Key scientific appointment for Martek

DHA omega-3 producer Martek Biosciences has appointed Dr Rob Winwood as director of scientific affairs in Europe and Asia. Based in the UK, Winwood will drive forward research into DHA and assume responsibility for regulatory issues and applications support.

‘Chemical threat persists in food and beverage packaging’

Fourteen of the largest public packaged food and beverage companies still use the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their packaging despite studies linking the synthetic sex hormone to developmental problems, heart disease, and diabetes, according to the authors of Seeking Safer Packaging, a new report by investors Green Century Capital Management and As You […]


Symrise hits Dubai

Symrise has set up a new sales branch and applications lab in Dubai in order to be closer to its Middle Eastern customers. The flavours and fragrances firm will be employing 15 sales and marketing staff in its new branch office. The applications labs, meanwhile, will allow for the development of formulations for ‘local taste […]

Green tea cheer for Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle has sealed a deal for the exclusive EMEA distribution rights of a new green tea extract from tea and coffee sourcing company A Holliday & Co. Called Teawell 95, the extract has a 95% concentration of the catechin Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – among the highest purities available on the market today. EGCG is […]


SABMiller hit by ‘deteriorating economic conditions’

SABMiller says the economic downturn is beginning to have a noticeable impact on its operations as consumer demand for its lager brands has tailed off from the start of this year. In a trading update for the fiscal year ending 31 March, the company said that although lager volume sales were up by two per […]

New food fraud squad

A new food fraud division will support local authorities in taking swift action to stop illegal activity, as well as helping them uncover cases where consumers have been misled, says the UK’s Food Standards Agency. The Food Fraud Advisory Unit (FFAU) is a group of 16 officials with extensive skills and experience in carrying out […]

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Cargill shelves omega-3 offering

Cargill has stopped work on its nascent fish oil-sourced omega-3 offering less than two years after its high-profile launch. According to a spokesman for the company, the unbranded ingredient is no longer under development as Cargill is focusing its healthy nutrient efforts on some of its other offerings such as phytosterols, inulin, alternative sweeteners and […]


Magner’s cider boss to step down

Magner’s cider managing director John Holberry is to resign from the parent company C&C group. He cited a lack of career opportunities following the appointment of a number of ex-Scottish & Newcastle executives to the company as the reason for his departure. Holberry, who is to leave in August, joined C&C Group as MD of […]

Genome research go-ahead

A new national centre to analyse plant, animal and microbial genomes has been announced by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) will be based on the Norwich Research Park and will provide genome sequencing to underpin advances to improve food security, protect UK agriculture from exotic animal disease and […]

Sales of bread and bakery products continue to grow

Figures released this week suggest the popularity of bread and bakery products continues to grow, with UK consumer spending rising to £3.8bn in 2008. But despite the surge in sales, the report says that a push in innovation is crucial to arrest an overall contraction in consumer spending on bakery products. In total, expenditure on […]

Waitrose announces service station deal

UK upmarket retailer Waitrose has signed a franchise deal with motorway services operator Welcome Break to open a number of shops in its service stations. The grocery division of the John Lewis Partnership is to open two 2,500sq ft food shops at Welcome Break motorway service areas, the company announced this week. The deal will […]

Heart-warming win

DSM’s blood pressure management ingredient tensVida (formerly known as TensGuard) recently won the NutrAward for the most innovative, evidence-based health and nutrition ingredient. “As a well known risk factor for coronary heart disease, kidney failure and stroke, high blood pressure is a major global concern, says Luc van-der-Heyden, business manager heart health, DSM.“TensVida represents a […]

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