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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.

Organic trends, innovations & hot topics: What's the buzz at BioFach?

Keep on top of the social media buzz at Europe's leading trade fair for organic product innovation, BioFach in Nuremburg, Germany.

First-of-its-kind reformulation report reveals big cuts in Irish salt, fat & sugar intake

Irish manufacturers have cut the salt content in food by 37%, according to a first-of-its-kind report that has quantified voluntary reformulation efforts and documented shifts in consumer intake of key nutrients. "This has never been done before," say the authors.

Mars to ditch all artificial colours from its entire global food portfolio

Food giant Mars has pledged to phase out all artificial colours from its global food and drink portfolio in the next five years.

Texturisers will make food for seniors mainstream - but beware when marketing, say researchers

Texture modifiers could make specialist foods for older consumers mainstream and shake up a category that's on the cusp of exploding, say Norwegian researchers.

Industrialised food additives raise autoimmune disease risk: Review

The expanding use of industrialised food additives could raise the risk of developing autoimmune diseases (AD), say Israeli and German researchers.

Craving for calories trump taste in brain’s battle for nutrients

The brain rewards calorie content over sweetness, and responds to nutrients and taste in very different ways, according to new animal research published in Nature.

Organic food is fuelling the growth of natural preservatives: Report

A growing demand for organic food, coupled with healthy eating trends and a preference for premium products, is driving the growth of the natural food preservatives sector, according to a report.

Don't ignore different flavour preferences of older consumers: Study

Certain flavours, such as ginger or mint, appeal to older consumers more than younger ones, and should be considered along with texture when targetting seniors in new product development (NPD).

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Aromatic portfolio of PCAS snapped up by French flavour firm

French flavour and functional ingredients supplier Nactis Flavours has signed an agreement to acquire the aromatic raw materials portfolio of specialty chemical firm PCAS for an undisclosed sum.

Cactus, birch, lychee and lemongrass: Soft drink consumers turn to natural flavors and functional innovations

Consumers are demanding more natural flavors in soft drinks, driven not only by taste but also by functional properties of ingredients, according to Canadean. 

Top food ingredients trends for 2016

‘It’s all about protein’ is one of four key trends set to shape the ingredients market in 2016, according to food ingredients supplier EHL Ingredients.

Mothers' salt & sugar intake effects offspring long-term (but is gender specific): Study

A maternal diet high in salt and fructose has lasting effects on offspring in animals, researchers have found.

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DuPont nutrition & health chief: We want to work with start-ups

DuPont’s nutrition & health president, Matthias Heinzel, tells NutraIngredients his multi-billion euro division wants to speed product-to-market time and is “totally open” to working with start-ups in open collaboration.

Chr Hansen wins €75m to 'develop new microbial solutions'

Chr Hansen has secured a €75m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support its microbial solutions work as the bioscience company ramps up its R&D spend.

Children’s sweet satisfaction levels determined by gene trio

Genes have a large part to play in sensitivity to the sweet taste, with research revealing the variation in response to the ‘sweet signal’ among children. 

Dispatches from FIE 2015

Eat with your eyes: Making sense of multi-sensory food

Food should taste and smell good but what else should and can it do when ‘visually stimulated’ consumers like millennials engage in eating occasions? Touch, sight and sound are increasingly in the mix and driving multi-sensory NPD as FoodNavigator discovered at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) in Paris recently. Black water anyone?

Evolva launches fermentation-derived valencene

Evolva will begin producing valencene orange flavour through fermentation allowing for large scale production at a fraction of the cost of traditional extraction methods, it says.

FoodNavigator 2016: What's on our editorial calendar?

Putting the spotlight on innovative start-ups, sugar reduction, sustainable sourcing and the latest trends in colour, texture and flavour, FoodNavigator's special editions calendar and online events for 2016 spans the hottest topics for the European food and drink industry.

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