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Burcon adds to functional properties of new proteins

Canadian firm Burcon NutraScience, which has teamed up with ADM to bring a new plant-derived protein to market, has filed another patent application that further strengthens its bid to take...

Lipa raises funds for expansion

Australian vitamin and drug maker Lipa Pharmaceuticals plans to raise A$67 million (€38.2m) from an initial public offering of shares, which will fund expansion of the company's manufacturing plant to...

Price volatility continues for soy ingredients

As the food industry answers consumer health concerns expanding the use of soybean-derived ingredients in food formulations, volatility in price for the crop is set to continue with few signs...

Danisco steps up probiotics presence with European dairy launch

The first dairy food range in Europe containing Danisco's Howaru probiotics has been introduced in Slovenia by one of the region's top dairy product manufacturers Ljubljanske Mlekarne.

Raisio outlines plans for growth

Benecol maker Raisio will use profits from its recent chemicals unit sale to embark on a new strategy designed to position it as a leading producer of plant-based foods and...

Probiotics targeted for growth under new Danisco cultures unit

The new cultures unit at Danisco looks set to become a powerful force in the probiotics sector, gaining additional strains and entrance to new markets with the acquisition of Rhodia...

Blotting technology could be used in new cholesterol-lowering foods

Irish biotech company Alltracel has signed a deal with sausage casings maker Devro to develop new cholesterol-lowering foods based on its patented cellulose technology.

Chr Hansen venture launches women's health product

A new probiotics alliance, between leading Danish firm Chr Hansen and a Canadian biotech company, is launching its first product for the growing women's health market.

Numico to sell South African baby food business

Dutch infant nutrition group Royal Numico is to sell its unprofitable South African baby food business as it looks to concentrate on regions where it can gain a leading position.

Partial victory in price-fixing case for vitamin makers

Number two vitamin maker BASF and the former number one Roche have been told by the US Supreme Court that a case brought by former customers outside the US against...

German health foods industry profits from government reform

Germany's health food stores, the Reformhauser, are reporting a boom brought about by the new reform of the healthcare system.

UK health products firm offers prebiotic cereal

Britannia Health Products, the company set up to market the evening primrose oil brand Efamol, is introducing a range of breakfast cereals containing Hi-maize prebiotic resistant starch.

AOBO gets government support for expansion

Chinese soy processor American Oriental Bioengineering says it has gained recognition from the Chinese government for its soybean protein peptide, which will give it a competitive advantage as it looks...

Profitable Martek looks to new applications

Fatty acids producer Martek Biosciences continued its recent profit-making run during the second quarter, which should help its plans to expand further into new markets and new applications, writes Philippa...

European sports drinks look to catch up with US

Energy and sports drinks continued their rapid rise up the soft drinks rankings last year, driven by new product launches and an increasing trend towards convenience and on-the-go consumption. But...

New regulations could force innovative sizes for sterol-based foods

New requirements from European regulatory authorities could play a significant role in the success of the next wave of foods containing cholesterol-lowering plant sterols, writes Dominique Patton.

Numico sells milk powder production

Infant nutrition company Royal Numico says it has reached 'in principle' an agreement for the sale of its milk powder production subsidiary Nutricia Lyempf, based in Kampen, the Netherlands.

Plant-source calcium supplement appears to offer better absorption

A seaweed-derived mineral product has been shown to offer a more bioavailable source of calcium than rival products in a small human trial.

Next wave of plant sterol products imminent

Products with added plant sterols are set to increase as companies seek novel foods approval based on equivalence.

Cognis CLA set for new food launches

Publication of a new study supporting the long-term safety of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is likely to fuel new product introductions in Europe and could also help support a health...

Penford sees EU growth for GM-free dextrose

Tough new EU labelling and traceability rules for GM products should make it easier for food ingredients which are guaranteed GM-free to grow sales - at least according to the...

DSM speeds up product development

Dutch chemicals firm DSM has opened a €12 million food research and product development centre, which is expected to speed up the time it takes for a new product to...

Tesco adds GI food labels to help dieters

The UK's number one supermarket is introducing new food labels that rank a product according to its position on the glycemic index, a system that measures the effects of food...

Scottish firm creates omega-3 fruit juice for children's market

A Scottish biotech firm has developed a novel fruit juice fortified with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA.

National Starch changes starch name to improve brand awareness

National Starch has changed the name of its Novelose resistant starch in an attempt to build brand awareness for the line in Europe.

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