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"We've identified a bacterial population that protects against food allergen sensitisation"

Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies offer probiotic promise

Common gut bacteria from the class Clostridia could prevent sensitisation to allergens in food, according to new research that may pave the way for probiotic products aimed at battling food allergies and intolerances.

Extraction technology from Phytonext could help reduce food waste and lower food and cosmetics prices

A botanical extract technology focusing on essential oils from citrus peel could help cut cosmetics and food prices as well as reduce food waste, the firm behind it is claiming.

Small brands play catch up with food labelling rules

Small brands are reacting to food labelling changes more slowly than larger peers and risk a last-minute scramble to meet Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulation requirements, according to GS1 UK.

Companies expanding into Asia must first understand local physiology

Back when Europe and North America were there dominant growth markets for the food industry, Asia was considered as little more than an extension of their traditional business and dominated by unorganised local companies.

Insight

It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting

When in June of this year, British newspaper The Guardian published a damning report tracing fishmeal that it claimed had been caught by workers kept in slave-like conditions, a public relations storm seemed to have broken loose.

Orkla ups chocolate game in the Baltics with Laima buy

Norwegian group Orkla has acquired Latvian company NP Foods Group and its Laima chocolate brand.

Global Industry News

Argentina to double meat exports to Russia from GlobalMeatNews.com

Argentina will be able to double its supply of meat to the Russian market from about 15,000t in 2013 to almost 30,000t in 2015, taking advantage of the trade restrictions on food imports recently imposed by Russia against the European Union (EU), the USA and number of other countries, predicted...

GM feed warning from anti-GM campaign group from FoodManufacture.co.uk

GeneWatch UK has called on supermarkets to wake up to the environmental harm caused by genetically modified (GM) animal feed, imported from North and South America.

Protein2o CEO: There’s a gap in the market for lower calorie, great-tasting protein beverages from FoodNavigator-USA.com

While there is no shortage of high-protein shakes gracing shelves at mainstream as well as specialty retailers these days, there is a gap in the market for more refreshing beverages that pack in a meaningful amount of protein, without the calories, says the boss of one of the fastest-growing new...

Grocery market slumps to 10-year low from FoodManufacture.co.uk

The UK grocery market slumped to a 10-year low in the latest quarterly period covered by Kantar Worldpanel data.

Training sessions in English and Arabic

Campden BRI increases food safety training in the Middle East from FoodProductionDaily.com

Campden BRI will run food and drink safety training sessions in Dubai in conjunction with the Dubai International Food Safety Conference (November 9-11).

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ConAgra braces itself over peanut butter outbreak charges from FoodQualityNews.com

ConAgra has said it is ‘likely’ it will be hit with a federal misdemeanour charge over a Salmonella outbreak from peanut butter seven years ago.

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Sugary drinks are less appealing with images of sugar cube content

Sugary drinks are less appealing with images of sugar cube content

Consumers have more negative views towards sugar-sweetened drinks, and show less preference for them, when they come...

Older consumers worldwide seek convenience in food, says Canadean.

Older consumers worldwide seek convenience in food, says Canadean.

Convenience motivates 17.1% of food consumption among older consumers, according to a report from Canadean.

Forget genetically modified, here’s to genetically edited

Forget genetically modified, here’s to genetically edited

Recent advances that allow the precise editing of genomes have raised the possibility that fruit and other...

Acid in drinks can permanently damage young people’s teeth: Study

High-acid drinks can permanently damage young people’s teeth: Study

Drinks with high acidic content can cause a permanent damage to teeth within the first 30 seconds...

Russian sanctions could cost EU industry more than €5 billion in exports
Data Blog: The figures behind Russia’s food ban

Russian sanctions could cost EU industry more than €5 billion in exports

In this data blog FoodNavigator takes a look at the trade figures behind the recent Russian trade...