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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.

Degussa bond sees strong interest

A benchmark bond, launched by German chemicals firm Degussa to replace maturing debt and extend the average life of its financial liabilities, was three times oversubscribed, according to the company.

National Starch focuses on nutrition business

Starch ingredients company National Starch and Chemical, a subsidiary of the chemical giant ICI Group, has moved further into human nutrition with the announcement yesterday...

William Ransom looks forward to cash boost from site sale

UK natural extracts firm William Ransom & Son saw turnover and profits slip in the first half of the year but said it remains focused on its acquisition strategy, to...

Lonza signs agreement with Canadian plant extracts

Canadian life science company, Fytokem Products Inc., a developer of therapeutic plant extracts and bioactive molecules, announced that it has signed a product development and...

Orafti buys Belgian rice ingredients

Belgian ingredients company Orafti is to acquire Remy Industries, a Belgium-based producer of food ingredients made from rice, the company announced this week.    According to...

Signs of improvement at Wessanen

Operation Phoenix, the restructuring programme introduced earlier this year by Dutch wellness foods group Wessanen , is already bearing fruit, with the company last week announcing better-than-expected third quarter figures. But...

Spicing up insulin sensitivity

Less than half a teaspoon of cinnamon daily could significantly reduce the risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes,...

Degussa sale cleared

The European Commission has approved, subject to conditions, the acquisition of speciality chemicals company Degussa by the German mining and technology group RAG. The transaction...

Degussa reinforces position in China

German speciality chemicals company Degussa has founded a holding company in Beijing - Degussa (China) Holding - to expand the group's activities in the Chinese...

AOBO installs major soy facility in China

The Chinese firm American Oriental Bioengineering is to construct a soybean technology centre, which it claims will produce around 15 per cent of China's total...

BASF ups production of B2

The world's number two vitamin maker BASF officially opened its new vitamin B2 plant in Korea today, increasing its production capacity for the food and...

Numico lifts spirits with raised forecast

An upbeat Numico yesterday lifted its outlook for the year after showing good growth in its core baby food and clinical nutrition units in the...

Degussa rides out economic downturn

Sales have continued to slide at German chemicals firm Degussa during 2003 but the company said it could restrict its fall in sales and operating...

ADM introduces directly compressible Novasoy

ADM Natural Health and Nutrition has expanded its Novasoy soy isoflavone further, with launch of the product in a directly compressible form to make processing...

Benecol disappoints again

Increasing turnover at Raisio's chemicals division has not been enough to counter the downward trend in margarine sales and the lack of anticipated interest in...

Growth continues at Natraceutical

Spanish caffeine supplier Natraceutical reported a turnover of €14.3 million for the nine months to end of September, with margins of more than 44 per...

BioGaia still feeling impact of fermentation sale

Swedish probiotics developer BioGaia said sales of its tablets to a key Japanese customer helped reduce the impact of the divestment of its Fermenation unit...

DSM meets negative expectations

DSM's new vitamins business will be key to the group's performance in coming months as it attempts to recover from a 75 per cent drop...

Croda strengthens Europe focus

Croda International, the UK-based speciality chemical company, has announced a restructuring of its European chemicals operations. With effect from 1 January 2003, the company will...

Pan back in action?

Pan Pharmaceuticals, previously Australia's biggest manufacturer of vitamins and natural remedies, could be on the way to recovery. The country's medicines watchdog the Therapeutic Goods...

Numico divests last of supplement activities

Numico is to sell its Vitamex supplements business to Swedish consumer healthcare firm Wilhelm Sonesson for €31 million, in a final departure from the European...

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