Safety and innovation were on the agenda this week, when the head
of French dairy group Lactalis met with the Croatian vice president
to discuss the company's plans for rejuvenating the country's dairy
German fragrance and flavours group Symrise saw a strong increase
in sales and profits for its Flavours and Nutrition Division in
full year 2006, largely attributed to innovations like its 'and'
range of products.
The goals of not-for-profit groups in the herbal and dietary
supplement industry are hampered by financial constraints, but this
strain is diminished thanks to the help of a few external
supporters who offer their work pro bono.
Nestle Nutrition has signed an agreement with BLIS Technologies to
investigate the use of probiotics to combat upper respiratory tract
infections in infants, for which there is said to be no effective
prevention at present.
All-round innovation remains key to keeping the US snack market vibrant, according to an annual snack industry report, which identifies a number of growth opportunities at a time when consumers are striving to snack less.
The European Commission is set to challenge Spain over its ban on
the import of herbal products before the European Court of Justice
- a policy it says is an unjustified and disproportionate barrier
to EU trade.
Fonterra has developed a technique that allows colostrum to be
added to ready-to-drink beverages with a longer shelf-life, opening
up opportunities for new kinds of products and building sales of
the ingredient in Asia.