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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...

Nestlé to change fat for insoluble fibre

Major Swiss food maker Nestlé is to add a novel fat replacer to its products, revealed the US-based Fiber Gel Technologies, manufacturer of the ingredient, last week.

Profits look up for cranberry group

Back from a plunge in revenues last year, US cranberry processor Northland Cranberries saw profits bounce back in the first quarter of 2004.

BioGaia cuts middleman in new licensing agreement

Swedish biotech firm BioGaia has signed a 10-year contract with a South Korean dairy company for the rights to its probiotic Reuteri bacteria.

Sensus ups sales drive in South America

Dutch ingredients producer Sensus has significantly expanded its presence in the South American market through new agreements with distributors in Argentina and Chile.

Raisio looking at sale of chemicals unit

Finland's Raisio Group, the maker of Benecol, is mulling the divestment of its chemicals unit, to allow it to invest further in its food businesses.

Cargill launches new soy isolate for beverages

US food giant Cargill is launching its new soy isolate, Prolisse 500, across Europe, in response to growing demand for soyfoods and high protein products.

Maximum flax - higher concentration from Acatris

Dutch firm Acatris has extended its flax lignan line with a more contentrated extract, LinumLife Extra.

Naturex outlines expansion plans

French plant extracts firm Naturex is seeking a new acquisition to boost its share in the global ingredients marketplace.

Probiotics market face EU challenge

Uncertainty about recent EU proposals for health claims legislation presents a major challenge to players in the probiotics market, suggests a new market analysis.

Comvita completes Api-Med deal

New Zealand-based Comvita has bought the remaining shares in a British medical honey company, giving it room for expansion into the medical sector.

Pronova sold to private equity group

Norway's Norsk Hydro has agreed to sell 80.1 per cent of its shares in omega-3 producer Pronova Biocare to Norwegian industrial company Ferd for NOK 165 million (€19.4m).

Clover venture to enter soy market

Australian food ingredients firm Clover Corporation has formed a joint venture to produce and market a soya-based ingredient for use in functional foods.

EU laws set to hamper growth in polyphenols market

Forthcoming European legislation on health claims could pose a roadblock to rapid market expansion of polyphenols, the plant-based antioxidants gaining increasing attention for their disease-fighting actions, warns a new report.

National Starch promotes carbs

Ingredients manufacturer National Starch has launched a new website to promote the health benefits of carbohydrates, coming under considerable pressure from the growing support for low-carb diets.

DSM sheds jobs in Germany

DSM's new vitamins unit is to cut nearly 300 jobs in Germany as part of a major restructuring drive designed to integrate the former Roche business.

Degussa sells share in salt operations

German chemicals group Degussa said today it has sold its remaining 49-per cent share in Sudsalz to SWS-Alpensalz, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Südwestdeutsche Salzwerke (SWS),...

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