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Aspartame sweetener dominates new product launches in sweetener category

Weight and health concerns continue to propel the market for low-calorie sweeteners, with a host of recent global product launches showing the popularity of sugar replacer aspartame in new sugar...

Weekly Comment

Food intolerance: a scientific void

It is time to draw on science to establish once and for all whether food intolerance is just a source of succour for hypochondriacs, or whether it is genuinely a...

Green tea's anti-cancer effects 'highly unlikely', says FDA

Drinking green tea is highly unlikely to help prevent breast, prostate or any other type of cancer, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said last week, after reviewing the...

Colours and flavour focus for food scientist meeting

At this year's annual IFT meeting later this month flavour and colour firms will be dishing up their latest ingredients for food and beverage makers. Here we dip into a...

Private label corners real juice trend

Consumers are rapidly falling in love with bona fide, 100 per cent juice across developed markets, yet it is private labels that are reaping the benefits in Western Europe, says...

Study forecasts consolidation in plastic closure market

While the Western European market for plastic caps and closures may be growing, food and drink processors will have to be less choosy when picking their supplier, reports Ahmed ElAmin.

Monday comment

Claims, claims, claims

As lawyers circle the food and drink industry like a fatted calf, the first lesson for those preparing for defence is that it is not so much what you sell...

Cereal starch sweetener industry hit by sugar reform

Sweeping changes to EU sugar regime would put Europe's cereal starch sweetener industry at risk, threatening job losses and even possible business closures, warns the industry this week, reports Lindsey...

Tension boils over on US beer market

Animosity is hotting up on America's stagnant beer market as SABMiller lowers prices and attacks Anheuser-Busch in adverts, yet productive responses to market pressures are still needed, reports Chris Mercer.

Sugar reform: food makers to enjoy cheaper sugar ingredients?

Food and drink makers could soon expect cheaper sugar ingredients with Brussels expected to publish its proposals on EU sugar reform today, writes Lindsey Partos.

France poised to overhaul AOC system

VinExpo may have begun under a gallic cloud in Bordeaux, but French agriculture minister Dominique Bussereau has entered the lion's den to assure wine makers that reform is coming, reports...

VinExpo embraces wine market shift

Bordeaux - VinExpo, described as the largest gathering of wine and spirits buyers and sellers in the world, is this year also a showcase of the industry's response to a...

Fruit, vegetable juices may stall Alzheimer's disease

Certain polyphenols abundant in fruit and vegetable juices may play an important role in delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease, reports Dominique Patton.

Gum arabic agreement targets stable supplies

P.L. Thomas, the only US representative at the recent Gum Arabic industry meeting in Sudan, tells Anthony Fletcher why the international commitment to secure long-term supplies of gum Arabic is...


Highway to health

Parked on the hot coals of public opinion, the food industry can lose no time in proving how healthy its products are.

Russian dairies see profits in drinking yoghurt

Dairies not manufacturing premium-range yoghurt are missing out, with new products hitting this lucrative market every month, reports Angela Drujinina.

Sweet drinks starve Americans of nutrition

A study showing that sweet drinks have overtaken white bread as the leading source of calories in the American diet may mean that the nutrition gap is even wider than...

Bacteria contribute to bubble size and persistence in sparkling wine

Spanish researchers show for the first time that bacteria, in addition to yeast, are involved in the secondary fermentation of the sparkling wine Cava.

Cranberry juice could fight gut infections

Cranberry juice, already well-known as a remedy for urinary tract infections, may help protect against common infections caused by gastrointestinal viruses, reports Dominique Patton.

Industry comment

Who is afraid of GMOs?

It is a perversion of the 21st century that while affluent societies continue the quest to slice the fat from their increasingly obese populations, five million children die from hunger...

CDC counters growing criticism of obesity studies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has responded to mounting criticism that a recent report may have minimized the dangers of obesity, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Ginseng appears to protect brain

Components of the herbal ginseng protect the brain against the kind of deterioration caused by degenerative diseases like Huntingdon's, suggests a new study on rats.

FTC quashes Tropicana's 'Healthy Heart' claims

The FTC has reached a settlement with Tropicana Products over advertisements claiming that its Healthy Heart orange juice could reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and homocysteine levels, writes Jess Halliday, dealing...

FSA starts new work on nutrient profiling

The UK's food authority has commissioned new work to improve its nutrient profiling model designed for children's foods, writes Dominique Patton.

Grands Chais riding the French wine storm

As chunks of the French wine industry descend into chaos, one family firm is standing tall, proudly talking of a strong sales rise based on clever marketing tactics that producers...

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