Cakes & biscuits – changing inside and out

The cake and biscuit sector has clearly responded to the growing demand for better-for-you snacks. In August 2006 the total biscuit category was worth £120 million (£176m). The healthier biscuit sector has been showing growth and was worth £24 million in August 2006, compared to £20 million in August 2004. Malachy McReynolds, managing director of […]


Dietary guidance on nutrition

Dietary guidance should consider the cost and enjoyment of food in addition to nutrient content, according to Professor Adam Drewnowski, research leader of innovative approaches for the prevention and treatment of obesity. His lecture, organised by The Dairy Council, aimed to provide an insight into alternative nutrient profiling and food labelling methods, specifically the Naturally […]

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NUTRA NEWS: Beverage industry embraces African plant extracts

PhytoTrade Africa, the Southern African Natural Products Trade Association, and Afriplex, a specialist South African plant extract manufacturer, have joined forces to provide the beverage and nutraceutical industries with a range of unique African plant extracts. “This partnership is built on our shared desire to develop the economic potential of Africa’s natural resources by bringing […]

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Salt rules ‘dangerours to the elderly’

A ‘Salt and the Elderly’ forum is being held in Belgium to highlight the risk, particularly to the elderly, from a diet low in salt. Hyponatraemia (low sodium level in the blood) is dangerous and the symptoms, which start with tiredness, difficulty in concentrating and a loss of balance can develop into confusion and even […]

Healthy diet means boom time for mussels

Mussels are being hailed as the next wonder food as sales of the shellfish have soared by nearly 20% in the last year, recent figures from the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) have shown. The new trend is being accredited to consumers becoming aware of the many health benefits of eating mussels. With high levels […]


NUTRA NEWS: UpFront builds biggest chromatography plant

Danish UpFront Chromatography has announced a collaboration with Solanic for the installation of a Rhobust industrial production plant for the extraction of high-quality functional proteins from the side-stream of potato starch production. Solanic is a business unit of the world’s largest producer of potato starch and starch derivatives, Avebe. The installation can process over 100,000 […]


Soft drinks category grows 7%

In 2006 the UK soft drinks category grew seven per cent to reach sales of £8.3 bn in value, according to the annual Britvic soft drinks report. Apart from 2003 where the extraordinarily hot summer drove higher sales, this is the industry’s highest growth level in six years. Overall, the UK’s annual per capita consumption […]

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Germany approves GM trials

The German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has approved the release trial of GM wheat lines with a modified protein composition. Several genetically modified wheat lines are currently being tested in a field trial on the site of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Germany. […]

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Possible goji berry ban

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking evidence of consumption of goji berries, the small red fruit from Asia, in Europe before 1997 after enquiries from food businesses on whether the berries can be sold legally in the European Union. If they are considered a ‘novel’ food, they will need to be authorised before they […]

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Nestle broadens strategic links with Barry Callebaut

Nestle and Barry Callebaut have announced their intention to broaden their strategic co-operation in Europe. The project spans three countries and includes the transfer of production facilities in Italy and France, as well as a long-term supply contract for Barry Callebaut to furnish chocolate mass to Nestle chocolate factories in Russia. The two parties expect […]

NUTRA NEWS: Fonterra appoints new head of value added ingredients

Fonterra has appointed Andrei Mikhalevsky to head up its new value added business of Fonterra Ingredients with products including customised dairy commodities as well as technically complex dairy ingredients. Mikhalevsky will be managing director, based in the US, while long-term dairy veteran John Shaskey focuses on the company’s commodity business as managing director of Fonterra […]


Huge expansion in range of fairtrade products

The range of fairtrade products is growing at a huge rate, expanding far beyond tea, coffee and chocolate. Two new own-brand all natural nut products can now be bought at Tesco – a chopped brazil nut and dried apricot mix and a peanut, cashew and dried mango mix. More fruity products have also become available. […]


Tackling the future of farming

The National Farmers Union’s (NFU) annual conference, held recently in Birmingham, had its eyes fixed firmly on the future of farming in the context of climate change, rapidly rising world demand for food, bio-energy and other factors to create threats and opportunities for Britain’s future farmers and growers. Speakers at the conference included NFU president […]


NUTRA NEWS: Beating the sugar blues with nature

Diabetes affects the stability of the body’s insulin response and several million people in the UK will become diabetic over the next ten years. Continual excess of sugar entering the body can generate ongoing cravings for the particular sugar molecule, but there is a proven nutritional counterbalance to all this. The trace mineral Chromium, if […]

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