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Shrimp duties get go-ahead

The US International Trade Commission imposed duties on shrimp imports from six Asian and South American countries last week, in the final stage of a trade dispute that has been...

Brussels boost for UK milk body

The UK Milk Development Council has received a £1.5 million (€2.1 million) grant from the European Commission which it will use to tackle the growing misconceptions surrounding dairy consumption, Tom Armitage reports.

Cognis looking at dividend payout for owners

German group Cognis, the supplier of plant sterols and CLA, is considering the issue of a €500 million bond to fund a dividend payment to its private equity owners, it...

Ochakovo taps into growing health market

Moscow drinks giant Ochakovo has launched a new non-alcoholic product targeted at Russia's growing health market, writes Angela Drujinina.

Irish food sector raises focus on healthy eating

Irish food and drink companies are pooling funds under a new project designed to increase healthy eating in their home market, reports Dominique Patton.

Fiske to distribute Fortitech, DMV products in Britain

Premix company Fortitech and dairy ingredients supplier DMV International have both signed new distribution agreements for Great Britain with Fiske.

Konjac, the next gut health ingredient?

A French supplier of konjac gum, most commonly known for its use as a texturant in food products, is hoping to move into the health ingredients sector, after preliminary research...

Cholesterol-lowering foods to be refunded under Dutch health insurance

Dutch health insurer VGZ is to reimburse policyholders who buy Unilever's range of cholesterol-lowering margarine, yoghurt and milk products in a bid to reduce medical costs related to heart disease,...

Astaxanthin supplier signs distribution deal for UK, Ireland

New ingredients supplier Valensa, a joint venture between US Nutra and Israel-based Algatechnologies, has appointed Chesham Chemicals as its exclusive distributor in the UK and Ireland.

Waitrose follows retailers' healthy eating drive

Waitrose is the next of the UK's leading supermarket chains to launch new labels targeted at improving healthy eating habits.

Europe's herbals on the up again

Europe's herbals market is set to regain some of its momentum over the next year, with strong sales in supermarkets and non-pharmacy channels demonstrating that consumers are regaining confidence in...

Alltracel shores up film development capacity

Irish biopharma firm Alltracel Pharmaceuticals has reinforced its position in the dissolvable film market with a reverse takeover of London firm Westone Products.

Nutrinova to enter Chinese market with DHA

German ingredients firm Nutrinova is expanding its presence in the omega-3 market with new projects underway with Chinese supplement makers and producers of infant nutrition products.

Suppliers identify solutions for new probiotic foods

Probiotic chocolate bars and cereals could emerge on the market next year as strong demand for the gut health ingredient pushes food makers to invest in the complex processes required...

Industry checking GI levels to prepare for emerging trend

A hospital is the latest to launch a glycaemic index testing service in the UK to meet demand from food makers looking to develop low-GI ranges.

Unilever gains exclusive rights to Phytopharm's hoodia extract

SlimFast owner Unilever has gained the exclusive global rights to an appetite-suppressing compound extracted from the hoodia gordonii plant by UK-based Phytopharm, reports Dominique Patton.

Lipid Nutrition clears rights to European CLA patent

A challenge to Lipid Nutrition's patent on the composition of its conjugated linoleic acid has been removed after the European Patent Office ruled that all claims should remain as granted...

Ireland sets ambitious targets for functional foods industry

Ireland's functional foods industry has been slated for major growth under a government-backed development programme announced last week.

Chromium picolinate gets all-clear in UK

The mineral supplement chromium picolinate has been given the all-clear by the UK's food authority. It is a strong sign that the compound could be accepted across Europe under the...

China pulls on soybean stocks

China continues to pull on global commodities with demand for US soybeans rising in 2004/05 by nearly 50 per cent on the previous year, reports Lindsey Partos. China's total contracts...

Swedish group Semper to double its presence in Russia

Swedish manufacturer Semper aims to increase exports of baby food to Russia, as the market there is growing much faster than in many other countries, writes Angela Drujinina.

LycoRed in bid to expand food market

A novel foods approval for the tomato compound lycopene could give it a significant push into the functional foods category in Europe, which currently includes only a handful of lycopene-fortified...

Glucosamine prices on the rise again

Glucosamine prices continue to rise and could go up a further 25 per cent in the first quarter of next year, according to Europe's leading supplier.

FiberGel launches non-GMO fat replacement supplement

Circle Group owned FiberGel Technologies last week launched a non-GMO version of its fat replacement and dietary fiber supplement in order to satisfy European demand.

Commission fines choline chloride cartel

The European Commission yesterday fined Akzo Nobel, BASF and UCB €66.34 million for fixing prices in choline chloride.

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