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Plant protein and health-enhancing fat lead 2016 food trends

Protein from plants and health-enhancing fat are the two leading food trends of 2016, according to a new consumer insights report by Canadean.

Healthy food does not replace junk in kids’ diets: Study

Eating healthy food does not reduce the consumption of junk food among children according to researchers, who say there is no link between healthy and unhealthy food consumption.

European Parliament committee to vote on three objections

MEP urges rethink on ‘outrageous’ new formula marketing rules

A member of the European Parliament (MEP) has urged fellow politicians to support his objections to new rules on the marketing of baby foods, formulas and foods for special medical purposes in a vote today, which he says fails to safeguard the practice of breastfeeding.

Africa tops the trio of continents set for rise in food demand

Africa has the greatest potential for growth in food consumption over the next 25 years, according to a report, as the continent’s young demographic and lower-than-average calorie consumption provides huge export potential.

Food-based probiotic may inhibit pneumonia-causing bacterial growth

A probiotic found in foods such as yoghurt and miso soup has been found to inhibit the development of a pathogen that causes middle ear infections in children and pneumonia, a study has shown. 

Dispatches from FiE, Paris

Smart combinations: Juices blend fruit and vegetable ingredients for nutritional punch and flavor appeal

Vegetable ingredients may boost the nutritional content of beverages: but when it comes to taste, it’s the fruit flavor that continues to appeal to a mass audience.

Insect protein makes a jump to the gourmet aisle with Jimini's apéritif snacks

While most insect products focus on hiding the insect content by using flours, French start-up Entoma sells Jimini's whole, spiced insects as a gourmet apéritif snack – a gamble that has paid off as they featured in Mintel's most innovative food products of 2015.

Algae will be nutritional star of the century, sports nutrition formulator asserts

Catharine Arnston, founder of the brand Energybits, said she believes her company is the only sports nutrition formulator based solely on whole algae products.

Dispatches from FiE, Paris

Refreshment and nutrition drive demand for vegetable ingredients

Vegetable ingredients are winning favor with consumers who value them as a healthy part of their diet, but how will the category evolve in 2016 and beyond?

Private label trumps brands over negative feedback - but can brands afford to become complacent?

Retailers pledge to change misleading products as 13,000 Dutch consumers vote for the worst offender of 2015, but as branded manufacturers have remained silent experts warn they should not become complacent.

Date seed protein has food potential but may not be economically viable: Researchers

Scientists say protein from date seeds could used as an alternative to soy protein isolate or whey protein in foods, however commercial viability needs to be further assessed. 

Is food marketed as healthy inadvertently fuelling obesity?

People tend to overeat food marketed as healthy because they assume it is less filling but food companies can counter this by portraying food as 'nourishing' or 'wholesome' instead, researchers have found.

Frutarom invests €2.25m in algae start-up

Swiss-Israeli flavours and ingredients house Frutarom Industries has invested 10 million Israeli Shekel (€2.25m) for a 50% stake in the biotech start-up Algalo.

ASA ruling

Hare today, gone tomorrow: Nestlé boots Nesquik healthy bunny claims after UK challenge

Nesquik is no longer "a great start to the day" after the UK advertising authority ruled the product too high in sugar to bear health claims. 

Step away from the buffet: The recipe to eating a healthy festive dinner

It’s no secret that people eat more than usual during the festive season, but the buffet holds nutritional promise too. We visited a few...

Exclusive interview

DuPont nutrition & health chief: We want to work with start-ups

DuPont’s nutrition & health president, Matthias Heinzel, tells NutraIngredients his multi-billion euro division wants to speed product-to-market time and is “totally open” to working with start-ups in open collaboration.

What does COP21 mean for the food industry?

Et voilà – we have a global deal on carbon emissions. But what will be the impact of COP21 on food?

Special edition: Food for kids

Healthy NPD should be the starting point for kids' food

The ‘good for you’ trend in children’s food is growing, and small companies would do well to focus on healthy new product development in order to compete with big players who have the money to reformulate and rebrand, says one analyst.

Exclusive interview with FAO’s director for nutrition

The fat after the famine: Obesity the next challenge facing Africa, says FAO boss

After years of battling undernutrition, Africa is now facing an emerging threat of obesity and the two must be considered simultaneously, according to the director of nutrition at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).  

Companies sourcing Italian tomatoes urged: 'Make yourselves known'

Following revelations of gross exploitation of workers in the Italian tomato processing industry, the Ethical Trading Initiative is asking food manufacturers to map their supply chains - but Princes is the only one to come forward so far. 

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