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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.

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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.

Natural flavours and colours can reassure health-conscious parents

Industry used to shy away from scrutiny towards ingredients lists, but by choosing the right colour or flavour firms can add value to products and reassure consumers, according to colouring food supplier GNT and kids' food brand Appy Kids Co. 

Plant Meat Matters: Unilever, Givaudan and Ingredion invest in vegetarian steak

Plant-based steak, with a taste and texture to rival the real thing, is one step closer to the market as Unilever, Givaudan and Ingredion join Wageningen researchers in the Plant Meat Matters consortium.

Synergy to launch dairy-based, natural sugar replacers

UK flavour house Synergy will launch a range of dairy-based, natural flavours to replace sugar in biscuits and cookies next month.

Stevia & fibre blend promises to slash sugar by 100% with no loss in taste or bulk

Food tech start-up Unavoo has launched a natural, stevia- and prebiotic fibre-based sweetener that can replace sugar like-for-like in dairy, bakery and beverage products.

Giract’s flavour research winners bodes well for future EU taste innovation

The winners of a Europe-wide programme designed to promote innovative flavour research across universities and research institutes have been announced. 

EU lawmakers to discuss companies selling poorer quality food in Eastern Europe

The EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council will discuss the issue of dual quality foods next week as Slovakia and Hungary push for EU legislation to prevent manufacturers selling poorer quality products in Eastern countries of the single market bloc.

Water emulsions can achieve up to 20% fat reduction

By swapping fat particles for water or air, manufacturers have achieved up to 20% fat reductions in chocolate and cheese - but the technology can be applied to almost any water-in-fat suspensions, according to emulsion experts Micropore.

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Unilever rejects $143bn Kraft-Heinz mega-merger bid

Dutch-Anglo food giant Unilever has rejected a $143bn (€134bn) merger proposal from US company Kraft Heinz as being too low.

Titanium dioxide may interfere in digestive processes: Study

Titanium dioxide, a common food colouring used in sweets and chewing gum may affect the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients and protect against harmful pathogens, a study has determined.

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MEP urges Commission to tighten up laws on misleading labels

The use of misleading images of blood oranges on coloured orange juice cartons has been called into question by Giovanni La Via, MEP, saying it is “not fair for the consumers”.

Vegetable juice in a traditional pastry? French consumer group slams industry's 'marketing jargon'

The value of terms such as home-made, artisan and traditional has been lost to clean label jargon and marketing, says French consumer group Que Choisir. Is it time for a legally-binding EU definition?

Frutarom acquires South African flavour firm Unique Flavors

Israeli flavour firm Frutarom has acquired South African supplier Unique Flavors as it edges towards its recently-set target of hitting sales of $2 billion (€1.9bn) by 2020.

Spanish supplier Indukern talks growth strategy for 2017

Indukern is intent on expanding in 2017 with ingredient launches from its recent research and development (R&D) laboratory in Barcelona and the latest acquisition of Mexican firm Cytecsa. 

Smarter than a sweetener? Flavour modifier matches sugar's mouthfeel & sweetness

OmegaSweet is a natural, flavour-modifying ingredient that not only replaces sugar's sweetness but mimics its mouthfeel in beverages - a smarter way to reduce sugar ahead of the UK's sugar tax, says the company behind it, Omega Ingredients.

East meets West is best: Middle Eastern flavours gain popularity

Middle Eastern flavours are gaining popularity in unexpected European food categories, such as ice cream and cheesecake, as they tap into the demand for both floral flavours and modern twists on traditional recipes.

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