Tetra Pak invests £32.6m in Lund

Tetra Pak, one of the world’s leading suppliers of processing and packaging equipment to the food industry, is investing £32.6 million in two new buildings in Lund, Sweden. Dennis Jansson, President & CEO, Tetra Pak Group, comments,“This investment provides us with flexible premises for units such as our research and development department. The new buildings […]


Tate & Lyle buys Hahn

Tate & Lyle, the global renewable ingredients company has acquired an 80% holding in German specialty food ingredients group G. C. Hahn & Co for £79 million (£116 million). Hahn is privately owned and was founded in 1848. Its headquarters and primary operations are located in Lübeck, Germany. It also has production operations in the […]

Companies join forces in research

A dozen leading companies have joined forces in a £10 million (£14m) partnership with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to support research aimed at helping the food industry develop products that deliver enhanced health benefits for consumers. The founder company members of the new Diet and Health Research Industry Club are Britvic […]


NUTRA NEWS: Fully functional omega-3

Frutarom has launched omega-3 preparations for dairy products. The latest technology incorporates the health-promoting fatty acids into recipes without imparting any unpleasant aftertaste. Essential omega-3 fatty acids have long been added to a wide variety of foods – yet their processing remains a great challenge for the manufacturer. This is because commercially available isolated omega-3 […]


Nestle records strong growth

The Nestle Group reports strong organic growth of 7.4% with a positive contribution from all regions and businesses due to higher demand ahead of expected price increases. Food and beverage confirms momentum with 7.1% organic growth, fuelled by move towards nutrition, health and wellness. Nestle Nutrition on a like for like basis reached its 10% […]


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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Rexam sells glass business

Rexam, the global consumer packaging company and the world’s leading beverage can maker is to sell its glass business to Ardagh Glass Group plc for £660m (£449m). The transaction is conditional on competition authority approvals in Germany and Poland. In 2006, Rexam Glass, which employs 3,600 people and focuses on the north European market, reported […]

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 […]


Designer water

The company behind the natural mineral water Ty Nant, famous for its cobalt blue glass bottles, is seeing success with its latest product offering, TAU Spring Water. “With its minimalist black and white labels, TAU was specifically designed for outlets where colour may not be appropriate but quality and style remain essential, said Laura Dodds, […]

NUTRA NEWS: Rose hip trials indicate help for osteoarthritis

Rose hip may help to alleviate joint pain in patients with knee, hip and osteoarthritis. A random, double blind placebo controlled clinical trial has reported 82% of subjects experiencing reduction in pain and consumption of traditional painkillers. The active compound isolated from Rosa Canina, GOPO, is also claimed to have no side effect often found […]

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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