European amino acid manufacturers feeling the pinch from cheaper
Chinese imports should consider entering into joint ventures in
Asia, advises Frost and Sullivan, since manufacturing costs are
lower but quality is still high.
The world's largest ingredients firm Cargill has agreed to discuss
its soy production facilities in Brazil's Amazon basin with
Greenpeace, after a co-ordinated activist attack caused mayhem at
three Cargill International...
The Dutch chemicals group DSM is on course to significantly bolster
its presence as a supplier to China's food industry, with major
investments in ingredient production expected to bear fruit in two
BASF's fine chemicals division is bolstered by higher sales volume
of aroma chemicals and vitamins A and E for animal nutrition, but
the pressure over vitamin C and lysine has not abated, dragging
down the division's profitability.
DSM Nutrition has reported five per cent growth in both sales and
operating profits in Q1 2005 - a result that sits well with an
excellent picture for the group overall and could point towards
another positive year.
Peanut skin, a waste product from peanut butter manufacturers, is a
rich source of extractable procyanidins and could create a cheaper
source of these antioxidant compounds to rival the grape seed
dominated polyphenols market.
A total of 60 incidents of food safety breaches were reported
EU-wide last week, with incidents of unauthorised Sudan 1 colours,
arsenic, benzene and isopropyl thioxanthone continuing to crop up
in the latest alert advisory.
The European Commission's cuts to export subsidies for dairy
ingredients have survived a series of rows between Member States,
as tension grows on how the bloc can meet its commitments to the
World Trade Organisation talks.
The European inventors of a process for deriving higher yields of
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) from microalgae have licensed the patent
to Advanced BioNutrition - a deal that could ultimately impact the
human nutrition market for DHA.