New view for Vista

Vista Processed Foods, part of the OSI Group, has expanded its manufacturing portfolio in India by opening another frozen vegetable processing plant in the northern part of the country. The Punjab facility will focus on producing value-added frozen vegetable products for fast food and retail outlets for both the domestic and export markets. “With this […]


GRAS status for Indena’s olive fruit extract

Indena has announced that its olive fruit extract Opextan has obtained GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe) status for use as a food ingredient in a number of food categories, including bakery products, beverages and beverage bases, chewing gums, coffee and tea, frozen dairy desserts and mixes, milk products, processed fruits and fruit juices, and processed […]

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Making a meal of health claims

A ‘mega-healthy’ airline meal that satisfies all 222 Article 13.1 newly approved health claims has been created by experts at Leatherhead Food Research. CEO Dr Paul Berryman challenged his team of scientific, regulatory and marketing experts to devise a meal that could make all 222 claims. “It wasn’t that simple, but we did it within […]


Sira-Flex boasts shelf life breakthrough

Shelf life extension of up to five days is the claim being made for fruit and vegetables packed in a new type of wrapping. According to Sirane, manufacturer of Sira-Flex Resolve, retail trials reported four additional days shelf life with potatoes, and equally significant results with other fruit and vegetables wrapped in the product. Sira-Flex […]

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Lightweight valve helps Hartley’s out of a jam

Premier Foods has introduced Rio – a new lightweight headstand valve dispensing closure for the jams and condiments markets – on Hartley’s Squeezy Jam. The closure design from Zeller Plastik is more than 25% lighter than its current standard and has a large diameter valve for ‘clean, convenient and effective dispensing’, says the manufacturer. Two […]

UK food and drink exports soar

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports grew to £5.8 billion (€6.7bn) in the first half of 2011 – a rise of over 13 per cent on the same period in 2010, according to new figures from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). Exports to the EU increased by 12.6% to £4.4 billion (€5.1bn) with the […]

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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 […]


GRAS status for AstaPure

Algatechnologies’ natural astaxanthin product AstaPure has obtained GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe) status from the FDA for use in food and beverages applications. “Our AstaPure brand has been successfully applied for several years as an active ingredient in dietary supplements, foods and beverages in Japan,” says Efrat Kat, director of marketing and sales at Algatechnologies. […]


Tate & Lyle sells molasses business

Tate & Lyle today has disposed of the last of its historic British sugar businesses with the disposal of its molasses distribution arm for £67 million (€79m). The sale, to Belfast-based grain, animal food ingredients and vegetable oils distributor W & R Barnett, follows the disposal in the summer of the main sugar and golden […]

New disease-resistant food crops in prospect

Researchers have uncovered the genetic basis of broad-spectrum resistance to a viral infection that, in some parts of the world, is the most important pathogen affecting leafy and arable brassica crops including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, swede and oilseed rape. They have tested resistant plants against a range of different strains of the virus taken […]


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