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Solina strengthens Eastern European hub with Romanian acquisition

French supplier Solina will acquire the Romanian functional ingredients firm Supremia in what it says is a major step to creating a regional hub in Eastern Europe.

Researchers create gluten-free bread with bubbles (but without the additives)

Researchers have developed gluten-free bread with the same fluffy, bubble texture as wheat bread - without using any additives or gums - simply by using rice flour that has been milled and processed in a specific way.

Scotland's sustainable circle: CuanTec trials seafood packaging made from seafood waste

Eco-friendly plastic for seafood made from...seafood. Scottish start-up CuanTec's chitosan-based plastic made from langoustine shells uses inedible seafood parts, replaces petro-chemical plastic and even cuts out the need for preservatives. 

'This is the largest emotional dataset linked to real business outcomes in existence'

Facial expressions show Mars the adverts that will drive sales

It’s a claim that will raise a few eyebrows: researchers working for Mars can identify with 75% accuracy whether or not an advert will deliver a big sales uplift by studying facial expressions.

Finnish food tech firm bags first prize for innovative ingredient sensor

Finnish food tech firm Spectral Engines has scooped up first prize in an EU competition for its food sensor that analyses ingredients, nutrients and detects allergens.

Baobab could be the next big thing in gluten- and grain-free baking: Mintel

Baobab fruit powder is about to make the jump from superfood smoothie staple to gluten- and grain-free free baking ingredient, according to Mintel.

Growth in deforestation commitments hides transparency issues

The number of manufacturers using one of the four key commodities linked to deforestation has increased from 67% to 71%, but a worrying number of targets have been missed or forgotten, according to a new report.

Invented brand name Toscoro too similar to protected Toscano, EU rules

A French firm has lost the right to sell its range of condiments under the brand name Toscoro after the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) ruled it resembled too closely the protected geographical indication (PGI) Toscano.

CGF celebrates healthy reformulation of 180,000 products in 2016

Manufacturers made over 180,000 consumer goods products healthier in 2016 by reducing salt and sugar or adding whole grain and vitamins, according to a report by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF).

The tint, taste and texture of food: What matters to older consumers?

As the population ages, modifications to the flavour, texture and colour of food for the elderly have become a key focus area for food manufacturers eager to cater to the specific needs of this demographic.

Natural flavours and colours can reassure health-conscious parents

Industry used to shy away from scrutiny towards ingredients lists, but by choosing the right colour or flavour firms can add value to products and reassure consumers, according to colouring food supplier GNT and kids' food brand Appy Kids Co. 

Plant Meat Matters: Unilever, Givaudan and Ingredion invest in vegetarian steak

Plant-based steak, with a taste and texture to rival the real thing, is one step closer to the market as Unilever, Givaudan and Ingredion join Wageningen researchers in the Plant Meat Matters consortium.

Organic is a single part of a sustainable food system, and only works in certain contexts: study

Organic may be less sustainable and less beneficial to consumer health than previously thought, according to new research.

French soy juice manufacturers launch voluntary quality standard

A new certification for French manufacturers of soy juice which will give consumers greater clarity in a confusing space, says Agrifood certifying body Afnor.

NPD Jan-Feb 2017: Spinach tortilla, coffee popcorn and Limoncello biscotti

 BakeryandSnacks tracks new product launches for the first two months of this year.

Eat 10 pieces of fruit and vegetables a day to live longer, say scientists

Eating 10 portions (800 g) of fruit and vegetables a day can greatly reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease and could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide, according to researchers.

Obesity-related pain eased by foods found in the Mediterranean diet: Study

Obesity-related joint discomfort may be eased by a diet that is high in anti-inflammatory foods such as fish, nuts and beans.

Trailblazers: Sustainable hummus, barista-style superfood tea & healthy noodles win innovation award

Hummus made from surplus vegetables, barista-style rooibos tea with superfoods and gluten-free noodles with a difference have won the Trailblazers contest hosted William Reed Business Media’s Food Vision event.

Predicted post-Brexit slump fails to materialise as UK organic market marches on

The UK organic market looks to be weathering any post-Brexit uncertainty as figures suggest the industry is in rude health, with consumer perception and reassurance at the heart of growth, according to the Soil Association.

Final push: Commission promotes CETA ahead of vote

As EU politicians prepare to vote on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada this week, the Commission has launched an interactive guide to show Europeans how it would boost trade and jobs without compromising food safety and quality.

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