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'We're the first product that dreams of impeaching the US president'

German start-up Smuus mixes food, politics & tongue-in-cheek marketing

German start-up Smuus has an original concept with its fruit and vegetable smoothies for yoghurts, desserts, bread, meat and cheese. But the campaign for its peach-flavoured product, which promises to donate 10% of profits to charities fighting the policies of (peach-coloured) Donald Trump, could be even more original.

Titanium dioxide should be avoided if you have colitis, say researchers

People with colitis should avoid food containing titanium dioxide particles, according to research carried out in Switzerland.

Ingredion cracks the code to transform 'almost any liquid' into a powder

Turning thick honey or chocolate syrup into a flowable powder can be done cheaply and easily thanks to a highly porous plating agent that can replace spray drying, says Ingredion.

Caramel supplier Nigay to open €20m French factory

French caramel supplier Nigay is to invest €20 million in a second factory in Northern France.

Natural umami flavours are a clean-label alternative to MSG, says Bell

Umami flavours can be a natural alternative to the not-so-clean-label monosodium glutamate (MSG), says Bell Flavours and Fragrances, as it launches six natural umami flavours including three yeast-free formulations.

GNT opens €3m research lab to double product development

Colouring foods manufacturer GNT has opened a new research and development laboratory in the Netherlands which will double its capacity for product development.

Ajinomoto 'disappointed' with EFSA glutamate opinion as EU says it will consider maximum levels

Umami seasoning supplier Ajinomoto is "disappointed" Europe's food safety authority has called for regulations capping MSG and glutamate additives in food, as the Commission confirms it will consider setting maximum levels.

Roha acquires Delta’s colours business for Middle East expansion

Indian natural colours and pigments major Roha will expand into the Middle East and North Africa following its acquisition of the colour division of Delta Aromatics.

EFSA sets safe intake level for MSG and glutamate additives, urging new maximum levels

Europe’s Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set a safe level for glutamate food additives, but given many Europeans are over this level, it is urging the Commission to revise the current maximum levels permitted in food.

Givaudan to acquire dairy, meat and plant extract supplier Vika

Flavour house Givaudan is to acquire Dutch supplier of cheese ingredients, meat and plant extracts Vika in line with its 2020 target to expand its natural portfolio.

Asia scoops ice cream growth boost as West turns to East for flavours

Food historians credit China with inventing ice cream and Marco Polo for bringing it to Italy. Skip forward to the 21st century, and the rate at which Western ice-cream makers are looking to the East for inspiration promises to see renewed momentum—with India at the helm. 

Kerry innovation chief talks investment, R&D and working with start-ups

Following Kerry Group's $220 million (€193m) investment into research and development (R&D) last year, what's next for ingredient innovation at the Irish company? We caught up with the firm's Chief Innovation Officer.

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‘Consumers will not compromise on taste,’ says FlavorHealth

FlavorHealth has found that most consumers will pick an indulgent beverage over a better-for-you option when given the choice, even when they say trends like sugar reduction are among their top health concerns. 

Rising expectations: Health and nutrition drive ‘strong’ Q3 for Chr Hansen

Probiotic and natural colours player Chr Hansen reported a 10% growth in organic revenue in the first nine months, leading the company to slightly raise full year expectations.

MycoTechnology to bring sugar-reducing mushroom extract to Europe with EFSA application

How can mushrooms help reduce sugar and salt in food and drink? By blocking the bitter notes and cutting the need for masking agents. “It’s pretty exciting,” says the CEO of MycoTechnology as it prepares to bring ClearTaste to Europe.

No meat and less salt: Salt of the Earth’s Mediterranean Umami is changing the meat alternative space

A sodium-reduction solution that mimics the taste of meat has been created by Israeli supplier, Salt of the Earth Ltd.

Coca Cola partners urged to stop marketing Capri-Sun drink to kids

Campaigners in France have demanded that Coca Cola European Partners stops marketing its Capri-Sun drink to children, as pressure grows on EU food and drink companies to ditch the use of cartoon characters on products “loaded with sugar, salt or fat”.

Stevia antioxidant product announced by PureCircle

A stevia product with antioxidant properties is the latest innovation from Malaysian headquartered supplier, PureCircle.

FDE: ‘Products may be different but there’s no East-West divide’

No evidence of lower quality foods in Eastern Europe, says Commission

For the moment, there is no evidence to suggest manufacturers are using lower quality or less nutritious ingredients in food and drink products in Eastern Europe, the Commission has said, after meeting with manufacturers and consumer groups on dual quality products.

Demand for annatto colouring provides work for women in Latin America

Local women farmers in Latin America are being offered a secure income due to the increased demand for natural annatto colouring.

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