US demand for alternative sweeteners set to soar

US demand for alternative sweeteners is expected to soar by 3.3 per cent by 2015 to £2.1 billion (€2.5bn), according to a new study, with gains led by continuing market penetration of relatively new entrants to the industry, including the stevia extract rebaudioside-A. The more mature segments of the market – high intensity sweeteners (such […]


Stratum and Phytonet join forces

Speciality and functional ingredients firm Stratum Nutrition has partnered exclusively with Phytonet to distribute its fibre, Artinia, and joint health ingredient Nem for selective Eastern European countries. “Phytonet is a respected company with strong knowledge in the food and supplements industry,” says Michael Faber, Stratum’s world area manager for Europe and Asia. “We are confident […]

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Algatechnologies sees red

Natural astaxanthin manufacturer Algatechnologies has collaborated with Novel Creation to develop Maximum Red Alga – a liquid dietary supplement of natural astaxanthin using AstaPure 10% astaxanthin oleoresin as its main active ingredient. Due to be launched in the US and Europe next year, the product was developed using a technology that enables oil-soluble ingredients –such […]

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Mycotoxin survey results published

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the results of a survey looking at levels of mycotoxins in food. The majority of the samples tested contained levels of mycotoxins below the legal limits, and only one sample had mycotoxin above the legal EU limit. Overall, the results of the survey are reassuring and do not […]

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Tate & Lyle signs Soda-Lo agreement

Tate & Lyle has announced that it has signed an exclusive, worldwide licence agreement with Eminate, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Nottingham, UK, for its novel salt reduction technology. The product, currently known as ‘Soda-Lo’, enables added salt levels to be reduced by up to 30 per cent in foods such as […]


Sustainability accolade for Royal DSM

Royal DSM, the global life sciences and materials sciences company headquartered in the Netherlands, has again bagged the number one position in the chemical industry sector in the newly published Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Since 2004, the health and nutrition company has been declared the worldwide sustainability leader in this sector six times. “We […]


‘High potential for preventative health ingredients’

The rising incidence of problems related to high blood pressure and weak immune system, as well as the gravitation toward preventive healthcare, is driving the European market for nutritional solutions in immune and antihypertensive health, according to Frost & Sullivan. The market analyst says ingredients manufacturers in this area are cashing in on the growing […]


Health claims milestone

Scientists on EFSA’s NDA Panel say they have reached a major milestone in their work on health claims by publishing evaluations of the last group of ‘general function’ claims, excluding those related to botanical substances. The publication of the final series of 35 evaluations is the culmination of more than three years’ work by EFSA’s […]

Superfruits continue to soar

A growing consumer awareness of the health benefits of so-called superfruits, and their high antioxidant content, has brought many hitherto little known fruits into the mainstream market for the first time. As a result, there has been a 10 per cent rise in the number of marketed on superfruit platform in the 12 months up […]


Green light for new labelling rules

MEPs have voted in favour of new rules on food labelling in a bid, they say, to help consumers make better informed, healthier choices. Labels will now have to spell out a food’s energy content as well as fat, saturated fat, carbohydrate, sugar, protein and salt levels, in a way that makes them easy for […]

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EFSA publishes latest article 13 opinions

EFSA has just published the fifth series of article 13 opinions, adding an additional 536 claims to the 2,187 claims published to date. A remaining group of 35 claims will be published in July. The European Commission and Member States will then consider EFSA’s scientific advice in deciding on the possible authorisation of such claims […]


EFSA task force to investigate French E.coli outbreak

EFSA scientists are setting up a task force to coordinate investigations to track down the source of any contaminated sprouted seeds in the European Union following an E.coli outbreak in the Bordeaux region of France, which was preceded by a similar outbreak in Germany associated with sprouts. 
 In response to an urgent request from […]


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