June 7, 2010
Synergy Selling 50% of Non-core Food Business
Synergy plans to sell 50% of its non-core food business for $100 million.

No Morning Boost from Coffee?
Researchers at the Bristol University found that caffeine does not actually increase people's alertness and it may rather raise the risk of anxiety and high blood pressure.

EU Helping Boost Global Food Security
The EU has added 13.2 million euros to its efforts to boost agricultural production in developing countries worst hit by high food prices.

Harm from Excessive Calcium
Excessive intake of calcium supplements may have adverse effect on health, notes a study.

Cholesterol Cut from Chocolate
Eating chocolate could bring down cholesterol levels in some people.

June 4, 2010
Burgers and Asthma
Eating more than three burgers a week may increase a child's likelihood of experiencing asthma or wheeziness.

Dean Exploring Sale of Rachel's Organic
Dean Foods has appointed advisers to look into the possible sale of UK unit Rachel's Organic.

Berries as a Diabetes Treatment
The extract of one of Scotland's most popular wild fruits - the blaeberry - could be used to treat one of the country's most serious health problems.

Chocolate Milk to Repair Muscles
Two studies presented at the American College of Sports Medicine's 57th Annual Meeting in Baltimore show that chocolate milk may be a worthwhile post-exercise recovery beverage.

Stevia's Anti-obesity Effect
The supplementation of stevia extract might have an anti-obesity effect on high-fat diet induced obese mice.

June 3, 2010
Sara Lee Exits Indian JV
Sara Lee completed the previously announced sale of its 51% stake in Godrej Sara Lee Ltd.

Calcium Related to Prostate Cancer in Chinese
Calcium consumption may increase prostate cancer risk among Chinese men, according to a new study.

GM Food Additive Petition Withdrawn
The petition had proposed to amend the food additive regulations in SEC 179.39 -- ultraviolet radiation for the processing and treatment of food.

Horn and Roquette in Distribution Agreement
The E.T. Horn Company entered into a new agreement to represent Roquette products in the western United States.

Beech-Nut Opens Facility
Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. has opened a $124 million production facility in upstate New York.

June 2, 2010
DSM in Alliance
Provexis plc has entered into a long-term alliance agreement with DSM Nutritional Products to commercialize its lead Fruitflow heart-health technology.

Canada Looking to Cut Sodium
Health Canada plans to call on the food industry to substantially reduce the amount of sodium in processed foods.

Nestle Plant Sold
C&D Foods has acquired a 140,000 sq ft canning facility near Amsterdam from Swiss food giant Nestlé.

Pregnant Women Need Fish
Expectant mothers should eat two portions of fish a week to reduce the risk of their children developing brain disorders, say experts.

FDA Approves Food Processing Technology
The FDA has approved the use of microwave energy for producing pre-packaged, low-acid foods, a major milestone that clears the way for its commercialization.

June 1, 2010
Cut Risk of Ovarian Cancer with Tea
Drinking tea can decrease the risk of ovarian cancer.

FTC Seeks Comment on Orders Regarding Marketing to Children
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comments on a proposal to compel information from major food and beverage manufacturers, distributors, and marketers, as well as quick-service restaurant companies.

Improve Memory via Apples
Antioxidants help preserve memory by protecting brain cells against damage from free radicals, research stated.

Lowering Blood Pressure with Fish
Fish oil supplements could lower blood pressure (BP) in slightly overweight teenagers.

Tate & Lyle Shuttering Plant
Tate & Lyle said it will not restart construction of an ethanol plant in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in the foreseeable future.

May 28, 2010
PureCircle Launching Institute
Viterra Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire 21st Century Grain Processing for an all cash purchase price of $90.5 million.

Med Diet Risk for Heart Patients
A number of heart attack patients may have genetic mutations that mean the diet actually increases their risk of suffering further cardiac problems.

Milk Benefits Women
Two glasses of milk a day after weight-lifting routine helps tone muscles and keep the fat off in women.

New CMO at Bacardi
Silvia Lagnado has been named chief marketing officer of Bacardi Limited and president of Bacardi Global Brands.

Retailers and Restaurants
Retail food outlets in a variety of segments have significantly stepped up their efforts to provide new, appealing, and competitively priced meal solutions to consumers, putting themselves in an excellent position to compete head-on with restaurants.

May 27, 2010
PureCircle Launching Institute
PureCircle has created the Global Stevia Institute which will launch in June.

Favored Eggs
American consumers continue to buy "regular" eggs over cage-free eggs by a margin of 40 to 1.

Evaluating Restaurant Meals
Some dishes on popular restaurant menus carry more calories than a person should eat in an entire day.

Cargill Building R&D Facility
Cargill is to invest $14.7 million in a research and development facility in Wichita, Kansas.

Foster's Pursuing Demerger
Foster's Group Ltd. intends to pursue a structural separation to create separate stock exchange listings for its Beer and Wine divisions.

May 25, 2010
Obesity-fighting Egg
"New bio-medical research findings related to Metabolic Syndrome-X of Panjab University has resulted in development of an egg which is effective in preventing obesity."

Impact of Food Insecurity
Food insecurity, a person's inability to obtain adequate amounts of food due to resource constraints, can lead to greater weight gain and increased complications during a woman's pregnancy, according to a new study.

EU Selling Dairy Stockpiles
Europe is selling the stockpiles of dairy products it has been hoarding for the last two years.

