UK poultry company sold to Brazil

Moy Park, the largest integrated poultry company in the UK, has been sold to the Brazilian company Marfrig. From its base in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, Moy Park run farming and processing operations throughout the UK, including a state of the art flagship plant at Anwick in Lincolnshire. The sale, which is part of a […]


Cadbury Schweppes reports strong performance

Despite dramatic constitutional changes, demergers and acquisitions Cadbury Schweppes reports sales of £7.9bn – an increase of 7%. The record growth of 7% in confectionery is best for a decade. Excellent growth in gum with an increase in Trident of 26% and CDM, the largest chocolate brand is up 5% despite the earlier problems of […]

Teens are nuts over snacks

Recent research carried out across secondary schools in the UK has revealed that unsalted peanuts are a popular ingredient amongst teenagers. After taste trials, a staggering 95% of pupils confirmed they would buy healthy snacks containing unsalted peanuts and dried fruit mixes. These results will be of particular interest to manufacturers looking to tap into […]


NUTRA NEWS: Vitiva launches high purity lutein ester

Vitiva of Slovenia, launches VitaLutS, a high-purity lutein ester extracted from marigold flowers. VitaLutS is a highly stable, natural, non-GMO, free-flowing powder enhanced with zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin esters. Vitiva will market the new product to the American and European dietary supplement manufacturing markets. Many dietary supplement manufacturers face difficult obstacles encapsulating lutein into smaller tablets […]


NUTRA NEWS: BI Nutraceuticals adds super fruit extracts

BI Nutraceuticals, supplier of quality raw materials and custom blends for 30 years, has introduced acai and goji berry powder extracts for beverage applications. The new ingredients are all-natural extracts derived from not only the fruit of the berries, but the peel, where a majority of the beneficial nutrients are contained. “Demand for super fruit […]


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% […]


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 […]

Cadbury Schweppes splits confectionery and beverages

Cadbury Schweppes is to separate its confectionery and American beverages businesses. The purpose is to maximise shareholder value. Sir John Sunderland, chairman, said,“This decision is of great significance for the board and the company.“It has been facilitated by acquisitions and disposals over the past decade designed to create a strong and potentially independent Americas Beverages […]

Nestle announces record year

2006 was a record year for Swiss giant Nestle and saw the company achieve double-digit increases in EBIT, net profit and cash flow. Net profit rose by 13.8% to 9.2 billion Swiss francs (£5.6bn).“We are seeing the benefits of the Group’s transformation into a nutrition, health and wellness company, with stronger innovation and branding, as […]

The jewel in Pepsi-Cola’s crown

Pepsi-Cola has created a special can crafted from sterling silver and inlaid with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. The can estimated to be worth $100,000 (£77,436) is to be awarded as a contest prize during the American Super Bowl. This Pepsi precursor unveils a new image worldwide as new can designs are being rolled out across […]

Japan approves natamycin

DSM Food Specialties has announced Japan’s approval of natamycin, an antimycotic used in cheese and meat production. Natamycin is said to be a highly effective inhibitor of mould and yeast on food products and is approved for use in the European Union, South America and the US. Roger Reichrath, business manager preservation, DSM Dairy ingredients, […]

Chocolate firm establishes health centre

A North American chocolate company has revealed results of ongoing studies at Yale University, linking the consumption of hot cocoa to improved cardiovascular function. The statement also coincides with the company’s announcement of the establishment of the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition. The Hershey Company plan is to direct scientific research to develop products […]


LFI opens US office

Leatherhead Food International (LFI) is opening a new office in New York City. The food research firm’s services will be provided in partnership with Food from Britain North America (FFBNA). Steve Dawson, FFBNA’s managing director, will be the main contact for US members. John Bevington, CEO at Leatherhead, comments,“North America is one of LFI’s fastest […]

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