More than 19,500 people ventured to Las Vegas in July
to attend the 64th IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo, says the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
The show attracted more than 1,000 food-ingredient and technology
exhibitors and featured seminars that tackled topics ranging from the
politics of obesity to consumer tastes and trends.
Speaking at the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in
Las Vegas, Lester Crawford, acting commissioner of the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA), told attendees
the agency was considering a move that would call for calories to be
displayed more prominently on food labels. He also said he believed the
agency would recommend that total calories be represented as a percentage
of daily allowance. The FDA is pondering new food label guidelines.
U.S. Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (USF&F), Wauconda, Ill., announced completion of the sale of
its fragrance business to Downers Grove, Ill.-based Orchidia Fragrances, a wholly owned
subsidiary of FlavorChem Corp. The sale will allow USF&F to focus on continued expansion in
the flavor markets it serves. USF&F is a member of the global Carbery Group.
According to a statement released by the Rosemont,
Ill.-based National Dairy Council, increased milk and calcium consumption appears to be
related to a reduced risk for colon cancer. A study that recently appeared
in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that people who consumed one glass or more of
milk a day lowered their risk for colon cancer by 15 percent over those who
drank less than a third-cup of milk per day. Researchers pooled the results
of 10 North American and European studies.
MGP Ingredients Inc.,
Atchison, Kan., announced the formation of a business alliance with
Minneapolis-based Cargill Inc. to produce and market a new resistant starch. The
Fibersym HA starch is derived from amylose corn and is suitable for
use in a variety of reduced-net-carbohydrate products. Under the alliance,
Cargill will manufacture the starch according to a patent licensed
exclusively to MGP Ingredients, and both companies will market the product.
Switzerland, says it reached an agreement to sell its cocoa bean processing
activities in York, England, and Hamburg, Germany, to Cargill Inc. Under the proposed
arrangements, Cargill would supply Nestlé and other customers with
cocoa from these facilities.
Under an agreement with
Eugene Science, a Korean biotech company,
Decatur, Ill-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will market the Euchol phytosterol
technology in Europe and North America. Developed by Eugene Science, the
line of phytosterol powder and liquid ingredients is suitable for use in
foods and beverages such as milk, juices, yogurts, functional beverages and
soymilk. ADM will market the products as part of its CardioAid family of
In collaboration with Silliker
, Homewood, Ill., the International Dairy Foods Association
compiled a database to help dairy companies meet new FDA regulations for
trans fat labeling. According to Silliker, IDFA determined trans fat
content by sampling raw milk from six U.S. regions and then calculating a
weighted average based on the milk production in each region. Silliker
performed the analytical testing in its laboratory in Chicago Heights, Ill.
IDFA members may access the database at www.idga.org
, says Silliker, while
non-members may purchase a copy of the databases by contacting the
association at (202) 737-4332.
Ankeny, Iowa-based Proliant
Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of protein
the purchase of its Proliant Dairy Ingredients
Co. by the world’s largest single-site
cheese and whey products manufacturer, Hilmar
Cheese Co. Inc., Hilmar, Calif. As a result,
Proliant Dairy Ingredients also is dissolving its strategic partnership
with Weyauwega, Wis.-based Trega Foods, a manufacturer of cheese and dairy-based ingredients.
Roquette America Inc.,
Keokuk, Iowa, said the French Roquette Group will invest in a new polyol production unit in Keokuk
and will expand capacity at its Gurnee, Ill., facility during the next 18
months. The additional capacity afforded by the expansion will ensure the
company’s continued production flexibility, prepare it for
anticipated new product launches and attract other industries interested in
the growing agribusinesses of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.
Portland, Ore.-based Jana’s
Classics announced the launch of a new
brand identity that includes a new corporate logo and an updated brand
mark. Jana Taylor, founder of the provider of artisan-crafted cookies,
dough and ice cream ingredients, says the updates were made “to best
represent the quality of our products, as well as our spirit of
National Starch & Chemical Co., Bridgewater, N.J., submitted a Citizen’s Petition to the
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) asking to modify carbohydrate
labeling on foods. The supplier of the Hi-Maize resistant starch says
its aim is to help create more standardization related to carbohydrate
information to allow consumers to make better, educated food choices. The
company specifically requested that fiber content be listed separately and
excluded from the “total carbohydrate” declaration on the
Nutrition Facts label. National Starch based its recommendations on the
National Academy of Sciences’ Macronutrients Report, as well as the Codex Alimentarious Guidelines
on Nutrition Labeling.
Chr. Hansen Inc.,
Milwaukee, said it is raising the prices of select products within its
dairy ingredient portfolio. The move is related to continued high energy
costs and related increases in manufacturing and transportation costs, as
well as the cost of raw materials and elevated biosecurity and food safety
measures. According to the company, the price increases also will help
ensure the company can continue to invest in the research and development
resources necessary to provide innovative ingredient solutions and services
that benefit their customers.
Taiyo Kagaku, Japan,
announced the formation of Taiyo Green Power
Co. Ltd., a new corporate entity resulting from
the company’s acquisition of Wuxi Green
Power Bio-Product Ltd., China. The merger
creates the world’s largest green tea extract manufacturer. According
to Minneapolis-based Taiyo International Inc., the North American sales office for Taiyo Kagaku, Japan,
the new company will maintain the exclusive Chinese license to Proctor
& Gamble’s solvent-free green tea processing technology. Amax NutraSource Inc., City of
Industry, Calif., has been re-appointed as the exclusive distributor for
the P&G product within the North American market.