Article 13.1 claims now published in OJ

The 222 ‘general function’ Article 13.1 health claims, approved on 16 May by the European Commission, have now been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. More than 1600 proposed health associations were not authorised and food manufacturers now have six months to comply with the Article 13.1 “general function” health claims. The […]

DSM hooks Canadian fish oil firm

DSM has revealed a deal to acquire Ocean Nutrition Canada for a total enterprise value of £336 million (€415m). Ocean Nutrition Canada is a supplier of fish-oil derived omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) to the dietary supplement and food and beverage markets. The company – founded in 1997 – is headquartered in Halifax, Nova […]


Corn Products to become Ingredion

Corn Products International shareholders have voted to change the company’s name to Ingredion to ‘better showcase its role as a global ingredients solutions company serving the food, beverage and brewing industries and numerous other industries worldwide’. Business units in the United States will move to register the name legally and begin doing business as Ingredion […]

Brussels directory updated

The second edition of – The Directory for Brussels has just been published by Lexxion. Containing 16,000 contacts, the new publication (in both print and online) is aimed at all EU stakeholders. “As capital of the European Union, Brussels is home to tens of thousands of civil servants, representatives of businesses, civil society and […]

FSA launches FoP labelling consultation

The Food Standards Agency in both Northern Ireland and Scotland has launched a consultation on front-of-pack (FoP) nutrition labelling in a bid, it says, to help consumers keep track of what they eat and choose healthier foods. The consultation opens discussions with FSA’s key partners over how it can achieve this through FoP nutrition labelling. […]

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Biscuit sales breaking in two

Two opposing forces within the sweet biscuits market are at work globally, with the ‘treat’ image driving the premium sector forward, while rising health concerns are raising interest in better-for-you products, according to new research by Innova Market Insights. Chocolate biscuits have been one of the main beneficiaries of rising interest in the treat image […]


Stevia Council announces second year of PTP

The International Stevia Council (ISC) has announced the launch of the second year of the independent Proficiency Testing Programme (PTP) for stevia products. “The PTP ensures that consistent analytical methods and reference standards are used throughout the industry in measuring steviol glycoside content, and is designed to help companies determine the quality of their stevia […]

Fresh approach to packaging

Tesco tomatoes will now stay fresher for longer following the roll-out of It’sFresh! in all UK stores this week. Tesco says it’s the first retailer to use It’sFresh! on tomatoes, with those in its Finest range being the first to benefit. The roll-out follows successful trials on UK Sunstream tomato varieties from greenhouse growers Thanet […]


BASF announces Equateq deal

BASF has announced the acquisition of Equateq Ltd in a bid to extend its portfolio of omega-3 products for the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement industries. “We are further strengthening our position as a leading supplier of ingredients for the nutrition and health industries,” says Walter Dissinger, president of BASF’s Nutrition & Health division. Adam Kelliher, […]


Carbery results boosted by ingredients division

Carbery Group increased revenues by 14.5 per cent last year, reflecting an underlying strong performance from the ingredients division, says the firm. The division includes flavour business Synergy, as well as the company’s dairy ingredients portfolio. “Synergy continues to grow in existing markets and establish itself in new ones with the acquisition of two new […]

EFSA announces BPA re-evaluation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has started work on its new risk assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) used in food contact materials, focusing in particular, it says, on exposure of vulnerable groups. The new opinion will complement earlier scientific advice provided at the request of the European Commission. EFSA will review all the available […]


Co-op Sweden in push for private label expansion

Retailer Co-op Sweden has gone live with a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) portal in a bid, it says, to help increase private label product development and become more competitive within that market. Trace One, the company that supplied the online portal, says it will also help the retailer meet strict government requirements around product ingredients, […]

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Royal recognition for Mettler-Toledo Safeline

Metal detection firm Mettler-Toledo Safeline has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2012 for its outstanding export growth over the last three years. To be awarded the honour in the International Trade category, a company must demonstrate a substantial and sustained increase in export earnings over three consecutive years to a level outstanding for […]

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