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Launching a baobab brand is about educating consumers and telling a story, says drink startup

Consumers need to be taught what the ‘unknown’ baobab fruit is, according to beverage newbie Matahi.

Financials

Nutrition profits jump 23% in mixed DuPont Q3 results

DuPont is reaping the benefit of its €5bn 2011 acquisition of Danish probiotics and enzymes giant Danisco, with its nutrition and health division showing 23% profit growth in a “sluggish” world market.

‘We want to democratise spirulina’, says blue water start-up

Start-up firm Springwave says it wants to bring spirulina to the masses with its blue bottled water.

Replace sat fat with linoleic acid to lower heart disease death risk, says review

Higher intakes of linoleic acid may lower the risk of coronary heart disease, according to Harvard review.

Should energy drinks be age-restricted like alcohol? WHO official asks in report

Energy drink consumption among young people, particularly in connection with alcohol, presents a significant public health concern that warrants further research and regulation, according to a report authored by World Health Organisation (WHO) officials.

dispatches from sial 2014

Veggie NPD isn’t about recreating meat but demonstrating an alternative, says Italian firm

Vegetarian products should be about showing vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike that there are tasty alternatives to meat protein, says one Italian food firm.

Ladislav Miko tipped as acting SANCO head, following chief resignation

The position of head of the directorate general for health and consumers (DG SANCO) will likely pass to Czech environmental politician Ladislav Miko following the resignation of Paola Testori Coggi, according to the European Commission.

Unilever reports lowest quarterly growth in five years

Unilever share prices fell 3% in morning trading after the company reported its lowest quarterly growth in nearly five years.

Sugar free gum may inhibit gingivitis, say researchers

Xylitol and maltitol-sweetened chewing gum may inhibit gingivitis, but consumers won't get additional benefits if they already brush their teeth regularly, according to a study.

Nutrition and health drive success for Chr Hansen

Strong growth in nutrition and health has helped Chr Hansen to strong full-year results that match the expectations for the year, says the firm.

Australia

Forget five: Eight fruit, veggie portions a day makes people happier

Fruit and vegetables have been identified as a vital key to mental well-being by researchers in Queensland, challenging nutritional recommendations around the world.

Comment

Is the tide turning on hunger this World Food Day?

The number of hungry people in the world fell by more than 100 million over the last decade – so is this World Food Day a time to rejoice?

Med diet may reverse metabolic syndrome – but not prevent it

A Mediterranean diet that includes extra-virgin olive oil or nuts may help to reverse symptoms of metabolic syndrome, but cannot be linked to prevention of developing the condition, a long-term study claims.

Novel food proposals

Does 'history of safe consumption' mean foods are safe?

Proposals to create a separate process for novel food approval from countries outside of the EU will not see the market flooded with unsafe foods, a European Commission official told a concerned audience at a European Parliament workshop.

Price gap between ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ foods is growing wider

The gap in price between cheaper unhealthy foods and more expensive but healthier options has grown significantly wider over the last ten years, say researchers.

UK's traffic light label is 'negative', says Commission

The UK’s traffic light label has incited more objections than the Nordic keyhole system because the former is more negative in its nutrition guidance, says the European Commission.

Nestlé CEO: ‘We have more headwinds; we just have to wake up half an hour earlier’

Tough markets and cautious optimism were among the main themes in presentations from the biggest food and consumer goods companies in Europe last month, according to investment analysis firm Sanford C. Bernstein.

FoodNavigator 2015: What’s on our editorial calendar?

From developments in fats and flavours, to the latest trends in fighting obesity, food for kids, and protein, FoodNavigator's special editions calendar for 2015 spans the hottest topics for the European food and drink industry.

Commission opens infraction proceedings against UK’s 'traffic light' label

The European Commission has formally opened infraction proceedings against the UK for its 'traffic light' food labelling system, giving the state two months to defend itself against business complaints.

Vegetarian product launches double in five years

Vegetarian and vegan product launches have doubled over the past five years, according to new research from Mintel.

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