1Q Results at Brazil Fast Food
System-wide sales grew 16.1% in the first quarter to R$191.6 million, driven by an increase in owned stores as well as franchised points of sale.

Nuts for Lower Cholesterol
The review of 25 studies, involving nearly 600 people, showed eating on average 67g of nuts a small bag a day reduced cholesterol levels by 7.4%.

May 24, 2010
Pepsi's 2 Billion Plans for China
PepsiCo plans to invest an additional $2.5 billion in China to expand production lines and strengthen agricultural developments over the next three years.

Michael Foods Sold
M-Foods Holdings Inc. has signed a definitive agreement under which its owners and certain current and former members of management will sell Michael Foods to affiliates of GS Capital Partners.

Nutrinor Gains Canadian Funding
Granted through the Business and Regional Growth program, this financial assistance will enable the agri-food cooperative to enhance its manufacturing processes, productivity and competitiveness at the Alma dairy plant and commercialize its value-added dairy products both within and outside Quebec.

SABMiller in Zimbabwe
SABMiller's beer and soft drinks strategic partner Delta Corporation is to invest $112 million in the country over the next two years.

Wrinkle-fighting Chocolate Bar
A new kind of chocolate has been created that apparently slows the ageing process and fights wrinkles.

May 21, 2010
Benefits of Citrus Flavonoids
These flavonoids block the TNF-alpha-induced activation of the NF-kappaB and ERK pathways.

Quercitin as an Antidepressant?
Data suggest that dietary quercetin is promising as an antidepressant-like factor.

Improving SPC
Consumer liking scores for the beverages made with SPC were ranked highest or equally high with beverages made with WPC for aroma, appearance, and mouthfeel.

Functionality in Meat Products
Previous work pointed out the possibility to enhance the nutritional value of meat products using long chain omega - 3 PUFA enriched emulsions.

Enhancing Functional Pork Products
There is potential from using natural functional ingredients in the development of functional pork products with enhanced quality and shelflife.

May 20, 2010
Coffee for Fighting Alzheimer's
Scientists found coffee can lower the levels of protein in the brain that cause degeneration.

Binge Drinking and Men's Pancreatic Cancer
Heavy alcohol use could up pancreatic cancer risk in men, says a new study.

San Miguel Merging Alcohol Units
San Miguel Corp. is preparing plans to consolidate its hard liquor unit with the main brewing arm.

Report: No Canned Goods During Pregnancy
Pregnant women should limit their intake of canned foods and drinks, according to a report.

Birds Not in to Organics
Research by Newcastle University has shown wild garden birds prefer conventionally produced seed to that which has been organically grown.

May 19, 2010
High-fat Diet and Asthma
Avoid eating meals high in fat, especially if you suffer from asthma, urge Australian researchers.

Can Soda Cure Kidney Stones?
Diet soft drinks could prevent painful kidney stones, doctors believe.

Berries and ADHD?
A new study has found a link between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and organophosphate pesticides commonly used in North America on non-organic fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries and celery.

Health Risks of Processed Meat?
Eating bacon, sausage, hot dogs and other processed meats can raise the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Green for Nestle
Nestle says it will mark out and exclude companies "owning or managing high-risk plantations or farms linked to deforestation" from its supply chain.

May 18, 2010
Consumers Looking Online for Food
Consumers, hungry for deals and discounts on food purchases, are increasingly turning to online tools to fill their grocery bags.

McDonald's Adding Smoothies
The nation's largest fast-food chain is on a multibillion-dollar mission to become a serious beverage juggernaut.

U.K. Contemplating Ban on Junk Food Ads
All forms of "junk food" advertisements which target children should be banned, according to a group of healthcare experts.

Consumers: Peanuts and Energy
PR and advertising have positively impacted share of mind in 2009 with 48% more of the respondents considering peanuts as an option for a meal or snack than in 2006.

Dieters Underestimating Calories
Data from 10,000 slimmers and 200 doctors found 87% of GPs believe dieters are in the dark about how much they actually eat.

May 17, 2010
Dean's Drop in 1Q Income
For the first quarter of 2010, net income attributable to Dean Foods totaled $43 million, compared with $76 million in the prior year's first quarter.

India Looking to Organic Food Exports
India has set a target of exporting organic food worth $1 billion in the next five years.

Birds Eye Buy Helps Pinnacle
Pinnacle, which bought Birds Eye Foods for $1.3 billion, posted net earnings of $3.9 million in the first quarter of the year -- compared to a loss of $2.1 million a year earlier.

Taco Bell Goes for Two
Taco Bell will announce plans to roll out $2 Meal Deals that include a taco or burrito, a medium soft drink and a bag of Doritos.

Oil Spill on Omega Protein
The oil slick has had an adverse effect on the company's ability to operate in the fishing grounds east of the Mississippi River Delta, near its Moss Point, Miss., facility. Regulators have closed this area to commercial fishing until at least May 17.

May 14, 2010
Junk Food and Depression
A team found that the more junk food teenagers eat the more likely they are to be depressed.

Diageo Names ED
Diageo appointed Lynn Walding as executive director of Control States.

Arby's New President
Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc named Hala Moddelmog as president of Arby's Restaurant Group Inc.

Inventure Expanding Snack Facilities
The Inventure Group Inc. will spend $4 million to expand its Bluffton, Ind., manufacturing facility to add extruded snack production capabilities later this year.

Alternatives to Hydrogenated Shortening
Short dough biscuits were prepared using interesterified trans free bakery shortening.