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Kids with poor diets score poorly on cognitive tests: Finnish researchers

The worse the diet quality of children, the worse they score on cognitive tests - especially boys, research finds.

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Sweden to take 2-day snapshot of kids’ diets

The Swedish Food Authority (NFA) will look at what 3,000 children eat and drink over two days as part of a study into the diets of the country's youth. 

Food neophobia: Toddlers reject new food smells

Male toddlers are put off by foods with unfamiliar smells, says a French study looking at the play between taste and odour.

Scotland to ban GM crops: ‘GM would damage our clean, green brand’

Genetically modified (GM) crops will not be allowed in Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has announced.

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Cargill buys Italian citrus pectin business

Cargill is to acquire the pectin operations of US firm FMC - a move it hopes will help it tap into demand for 'label-friendly' ingredients. 

special edition: protein

How much do you really know about protein?

Do you know which country consumes the most protein per capita? Which protein company has been causing a stir among feminist tweeters? How much protein the average adult should be getting a day? Take our quiz to find out if you really are a pro when it comes to protein. 

Special edition: Protein

Vegethletics: Are you running on plants?

The ‘no meat athlete’ movement is showing that animal protein isn’t the only track available to sportspeople – and in turn this is smashing old perceptions about what it is to be vegan and vegetarian, says the Vegan Society.


Protein: Maybe it’s not just about what’s trendy, but what’s needed

Protein is one of the hottest ingredients in food and nutrition currently, but maybe we should focus more attention on developing protein-rich products for those who actually need more protein.

Could Scottish seaweed be the next Scotch whisky?

The Scottish seaweed industry seems set to boom as the country's government prepares an expansion policy and company Mara Seaweed seeks over €700,000 to take its condiments global.

Which do you think is more filling – a Coke or a Mars bar?

While past research has suggested solid foods are more filling than beverages – consumers don’t always make this distinction, warn researchers. 

Food taxes and subsidies: A balanced approach needed, says review

Fiscal policies can form a valuable part of efforts to drive changes in dietary behaviours, but such policies must be balanced against each other, say researchers.

EU extends aid to food producers hit by Russian export ban

The European Commission has announced extended support measures for dairy and fruit and vegetable sectors hit by Russia’s ban on food imports from Europe.

School meals are a valuable tool against vitamin D deficiency: Danish researchers

Adding fish to school meals could boost children’s vitamin D levels in winter, research finds.

Wessanen CEO: ‘A food revolution in Europe is starting and we want to play a leading role’

Netherlands-based food group Wessanen says its strategy to divest 90% of its brands and focus on healthy, organic and sustainable products is working to create a stronger business.

Special Edition: Innovations in Delivery Systems

Fortified gel printed onto ready meals set for rapid global commercialization, says company

A new generation of restaurant quality ready meals targeting seniors is set for commercial launch this year, with a patented technology allowing fortified gels to be printed onto the food.

Top food companies to provide £3.7m for diet-related research

Fourteen leading UK food and drink companies have united to help fund six research projects that aim to tackle diet-related health problems.

Mid-calorie concept goes mainstream – and beyond drinks

Consumers and industry have embraced the mid-calorie concept in drinks and are starting to look at its relevance in other product categories, according to stevia supplier PureCircle.

Do-it-yourself NPD: How to scope out a market for free

What do coconut oil, single-serve coffee and raspberry ketone have in common? They are all best sellers on Amazon – and can help new product developers create the next trend-setting product.

What’s next for protein?

Meat and dairy consumption has fallen from favour in many European countries and consumers are increasingly on the lookout for foods and drinks high in plant-based protein, according to Mintel analysts.

Souring on sweet: How sugar health concerns are spurring sour flavours

Ongoing consumer concern about sugar consumption means some consumers are turning away from sweet tastes altogether, according to market research organisation Mintel.

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