Robert F Byrne

Robert F Byrne, VP and GM, forecasting solutions, E2open, predicts more new and exciting tastes will become available over the next 12 months as flavours and cuisines spread globally

NFU rejects GM food decision proposal

The NFU has expressed concern over the European Commission’s proposal to re-nationalise decision making power on GM feed or food back to Member States. Dr Helen Ferrier, NFU chief science and regulatory affairs adviser, says, “Approval of GM feed and food must remain at an EU wide level and must be firmly based on sound […]


Here is your weekly round-up of Ingredients news. If you have a news item you would like to submit for next week’s round-up, please contact Carly Wood at Tapping into consumers’ desire for ‘good’ carbs and healthier snacks, the use of sprouted grains is a small but fast growing niche. Ingredion’s new natural foaming […]

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First IP certification for sunflower lecithin

Cert ID Europe, the authority on non-GM traceability certification, has launched the first IP certification programme featuring PCR testing protocols to detect cross-contamination of soy in sunflower lecithin destined for food production, and in particular, chocolate, confectionery and bakery. The new programme is designed to support suppliers of sunflower lecithin, an increasingly popular alternative to […]


Software tool for GM data analysis

New software from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provides stakeholders with a tool for carrying out complex data analysis as part of the risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants. The user friendly program, which can be downloaded free of charge from EFSA’s website, allows stakeholders such as Member States and industry applicants to […]


Beverage flavoured confectionery

The taste of cola, ice tea, tonic and ginger ale is popular around the world – and not only in beverages. Trends from the beverage industry are increasingly spilling over into other segments of the food industry such as confectionery. To meet this trend, Doehler has developed a range of natural flavours and colours as […]

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UK bottled water market report released

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the UK Bottled Water Drinks Report 2014 report to its offering. The overall plain bottled water volume sales surged by 10.4% in 2013 to 2,539 million litres. Retail sizes under ten litres, which accounted for 89% of the total, advanced by 11.6%. Similarly, the bottled water cooler […]

Rachel’s expands into desserts sector

Rachel’s has launched its first organic Divine Desserts range in the UK, using fresh organic ingredients and no artificial flavourings or preservatives. Presented in individual glass ramekins, which can be re-used after eating, the new desserts are available as a pack of two and in two varieties: Divine Chocolate Pot and Divine Vanilla Pot. Sophie […]

Poll shows consumer preference for paper packaging

More than half of the UK’s consumers visiting their local supermarket or food retailer would prefer their groceries and fresh produce packaged in paper-based material, reveals new research commissioned by the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI). Of the 2,289 people surveyed in a nationwide poll conducted by YouGov, 57% of respondents preferred their grocery and […]

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