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Nutrition makes major contribution to DSM first half

DSM's vitamin business continues to buoy the group's earnings, contributing almost 40 per cent of its operating profit during the second quarter.

Seven Seas cod liver oil continues to grow

The popularity of cod liver oil in the UK continues to boost sales of consumer products at German company Merck KgaA.

Scots to cultivate arnica

The herbal plant arnica, used in creams to stop bruising and thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, could one day be grown for commercial use in the Scottish Highlands, creating a...

Grape extracts awarded for innovative use

An Australian firm, which yesterday received a food industry award for its range of heart healthy grape extracts, is looking into export opportunities on the European market. But health claims...

Soy remains volatile but weather holds promise for prices

Health concerns continue to drive market growth for soy ingredients but prices have risen over the past year due to a squeeze in supplies. However, favourable weather conditions for soybean...

Cranberry health claims to boost sales in France

The substantial body of scientific research on the cranberry has given it a unique selling point in the French market, where it became the first fruit to receive a health...

New glucosamine nears European approval

The safety of a new glucosamine ingredient, being produced through fermentation by Cargill, has been approved by an expert panel in the UK, a major step towards its use in...

Carb craze could boost low GI fibres

Fibre suppliers are hoping to benefit from sustained interest in carbohydrate intake among European and US consumers, which is currently driving leading food makers to reformulate a wide range of...

Benecol to reach emerging Indian market

Indian biotech firm Avesthagen said this week that it has signed an agreement with Finland's Raisio group to market its cholesterol-lowering product Benecol in India.

Bayer to acquire Roche consumer health

Roche is to sell its consumer health business to Germany's Bayer for €2.38 billion (SF3.6 billion) in cash, the company said today.

Heinz invests £5m in healthy repositioning of beans

Leading food manufacturer Heinz is putting its biggest investment for a decade into repositioning its Baked Beans brand as a nutritional food.

Healthy makeover lifting eggs sales in UK

A major push to highlight the health benefits of eggs has helped the UK industry to increase both volume sales and their profits over recent years, according to a new...

US market continues to drive Naturex growth

French plant extracts firm Naturex has reported a surge in first half sales based on its increasing expansion into the US market.

Demand for added-value whey to rise in Middle East

An increasingly sophisticated food market in the Middle East will open up opportunities for food makers and suppliers of third generation, added-value whey products in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, writes...

Non-dairy drinks easy pushover for soy?

A new vegetable-based drink, based on a traditional Spanish recipe, is being introduced to the fast-growing dairy alternatives sector in the UK but it may have a tough time competing...

ADM to market phytosterol tech in Europe

The Korean biotech company Eugene Science has teamed up with Archer Daniels Midlands (ADM), giving ADM the marketing rights in Europe and North America for Eugene Science's Euchol phytosterol technology.

Europeans flock to the states for IFT show

Thousands of European food ingredient specialists will join colleagues from around the world tomorrow to learn about the latest ingredients formulations as the 2004 IFT Annual Meeting kicks offs in...

Reducol nears European approval

Canadian company Forbes Medi-Tech said yesterday that it had received a positive opinion from European authorities for the approval of its wood-derived cholesterol-lowering ingredient Reducol.

Hero increases babyfoods presence in growing Turkish market

Swiss food group Hero has gained a market-leading share in Turkey's babyfood sector with the acquisition of ülker Gida's infant biscuit business.

Glucosamine price rises set to boost market for quality products

Investigations into the dumping of shrimp on the US market has caused major price rises in the joint health ingredient glucosamine, a shrimp derivative. But if prices stabilise at these...

Healthier oils get boost from obese populations

Demand for healthier oils and fats is increasing as obesity reaches epidemic levels. The trend is also driving research efforts to develop innovative methods to enhance oil and fat properties,...

Snack sector offers opportunities for healthy brand extensions

The burgeoning UK snack market is creating opportunities for food makers to develop profitable extensions of established brands with healthy credentials, according to market analysts Datamonitor.

Sensus confirms prebiotic effect of low-dose inulin

Dutch ingredients firm Sensus has carried out new research to prove the prebiotic effect of native inulin at only 5 grams, allowing food manufacturers to make prebiotic claims on a...

Puleva Biotech gets funding boost for new probiotics

Puleva Biotech, the biotech arm of Spanish food group Ebro Puleva, has been awarded funding worth €428,290 from a regional development fund to help it start up a new probiotics line.

Herb/drug interactions difficult to manage for supplement makers

Another study has demonstrated that the best-selling herbal ginseng interferes with the blood-thinning drug warfarin, one of the most widely used anticoagulant medicines.

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