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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),...

Pectin expansion for Danisco

In response to an increasing worldwide demand for pectin, Danish ingredients company Danisco is to expand its Czech production capacity by 40 per cent to...

New signs of confidence in Numico

Dutch group Numico, now focusing on babyfood and clinical nutrition, has the potential to be among the fastest growing companies in consumer staples, say analysts at Goldman Sachs.

Vitamin makers to challenge price-fixing decision

The US Supreme Court said this week that it would hear an appeal by Roche, BASF and other vitamin makers, challenging a previous ruling that allowed foreign buyers to sue...

ADM expands speciality ingredients business

Leading agricultural processor Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is to set up a new business unit for speciality oils and fats, it announced yesterday, in a...

ADM expands isoflavone range

ADM Natural Health and Nutrition has expanded its range of soya isoflavone concentrates for use in food and food supplements. Novasoy 700, with a minimum...

Novartis buys Mead Johnson adult nutrition business

Swiss healthcare firm Novartis said today it is to buy US-based Mead Johnson's adult medical nutrition business for $385 million (€312m) in cash, giving it a strong presence in the...

Perrigo buys Peter Black pharma

US nutritional product supplier Perrigo continues to make inroads into the European vitamin market, announcing the purchase of privately-held Peter Black Pharmaceuticals for $13 million (€10.6m) on Friday.

Gut health driving functional foods market

Products that promote benefits for gut health are driving sales of functional foods in Europe, shows a new report, outpacing those foods targeting consumers at risk of heart or bone...

Blood pressure drops with DMV ingredient

A milk ingredient made by Dutch ingredients business DMV International can effectively reduce blood pressure in hypertensive patients, the company reported this week. In a...

Purac takes over Avebe subsidiary

Dutch food ingredients and confectionery group CSM has completed the acquisition of the gluconic acid derivatives business of Avebe subsidiary, Glucona. The move is part...

Beneo programme set to lift prebiotic awareness

Belgian prebiotics supplier Orafti looks set to expand its share of the market as it continues to increase its Beneo branding programme.

DSM adds pace to recovery drink

DSM Food Specialties is hoping to test its new recovery drink on a team of racing drivers next summer. The trial could lead to a more long-term involvement with the...

Numico completes exit from supplements

Dutch group Royal Numico announced on Friday the end of its dealings in nutritional supplements, as it completed the sale of its US business GNC to investor group Apollo Management.

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