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New ingredients to enhance texture and shelf life of dairy products
Spanish firm Premium Ingredients, S.L, is launching two ingredients that it claims will enhance the texturisation and stabilisation of diary products such as UHT milk and cheese. Dairyreporter.com

Egyptians face food hardship after protests
Days of rejoicing followed Mubarak’s resignation last week but now Egyptians replenishing their food supplies are finding empty shelves or hugely inflated prices. Prices of food and drink already soared 18 per cent year-on-year last month. Reuters

US: Grant aims for new markets for New England food
A new US $250,000 federal grant is aimed at putting more locally raised food into New England’s schools, colleges and hospitals. The US Department of Agriculture grant, awarded this month to the northeast committee of the National Farm to School Network, will help pay for expanding processing of local food in Massachusetts, opening a new processing project in Maine and setting up a model distribution system. The Boston Globe

Bulgaria launches food safety agency
The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency was launched last week at a ceremony attended by European Commissioner John Dalli and national food minister Miroslav Naydenov. FoodQualitynews.com

Heineken plans to target European volumes in 2011
Heineken has pledged to make European volume growth a priority after publishing full year results that revealed stronger than expected profit growth but falling turnover. FoodandDrinkEurope.com

Increased reliance on imports weakens Canadian food sector: Report
The Canadian food industry is losing relevance, profitability and quality, according to a new report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, which outlines steps that could help reverse the trend. Canada imports 50 per cent more food than it did in 2000. With increased reliance on imports, the Canadian food sector could miss out on big opportunities, as the world’s demand for food is widely expected to grow by about 70 per cent by 2050. Foodnavigator-usa.com

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