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Nestlé changes 'misleading' marketing over no-meat beef soup

Nestlé has removed a picture of fresh beef from the packaging of its dried beef and carrot soup - which did not contain any beef - following a two-year campaign by industry watchdog Foodwatch over misleading marketing.

Health-minded shoppers want easy-to-read label information

Quick-fire label information is needed to capture the growing majority of health-minded consumers, suggests a survey commissioned by colouring foods supplier.

Innovative flavours and novel ingredients are spicing up the dry pasta market

European food manufacturers are brightening up the mature and somewhat staid dry pasta category with innovative flavours, bright colours and vegetable-based ingredients.

Spanish researchers develop fat- and dairy-free gels and foams using eggs

By processing egg whites and yolks in different ways, Spanish researchers have developed a range of novel gels and foams that are fat-free, dairy-free and have a neutral taste. 

EFSA casts doubt on safety of some annatto food colours

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said it cannot assess the safety of certain food colour extracts derived from annatto due to a lack of data, and recommends replacing them.

FDF ‘stealth’ sugar reformulation recommendations stir expert debate

New FDF suggestions for ‘stealth sugar reformulation’ has sparked debate, with some experts convinced unobtrusive changes are the way forward while others worry it may not work in real life.

Sensient launches natural, allergen-free nut flavours

Flavour company Sensient has developed a range of clean label, natural nut flavours that are completely free of nut allergens, it says.

GNT invests over €3m in new R&D lab

Colouring foods supplier GNT is set to double its product development capacity with an injection of more than €3m into a new R&D lab in Mierlo in the Netherlands.

Food texture insights could boost appeal and satiety qualities

Research into how food viscosity and hardness are determined may provide the food industry with insights into how to enhance the texture of foods, adding to their appeal and satiety.

Hard water can boost sweetness and cut costs: study

Using certain types of water could allow drinks manufacturers to cut back on sweeteners, according to a new study.

A history of food, art, Instagram - and unintended consequences

Terms like ‘foodstagramming’ ‘digital grazing’ and ‘food porn’ may have entered our lexicon recently but the phenomenon is far from new, say researchers - but could the sheer saturation of picture perfect food today be sparking unintended consequences?

News in brief

Food dye firm Fiorio Colori joins the AromataGroup family

AromataGroup has bought a majority stake in Fiorio Colori in a deal that represents the last of an acquisition spree by the flavour and aromatic extract specialists.

No accounting for taste? Scientists get one step closer to rating food palatability

New insights into the science of taste and how changes in taste receptors determine the way we perceive food have been gathered in a study carried out by Japanese researchers.

Eating whole insects preferred to bug-snack mixes: Study

Selling whole edible insects alone is preferable to mixing bugs with regular snack foods in a Western market, new research finds.

Artificial sweeteners may cause cravings for the real thing: Study

Sugar alternatives may actually increase an individual’s appetite for real sugar by interfering with the way glucose is used in the body, a study has found.

Sensient launches yellow and orange colouring foods

Colour and flavour supplier Sensient has widened its colouring food range with yellow and orange, bringing the number of EU-compliant products in its colouring foods range to three digits.

Beneo sets out R&D priorities with €4.6m lab investment

German ingredients supplier Beneo and Belgian sugar producer Raffinerie Tirlemontoise have invested nearly €5m in research and development (R&D) at its Belgian laboratory facility.

Undeclared nanoparticles in four French foods triggers call for crackdown

Authorities are being urged to crackdown on undeclared nanoparticles in foods after lab tests revealed their presence in four products sold in France.

Chr. Hansen posts more ‘modest’ results for EU human health

Danish probiotic supplier Chr. Hansen has reported more modest growth within EU human health and nutrition, saying its success and failure hinges on that of probiotic launches on shelf. 

Nestlé: Reformulation could stall without EU-wide nutrition strategy

Europe must accelerate efforts to introduce a “holistic nutrition policy”, complete with targets in relation to reformulation, marketing and labelling.

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