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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 lab-grown meat. Since then he's been working to iron out technical issues so that commercially available lab-grown meat can become a reality.

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MSC to launch first sustainable seaweed standard

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is expanding its sustainability standard beyond wild-capture fish and invertebrate fisheries to include wild seaweed for the first time.

The secret to healthy cereal NPD? More air, less flake...

Consumers can eat up to 34% more calories when eating breakfast cereal with smaller flakes; a physical factor cereal makers should take a closer look at, says the lead scientist of a new study.

Transparency in food science

New EFSA chief-designate: ‘Our first priority is to get the science right’

The European Union’s central science agency must become more transparent to meet rapid technological change in food and agriculture, its likely next chief told the European Parliament this week. And conflicts of interest were not an issue.

Special Edition: The possibilities of chocolate with reduced cocoa butter

Price pressures: Will chocolate makers bite the bullet on cocoa butter alternatives?

Chocolate purists may turn to alternative vegetable fats amid escalating cocoa butter prices, but taste and regulatory stumbling blocks remain, according to an analyst.

ADM to retain cocoa presses, but chocolate factories up for sale

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has announced that it will retain the majority of its cocoa processing operations but will sell its chocolate business.

Global Industry News

Two weeks to go! Register for FoodNavigator-USA’s Gluten-free in Perspective Forum from FoodNavigator-USA.com

There are just two weeks to go until FoodNavigator’s live (and hopefully very lively) online debate on one of the hottest trends in food development: gluten-free.

Progress on sustainable palm oil unfairly criticised from FoodManufacture.co.uk

UK food manufacturers are still being unfairly criticised for using palm oil, despite the work they have done to source it sustainably, according to the corporate social responsibility (CSR) director of a global food oil business.

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Is Big Food the new tobacco? from FoodNavigator-USA.com

As the class-action lawsuits pile up amid growing public health concerns over obesity and ongoing labeling debates, one has to wonder: Is Big Food going the way of Big Tobacco? And who should regulate food and beverage industry marketing? Companies, government or consumers?

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Standing out in the confectionery ‘purple’ patch from ConfectioneryNews.com

Chocolate brands will gain no ground by mimicking the color of heritage brands such as Cadbury and must forge their own identities, writes Mark Ringer, executive creative director UK & Europe at Anthem.

Burton’s Biscuit Company invests £14.75M in snack tech from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Burton’s Biscuit Company, maker of brands such as Maryland Cookies and Jammie Dodgers, has announced a £14.75M investment in its manufacturing operation to support business growth.

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Antibiotic contaminated meat not safe for human consumption from FoodQualityNews.com

Intensively farmed livestock are raised in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions where emphasis is placed on productivity rather than animal welfare and quality of product.

The meso-zeaxanthin

Neither illegal, unnatural nor unsafe, says meso-zeaxanthin defender from NutraIngredients.com

Meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) proponent says last week’s French government report on the fraudulent use of meso-zeaxanthin in eye health supplements casts unnecessary doubt on a safe and viable compound. 

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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?
Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

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...