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UK salt reduction effort has lowered blood pressure and saved lives

Government and industry efforts to slash the level of salt in UK foods has led to a fall in population blood pressure and plummeting rates of heart attack and stroke deaths, according to new data.

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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 of negative publicity, says Euromonitor.

Nestlé see Q1 slowdown, but predicts growth in following quarters

Nestlé has reported its slowest first quarter growth since 2009, but predicts sales growth to pick up on the back of new product roll-outs.

Further horsemeat tests ordered

A new round of tests to see if beef products contain horse has been ordered by the European Commission.

Merck signs food analytics deal in western Europe

Pharma giant Merck’s life sciences division, Merck Millipore, has inked a new deal with a Pennsylvania-based long-time partner in microbiology services for the European food and other sectors.

World’s longest-running rice research project marks 150th harvest

The International Rice Research Institute is marking the 150th harvest of its Long-Term Continuous Cropping Experiment (LTCCE), the world's longest-running rice research project.

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British organic body inks partnership for certified China exports from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Britain’s Soil Association Certification and China’s organic certification body, the Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC), have entered into a unique partnership that is hoped makes it cheaper and simpler for British organic businesses to export to China.

‘If kids don’t like it, you won't get far’: Daioni boss on healthy dairy drink success from BeverageDaily.com

Welsh farmer turned entrepreneur Laurence Harris tells BeverageDaily.com about his nationwide distribution ambition for the UK’s first organic flavored milk brand Daioni.

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Vita Coco CEO: ‘Strong UK rival can help us build £250m coconut water category’ from BeverageDaily.com

Vita Coco’s UK CEO Giles Brook says he would welcome a strong rival to accelerate growth in coconut water and predicts £75m sales for his brand in 2014.

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New appointment for Unilever UK & Ireland from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Unilever UK & Ireland has appointed Sarah Newbitt as its new vice president supply chain.

From Aji peppers, amaranth and pichuberries to purple corn and quinoa, Peruvian cuisine is hot, says Packaged Facts from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Peruviuan cuisine is a hot culinary trend and a “powerful funnel for bringing resurgent South American cuisine into the US food retail and foodservice market”, according to a new report from Packaged Facts.

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Rhubarb, Lavender, cucumber… and significantly less sugar. It’s time soda got sophisticated, says DRY Soda from FoodNavigator-USA.com

There’s a reason why soda is generally sweet and comes in three flavors (cola, lemon & lime and root beer), because that’s what sells, right? Wrong, says DRY Soda founder and CEO Sharelle Klaus, whose best-selling flavors include lavender, rhubarb and cucumber. 

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Eastern Europe and Asia lead the way in fresh food consumption
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Eastern Europe and Asia lead the way in fresh food consumption

Consumption of fresh food was strongest in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific in...

Waste date beans- from eco coffee alternative to beyond

Waste date beans- from eco coffee alternative to beyond

An Israeli company that has released a range of coffee alternatives made from roasted date kernel, says the...

NPD insights: You must know what existing product your new one will replace

NPD insights: You must know what existing product your new one will replace

In a world where retail shelves are already overflowing with options, food manufacturers must already know which...

Food labelling is 'confusing' and redundant without education

Food labelling is 'confusing' and redundant without education

Consumers are baffled by ambiguous messages about healthy eating and need help to unravel the labelling conundrum,...

No picnic: Is pea protein moving from the fringe to mainstream?
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No picnic: Is pea protein moving from the fringe to mainstream?

Pea protein may be moving in from the food and beverage fringes, however formulating with the fast-growing...

FAO: Ukraine-Russia tensions and poor weather lead to sharp rise in food prices

FAO: Ukraine-Russia tensions and poor weather lead to sharp rise in food prices

Unfavourable weather conditions in the Asia, Brazil and the US, coupled with increased political tension in the...

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