Scientists hail fat-busting blueberries

Blueberries can slash the number of fat cells in the body by up to three-quarters, according to US scientists. Researchers found the fruit – which contains high levels of polyphenols – can break down existing fat cells and prevent new ones from forming, making them a potentially powerful weapon in the fight against obesity. Tests […]

Pringles brand sold to US rival

Snack brand Pringles has been sold by American consumer giant Procter & Gamble to rival US food company Diamond for £1.4 billion (€1.58bn). Pringles is the world’s biggest crisp brand and is sold in more than 140 countries. The deal will more than triple the snack business at California-based Diamond, which owns Kettle Chips, and […]

Scientists create ‘monster’ salmon

Scientists have created a genetically modified ‘monster’ salmon which could soon be on dinner tables around the world. US company Aqua Bounty claims it has been given initial approval by American safety authorities to produce the GM fish, which grow two to three times faster than normal varieties. However, critics of GM food fear the […]

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Coffee-makers in search of instant new market

New research reveals that a generational divide exists in UK coffee consumption. According to analyst YouGov SixthSense, 83% of over 55s have drunk a cup of instant coffee in the last month compared to 67% of 18-24 year olds. Younger generations are more likely to choose alternatives such as a cappuccino (43%), a latte (39%) […]

Tate & Lyle sells sugar business to US

Tate & Lyle has sold its historic sugar business, which includes the iconic Golden Syrup brand, to American Sugar Refining in a £211 million (€256m) deal. The sale of its EU Sugar Refining operations is part of the food group’s new strategy to focus on its fast-growing food ingredients business. “Sugar refining has enjoyed a […]

Brewer’s whoop!

SABMiller, the brewer behind big name brands such as Peroni, Grolsch and Miller light, has reported a 4% rise in revenue despite falling sales in Europe and flat sales in the US. The world’s second largest brewer saw European lager sales drop 5%, while remaining static in the States, with the company revealing that it […]

Strong performance from Carbery Group

Carbery’s ingredients division, which includes its dairy ingredients business and Synergy, its flavour operations, reports strong earnings in 2009. The dairy ingredients business performed robustly in sectors such as infant nutrition and performance nutrition across key geographical markets, says the firm, while Synergy performed strongly in established markets in the EU and US – but […]

Kraft sells pizza business to help fund Cadbury bid

Kraft is selling its North American pizza business to Nestle for $3.7 billion (£2.6bn) to help fund its offer for British confectioner Cadbury. Kraft’s pizza business includes DiGiorno, Tombstone and Jack’s in the United States and the Delissio brand in Canada. The deal also includes rights to the California Pizza Kitchen trademark licence.

Orange juice prices set to soar

The price of orange juice looks set to soar by up to a third after cold weather and disease hit citrus groves in Florida. The American state is one of the world’s main producers – and the problems it has experienced have already led to the price of concentrated juice doubling in a year. Supermarket […]

Recession-busting chocolate sales

Chocolate sales around the world have defied the recession, according to new research from Mintel. In China and the Ukraine, chocolate confectionery sales rose 18% and 12% respectively in 2009, and Mintel predicts continued growth through to 2013. Other countries have also seen chocolate bars, bags and boxes flying off the shelves, albeit at lower […]

ABF revenues up – but pre-tax profits fall

Associated British Foods (ABF) has reported a 12% rise in revenues to £9.3 billion this year. However, its pre-tax profits fell 6% to £495 million after a £65m loss on the sale of the group’s American packaged oil business. Adjusted pre-tax profits rose 4% to £655m. Profits in the group’s sugar business rose by 24% […]

Global energy drink sales almost double

Global energy drink volumes increased by two per cent in 2008 to 3.9 billion litres – almost double the two billion litres sold in 2003, according to the latest report from food and drink consultancy Zenith International. Average growth over the past five years has been 14 per cent a year. “Energy drinks remain a […]

Sweet drinks in childhood linked to obesity in later life

Five-year-olds’ consumption of sweetened beverages could give an indication of their weight status for the subsequent ten years, according to a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Authors of this latest study examined intake of various beverages in a sample of 166 girls in central Pennsylvania, every two years, across a ten-year […]

Why the US could be sweet on Reb A

Rebaudioside A (Reb A), a non-caloric sweetener derived from the stevia plant, could fill a sweet spot in the American food and beverage market, according to a new Rabobank report. The report, entitled Stevia and the U.S. Market, says the growing demand for products with greater perceived health benefits could help the sweetener grow in […]


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