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More room for great grains
Whole-grain foods maker Hodgson Mill has recently doubled its manufacturing and warehouse capacity at its Illinois headquarters to 37,500 square feet. The company also has added new equipment, including two bulk tanks used to store ingredients, two 4,500-pound blends, a pouching machine and a carton machine.

Chairman earns medal for mettle
Unilever Chairman Niall FitzGerald has been awarded the Society of Chemical Industry?s Centenary Medal for his influential leadership in the food and pharmaceutical industries. FitzGerald has spent more than 30 years at Unilever, which has corporate centres in London and Rotterdam. Prior to becoming chairman in 1996, he worked as the CEO of food business in South Africa, director of finance, director of food and director of detergents.

Naturex eyes acquisitions
Since acquiring Brucia Plant Extracts in early 2002, Naturex now generates half of its revenues from the North American continent, the French company reports. It has recently retained the services of CANEC International to search for new acquisition opportunities among producers of extracts of vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices or botanicals that are sold to industry, but not to retail. For more information, contact Jocelyn Bertheau at + 1 416 486 7171, ext. 101. Or visit

Chinese range crosses shores
Chicago-based SourceOne Global Partners has announced an alliance with Ginkgo Group Biological Technology, a manufacturer of natural-source ingredients in Beijing, China. SourceOne will be the exclusive marketer of Ginkgo Group?s Ginnovay family of products in North America, Europe and Australia. These products include IP non-GMO mixed tocopherols, IP non-GMO phytosterols, palm tocotrienols and rice tocotrienols.

Ajinomoto gives nutrition prize
The Ajinomoto Association has awarded the Prize for Research in Nutrition to a researcher on the development of adipose tissue who discovered that not all fatty acids have the same effect. Gerard Ailhaud, a professor at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, is the former president of both the French and European Associations for the Study of Obesity, as well as a former vice president of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. Following the discovery of stem cells in adipose tissue, Ailhaud?s findings have led to advances in the field of allotransplantation.

Danes do dairy in India
Danish ingredient-supplier Chr Hansen has opened a new subsidiary in Bombay, India, bringing the company?s total number of offices worldwide to 30. Its India operations will initially concentrate on vegetable rennet and bacteria cultures for cheese and yoghurt. Later this year, natural colours and flavours for soups and sauces will be added to the menu.

NBJ picks Cysteine Peptide
DMV International has been named a Product Merit Award winner by Nutrition Business Journal for its development of the ingredient Cysteine Peptide, which is made from milk protein and boosts glutathione levels in the human body. DMV International is part of the Netherlands-based dairy company Campina.

KGK Synergize names CSO
London-based KGK Synergize has named Penny Costello, PhD, as chief scientific officer. Costello most recently worked as associate director at Kinetek Pharmaceuticals in Vancouver, British Columbia, and brings research expertise in the field of angiogenesis.

Sigma-tau forms new division
Sigma-tau Group, a producer and supplier of L-carnitine, has formed the Sigma-tau HealthScience (STHS) Food and Beverage Ingredients Division. Believing the US is pivotal for world growth of its bulk ingredient products, STHS will relocate its global divisional management from Rome to Maryland, and eventually to New York City. No interruptions in customer service will take place during the transition, the company says.

Caramel colour changes hands
DD Williamson, a leading caramel colour manufacturer, has acquired Cargill?s Cerestar caramel colour operation in England. The company will source glucose syrup via pipeline from Cargill?s starch refinery in Manchester to manufacture a broader line of caramel colour and burnt sugar products. With the acquisition, DD Williamson will now operate two European production facilities; its first facility in Cork, Ireland, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

DD Williamson and Cargill are both privately held companies with head offices in the US. DD Williamson operates seven manufacturing sites in the US, Puerto Rico, Ireland, China, Swaziland and Brazil; Cargill employs 98,000 people in 61 countries.

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