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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.

Ransom buys up Olympic swimmer's supplement business

UK healthcare firm William Ransom is to buy the branded vitamins business founded by Olympic gold medallist swimmer David Wilkie for £7.825 million (€11.71m), it said today.

Raisio strengthens R&D for new health strategy

Finland's Raisio Group is boosting its R&D capabilities as it seeks to turn itself into a major player in functional and health foods and food diagnostics.

Naturex forecasts major increase in profit for '04

French plant extracts firm Naturex has seen strong organic growth in the first quarter, despite doing a major part of its business in the US.

New omega-3 could reach bread-loving Brits

A novel source of omega-3 fatty acids, seeds from the South American plant chia, could soon reach the European market after a UK scientific panel concludes the ingredient is safe...

UK health food innovator to expand product range

A new UK firm, which claims to have developed a cereal bar with a difference, is to roll out new health foods this year, funded by a placing on AIM...

Red Devil on course for global expansion

Ultra Premium Brands (UPB), the developer of leading energy drinks brand Red Devil, has been bought out by its management, who are hoping to develop it as the number two...

Wessanen CFO steps down after accounting scrutiny

The chief financial officer of health food and supplement group Wessanen is to stand down following an investigation into the balance sheet that started in August 2003, the Dutch company...

Solbar ramps up expansion

Israeli soy processor Solbar Industries could open a facility in the US to bring production closer to its growing customer base there.

Raisio sells chemicals unit to fund growth in health

Finland's Raisio Group will sell its chemicals business to Ciba Specialty Chemicals it said today, paving the way towards a new health-driven strategy in its food units, writes Dominique Patton.

BASF optimistic about '04 outlook

German chemicals giant BASF has beaten its own sales and earnings forecasts for 2003, prompting chairman Jurgen Hambrecht to suggest that the sector may be due for something of a...

Gumlink unveils vitamin-enriched chewing gum

Danish chewing gum maker Gumlink says it has developed a world-first: gum that can be enriched with vitamins.

AOBO outlines agressive expansion strategy

Chinese soy protein producer American Oriental Bioengineering said last week that will achieve record profits from sales of its beverage and soybean protein peptides this year and is on the...

Infant nutrition sector expecting acquisitions

Dutch infant nutrition company Numico could be interested in buying Danone's baby food business, suggest press reports, heralding increasing consolidation in the sector.

Rhodia completes ingredients sale to Danisco

Chemicals group Rhodia signed off the sale of its food ingredients business to ingredients giant Danisco today, in a deal worth €320 million.

Lipid Nutrition defends CLA manufacturing patent

Loders Croklaan specialty fats unit Lipid Nutrition has settled a patent dispute with Norwegian licensing company Natural, defending the rights to its manufacturing process for CLA, the leading product in...

Nutritech launches activated barley

Swedish company Nutritech International has developed a range of health foods to showcase its new organic activated barley, which has a beta-glucan content almost double that of the original raw...

Nutraceutical unit boosts profits at cocoa group

Spain's Natra group tripled its profits during 2003 thanks in large part to the sale of shares in its biotech subsidiary Natraceutical.

UK coatings firm to add dissolving strip technology

UK company BioProgress, which makes cellulose-based films for coating tablets and capsules, is making an acquisition in the US that gives it access to dissolving 'in the mouth' films for...

DSM sports drink ready for Olympic test run

Dutch vitamins and ingredients company DSM says its new sports drink, PeptoProSports, has cleared tests for banned substances, ahead of its launch during this year's Olympics.

Raisio to sell chemicals unit

Finland's Raisio group said today that it will likely go ahead with the sale of its chemicals unit, considered the best option for growth of the company's ingredients and nutrition...

Cargill looking for entry to European glucosamine market

US agri-food giant Cargill is seeking regulatory approval to market its fungus-derived glucosamine product for the European supplement market.

Danone and Yakult to close ranks in probiotics

Japanese probiotics pioneer Yakult and French yoghurts and biscuits maker Danone said today they will set up a new alliance to push growth of their functional foods businesses and cement...

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