Stork looks to sell off food division

Stork is looking to sell of parts of the company, including its food processing division. The proposed sell off, if it occurs, would mean the transfer of all contracts currently held by processors to the new owners. Stork’s food systems division currently accounts for 16% of the company’s net turnover. The division had a net […]


NUTRA NEWS: Blueberries are nature’s number one

Canadian Wild Blueberries have more of the antioxidant power than any other fruit or vegetable. Ranked number one for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, the definitive test of a food’s overall antioxidant power, studies attribute the extraordinary benefits of these small, sweet berries to anthocyanins, the pigments that give blueberries their distinctive colour. Anthocyanins are important […]


Avian flu poses no threat to cysteine supply

Avian flu poses a significant threat to the poultry stocks all over the world. Reports from Indonesia suggest that 200,000 birds are succumbing to the virus every month and infected poultry flocks have now been found in 27 of the country’s 33 provinces. The infection of poultry populations worldwide has important consequences for supplies of […]

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Croc meat on the menu

East Anglian farmer Andy Johnson is planning to set up a crocodile farm in the UK. Johnson, who already has several crocodiles for breeding stock, intends to produce and sell the crocodile meat in a farm shop in Cambridgeshire. He believes this will be the first commercial crocodile farm in the UK, and probably in […]

Britvic launches superfruit limited edition

Leading soft drinks company, Britvic, is bringing a brand new flavour to the fast-growing adult soft drinks category with the launch of a limited edition J2O Orange & Pomegranate flavour. J2O Orange & Pomegranate is the sixth flavour in the J2O suite and is set to further drive adult soft drinks sales over the crucial […]


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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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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Sun Valley introduces peanut-free nut factory

Sun Valley, processor of nuts and savoury snacks, is introducing a completely peanut-free nut factory in response to the increasing number of reported peanut allergies. Sun Valley, processor of nuts and savoury snacks, is introducing a completely peanut-free nut factory in response to the increasing number of allergies. The company’s second, separate factory will handle […]


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