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Genetic alterations stops obesity onset in mice, study shows

Tinkering about with the genetic make-up of female mice can stop them gaining weight despite being fed on a high-fat diet, a study has demonstrated.

Special edition: Protein perspectives

No fish left behind: EU discard policy floats interest in novel protein sources

EU policy on fishing waste has helped incentivise efforts to turn discarded species into novel sources of protein and other nutraceutical ingredients.

DISPATCHES FROM FOOD VISION 2016

What does it take to give a niche ingredient superfood staying power? A re-think of the supply chain

What does it take to give a niche ingredient sustained consumer demand rather than a brief moment of superfood fame? A radical re-think of how you control the supply chain can help. FoodNavigator spoke to two companies that are doing just that.

Dispatches from Food Vision 2016

GreenOnyx on home-brewed mission to serve ‘missing nutrition’

How do you ensure nutrients are fresh? How about growing them in a ‘superfood machine’ in your kitchen? US start-up GreenOnyx has the technology, an Asian micro-vegetable called khai-nam and is set for launch on both sides of the Atlantic.

Stevia’s star keeps rising: Mintel

The use of stevia in non-alcoholic beverage launches increased 487% between 2011 and 2015, according to figures from Mintel, with carbonates and RTD iced tea in particular turning to the natural sweetener. 

Danone ‘tinkers’ with company culture to innovate

In a keynote speech at World Food Innovate this week, Danone’s Christophe Perthuisot gave a revealing insight into how the company’s Friday afternoons are devoted to idea generation, where innovative concepts are explored and developed into a sustainable product pipeline.

myfood24 – the online tool helping researchers get teenage kicks?

An online method of collecting diet data could help unlock intake information for teenagers, a group often neglected in government policy, say UK researchers.

EU healthy eating funding discriminates against plant proteins: ENSA

The EU is discriminating against soy and plant-based proteins that are nutritionally similar – or even healthier – than the sugary dairy products it has pledged to subsidise, says the European Natural Soy and Plant-Based Foods Manufacturers Association (ENSA).  

France to vote on palm oil tax

A tax on palm oil destined for food could be on the cards in France as the government votes on its Biodiversity Bill this week.

FARE: "It is just shockingly absurd!"

EU court answers the ‘burning question’: Yes, the claims regulation can be applied to B2B

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) says the nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) could be applied to “commercial communications” intended for professionals but with the goal of indirectly reaching consumers.

Dispatches from Food Vision 2016

When Jorg met Jane: Nestlé talks PPP public health gain with an NGO insider

Private public partnerships (PPPs) are the best way to tackle the world’s public health issues with food and nutrition, but only if strict rules are in place to guard against exploitation.

Naturex calls on start-ups for ingredient innovation partnerships

Naturex is calling on innovative start-ups with fresh ideas on plant-based ingredients, green technologies and novel farming processes to collaborate with it thorugh Ingenium, its open innovation accelerator scheme.

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An ‘ode’ to eating: Stimulating appetite among dependent older people

Manufacturers and suppliers have a role to play in helping elderly people enjoy a sensory connection with food, says the co-founder of Ode, a device which stimulates appetite through the use of fragrance.

Dispatches from Food Vision 2016

Start-ups are inventing the future & big business needs to partner now: Unilever Foundry creator

Start-ups are changing the food industry from trailblazing new ideas to providing new growth models, and both big businesses and small start-ups need to collaborate to innovate. The benefits are mutual, says Jeremy Basset, founder of Unilever’s incubator scheme.

EU regulators debate future of glyphosate

EU regulators are today debating whether to extend approval for Monsanto's controversial pesticide glyphosate.

Awareness of state organic logo is 100%, says Danish government

Danish demand for organic food is booming and awareness of the state-controlled logo has never been higher, according to a recent survey.

Introduce allergic-inducing foods to infants to build up tolerance, study believes

Introducing a broader range of foods at an early age may help infants that were breast-fed to build up tolerance to common food allergens such as peanut or egg, a British study has concluded.

Could a novel UV technology help battle vitamin D deficiency?

With the spotlight on vitamin D in many European countries, one company says its recently approved novel UV milk treatment could be a way to tackle deficiency. 

France needs to boost algae production

France should ramp up its algae production to meet booming local demand for algae foods and nutrients, according to a report.

A look at the top product launches in Germany, Europe's 'innovation testing ground'

Not only is Germany the front-runner for innovative food and drink launches, it is also Europe's testing ground for trendsetting companies looking for a receptive market. Mintel market analyst explains why.

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