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From carbs to cancer: Gut bacteria linked to colorectal cancer mechanism

A carbohydrate-rich diet may be kick-starting certain gut microbes to produce chemical signalls that drive abnormal cell growth and increase the risk of cancer, according to new research in mice.

#AskProfPost: Highlights from FoodNavigator twitter Q&A with lab grown meat pioneer

On Wednesday 23rd July FoodNavigator hosted a twitter Q&A session with Professor Mark Post, the pioneering researcher behind the first ever lab grown meat. Don't worry if you missed the Q&A, you can read our highligts right here.

Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Packaged bread innovation has been complicated by a consumer backlash on additives and carbohydrates, but manufacturers can still generate interest with healthy, artisan ingredients, says Mintel.

‘New chapter’ in sourcing: Ritter controls supply chain with own cocoa plantation in Nicaragua

Ritter Sport has purchased land for a cocoa plantation in Nicaragua to eventually cover 30% of its cocoa needs and give it greater control of its supply.

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Q2 ‘wrap’: Grupo Bimbo sharp profit rise, PepsiCo profits dip from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Grupo Bimbo’s Q2 net profit surged 72.6% on the previous year as sales rose slightly, whereas PepsiCo’s net profit dipped 2% despite steady sales.

BEVERAGEDAILY BASEMENT TAPES: TYLER BALLIET, SECOND GLASS

'People don't throw chairs and break windows': Second Glass boss on starting US Wine Riots from BeverageDaily.com

Dubbed the 'Prince of Boston's Wine Revolution' by Stuff magazine, Second Glass founder Tyler Balliet tells us how to start a wine riot and his excitement about speaking at Wine Vision in London this November. 

Bimbo Bakeries USA notes ‘surprising’ decline in private label from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) saw a 7% dip in US private label packaged bread sales in its Q2 results.

Culinary trendwatching

Jams, jellies go beyond smearing on toast from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Whether it’s bringing bold heat, blending unusual flavors, adding a punch of superfruit or cleaning up the label, Millennials are driving food trends on the supermarket shelf and shaking up the longtime pantry staple of jams and jellies in the process, says Portland, OR-based Trailblazer Foods, one of the largest...

FSA defends campylobacter ‘name and shame’ U-turn from FoodManufacture.co.uk

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has defended its decision, made at yesterday’s (July 23) board meeting, to reverse its decision to ‘name and shame’ retailers and processors that sell chicken contaminated with high levels of campylobacter.

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Insects: 40% of UK consumers are willing to try them, says Canadean

40% of Brits ready to try insects: Canadean report

Canadean asked 2000 UK consumers whether they would be willing to eat on bugs. 803 of them...

Strong Scottish food drink brands referendum confidence: Food minister

Strong Scottish food & drink brands will install referendum confidence, says Scot food minister

Retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands in the UK rose by £513m from 2007 –...

Fat replacement: Researchers modify protein to mimic and replace fat in a wider range of food

Fat replacement: Researchers modify protein to mimic and replace fat in a wider range of food

Researchers claim they have developed proteins that could help bring a wider variety of low-fat foods to...

Insecticides are a bigger threat to the natural food chain than thought, warns study

Insecticides are a bigger threat to the natural food chain than thought, warns study

Legislation needs to take into account the harmful effects some insecticides have on insect-eating birds as the...

New sustainable palm oil manifesto accused of greenwashing

New sustainable palm oil manifesto accused of greenwashing

A new sustainable palm oil scheme has met with criticism from environmentalists claiming that it actually allows...

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