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When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

Testing the consumer liking of a new product may be an overrated idea that ‘breeds mediocrity’ and means products fail to differentiate themselves against the competition, according to David Howlett of MMR Research.

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Building for the future: DSM on lessons from Food Vision 2014

Industry needs to ‘dramatically innovate’ if it is to come up with sustainable solutions to feed the world, says James Bauly of DSM, as he summarises his take away messages from the event.

Advancing nutritional epidemiology to a whole new level? NIH scientists publish metabolomics biomarkers to study diet-disease associations

Scientists from the National Cancer Institute at the NIU have reported metabolomic biomarkers for a variety of foods and vitamins, which, if validated, could become biomarkers in large cohorts to study diet-disease associations.

Don’t waste taste, say researchers with new technique to study chewing

How do food processors know how much salt is needed to give peanuts the best flavour and how much goes to waste? An Australian research team hopes to provide the answer after developing a new 3D modelling technique to show how flavour particles react to chewing.

Food firms must cater for consumers on autopilot

Food and drink manufacturers need to make their products appear to be an effortless choice for consumers operating on autopilot and stop over rationalising their habits, advises leading behavioural scientist Dr Nick Southgate.

Abraaj Group plans Middle East & North Africa expansion for Kool Food

Private equity firm Abraaj Group has acquired a stake in Moroccan chocolate company Kool Food and plans to expand distribution in the Middle East and Africa.

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Campden BRI makes appointment ahead of new EU label rules

Campden BRI has appointed Melanie Ruffell as principal law advisor for its regulatory affairs team in order to meet growing demand for advice on matters such as the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR), due to come into force in December 2014.

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Special edition: Organic & Non-GMO

The organic food industry has been engaged in a 'multi-decade public disinformation campaign', claims report from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Consumers have spent years paying over the odds for organic foods based on the erroneous belief - promulgated by stakeholders with a vested interest - that they are healthier and safer than their conventional counterparts, claims a controversial new report.

New partnership could boost UK organic meat exports to China from GlobalMeatNews.com

China will soon be able to buy organic British meat following the announcement of a new export partnership.

POM v Coke at the Supreme Court: Who came out on top? from FoodNavigator-USA.com

POM Wonderful and Coca-Cola both got a grilling at the Supreme Court on Monday as they traded blows in a false advertising case, but while the justices seemed to give Coke a tougher time, this doesn’t necessarily mean POM is going to emerge victorious, say legal experts.

Losses increase for 2 Sisters Food Group from FoodManufacture.co.uk

2 Sisters Food Group suffered a loss of £16M in its last set of annual results, covering the 52 weeks to July 27, 2013.

Banning chocolate milk sees drop in pupil's dairy intake from DairyReporter.com

Banning chocolate milk from schools may reduce overall milk consumption and increase waste, a US study suggests. 

UK chocolate sweet success abroad and at home from FoodManufacture.co.uk

British chocolate is proving a sweet success abroad and at home, as Easter eggs were named as one of the nation’s top food and drink exports, while new research revealed 8M Britons eat chocolate every day.

Snacks still dominate c-store but breakfast trending, says FONA from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Grab-and-go snacks like potato chips, nuts and donuts continue to dominate convenience store purchases, but breakfast choices are catching up, says FONA International.

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Merck: Food industry wants rapid methods from FoodQualityNews.com

The food industry is moving from traditional culture to rapid methods to release product faster to the market, according to Merck Millipore.

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Small changes are the way to go (and that’s not an industry cop out!): Obesity expert

Small changes are the way to go (and that’s not an industry cop out!): Obesity expert

Obesity should be tackled in small steps, acknowledging where people are and not where public health officials...

Climate change and rising CO2 will reduce quality of food

Climate change and rising CO2 will reduce quality of food

Elevated levels of carbon dioxide can block plants' absorption of nitrates, leading to foods and crops with...

Sustainable palm oil shift is cheaper than bad publicity impact

Sustainable palm oil shift is cheaper than bad publicity impact

The cost of moving towards traceable and sustainable palm oil is marginal compared to the long-term effects...

In conversation with the mastermind behind the €250,000 lab-grown burger
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In conversation with the mastermind behind the €250,000 lab-grown burger

Last year Professor Mark Post sparked international interest with the unveiling, and tasting, of the world's first...

Food Vision 2014: In pictures

Food Vision 2014: In pictures

The Food Vision event in Cannes brought together global food and drink industry leaders to tackle some...

Cutting carbs, gluten or fat? The 'utter nonsense' behind claims to be the best diet

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ddirector of Prevention Research Center. , Yale University

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