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Safety fears of synthetic colour additives dispelled by IACM studies

The safety of synthetic colour additives used in soft drinks, cereals and baked goods, were confirmed in a trio of studies as findings appear to back up recent EFSA and US authority findings.

Austrian start-up taps into fermentation trend with umami-packed seasoning

With its umami-packed, fermented seasoning made from locally-sourced, organic lupin and oats, Austrian start-up Genusskoarl is bringing to the market its "soy sauce adapted to European tastes".

Proprietary energy blends may cause heightened effects

Energy drinks trigger ‘life threatening’ heart activity, study suggests

The consumption of caffeinated energy drinks results in significant changes to heart function and blood pressure when compared to other drinks containing the same caffeine content.

Some like it hot: Cayenne pepper curbs appetite and boosts satiety

Adding to cayenne pepper to food can curb hunger, increase satiety and reduce cravings for salty food - but it increases the desire to eat sweet and fatty foods, Danish researchers have found. 

Smells like teen spirit? Different age groups have specific food smells - and that's important for tailored NPD

Vanilla is associated with children, roasted nuts with seniors and floral notes with adults, and the findings will provide "a deeper understanding" for tailoring new product development (NPD) to age groups, according to a recent study.

DuPont health & nutrition president on mega mergers, start-up successes and new product launch plans

Despite its recent mega mergers and billion-dollar business deals, DuPont is still very much focussed on collaborating with start-ups. “Not everything has to be invented in our labs,” its nutrition and health president Matthias Heinzel tells FoodNavigator.

PureCircle plans to bring glucosylated stevia to Europe with EFSA request

PureCircle has requested a safety opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for glucosylated stevia as it hopes to bring the enzymatically modified sweetener to the European market in 2018.

ANSES: We can’t challenge EFSA’s opinion on titanium dioxide (yet) but industry should find replacements

French food safety agency ANSES has said while it cannot challenge EFSA’s greenlight for titanium dioxide at the current time, it is nonetheless advising industry to replace the white food colouring with suitable alternatives.

Naturex looks for partners to develop natural colours and preservatives

Botanical extract supplier Naturex is looking for partners – both technical and commercial – to work together to develop natural solutions for red, green and blue colours and preservatives.

Culture Pop blends French gastronomy and healthy on-the-go popcorn

Popcorn start-up Culture Pop is blending French gastronomy and healthy on-the-go snacks with its premium popcorn flavoured with specialty ingredients such as white truffle.

Chr. Hansen posts ‘strong’ H1 with organic revenue growth of 10%

Food and nutrition bioscience firm Chr. Hansen says it is well positioned to deliver its ambitious full year targets, as it reports 10% organic revenue growth for the first half of its financial year.

DSM opens new Dutch biotechnology centre

Global food and nutritional ingredients supplier DSM continues its €100 million investment in R&D with the opening of a new biotechnology facility near its Delft HQ for food.

The big debate: Can sugar survive a public health crisis?

The world is getting fatter and unhealthier - are smaller portions and diet drinks really going to help when they sit next to full-sugar, supersized products? Is it time to tax or is industry doing enough? Catch the highlights from our live debate.

DuPont to acquire FMC’s health and nutrition business in billion dollar food-crop swap

DuPont will acquire FMC’s health and nutrition business and divest part of its crop chemical business in what it says is “a meaningful step forward” for the proposed DuPont and Dow merger.

Solina strengthens Eastern European hub with Romanian acquisition

French supplier Solina will acquire the Romanian functional ingredients firm Supremia in what it says is a major step to creating a regional hub in Eastern Europe.

'We are creating a completely new product category'

UK start-up aims to transform alcohol from beverage to staple seasoning ingredient

UK start-up Just A Splash is on a mission to change the way consumers see alcohol with its individual cooking pouches of premium, seasoned alcohol. "We approach alcohol as a food ingredient and not as a beverage. Our products are an essential cupboard staple, just as salt, pepper or stock cubes,” says its founder Pia Varma.

A 20% sugar cut by 2020? ‘It won’t be possible,’ says FDF

A 20% sugar cut across all food categories by 2020 – as per voluntary targets set by the UK government – is not technically possible, nor would it be acceptable to consumers, industry lobby the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has said.

Evolva and FCI team up to market and sell citrus flavours in Europe

Biotech firm Evolva has inked a deal with Paris-based FCI to sell, market and distribute its fermentation-derived citrus flavours valencene and nootkatone.

News in brief

Symrise reports major growth in 2016

German flavours and nutrition supplier Symrise reports strong growth in 2016 following expansion and decentralisation of the company.

The tint, taste and texture of food: What matters to older consumers?

As the population ages, modifications to the flavour, texture and colour of food for the elderly have become a key focus area for food manufacturers eager to cater to the specific needs of this demographic.

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