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Heat-resistant beans are 'front-line defence' to global warming

Thirty varieties of heat resistant beans will be able to survive rising temperatures and keep feeding millions, say scientists.

Study: UK dietary food guidelines could cut heart attack risk

Following the UK dietary guidelines could reduce the risk of heart attacks in middle-aged and older men and women by up to 30%=, say researchers.

Heinz Kraft merger: Synergies and cost cutting

The super-merger of Heinz and Kraft is less about synergies and more about cutting costs, analysts have said.

Low salt food does not trigger compensation behaviour, says study

Reducing the salt content of food does not trigger compensation behaviours in consumers, research has found.

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Food Vision Big Debates: Ethical eruptions, technological disruptions, challenged assumptions

Big Food needs to care more; start-ups can’t feed a planet housing 9bn people in 2050; and genuine disruptive technologies are spawning and spinning faster than flapping butterfly wings…So, er, stay calm and keep making (hopefully healthy) food.

Primal Pantry founder: 'You can't protect your product. You can only protect your brand'

When launching a new product, don’t underestimate the power of good design – and make sure you trademark everywhere, says Suzie Walker, founder of The Primal Pantry.

Frugal innovation: Downsizing from exotic superfoods... to lentils

Adding an exotic ‘superfood’ ingredient gives fresh appeal to a well-established product – and manufacturers don’t have to look far for the latest one as analysts say that post-recession consumers want local, simple ingredients.

From soda bans to nutrient labelling: What really helps reduce obesity?

Trans-fat bans, and limiting the availability of sugary and fatty foods are the best ways to battle obesity, while nutrition information fails to deliver benefits, says a new review of anti-obesity policies.

Akuō founder: Innovation is just technical novelty unless consumers see value

Creating a successful new soft drink has more to do with connecting with consumers than its taste or nutritional profile, says co-founder of Akuō – Drink to Think Lukas von Grebmer.

Barentz reveals expansion plans after gaining added funds

On the back of a deal with a ‘strong’ equity partner, Barentz International will use the additional funds to accelerate growth in its key markets in Europe, India, China and Asia Pacific, it said.

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How retailers are working with suppliers to fight food waste

The close relationship between supply chain partners means they are well-placed to help each other tackle food waste, says Fintan Hastings, external affairs adviser at the British Retail Consortium.

Which protein can help weight loss but keep muscle?

Greater energy from whey protein means greater loss of fat but retention of muscle while dieting, according to research that looked at different protein sources. 

Academics challenge research that links diet soda to bigger waistlines

Academics have questioned a recent study that has attempted to establish a link between an increase in waistlines and the intake of diet soft drinks.

Last year was a breakthrough year for stevia, says PureCircle

Market demand for stevia last year increased PureCircle’s half-year sales by 24%, the company has said.

Low mycotoxin levels found in European cereals, EFSA

A study by the European Food Safety Authority of cereal grain and cereal products has found low levels of mycotoxin sterigmatocystin in most of the samples to be below proposed limits.

Health or ethics? Reason for vegan diet may affect health outcomes

The reason why people choose a vegan diet could have important implications for their health, according to a study published in Appetite.

Campaigners win case against Bayer over pesticide bee claims

Friends of the Earth Germany has said it will step up its fight to protect bees after German chemical giant Bayer CropScience failed to sue it in court for claiming that a pesticide manufactured by the company could harm bees.

UK government ‘not serious’ about improving nutrition, claims report

The British government has failed to tackle poor nutrition and diet, and should do more to take public health nutrition into consideration in every area of policy, says a report by the UK Coronary Prevention Group.

The end of stevia’s natural reign – or the beginning of a new one?

By producing stevia through fermentation and solvent-based extraction the industry risks losing its most promising natural sweetener - but this may create a new market for new niche stevia products, say analysts.

The end of stevia’s natural reign – or the beginning of a new one?

By producing stevia through fermentation and solvent-based extraction the industry risks losing its most promising natural sweetener - but this may create a new market for new niche stevia products, say analysts.

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