determine their success over the next five years, according to a new report. Trend research by RTS Resource reveals that consumers are increasingly looking for natural products that can offer aesthetic as well as physical benefits. “This represents a major shift in consumer […]

Coca-Cola rapped by advertising watchdog

Advertising watchdogs have banned Coca-Cola from claiming that its Vitamin Water product is a ‘nutritious’ drink. The drink – which contains 23g of sugar per 500ml bottle – comes in eight with names like Spark, Defence and Power-C, in flavours such as ‘apple-kiwi’ and ‘tropical citrus’, but does not contain fruit. The Advertising Standards Authority […]

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Organic milk ‘better for you’

Organic milk is better for you than the traditional pinta, according to new research. When scientists compared the fat content of 22 brands sold in supermarkets – and organic milk came out on top, with up to 60 per cent more polyunsaturated fatty acids. Researchers at Newcastle University analysed the milk over a two-year period. […]


DuPont agrees deal for Danisco

Shares of Denmark’s Danisco surged this week after the food ingredients group agreed to be acquired by DuPont in a £4 billion (€4.8bn) deal. DuPont says it will pay £3.7 billion (€4.45bn) in cash for Danisco and take on around £322 million (€387m) of the firm’s debt. Danisco produces speciality food ingredients such as emulsifiers […]

DSM agrees multi-million deal to buy Martek

DSM has announced that it is to buy Martek Biosciences for £701 million (€829m) to ‘specialise further in the niche food nutrition industry’. Dutch firm DSM has been repositioning itself in recent years away from bulk chemicals to focus on niche life sciences and materials sciences and last week completed its divestment programme, saying it […]


New target to tackle food bug

The Food Standards Agency, the UK poultry industry and major retailers have agreed a new target that will measure efforts to reduce levels of the food bug campylobacter in chickens. Almost two-thirds of raw chickens sold in the UK are contaminated with campylobacter, which is estimated to cause around 80 deaths every year. There are […]

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Fat or fiction?

Around six out of 10 people believe lean cuts of red meat contain more than 20% fat, even though the true level is less than half that amount, according to new research. Two-thirds of more than 2,000 people questioned also think chicken has less fat than steak, despite this not always being the case. Meatmatters, […]


Danisco expands Epernon operation

Danisco has unveiled new facilities at its cultures production site in Epernon, France. They include an ultra cold storage unit (UCS) to provide 12-month shelf life for the frozen lactic and probiotic cultures produced at the plant for cheese and fresh dairy products, and a warehouse shipment zone. “The new UCS enables us to consolidate […]


Vegetarian omega-3 from LycoRed

LycoRed has launched what it’s calling ‘a new and innovative vegetarian omega-3’ for the bakery and confectionery industries. Lyc-O-Mega 10 AL is, it says, free from fish odour and produced only from the highest quality DHA algae oil, making it especially suitable for vegetarians. “Following the latest publication by EFSA on Article 13.1, which included […]


Driving the meat industry forward

Employers are joining forces to tackle training and recruitment issues in the meat and poultry sector. The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing is co-ordinating a new skills steering group that will involve employers and leading trade organisations. The announcement comes following a sector conference at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire, a […]


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