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Super growth for superfoods, but is the halo starting to slip?

Rates of ‘superfood’ new product development have tripled in the past five years, according to Mintel, but a nutrition expert warns that with no clear definition in existence, the allure of the ‘superfoods’ sell is starting to fade. 

Artificial sweeteners linked to overweight babies

Consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy could double the risk infants being overweight one year after birth, according to new research in mothers.

News in brief

Sensient Flavors introduces season-specific flavor combinations

Sensient Flavors’ latest line offers seasonal combinations for spring, summer, autumn and winter. With fruit flavors perceived by consumers as being healthier options than other flavors, Sensient’s line-up allows manufacturers to reinvigorate their brands. It includes concepts designed to appeal to adults as well as children.

Where East meets West: Highlights from FI Istanbul

FoodNavigator is at Food Ingredients Istanbul, scouting out the latest ingredient trends and developments in the region. Here are some that caught our eye.

Industry says it's ready for EU flavour ban

An EU ban on four food flavourings will come into effect next week, but industry says it has already voluntarily phased them out for commercial reasons.

Spotlight on start-ups

Clean-label products are not always uniform - that's a selling-point, says fruit foam start-up

Using exclusively clean label ingredients can sometimes mean products are not always 100% standardised. But for French start-up Woos fruit foams this is a key selling point. 

Just Bee taps into sugar backlash with honey-sweetened water

Honey ticks all the boxes: it's natural, tastes great and is sweeter than sugar, according to UK honey water company Just Bee, which says it could soon become the sweetener of choice in soft drinks.

Sweet or salty? Weight gain more likely in sweet-toothed toddlers, study shows

Children who eat sweet foods over salty snacks, despite being full, are more likely to experience weight gain, a study has found.

EU nanomaterial definition expected this autumn, says Commission

An updated definition of engineered nanomaterial is expected by September or October this year, a European Commission official has said.

Polish potential: Poland is Eastern Europe’s food innovation hub, says Mintel

Poland is leading the way for food and drink innovation in Eastern Europe accounting for over a third of product launches in the region – but as one of the fastest growing economies in the EU, it’s also an interesting export destination, says Mintel. 

Heard of soursop, ditakh or cashew apple flavour? You'll need to if you want to break into Africa, says Aromatech

French flavour firm Aromatech has developed a range of flavours specifically designed to appeal to African consumers based on local fruit - but European consumers looking for new, exotic tastes will also love them, it says.

Weight of the world: 20% of adults obese by 2025, study predicts

Around 20% of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025, if policies designed to slow down and stop the worldwide increase in Body Mass Index (BMI) are not revised and implemented, according to a study.

Can firms clean up vanillin's clean label image amid natural supply shortages?

It’s the world’s most popular food flavour but less than 1% of global demand for vanilla can be met by the natural vanilla orchid – and this year’s supplies have been hit by a poor harvest in top producing country Madagascar, sending prices skyrocketing. But is a switch to artificial vanillin the solution?

Morrisons boss puts money where his mouth is

Morrisons ceo David Potts has demonstrated his confidence in turning around the fortunes of the retailer by investing a further £360,000 in shares.

UK a nation of ‘convenience food and waste,’ says survey

The United Kingdom is emerging as a nation of casual consumers, whose preference for convenience food appears to give rise to increased food waste, a survey has shown.

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.

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