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Blotting technology could be used in new cholesterol-lowering foods

Irish biotech company Alltracel has signed a deal with sausage casings maker Devro to develop new cholesterol-lowering foods based on its patented cellulose technology.

Chr Hansen venture launches women's health product

A new probiotics alliance, between leading Danish firm Chr Hansen and a Canadian biotech company, is launching its first product for the growing women's health market.

Numico to sell South African baby food business

Dutch infant nutrition group Royal Numico is to sell its unprofitable South African baby food business as it looks to concentrate on regions where it can gain a leading position.

Partial victory in price-fixing case for vitamin makers

Number two vitamin maker BASF and the former number one Roche have been told by the US Supreme Court that a case brought by former customers outside the US against...

German health foods industry profits from government reform

Germany's health food stores, the Reformhauser, are reporting a boom brought about by the new reform of the healthcare system.

UK health products firm offers prebiotic cereal

Britannia Health Products, the company set up to market the evening primrose oil brand Efamol, is introducing a range of breakfast cereals containing Hi-maize prebiotic resistant starch.

AOBO gets government support for expansion

Chinese soy processor American Oriental Bioengineering says it has gained recognition from the Chinese government for its soybean protein peptide, which will give it a competitive advantage as it looks...

Profitable Martek looks to new applications

Fatty acids producer Martek Biosciences continued its recent profit-making run during the second quarter, which should help its plans to expand further into new markets and new applications, writes Philippa...

European sports drinks look to catch up with US

Energy and sports drinks continued their rapid rise up the soft drinks rankings last year, driven by new product launches and an increasing trend towards convenience and on-the-go consumption. But...

New regulations could force innovative sizes for sterol-based foods

New requirements from European regulatory authorities could play a significant role in the success of the next wave of foods containing cholesterol-lowering plant sterols, writes Dominique Patton.

Numico sells milk powder production

Infant nutrition company Royal Numico says it has reached 'in principle' an agreement for the sale of its milk powder production subsidiary Nutricia Lyempf, based in Kampen, the Netherlands.

Plant-source calcium supplement appears to offer better absorption

A seaweed-derived mineral product has been shown to offer a more bioavailable source of calcium than rival products in a small human trial.

Next wave of plant sterol products imminent

Products with added plant sterols are set to increase as companies seek novel foods approval based on equivalence.

Cognis CLA set for new food launches

Publication of a new study supporting the long-term safety of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is likely to fuel new product introductions in Europe and could also help support a health...

Penford sees EU growth for GM-free dextrose

Tough new EU labelling and traceability rules for GM products should make it easier for food ingredients which are guaranteed GM-free to grow sales - at least according to the...

DSM speeds up product development

Dutch chemicals firm DSM has opened a €12 million food research and product development centre, which is expected to speed up the time it takes for a new product to...

Tesco adds GI food labels to help dieters

The UK's number one supermarket is introducing new food labels that rank a product according to its position on the glycemic index, a system that measures the effects of food...

Scottish firm creates omega-3 fruit juice for children's market

A Scottish biotech firm has developed a novel fruit juice fortified with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA.

National Starch changes starch name to improve brand awareness

National Starch has changed the name of its Novelose resistant starch in an attempt to build brand awareness for the line in Europe.

Raisio chemicals sale approved, clears debt

The maker of Benecol, Finnish firm Raisio, has received regulatory approval for the sale of its chemicals arm, which will rid the company of its debt and allow it to...

Fonterra making progress on new milk ingredients

Dairy ingredients giant Fonterra says a new joint venture, set up to search for novel health ingredients in milk, has already identified a number of bioactives, currently waiting for patents.

Numico buys Valio's baby food business

Leading formula maker Royal Numico is to buy the baby food business of Finland's Valio for €57 million in cash, the companies revealed yesterday.

Taiyo to launch new SunFiber facility in India

Japanese company Taiyo Kagaku is to open a new production plant for its SunFiber brand guar gum product in India next month.

Dutch group increases stake in lactoferrin producer

Netherlands-based Pharming has increased its stake in Australian company ProBio and is now hoping to accelerate the commercialisation of recombinant human lactoferrin in Asia, writes Phil Taylor.

New prebiotic fibre for European food makers

Swiss marketing group DKSH introduced a new fibre to the European market last week, which could steal sales of the increasingly popular ingredient inulin.

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