Ingredients

 

California Tree Fruit branches out in Europe

The Garden, a London-based marketing agency, has been appointed by the California Tree Fruit Agreement (CTFA) to generate greater interest in its members’ fruit – firstly in trade circles, before targeting consumers. California’s peach, plum and nectarine business is currently booming, with over one and a half billion pounds of the fruit produced in California […]

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Caffeine content leads to concerns

The makers of the Red Bull energy drink have been forced to reformulate the beverage for the Turkish market to meet the country’s ban on high caffeine energy drinks. The makers of the Red Bull energy drink have been forced to reformulate the beverage for the Turkish market to meet the country’s ban on high […]

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Nestle puts on weight with Jenny Craig

Nestle SA has agreed with a private equity group including ACI Capital and MidOcean Partners, the acquisition of Jenny Craig, a weight management company offering branded nutritional products and services in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The company achieved sales in excess of US$ 400 million during the past year with double-digit organic […]

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French crush on Britvic

French company PAI Partners is tipped as the favourite to acquire British-based soft drinks firm Britvic, which is reported to be the target of an international takeover. Britvic is said to be struggling in the fizzy drinks market as health-conscious consumers look for alternative options. The company, which owns Robinsons in Norwich and the Tango […]

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Defra update on GM crops

Defra has proposed measures to ensure that growing of genetically modified crops in England will not disadvantage other farmers. The plans include enforcing strict separation of distances between genetically modified and conventional crops. Under EU rules, no GM crops will be grown in the UK unless scientific evidence shows they are safe for human health […]

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Simple labelling prompts food switch

Labelling food products with clear, simple nutritional information produced ‘quite extraordinary’ changes in consumers’ buying habits in just eight weeks, according to a report on a major European conference. Speaking at the Annual Obesity Europe Conference in Brussels recently, Tesco’s European affairs manager Ian Hutchins claimed that consumers switched in a matter of weeks to […]

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Targeting contaminated eggs

The European Commission is planning to set new targets to reduce salmonella in laying hens in member states. The move follows the publication of an EU study, which shows high levels of infection in flocks in a number of countries. UK animal health and welfare minister, Ben Bradshaw, welcomed the preliminary report from the European […]

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Chocolate firm establishes health centre

A North American chocolate company has revealed results of ongoing studies at Yale University, linking the consumption of hot cocoa to improved cardiovascular function. The statement also coincides with the company’s announcement of the establishment of the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition. The Hershey Company plan is to direct scientific research to develop products […]

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EU rules to protect sturgeon

The European Union has introduced a new regulation to protect sturgeon and combat illegal trade in caviar. The fish has been pushed to the brink of extinction in the Caspian Sea. The rules will require all tins of caviar to bear an official label specifying the source of the caviar and the year of harvest. […]

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Curry kick for World Cup fans

Derby-based recipe dish manufacturer S&A Foods, in partnership with Asda, is ensuring football fans have enough energy to support England in the 2006 World Cup with the launch of their hottest ever curry, Chicken Phal. The Chicken Phal curry, will be available from the Indian serve over counter in Asda stores. Made from a combination […]

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Chew over a coffee

Coffee-flavoured chewing gum has been launched by Wrigley in the US. The product – called Doublemint Kona Creme – is said to have been a success when it was introduced in China last year. The gum will be available at 7-Eleven stores.

Bowl cans boost business

Crown Food Europe has extended its range of bowl-shaped cans for the single-serve food market in Europe and North America. The distinctive bowl shape is designed to improve consumer convenience and boost visual appeal.“Bowl-shaped cans are a great way for food companies to introduce convenience, as well as durability, to single-serve products, comments Laetitia Durafour, […]

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First for Sharwood’s

RPC Containers Blackburn has helped Asian meals supplier Sharwood’s become the first brand to introduce a squeezy bottle into the chutney market. Recognising the impact that squeezable bottles have made to the condiment market in terms of convenience and reusability, food manufacturer Centura Foods asked RPC to produce a bottle that could deliver these qualities […]

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One more serving to a healthy life

Just one extra piece of fruit or serving of vegetables a day can contribute to a longer life, according to research supporting a new government health campaign. The ‘Small change, big difference’ crusade is designed to encourage people to make minor changes in their lifestyles to give them a better chance of living longer, healthier […]

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