Americas: Isoflavones may prolong life of breast cancer sufferers

Post-diagnosis consumption of foods containing isoflavones—estrogen-like compounds primarily found in soy food—is associated with 21% decrease in all-cause mortality, according to a study. This decrease was seen only in women with hormone-receptor-negative tumors, and in women who were not treated with endocrine therapy such as tamoxifen. The epidemiological analysis of data from more than 6,000 American and Canadian women with breast...

Asia Pacific: Ink for hard-to-mark surfaces

Videojet Technologies launches a black ink designed to deliver excellent adhesion on a wide variety of substrates, including high density polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride. The new ink expands the 8610 TIJ printer application reach. It has an average dry time of two seconds on non-porous substrates, and a shelf life of 12 months. It opens up new possibilities for printing on...

Europe: Millennials find fruit juice healthy, report

Millennial fruit juice drinkers in Europe view 100% fruit juice as a healthy beverage, according to the findings of a consumer survey conducted by Concord grape juice supplier Welch’s Global Ingredients Group. Researchers asked 300 French and German fruit juice drinkers aged 18-35 a range of questions in a bid to learn more about their attitudes towards the juices they...

Europe: Positioning chocolate as a healthy snack

The snacking market is being revolutionized by a consumer backlash against sugar, salt and artificial ingredients, as well as changing lifestyle and personal wellbeing, says Euromonitor International. Its data shows that healthy snacks sales will rise by 3% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over 2016-2021 compared to ‘conventional’ snacks, which will only increase by 2%. While growth of ‘conventional’ snacks is...

Europe: Detecting salmonella in pork meat twice as fast

A new method developed at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), halves the time it takes slaughterhouses to test for disease-causing salmonella in pork meat. The test can save the slaughterhouses money by ensuring meat reaches the market faster, which in turn reduces the costs of operating the meat chillers for example. Salmonella bacteria are responsible for...

Europe: Tate & Lyle enters stevia distribution partnership

Tate & Lyle and Sweet Green Fields are partnering to deliver innovative stevia ingredients and solutions to customers around the world. The partnership combines Tate & Lyle’s decades of sweetener expertise and global sales and distribution network, with Sweet Green Fields’ portfolio of stevia-based ingredients and supply chain. The exclusive distribution partnership begins on 3 April 2017. “Together, we will offer customers...

Americas: Consumers prefer diet over pills to sleep better, finds survey

Rather than popping pills to sleep, a survey reveals more US consumers would prefer to eat well in order to sleep better. This survey was conducted online within the US by Harris Poll on behalf of Cherry Marketing Institute from January 9-11, 2017 among 2,192 adults ages 18 and older. Jeff Manning, chief marketing officer for the Cherry Marketing Institute,...

Europe: NattoPharma, partners receive €4M research grant

NattoPharma’s International Research Network, coordinated by the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Maastricht University (CARIM), has been awarded a second prestigious grant funded by the European Union within the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie research and innovation program. Beneficiary partners of the network are three research university departments in Europe (CARIM/MUMC+ Maastricht; Universitätsklinikum Aachen and Karolinska Institutet Stockholm). The €4 million (US$4.32...

Americas: Sun Chemical exhibits inks, solutions at show

Sun Chemical will introduce new eco-friendly inks and showcase how its coatings, inks and HD plate technology can produce packaging that pops off the shelf while enhancing pressroom efficiency at the INFO*FLEX 2017. Organized by the Flexographic Technical Association, the show will be held from May 1-2 in Arizona, US. The company will showcase from the range a new solvent-based ink...

Asia Pacific: BASF relocates Singapore lab for water solutions

Singapore aims to meet up to 30% of its future water needs by 2060 with desalination: removing salt from the abundant seawater that surrounds it. The country currently uses reverse osmosis for its desalination, which produces pure drinking water by pushing seawater through membranes to remove dissolved salts and minerals. However, fouling of the membrane can cause expensive downtime or...