Energy bars in compostable packaging

German brand Jäger und Sammler has chosen Innovia Films’ compostable flexible material NatureFlex as the packaging for its range of energy bars. NatureFlex film begins life as a natural product – wood – and breaks down in a compost bin within a matter of weeks, yet also offers advantages for packing and converting such as […]

Growing global demand for yoghurt

DSM, the global life sciences and materials sciences company, has published a Global Insight paper, stating that the appeal of yoghurt is on the rise globally. Carried out in countries as varied as China, US, Brazil and Turkey, the survey identifies a growing demand for yoghurt as health-conscious consumers make it a regular habit. The […]


Westfro expands capacity with investment in Bühler

The Bühler Group has installed additional Sortex optical sorting equipment at Westfro, the family-run Belgian producer of frozen vegetables, herbs and fruit. Westfro has an annual production capacity of 95,000 tonnes and, for over 40 years, the company has specialised in minimising the time between harvest and processing, in order to preserve the optimum level […]

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Tackling health challenges

The International Sweeteners Association recently hosted a conference in Brussels titled “Why low calories count: the effective use of low calorie sweeteners in today’s diet and lifestyle choices”.


New green tea health drink

OOb is a new healthy green tea and super fruit drink with popping pearls. Inspired by Taiwanese Pearl Tea and tapping into the recent bubble tea trend, OOb is the first brand of its kind to provide pearl tea in a “ready to go” format in the UK. The OOb range currently comes in 3 […]

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DSM proposes adaptations to vitamin E intake

The conclusions of a workshop led by DSM to address the challenges of setting appropriate intake recommendations for vitamin E have been published in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research[1]. The paper, which outlines a concept for the appropriate assessment of vitamin E status and functionality in order to define desirable vitamin E […]


Steamdry project targets low energy food drying

The Steamdry project, lead by HRS and a consortium of European SME’s, aims at developing a new drying plant to allow food producers and food processing SMEs to dry their foods with efficiency, high quality and sustainability. This is done through new Dryer using Superheated Steam and low pressure technology, which ensures efficiency through better […]

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DSM announces Fortitech deal

Royal DSM is strengthening its human nutrition business with the acquisition of Fortitech for £399 million (€499m). New York-based Fortitech manufactures customised, value-added food ingredient blends for the food and beverage industries “Customers in food and beverage are increasingly looking for solutions providers offering a broad range of food ingredient blends that cover a more […]


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 […]


Coca-Cola rapped by advertising watchdog

Advertising watchdogs have banned Coca-Cola from claiming that its Vitamin Water product is a ‘nutritious’ drink. The drink – which contains 23g of sugar per 500ml bottle – comes in eight with names like Spark, Defence and Power-C, in flavours such as ‘apple-kiwi’ and ‘tropical citrus’, but does not contain fruit. The Advertising Standards Authority […]

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DSM agrees multi-million deal to buy Martek

DSM has announced that it is to buy Martek Biosciences for £701 million (€829m) to ‘specialise further in the niche food nutrition industry’. Dutch firm DSM has been repositioning itself in recent years away from bulk chemicals to focus on niche life sciences and materials sciences and last week completed its divestment programme, saying it […]


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