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Taiyo to launch new SunFiber facility in India

Japanese company Taiyo Kagaku is to open a new production plant for its SunFiber brand guar gum product in India next month.

Dutch group increases stake in lactoferrin producer

Netherlands-based Pharming has increased its stake in Australian company ProBio and is now hoping to accelerate the commercialisation of recombinant human lactoferrin in Asia, writes Phil Taylor.

New prebiotic fibre for European food makers

Swiss marketing group DKSH introduced a new fibre to the European market last week, which could steal sales of the increasingly popular ingredient inulin.

Ajinomoto reorganises European ingredients

Ajinomoto, the Japanese seasonings company, is to reorganise its European ingredients operations in a move designed to improve operational efficiency and to accelerate growth.

New CEO for Lonza

Directors at Swiss fine chemicals group Lonza have appointed a former BASF manager as their new chief executive, after major losses led to the resignation of Markus Gemuend earlier this...

New probiotic tablet from Chr. Hansen

Probiotics in capsule form have been around for a few years, as dietary supplement manufacturers seek to take advantage of the growing awareness of their beneficial effect on gut health....

BI Nutraceuticals opens Chinese unit

California-based supplement ingredient supplier BI Nutraceuticals will be one of the first foreign botanical and extracts suppliers to set up offices in China, an emerging market that offers both strong...

Degussa says 1Q results on track

Despite reporting a decline in revenues, Germany's third-largest chemicalscompany Degussa said that it had 'got off to a solid start' in the firstquarter of the year, ahead of presenting its...

Glanbia gets in on weight management trend

Glanbia Nutritional Products is hoping to build on growing consumer awareness of the link between dairy foods and weight loss, with a new ingredient specifically designed to add the beneficial...

Milk ingredient targets stress management

French dairy ingredients firm Ingredia is targeting the growing market for stress management products with a rebranded milk-derived ingredient, said to be more effective than herbals and other supplements currently...

Good start for newly focused Numico

The sale of its supplements business GNC late last year and a new focus on baby food and clinical nutrition is already paying off for Dutch group Numico, which this...

Primex increases chitosan presence

Primex, the Iceland-based marine biotech company, has strengthened its position as the world's leading producer of chitosan products through the acquisition of the bulk chitosan business of Vanson HaloSource -...

Tough times for Raisio Nutrition

Raisio Nutrition, the health food division of Finland's Raisio Group, ended the first quarter with a drop in sales compared to the previous year. But the company remained confident that...

Caffeine company raises capital for functional food developments

Spanish caffeine producer Natraceutical will raise more than €20 million with a new share placement, designed to boost capital for its developing functional foods business.

BioGaia sees slight improvement in Q1

Swedish biotech firm BioGaia has slightly improved operating profits thanks to lower selling expenses but remains in the red, doubling losses for the last year's first quarter.

Probiotics continue to lift Chr Hansen figures

Ongoing growth in cultures sales to the dairy industry and health markets helped the Danish ingredients firm Chr Hansen post a modest rise in revenue for the food ingredients division...

Omega-3, probiotics driving Seven Seas growth in UK

Merck KgaA, owner of the UK's leading supplement brand Seven Seas, reported a strong rise in sales at its consumer healthcare division, driven by its omega-3 products and probiotic multivitamins.

Relief for soy prices may be on its way

Health food manufacturers using soy ingredients may face new price rises if soybean supply continues to be hit by unprecedented demand in China and drought in major producer countries.

Nutritional products generate profits at DSM

The new vitamins business is already having a marked effect on performance at chemicals group DSM, which has beaten analysts' expectations with an 8 per cent rise in income for...

Japanese firm taps in to surging fatty acid demand

Japanese firm Nippon Suisan Kaisha is expanding capacity for functional oils, including the fatty acids DHA and EPA, by 70 per cent, to meet growing demand both on the home...

Degussa invests in China

Speciality chemicals firm Degussa is investing €10 million in a new research and development centre in Shanghai, where its numerous business units, including food ingredients, will seek to develop products...

Dairy giants see strong start to healthy year

Dairy leaders are reaping the benefits of increasing consumer interest in functional foods, with both Danone and Nestlé this week reporting strong growth in probiotic and other healthy products, report...

Healthy Belgium proves good launchpad for new probiotic applications

Valio is to launch its probiotic cheese in Belgium, the first country outside its home market, where cheese is a fast-growing new application area for the health-promoting bacteria, writes Dominique...

ARA production set to double

DSM Food Specialties is to double the volume of arachidonic acid (ARA) produced for its US partner Martek Biosciences to meet rapidly growing demand, it said this week.

MonoSol buys UK edible films firm

US water-soluble films company MonoSol has bought the UK division of Aquafilm, giving it access to substantial manufacturing capabilities in Europe and its range of edible films.

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