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Tate & Lyle boosts profits – but sales remain flat

Ingredients maker Tate & Lyle has boosted profits after major restructuring in the wake of a difficult 2015, but sales remain flat.

Monsanto rejects Bayer’s $62M takeover bid

Monsanto, the international agriculture and seeds company, said it was still open to “constructive conversations” after rejecting an offer from German chemicals company Bayer, which would have reportedly created the...

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Macphie unveils versatile Belgian chocolate filling

A Belgian chocolate filling suitable for spreading, piping, or machine injection into a range of baked goods has been introduced by Macphie.

Bold flavour added to sodium reduction range

Umamix Bold is the latest addition to the recently launched Umamix sodium reduction range from Salt of the Earth.

PHE brands advice to eat more fat ‘irresponsible’

Advice to eat more fat in a bid to tackle obesity and type 2 diabetes, from the National Obesity Forum (NOF), has been branded as irresponsible by Public Health England (PHE).

Whey benefits highlighted in AFI campaign

The benefits of adding whey to milk-based products are at the centre of a new initiative by Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI).

Chicory root fibre wins second EU health claim

A health claim that inulin and oligofructose can help control blood glucose levels has been approved by the EU.

Carmine fails to meet consumer demand, study finds

Price volatility and changing consumer expectations are making the colourant carmine more challenging to use, a colouring foods provider has claimed.


Bakery and confectionery: sweet appeal

Sugar's negative press is fuelling the growth of alcohol-based sweeteners.

Microwave-dried fruit range gets five new flavours

Five new varieties of a dried fruit product made from a process known as vacuum microwave dehydration have been introduced in the UK.

Organic investment can ‘build resilience’

Being part of the organic sector could help build much-needed resilience into food and farming businesses struggling in difficult market conditions, a leading organic certifier has claimed.


Can allergy risk be reduced?

Approximately 6% of British children under the age of six develop a food allergy, while 20% develop allergic diseases such as eczema and asthma (not always triggered by foods).

Protein-rich Canadian hemp brand gets UK launch

A range of hemp-based protein ingredients has arrived in the UK from Canada.

Eight key flavours for 2016 unveiled

A Mexican savoury sauce and a nutty cake from south-east Asia make up two of the leading eight flavour trends for 2016, according to Sensient Flavors.

Bakels removes palm oil from bakery range

A range of pastes, emulsifiers and caramels made without palm oil has been launched by British Bakels.

Salt campaign group calls for new nutrition agency

A leading campaign group has called on the government to set up an independent agency responsible for nutrition, after it emerged that previously published National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS)...

Lidl recalls three products after allergy fears

Discount retailer Lidl has recalled three of its products on fears that undeclared allergens were present in some of its foods.


Food firms should ‘collaborate’ to meet consumer demand

Food and drink manufacturers and raw ingredients suppliers need to take a more collaborative approach to brand-building if they are going to meet rapidly-changing consumer demands, a US-based brand consultant...


Vitafoods Europe 2016 – a snapshot in tweets

Vitafoods Europe 2016 opened its doors to the world’s healthy food and nutrition industry in Geneva this week. Here we capture some of the show’s big themes delivered by the social...

Pea protein isolate to debut at Vitafoods

A new pea protein isolate will be on show at Vitafoods Europe next week.

Meat and vegetarian stabilisers on show at IFFA

Stabilisers for sausage and vegetarian products are to be unveiled at IFFA, the international meat show that will be held in Frankfurt next week.

Top 10 functional food and drink trends from the US

The rise of single male households and an ageing population were the top two of 10 key food and drink trends that will dominate the food industry this year offering...

New forum showcases the benefits of pulses

A networking forum to help manufacturers understand the nutritional value of pulses has been created by McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Probiotic strains for dairy added by Probi

Probi has strengthened its functional food offer after acquiring a licence for two probiotic strains for use in food applications, primarily dairy, from fellow Swedish biotech company Probac.

Seaweed market boosted by NPD surge

Food and drink product launches with seaweed flavours, including kombu, nori, and wakame, grew by 147% in Europe between 2011 and 2015, according to latest figures.

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