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Yoghurts lead innovation in functional foods

Probiotic drinking yoghurt has been the fastest growing dairy product in the last five years, thanks to its health benefits and convenient format that even allows it to cross sector...

Buhler develops vitamin-enriching rice extrusion process

Swiss company Buhler has developed a new extrusion process that allows white rice to be enriched with vitamins, writes Anthony Fletcher.

VSP takes on Bioriginal name

Fatty acids supplier Bioriginal Food & Science has fully integrated its European business - the Netherlands-based Vegetable Seed Products - as it moves to profit from the buoyant market for...

BioGaia probiotic cuts sick days

A daily probiotic supplement reduced the number of sick days caused by gastrointestinal illnesses or colds by almost 70 per cent, according to a new study done by Swedish firm BioGaia.

BioGaia hit by delayed product launches

Delayed product launches will see losses at Swedish probiotics company BioGaia continue into next year, warned the firm yesterday. It had been counting on two major contracts to help it...

Low-carb offering expands in UK

The first wave of low-carb foods to compete with the Atkins brand reached the UK market last month but not all global food makers are confident of the trend's longevity...

Kellogg in trouble over Frosties advert

A public complaint and a rap on the knuckles from the UK Advertising Standards Authority has left the Kellogg company red-faced over its recent Frosties cereal advert, and again thrust...

Quercetin drink launched to boost health

Richard Lamb, co-founder of the well-known Balance Bar, has come out of retirement to help launch an antioxidant health drink that claims to reduce fatigue and boost overall performance by...

Novel products in Japan give flavour of future trends

New products from Japanese food maker Nissin offer an insight into the latest trends in what is considered the oldest and one of the best established markets for functional foods.

Sandwiches contain high fat levels

The UK's booming sandwich industry has come in for criticism after a survey found that some of their products contain around two-thirds of the whole day's recommended fat intake for...

Cognis extends Tonalin brand

Health ingredients firm Cognis launched a new form of CLA suitable for use in beverages, nutritional bars and dietary supplements, at last week's Supply Side West show in Las Vegas,...

Danisco pectin targets soy beverages and drinking yoghurts

Number two pectin player Danisco rolls out a line extension for new gains from its Grinsted pectin range that targets food and beverage makers looking to spear the growing sports...

Numico sees future in clinical nutrition

Royal Numico, the Dutch baby food group, has announced it will streamline its manufacturing process in an effort to generate cost savings and focus its energies on clinical nutrition.

Valio extends presence in Estonia

Finnish dairy products company Valio is to acquire Norwegian firm Synnöve Finden's 42 per cent holding in Estonian cheese producer Võru Juust, leaving Valio with a 99 per cent stake...

Cognis Nutrition and Health has profitable first half

The first half of 2004 has brought some light relief for Cognis' Nutrition and Health division, which suffered from adverse currency movements last year.

Unilever goes low-carb down-under

Unilever yesterday turned its nose up at any talk of a decline in the low-carb market and introduced 23 lines - the biggest launch in the company's history - into...

Ocean Spray and Northland finally team up

After rejecting an $800 million offer for its juice business from Northland Cranberries early last year, US co-operative Ocean Spray has decided the time is right to enter into an...

Burcon's proteins need to improve looks and flavour

Canadian firm Burcon NutraScience will carry out further, unscheduled tests into canola proteins, Supertein and Puratein, which could create a delay in the regulatory process they must undergo before being...

Matthews spread joins omega-3 trend

Growing consumer awareness in the UK about the lack of omega-3 in the diet and its importance for heart-health - and the prevention of other diseases - has led supplier...

Science lacking if whey to be leading functional ingredient

More science is needed to encourage food and drink makers to invest in new formulations using third generation whey products, finds a new report that suggests more clinical trials and...

Nutrinnovator gears up for 'heart-healthy' drink

UK developer and marketer of high-nutrition food and drink products, Nutrinnovator today reported on trading for the last six months and confirmed its future focus on functional food and beverages.

Nutrition products to benefit from simplified amino acids production

The Japanese food company Kyowa Hakko Kogyo has developed a new process for manufacturing amino acid dimers - also known as di-peptides - that could increase their use as components...

Soy prices remain susceptible

Prices for ingredients such as soy and wheat are still vulnerable to increases as global harvests could be impacted by weather risks and generally low stocks.

Herbal cure for common cold?

Scientists in Germany, Austria and Canada are claiming that their combined work may have led to a natural "cure for the common cold".

UK investment in 'healthy' wolfberry wine

Wine made from the Chinese herb wolfberry - long associated with a variety of health benefits including its use as a preventative against diabetes and impotence - is in line...

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