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Germany backs proposal for legal definition of vegetarian and vegan food

Germany has formally adopted a proposal for a legally binding definition of vegan and vegetarian food - but will it spur the Commission into finally drawing up an EU-wide definition or will it be another barrier to trade for EU manufacturers?

Young urban males keenest to experiment

Germans give insect food a definite ‘maybe’

More safety data is needed for insects as a food and feed source a symposium  organised by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has heard, with Germans more likely to accept them as a feed rather than food source. 

Iron giant: Nestlé aims to iron out discolouration in fortified foods

Alterations to pH, complexation of iron and binding other micronutrients could minimise undesired colour changes in fortified foods, say Nestlé researchers.

SPOTLIGHT ON START-UPS

How is Big Food harnessing start-up innovation?

Which food firms are top for scoping out innovative start-ups and harnessing the latest research projects? FoodNavigator takes a look at the different incubator, accelerator and partnering schemes used by industry heavyweights.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects Tate & Lyle polydextrose-defecation claim

The link between polydextrose consumption and maintenance or normal defecation is ‘weak’, EFSA has found in rejecting an article 13.5 submission from agrifood sugar giant Tate & Lyle.

Consumers crazy about coconut, but are they nuts?

Whilst sales data from market intelligence provider IRI shows that UK consumers can’t get enough of coconut products, a leading dietician brands coconut “an expensive con with no authorised health claims”.

Marketing sustainable soy: 'Invisible but important' or loud and proud?

By the end of 2017 one third of soy imported into Europe will be certified, says the Roundtable on Responsible Soy, but will consumers know it?

What’s hitting the shelves? Coffee & broccoli; coconut tea; and strawberry & cream gin

From the US to Scandinavia, and the UK to Australia, we take a look at some of the new products reaching beverage aisles across the globe this month. 

News in brief

Almost 75% believe German food is safe – BfR survey

Almost three quarters of survey respondents believe that food in Germany is safe but more than half are concerned about pesticide residue and microplastics in food and genetically modified foods, according to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

Ethical labels are worth €709 billion globally - so which one is best for your product?

Fairtrade in France but organic in Austria? Euromonitor analysed 26,000 products across the world to help manufacturers understand which ethical labels work best for their products, depending on the country, category and forecast growth rates.

'Food science has been 'corrupted by commercial influences,' slam authors

Government guidelines for low-fat diet 'disastrous' for health: report

Following a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, recommended by official UK guidelines, is based on "flawed science" that has had "disastrous" health consequences, according to a report by a UK health charity.

SPOTLIGHT ON START-UPS

Waste-zapping app looks for new retail partners

Helping retailers shift over 1.3 million products that would have been wasted otherwise is just the first step for French company, Zéro-Gâchis, which has set its sights on expanding to Spain, Belgium and beyond.

Serving suggestions play important role in consumer expectations and willingness to buy

Pack images that depict serving suggestions play a vital role in driving consumer expectations and ‘willingness to buy’, say researchers.

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer: WHO/FAO committee

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer to humans, says a report by a joint FAO and WHO committee on pesticides, but NGOs have questioned some of the scientists’ links to the chemical industry.

Greencore’s food-to-go strategy ‘is working well’

Greencore’s food-to-go strategy is working well, both at home and in the US, claims ceo Patrick Coveney, as the manufacturer posted half-year group revenue up by 7.5% to £691.6M.

The big issue: How can industry be part of the obesity solution?

Obesity and overweight rates continue to rise across the globe and although no country has managed to reverse the trend to date, all agree action is required. Join us for a free online event on May 25 where key issues will be up for debate.

Super growth for superfoods, but is the halo starting to slip?

Rates of ‘superfood’ new product development have tripled in the past five years, according to Mintel, but a nutrition expert warns that with no clear definition in existence, the allure of the ‘superfoods’ sell is starting to fade. 

News in brief

Vitafoods Europe: Geneva pulls nutrition levers

The NutraIngredients team will be at Vitafoods Europe in Geneva this week scouring the showfloor and conference halls for hot stories, engaging the industry and scrutinising the latest nutrition innovations.

Global food system ‘is not sustainable’

The world faces devastating climate change consequences, unless we radically alter our food system, a leading environmentalist has warned.

Healthier pack lunches needed to change kids' eating habits: Study

Children as young as 9 years old are receiving almost half of their daily energy requirements from "discretionary" or junk foods, research has discovered.

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