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EU project aims to slash food waste by 30% by 2025

A new EU-funded research project involving partners across the EU, as well as in China, will help reduce food waste by 30% by 2025, say those behind the project.

‘No success model’ for new protein ingredients

Novel protein ingredients face a difficult future with too many barriers to entry to make success likely – but there are brighter prospects for Quorn and some potential for insect protein in animal feed, says Giract.

Zooming into protein trends region by region

Protein has been topping the ‘hottest ingredient’ lists for a while now - but how does demand break down region by region?Has the sugar backlash...

EVOO and a Mediterranean diet cuts breast cancer risk, says study

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet with extra-virgin olive oil may lower the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new analysis of a trial in Spain.

Pilot scheme shows promise in ‘repurposing’ commercial food wastes

Repurposing food waste from retail and commercial suppliers could offer have significant beneficial outcomes for new food markets in addition to the environment, say researchers.

Lactating women should restrict flaxseed intake: Researchers

Flaxseed intake during lactation should be limited as it may change maternal adrenal function, research in rats has suggested. 

Up fibre intake to lower blood pressure: 2000-strong study

Higher intakes of fibre may contribute to lower blood pressure, say researchers.

Unilever wins right to say pro.activ cholesterol spread doesn't cause side effects

A German court has dismissed campaign group FoodWatch’s law suit against Unilever’s cholesterol-lowering spread pro.activ – but FoodWatch continues its assault by urging the European Commission to retract its novel food approval.

EU folate fortification failure caused 8,400 neural tube defects in 11 years

Europe is facing an “epidemic” of folic acid-preventable neural tube defects (NTD) spina bifida and anencephaly, researchers have said.

Stop counting calories and start promoting nutritional value, urge researchers

When it comes to cutting levels of obesity-related heart disease and death, it’s time to stop counting calories, and start to make simple changes that improve the nutritional value of diets, argue public health experts.

Give us clearer alcohol labels: drinkers

Nearly half of British drinkers want clearer labelling of alcohol contents, while one in five people in the over 65 age group who drink alcohol consume “unsafe” levels, according to new research.

Beyond malnutrition: Food security means food supply

Food security is not just about hunger and poverty – it must move into the mainstream as the challenge of feeding nine billion people comes into sharper focus, according to the European Commission.

Norwegians increasingly sceptical about organic

Norwegian strategies to up organic consumption are failing, say researchers. 

Sustainers and curtailers: Which type of sustainable foodie are you?

Sustainability isn't one size fits all. Some consumers buy sustainable products while others curb consumption of less sustainable foods, say researchers. 

Front-of-pack labels boost purchase intent – regardless of nutrition

Consumers are significantly more likely to buy foods that carry front-of-pack nutrition labels irrespective of their nutritional value, according to a study published in Public Health Nutrition.

Insect oil: Bugs aren’t just about protein

Is it time to look beyond insect protein to… insect oil? This is the next opportunity within edible bugs, says researcher.

Movement implies freshness – even for packaged food

Implied motion in food advertising – such as an image of juice being poured into a glass – may make food appear fresher and more appealing, according to a study published in Food Quality and Preference.

Lotus Bakeries takes majority slice of Nakd and Trek bar maker

Belgium-based Lotus Bakeries has seen its share price jump to a near 52-week high after it acquired two-thirds of UK-based snack firm Natural Balance Foods on Monday for about £60m (€85m).

Will fructose follow trans fats’ fate?

Mounting scientific evidence and a shift in public opinion could mean fructose is set to follow the same black-listed fate as trans fats, argues an analyst.

High fat diet in middle age could raise later malnutrition risk

A high energy intake from total fat, saturated fat and monounsaturated fat in middle and older age increases the risk of malnutrition ten years later, say Swedish researchers.

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