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 […]

M&S boss opens new food manufacturing centre

Sir Stuart Rose, chief executive of Marks & Spencer, has officially opened the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus. The new £3.5 million centre in southern Lincolnsire is a state-of-the-art food packaging and processing training factory for food sector employees. The centre will also support the university’s developing agenda […]


Anuga FoodTec welcomes 34,000 visitors

This year’s Anuga FoodTec, which closed its doors on March 13, welcomed approximately 34,000 trade visitors from 114 countries, a figure comparable to that of the previous fair, according to organisers. “In view of the overall economic situation, this is a satisfactory result and a positive signal for the economy as a whole, says Koelnmesse […]

Drinks giant sells wines and spirits arm

Irish drinks giant C&C Group has sold its Northern Ireland wines and spirits business with the loss of three jobs. The news comes just weeks after C&C axed 121 jobs – a fifth of its workforce – across its Irish operations, including seven in Belfast. The company has also introduced a pay freeze for 12 […]

New acquisition for Frutarom

Israeli flavour and ingredients company Frutarom has signed an agreement to acquire the assets and business of the American Company Flavors Specialties for $17.2 million, financed through bank loans. The agreement includes a clause that could increase or decrease the value of the deal to $27 million or $13.15 million based on earnings in 2009 […]


Frozen food is the future, says BFFF

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) is launching a new foodservice campaign which aims to educate the foodservice sector on how it can profit from using frozen food in the face of an economic downturn. To run over two years, the Profiting from Frozen Food campaign will focus on how buying frozen food will save […]


Croda and Speirs join forces

Croda Europe Limited has signed an exclusive supply agreement with Speirs Nutritionals Limited to market omega 3 emulsions to food product manufacturers in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America. Under the agreement, the New Zealand company will micro-encapsulate Croda’s fish oil concentrates into omega 3 emulsions for incorporation in a wide range of solid […]

Celebs urged to say no to junk food ads

The UK Food Commission is introducing a charter for celebrities willing to pledge that they will not use their image to promote foods high in fat, saturated fat, sugar or salt. Campaigners at the commission cite stars such as Ian Wright, Chris Hoy and David Beckham as having had their ‘brand’ linked to unhealthy foods. […]


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