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Drinks makers missing vital Midlifer market

There are more of them and they have more money than ever before. Yet the growing importance of consumers in the so-called Midlifer market is being dangerously ignored by alcoholic...

Nestlé scientists apply modern physics to new food designs

Knowledge gained from modern physics will help food scientists construct the rational design of complex food materials for new food products, say Nestle scientists.

EU attacked for raising sugar exports

Sugar reform may yet hijack December's WTO talks as Australia, Brazil and Thailand again accuse the EU of shirking its obligations by planning to increase sugar exports by two million...

Weekly Comment

Junk Food Babes

If education is meant to deliver knowledge and wise choices, why are we doing so little to educate our children about food?

New Poland will still fight EU sugar reform

A new centre-right government in Poland is unlikely to curb the country's strong opposition to EU sugar reforms as Commission representatives look for common ground to break the 'no' camp.

Carlsberg plans for China's beer dominance

Carlsberg has confirmed it plans to shut around half its European breweries within a decade to reflect a permanent shift in beer market growth from west to east, and more...

EU ditches drinks labelling plans

Plans to tighten ingredients labelling laws on alcoholic drinks have been ditched by the European Commission as part of an efficiency drive because not enough progress has been made.

Food industry and consumer group at odds over junk food ban

The ban on junk food in UK schools announced yesterday by the government is not an effective solution to tackling childhood obesity, the nation's food industry has said.

UK to announce school junk food ban

The UK government will announce plans to ban junk food in the nation's schools, bringing an end to the sale of crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks in school vending machines.

French wine union rejects EU, US deal

French wine cooperatives have rejected the recent wine labelling agreement between the EU and US, claiming the deal will not benefit European producers as much as the Commission thinks.

Deadly wine grape disease found in weeds

A chance to fight Pierce's disease, one of the wine industry's most deadly foes, at its origins has come a step closer after scientists found common weeds nestling in vineyards...

Weekly comment

McDonald's: facing fat

There is nothing so redolent of a corporate mid-life crisis as the strategic equivalent of a new car, new girl and new image, set firmly on the shoulders of the...

Juices set to lead functional innovation

Fruit and vegetable juices are excellently placed to take functional innovation forward, but producers must first get to grips with the intense scrutiny their products will attract from regulators and...

Beverage innovations signal healthy future

Germany-based DöhlerGroup claims that growing demand for health, naturalness and balanced nutrition are driving new types of products.

Green tea could provide Alzheimer's breakthrough

Scientists investigating the effects of green tea antioxidant EGCG on mice's brains believe their positive results may signal its use as a preventative or treatment of Alzheimer's disease in humans.

Weekly Comment

Food law: friend or foe?

The food industry is in danger of harming itself with its recent lobbying against the further harmonisation and deepening of EU food regulation.

Industry rules needed for probiotic claims

Too many producers are falsely labelling their products as probiotic and could present a stumbling block to the sector's expansion, says the marketing head of leading innovator Valio at Drinktec 2005.

Pomegranate juice's heart benefits backed by study

The evidence in favor of pomegranates is stacking up, as the latest research indicates that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice each day may be of benefit for patients with...

EU and US reach historic wine labelling deal

US wine producers may soon scrub names of traditional European wine regions, like Champagne and Burgundy, off their bottles in exchange for better access to EU markets, in a breakthrough...

Food and drink moves toward more automation and control systems

A combination of technological innovation, legislation as well as sprawling production facilities and complex supply chains are driving the European food and drink industry toward investments inautomation and control solutions,...

BeverageDaily's publisher to be branded as Decision News Media

Novis, the publisher of BeverageDaily, 22 other business news websites and more than 50 specialist e-newsletters, is today changing its name to Decision News Media, to convey the editorial ethos...

Probiotic juices - expanding application?

Juices containing probiotic bacteria will see increasing interest from beverages makers looking to add value, predicts Finnish functional food innovator Valio.

Five drinks a day raises stroke risk

Five alcoholic drinks or more a day can significantly raise the risk of a stroke in men, finds a new study that backs a torrent of research to suggest heavy...

Caps and closures use rises despite price hikes

The global increase in demand for caps and closures will be partially driven by their increased use in traditionally closureless food and drink packaging, research group Freedonia says in its...

All eyes on Drinktec 2005

The biggest Drinktec 2005 ever held in Munich, Germany, is upon us with more than 1,400 exhibitors from 50 countries showing off their expertise in technology, ingredients, products and logistics.

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