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Poor diet is linked to one in five deaths around the world

Diets that are low in whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds and high in salt are now linked to one in five deaths around the world, according to a Lancet study. 

Sustainability database can help manufacturers avoid buying bad palm oil

There's "a gold rush mentality" in the palm oil sector preventing it from becoming truly sustainable, says Danish NGO NepCon. But its database Sourcing Hub can help manufacturers make the most sustainable possible choices when buying palm oil, soy or beef.

For a better batter: Kröner-Stärke launches native starches for fried foods

Kröner-Stärke has launched a range of native wheat-based starches, including organic and gluten-free, for clean label battered and breaded products.

What next for coconut’s millennial appeal?

The popularity of coconut-based products continues to rise thanks, in part, to their particular resonance with millennial consumers: What will the next big trend for coconut applications be?

Danish supplier serves up a healthy dose of hemp product innovation

Bored with the usual hemp launches - granola and cereal bars - one Danish supplier is helping manufacturers think outside the box. Hemp cheese, gin, salami and marzipan are just some of its latest creations.

Trimming the fat off dietary guidelines: Study links high carb intake to mortality risk

Global dietary guidelines should be revisited, according to a Lancet study, which found reducing fat intake and replacing it with a high carbohydrate intake may be linked to worse health outcomes.

PepsiCo palm oil progress report dismissed as ‘masterful window dressing’

PepsiCo’s efforts to provide further transparency in the palm oil supply chain have been slammed as “masterful window dressing”, in a strongly worded statement by the Rainforest Action Network.

DSM improves 2017 outlook as it ‘outpaces the market’

DSM saw a 42% increase in net profit in the first half of 2017 and has revised upwards its outlook for the rest of the year. “We are outpacing the market,” says CEO Feike Sijbesma.

Mediterranean diet benefits reserved for the rich, Italian study says

The cardiovascular benefits of the Mediterranean diet appear only to apply to higher socioeconomic groups despite similar adherence as a study points to other influencing factors.

French people eat too much salt and not enough fibre: ANSES

The French population is consuming more processed foods, too much salt, and - “most importantly” - not enough fibre compared to ten years ago, according to a survey by the country’s food safety agency ANSES.

News in brief

EU agri-food exports on the rise

The total value of EU agri-food exports increased by 9% in May this year compared to 2016, according to trade figures from the European Commission.

Lithuania moves to cap industrial trans fats

Lithuania has drawn up a draft law that will limit the amount of industrially produced trans fatty acids (TFAs) to a maximum limit of 2 g per 100 g of total fat content.

Unilever slaps palm oil supplier SMS with suspension following damning deforestation report

Unilever has suspended buying palm oil from Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS), after concluding the supplier had been in breach of its no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation policies.

Ingredient exports to benefit under EU-Japan trade deal

Last week the EU and Japan agreed to a bilateral trade agreement, which will set significant duty-free quotas on EU exports of ingredients such as starch, butter, whey and processed foods.

Butter shortage? How to improve yield from the same amount of milk

Global inflation of butter prices continues to rise; in the EU and France as much as 90%-100% compared to the previous year.

New fat replacer can help potential butter shortage

As the desserts sector continues to grow, clean label company Ulrick & Short has added to its delyte range.

Food growth must think sustainable to protect biodiversity, report states

Farming practices used to grow agricultural products such as bananas, sugar, palm oil and soybeans must adopt a more sustainable approach in order to halt the loss of biodiversity, a report warns.

Tougher advertising rules for marketing unhealthy foods at children come in to effect tomorrow

Strict rules banning adverts for high in fat, salt and sugar products in all children’s media come into effect tomorrow (Saturday 1 July), after numerous health campaigners called for tougher regulations.

Big names join forces to drive sustainable coconut oil production in South East Asia

A quartet of key industry players have come together to drive the production of sustainable coconut oil in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Study uncovers the truth behind work stress, sleep and junk food habits

Psychological experiences at work can shape eating habits and sleeping patterns, according to a recently published study.

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