Anheuser-Busch launches super food drink

Anheuser-Busch has introduced the Acai Acai berry into the league of energy drinks. Discovered in Brazil the Acai berry is a small, dark, purple fruit from the palmberry tree which grows wild in the Amazonian jungles. Super energy drink 180 Blue contains guarana, red grape and blueberry juices in addition to vitamins B6 and B12. […]

NUTRA NEWS: Wild doubles soy output

Three years after being acquired by Wild of Heidelberg, Germany, the Sojaland soy processing company in Schwerin, Germany is expanding production capacity and using new technology to improve the quality of its products. The soy boom that originated in the health food sector has expanded to include large areas of the food and beverage industry. […]


NUTRA NEWS: Prebiotics market to grow to £180m by 2010

As consumer awareness of the benefits of improving gut health continues to grow food and drinks manufacturers are seeking to fortify their products with prebiotics. Analysts are prediciting that the market will grow to £180m by 2010. Impending EU regulations on health claims are set to prohibit vague claims that a product can promote gut […]


Nespresso opens new Swiss site

Nestle Nespresso plans to open a new coffee production and distribution centre in Avenches, Switzerland in 2008. The company’s CHF150 million (£94.9m) investment is expected to result in more than 230 staff at the site by 2010. The new production centre will be around 9,000 sq metres, and the distribution centre will be 8,000 sq […]

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NUTRA NEWS: Plant-based Omega 3

Nutritionists agree that Omega-3 essential fatty acids are needed in diet because our bodies can’t make it. The popular source is fish oil, but concerns raised about toxins contaminating the fish and sustainability of fish stocks have led to a desperate race for an alternative plant-based product that has both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic […]

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NUTRA NEWS: Tea without caffeine

In the arena of refreshing beverages, Plantextrakt has developed a great tasting alternative to iced tea drinks using rooibos extracts. Rooibos, as opposed to tea, contains no caffeine. Many consumers enjoy iced tea but tend to avoid too much of it because of its stimulating effect. Rooibos is particularly interesting because it is also an […]

NUTRA NEWS: Tasters prefer soya milk with Aquamin

Recent tests by the Independent Sensory Services demonstrated the benefits of Aquamin, a natural multi-mineral complex from Marigot, as a source of additional mineral fortification in soya drinks. When compared to drinks fortified with calcium carbonate or tri-calcium phosphate, results showed that the beverage containing Aquamin offered improved taste and texture, as well as reduced […]


NUTRA NEWS: Most nutritious fruit on earth?

Goji berries could be described as the most nutrient packed fruits on earth. They are reported to contain 18 amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen) including all eight essential amino acids. With 11.7% protein, and 328 calories per 100g, Goji berries also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E. It is claimed […]

NUTRA NEWS: Alethea impact on cocoa crops

Plant Impact’s Alethea anti-stress chemistry is achieving remarkable results in independent field trials managed by CABI Bioscience. Alethea is a new technology geared to solving the problems of abiotic (climatic) stress. Alethea enhances the crop’s ability to mop-up damaging reactive oxygen species and ammonia (accumulated during abiotic stress), without degrading the cell walls. Stronger health […]


Pork exports booming

Britain’s pig industry is heading for yet another bumper year on the export market, says the British Pig Executive (BPEX). Last year about 77,000 breeding pigs went abroad, worth about £9.3 million (£13m) to British breeders and this year it looks as though the trade will break the £10m (£15m) (barrier. One of the best […]

Beer boost to ailing crisps market

Beer flavoured crisps are being launched on the bar market by snack company Kettle Foods. The UK Kettle Chips maker has added new Mature Cheddar and Adnams’ Broadside Beer variety to its range of premium crisps. The beer flavouring, provided by English brewers Adnams, has been introduced to target the luxury end of the crisp […]

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New partners join the Pea Party

Now in its third year, the Yes Peas! campaign, which is backed by growers and freezers, has two new supporters – PMC Harvesters of Fakenham, Norfolk, and Pinguin Foods UK of Kings Lynn. PMC are associate members which manufacture pea-harvesting machines, while Pinguin Foods is a freezing company, part of the Belgian Pinguin group. “We […]

Fresh bacon facility arises out of fire

A six-month construction project has culminated in one of the most sophisticated bacon-processing plants in Europe. Built to replace a factory destroyed by a fire in 2004, the official opening ceremony of Direct Table Food’s new £20 million factory in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk was performed by Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury’s. “The design […]

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Chicory tips on the net

Speciality vegetable producer Jack Buck Growers is launching a marketing campaign for chicory on the internet. Ten thousand ABC1 names in the UK will be receiving a specially designed e-newsletter all about chicory. Full of recipe ideas by TV chef Rachel Green, it is illustrated with award- winning photographer Michael Powell’s images, and has competitions, […]