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First food crime report published by FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its first assessment of the threat of crime to the UK food and drink sector.

Stevia passes muster with EU for approved use in mustard

The European Commission has approved the use of stevia as a sweetener in mustard in Europe, a decision welcomed by manufacturers as an opportunity for new product development.

Rare plant compound subject of novel industrial-scale production method

A method to recreate a rare class of plant-derived chemical compounds has the potential to be produced on an industrial scale for the food and flavour industries.

Corbion commits to innovation with new Dutch R&D lab

Food ingredients firm, Corbion has opened an R&D and applications laboratory, which the firm said would drive the business to new levels of innovation.


Food manufacturers back EU membership ‘overwhelmingly’

Leading UK food and drink manufacturers have given “an overwhelming endorsement” to the campaign for the UK to remain in the EU.

Sensory profiling just got simpler, faster and cheaper: Nofima

Sensory profiling and product testing can be complicated, but Norwegian researchers have developed methods that are simpler, faster and cheaper, allowing smaller companies to carry out their own new product development, they say.

'Artisan, alternative & adventurous' food is driving UK industry success stories

The London Stock Exchange Group has picked out 75 up-and-coming British food businesses which are fuelling success in the whole sector thanks to an "insatiable appetite for the artisan, the alternative and the adventurous," it says.

Naturex calls on start-ups for ingredient innovation partnerships

Naturex is calling on innovative start-ups with fresh ideas on plant-based ingredients, green technologies and novel farming processes to collaborate with it thorugh Ingenium, its open innovation accelerator scheme.


An ‘ode’ to eating: Stimulating appetite among dependent older people

Manufacturers and suppliers have a role to play in helping elderly people enjoy a sensory connection with food, says the co-founder of Ode, a device which stimulates appetite through the use of fragrance.

Defining the salt taste may lead to enhanced alternatives, study predicts

Understanding the biological mechanisms responsible for detecting the salty taste will help create solutions to combat the health problems caused by overconsumption of salt, a study has determined.

‘For something to taste good, it doesn’t need to be sweet!’ Ugly water eyes up new opportunities for unsweet beverages

The founders of Ugly, an unsweet, fruit infused sparkling water brand, believe consumer palates will become less focused on sweet in the coming years. This can open up opportunities for beverages such as unsweetened iced tea, unsweetened cold brew coffee, and further innovations in bottled water. 

Demand for citrus flavour blends on the rise in Europe, says FMI

Demand for citrus flavour market is set to rise in Europe in the next ten years, says Future Market Insights (FMI) - but which are the most popular flavour blends, what is fuelling this growth and how steady is supply?

Non-alcoholic and low alcohol beers: Opportunities and challenges

Non-alcoholic and low alcohol beers only account for a small proportion of the global beer market. However, these categories are showing stronger growth than the overall beer market, according to figures from Canadean.

Scientists develop method to boost sweetness of plant-derived thaumatin

Plant-derived sweetener thaumatin can be made up to 1.7 times sweeter by swapping basic amino acids, Japanese researchers have found.

Great expectations: Can industry meet consumer colour demands?

The news that food giant Mars will phase out all artificial colours from their global food and drink offerings in the next five years, follows similar actions carried out by Kraft, Nestlé and Hershey.

Food industry slow to react to demand for natural colours & flavours: Mintel

Faced with a growing wave of consumer demand for products with simpler, natural colours and flavours, food and drink companies have been notoriously slow to respond, says Mintel.

News in brief

BGG opens Swiss office to serve growing European market

Beijing Gingko Group (BGG) has opened an office in Switzerland and taken on ex-Indena global marketing chief Christian Artaria to run the operation.

Cambodian and Turkish foods get EU protected origin status

The EU has further expanded its protection of artisanal foods beyond Europe’s borders as it granted protected geographical indications to Cambodian Kampot pepper and a type of Turkish fig last week.

Nestlé sees food sales decrease as it misses sales forecast

Net profit at Nestlé fell by more than a third in 2015 as the Swiss food giant missed sales forecasts making price rises difficult in a tough economic climate.

Clean-label claims sought by one in three shoppers, according to survey

A new study has highlighted clean label opportunities for manufacturers and retailers in the dairy and bakery categories.

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