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BRC & FDF call for submissions for sugar alternative ingredients

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) are calling on ingredient manufacturers, product specialists and researchers to submit details of sugar alternative ingredients to help companies reformulate their products.

Flavored milk set to rise in India with ‘innovation’ at its core

Flavored milk is on the rise, accounting for 39% of India’s dairy drink launches during the first half of 2017, says Mintel.

Sanyuan and Fosun to acquire St- Hubert healthy-spreads company

Beijing Sanyuan Foods Co. (Sanyuan) and Fosun Group (Fosun) have agreed to jointly acquire Brassica TopCo and PPN Management, the controlling shareholders of St- Hubert.  

EU agricultural outlook sees cereals dip but quota-free sugar surge

Cereal production in the EU is likely to dip in the short-term, as heatwaves and drought in various regions have a bearing on EU exports and on existing stocks, the Commission reports. 

Alchemy launches dairy training course library to meet FSMA requirements

Alchemy Systems has collaborated with dairy experts to develop an online training course library for the industry to meet the needs of dairy processing facilities.

Del Monte Pacific and Fresh Del Monte Produce unite to target US

Del Monte Pacific Ltd (DMPL) and Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. have announced a series of joint ventures to offer expanded refrigerated offerings across the US.

Women more prone to food allergies, study suggests

Food allergies are on the rise with the highest rates of intolerance recorded among women and the Asian population, a study concludes. 

Pecan Deluxe hires Chamber International to improve its export efficiency following Brexit

Pecan Deluxe which exports more than 75% of its bespoke cakes, biscuits, sauces and desserts to the EU, has hired overseas trade specialist, Chamber International, to offset any challenges posed by Brexit.

Vit D and calcium may reduce onset of early menopause: Study

Taking high doses of dietary vitamin D and calcium may be linked to a lower risk of early menopause as the findings could help in reducing health problems associated with this period. 

Nestlé increases Milkybar’s milk content to meet sugar reduction goal

Nestlé UK has reformulated Milkybar to boost milk percentage from 26% to 37.5%.

Unsafe levels of arsenic found in baby food products, research finds

Almost three-quarters of infant and baby foods containing rice exceed safe levels of arsenic defined by EU law.

Whey protein approach could cut calories in yogurts and ice-cream

Novel-textured, high-protein desserts may soon become available thanks to a method that uses whey protein and polysaccharides to reduce the calorie content of high-fat foods such as ice-cream.

AkzoNobel pilot project to track bio-based raw materials

‘Despite growing attention for sustainability, we still cannot track bio-based raw materials’

AkzoNobel, Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co. (ABT) and EY, have launched an online tool that can track the use of bio-based raw materials in products.

EFSA: No safety issues over acacia gum as food additive

Acacia gum is safe for use as a food additive concludes the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) following a risk re-evaluation request from the European Commission.

Fonterra probiotic shows potential to prevent diabetes in pregnancy

Dairy giant Fonterra’s naturally occurring probiotic could be responsible for a 68% reduction in gestational diabetes in pregnant women, according to researchers.

Top beverage firms want 100% sustainable juice and puree by 2030

Döhler, FrieslandCampina Riedel, Refresco and Verbruggen Juice Trading Sustainable Products have signed an agreement to supply 100% sustainable juice and puree by 2030.

Are you ready for the ‘Cheester’ Easter Egg?

Food blogger Annem Hobson has partnered with Wildes Cheese to create the first ever ‘Cheester Egg’ for Easter.

High cheese consumption does not raise cholesterol levels, Irish study suggests

Despite the link between cheese consumption and saturated fat levels, a study has observed little effect between the amount of cheese eaten and a person’s cholesterol levels.

US dairy milk sales expected to decline until 2020, Mintel report shows

A recent Mintel report says the US dairy category will see a continuous sales decline, in contrast to its strong growth in 2014 when there was a combination of high milk prices, increased international demand, and dairy milk repositioning itself to align with health trends.

Dairy Council: Milk mortality theory ‘poorly supported’

The hypothesis of a study, which looked into whether drinking milk to excess could shorten life span in women, is ‘poorly supported’ according to the Dairy Council. 

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