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Cognis says consumer education improving health business

Cognis, the speciality chemicals company, suffered a tough year in the nutritional ingredients market, with a long-awaited surge in the growth of its natural vitamin E sales undermined by adverse...

Glanbia invests in functional food R&D

Irish dairy firm Glanbia is to invest €15 million in a new innovation centre to develop functional foods and health ingredients, Ireland's Minister for Agriculture and Food Joe Walsh revealed yesterday.

Milking nature's benefits

Another milk marketed to help consumers sleep better goes on sale in the UK this week, where a third of all adults are said to be affected by sleeping problems.

Orafti doubles inulin capacity to meet demand

Belgium's Orafti group is investing €165 million in a second chicory-extraction plant in Chile to respond to fast-growing demand for inulin and oligofructose.

Netherlands site next for DSM job cuts

Dutch chemicals company DSM is cutting a further 500 jobs in support services and manufacturing staff departments to improve performance at its Geleen production site, it said today.

Thorpedo promotes functional foods in Pacific region

Australian soy product maker So Natural Foods has enlisted the help of Olympic gold medallist swimmer Ian Thorpe to market a new functional food range on its home market and...

Seven Seas owner improves options for expansion

Recent acquisitions boosted sales at the consumer healthcare business owned by German drug company Merck KgaA, but the company is a long way from its targeted double-digit growth.

Danisco takes over lead in cultures with Rhodia deal

Ingredients giant Danisco moves into the lead in the global cultures business with its acquisition of the food ingredients arm of ailing French chemical firm Rhodia.

Bakery struggling to find functional niche

The market for functional food products has grown steadily for several years now, focusing primarily on the dairy sector. But other sectors of the food industry, such as bakery and...

Hero buys out Wander's infant food brands

Swiss food group Hero is to buy three baby food brands from nutritional products maker Wander, expanding its share in baby foods on its home market.

Raisio to refocus on nutrition

Finland's Raisio group is preparing to build a new strategy around health foods, it revealed yesterday, using capital from the planned sale of its chemicals unit to fund growth in...

DSM bets on vitamins profit for 2004

After a 75 per cent drop in operating profit for the third quarter, DSM's final quarter picked up, with better-than-expected turnover at the Dutch group.

Cholesterol-lowering bread for UK launch

Leading UK bread maker Allied Bakeries is launching a soy-enriched bread this month, said to lower cholesterol and improve heart health.

Akzo raises choline bitartrate prices

Dutch chemcials group Akzo Nobel is increasing prices for its choline salt, choline L (+) bitartrate, by 10 per cent, to cover costs resulting from new US regulations.

Perrigo confirms ambitions for UK, strong 2Q

The new owner of Peter Black Pharmaceuticals, US-based Perrigo, reported a record second quarter this week and confirmed that it was ready to become a leading nutritional products supplier in...

DSM cuts jobs at major production site

DSM Nutritional Products, the former Roche vitamins unit, is to cut a further 420 jobs in the next stage of its restructuring process.

Valio's lactose-free product reaches Switzerland

Dairy innovator Valio has extended its lactose-free milk drink to Switzerland through its first licensing agreement for the technology with the Swiss firm Emmi.

Cultures lift Chr Hansen

Strong growth in cultures and human health products partly driven by developments in the dairy industry, as well as rises for colours and flavours, helped first quarter ingredients sales at...

US team beats Italians to red wine pill

A US company says it has launched the first dietary supplement that preserves the natural antioxidant molecules found in red wine, making it a suitable alternative for teetotallers.

Cargill to market Israeli soy products in Europe, report

Shemen Industries, Israel's leading producer of edible oils and soya meals, is in negotiations with US agri-giant Cargill over a future partnership with its soy isoflavones division, according to a...

Raisio moves to protect 2004 result

Finland's Raisio Group has warned that write-downs in the fourth quarter will impact the period's results but should help profits for 2004.

NBTY retailers see growing sales

New ownership for European health retailers appears to have paid off, with both the Netherlands-based De Tuinen chain and GNC's stores in Britain reporting first quarter profits.

12 to 20 Plus makes first steps into Europe

US dietary supplement firm 12 to 20 Plus is to list on the Berlin Stock Exchange to increase its profile with European investors ahead of entering the market, it said.

Lonza profit dives, CEO leaves

Lonza CEO Markus Gemuend said today he will step down as the group announced profits had fallen by 59 per cent on the previous year and a 'major setback' in performance.

Solbar invests in new production facility

Israeli firm Solbar is to build a soy protein plant in China in a bid to gain the lead in soy proteins in the Asia Pacific and Chinese markets, it...

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