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China builds up green tea supplies

At 3.15 million tonnes world tea production in 2003 beat 2002 supplies but prices remained firm reflecting season variability, reports the UN food and farm body, adding that China has...

Phytopharm near to deal on hoodia products?

UK firm Phytopharm, which has isolated the appetite-suppressing ingredients in the desert plant hoodia, says it is in advanced talks to license its compound to a food industry partner.

Arla poised for UK Atkins dairy launch

Arla Foods UK is to launch a line of branded low-carb dairy products endorsed by US diet company Atkins, but will the UK prove a suitable market for long-term success?...

Forbes completes sterol plant expansion

Forbes Medi-Tech announced it had completed the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Texas in anticipation of increased demand from Europe.

Chr Hansen ups genomics capability for probiotics research

Danish ingredients company Chr Hansen has licensed the use of a genomics tool to improve knowledge of how probiotic bacteria work. It could help the firm develop new probiotic bacteria...

BASF targets multivitamin drinks with new beta-carotene

Number two vitamin maker BASF has developed a new beta-carotene product, designed to meet increasing demand from fortified beverages and vitamin-enriched juices, reports Dominique Patton.

Sainsbury first to introduce traffic light labelling?

UK retailer Sainsbury will be the first of the country's four large grocery chains to launch 'traffic light' healthy eating labelling in January, according to reports.

Remy to introduce soluble rice protein

Belgian rice ingredients firm Remy Industries is to launch a soluble rice protein in the first half of next year, to meet strong demand from the beverage industry, reports Dominique...

Tesco taps low-carb trend under health strategy

The UK's top food retailer Tesco is to label 120 foods that are 'naturally low in carbs', such as cheese, nuts and fish, with a new low-carb logo, in a...

Glisten moves into health segment with Halo buy

Announcing its half-year results back in September, the UK-based confectionery group Glisten said that it expected to make further acquisitions in niche markets, as it sought to build on strong...

Foods for seniors emerging from EU research

A major EU research programme, under discussion at a meeting in Brussels today, could help food manufacturers target the increasingly affluent, elderly consumer with products designed to make their lives...

Scanvit next to add Reducol to milk drink

Canadian group Forbes Medi-Tech today announced that a Finnnish healthcare company will be the next firm to benefit from its cholesterol-lowering plant sterols.

Colostrum producer targets European functional foods market

A German company is aiming to increase the use of colostrum in nutritional products, with the help of new supplier Buckton Scott, reports Dominique Patton.

Fibre interest to benefit bread market

Bread with reduced carbohydrates is unlikely to become a long-term trend but the bakery sector could do more to capitalise on the rising interest in fibre and wholegrains, suggests an...

Boehringer product to meet rise in demand for magnesium

German fine chemicals supplier Boehringer Ingelheim is offering a new magnesium product to meet increasing demand from companies looking to fortify with this mineral, writes Dominique Patton.

Formulation specialists improve bakery's functional foods offering

New developments in bakery ingredients are set to give the sector a more important presence in the booming functional foods industry, reports Dominique Patton.

BASF trims down at Ludwigshafen

German chemical giant BASF is to shed about 3,600 jobs at its main Ludwigshafen plant over the next three years as part of efforts ensure the site's competitiveness.

Demand for natural joint care creates emerging food category

Ingredients supplier Cargill says new food applications containing the joint health supplement chondroitin will allow companies to captialise on the growing interest in preventative joint care.

Chr Hansen ingredients unit up for sale

Number one cultures supplier Chr. Hansen is up for sale as its major stakeholder decides to pull away from the ingredients slice of the company to focus on the pharmaceutical...

Cambridge film assessed by BioProgress

BioProgress has signed an agreement with Cambridge University Technical Services Ltd giving it an exclusive eight month option to evaluate new film technology developed at the UK university, writes Phil...

DSM buys stake in Chinese pharma group

Dutch chemicals and ingredients company DSM is to purchase a stake in North China Pharmaceutical Group in a move that boosts its presence in the country, writes Phil Taylor.

Major deal for Reducol in UK

UK dairy foods company Fayrefield Foods is to launch the first foods containing Forbes Medi-Tech's cholesterol-lowering plant sterols in the UK and Ireland next year, using the GM-free claim to...

Astaxanthin venture makes push into European market

Israeli firm Algatechnologies has created a new joint venture firm with the supercritical extraction specialist US Nutra to push the carotenoid astaxanthin for use in foods and supplements.

Vitamin E, the positive twist

Marketers of full complex vitamin E supplements could turn the latest review on the vitamin to their advantage, despite its dramatic conclusions widely reported in consumer press.

Roche consumer health sale cleared by EU

Bayer's acquisition of the Roche consumer health business, a major player in the vitamin supplements market, has been approved by the European antitrust authorities, giving way to the creation of...