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Germany aims to boost land switch for organic farming

Despite strong growth in the German organic sector, there is little switching to organic cultivation by domestic farmers – something that the German government is now aiming to change.

Many still oblivious to obesity threats

People around the world significantly underestimate the health impact of obesity, but do support interventions to prevent it, according to two new surveys.

Dispatches from Canadean International Beer Strategies, Amsterdam

Are you Twitter ready? Social media strategies must add value, says Twitter guru

Social media strategies need to refrain from insistently pushing brands; but instead add value for consumers, explains Ashley Vinson, head of brand strategy Benelux, Twitter. 

Dispatches from Vitafoods, Geneva

Tree-mendous: NPD boom in plant waters, with 'natural' and 'no preservatives' leading health claims

Plant waters such as aloe, birch, artichoke, maple, cactus, and almond water are starting to challenge coconut water’s pedestal, with NPD in this emerging category booming, according to Innova Market...

Flexitarians fuel innovation in vegetarian food

Vegetarians are enjoying a wide range of packaged food– but it's their flexitarian friends who are fuelling innovation in the taste and texture of plant-based meat alternatives.

Evolva meets third milestone in Roquette collaboration

Swiss fermentation specialist Evolva Holding SA has reached a third milestone in its collaboration with Roquette Frères SA, triggering a payment of “several hundreds of thousands of Swiss Francs” to...

Brand rivalry deepens in post-crisis Europe

Own-brands have enjoyed a boom in crisis-hit Europe, winning new consumers with both price and quality – but big brands are resorting to aggressive pricing and promotions to win back their...

Does Germany’s rapid Fairtrade growth make it the most dynamic global market?

The German Fairtrade market is the most dynamic globally, as growth in certified products spiked by more than a quarter in the past year, says TransFair chief Dieter Overath.

Cargill eyes sustainable seaweed for carrageenan range

Cargill has introduced a new range of carrageenans for drinks makers in order to improve the sustainability of their sourcing.

Save Food: Nestlé pledges to help the world tackle food loss and waste

The world’s biggest food firm, Nestlé, has put reducing food waste firmly on its agenda, announcing plans to help further prevent the issue of food losses and waste around the...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

It’s getting juicy in the functional beverage aisle: Juices see success with healthy and natural positioning

Functional beverages are now less about fortification, and more about honing in on the natural health benefits of their ingredients, according to Innova Market Insights.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

Who made my tea? Stories help brands reach savvy millennials

Millennials do not succumb to the ‘wooing’ of big brands; rather, they are looking for a niche brand with a story, alongside the chance to engage with other consumers, according...

Meat products top Food Fraud Network activity report

Meat products were the category of foodstuffs for the majority of exchanges through a European network that monitors food fraud.

Nuts: A ‘five-a-day’ food?

The Nut Association has filed a paper to Public Health England in the UK calling for nuts to be included in the country’s five-a-day fruit and vegetable recommendations.

Food prices ‘drive’ obesity epidemic

The price of vegetables has risen by a whopping 199% in the past 30 years in the UK while the cost of an ice cream has fallen by 50%, driving...

FAO: Global food import costs to hit five-year low

Global food import costs are set to reach their lowest level in five years during 2015, even as volumes remain the same or rise slightly, according to the Food and...

The key quotes from social media

Vitafoods 2015: Tweet by tweet

Our team of journalists and editors will be bringing you the latest news, views, pictures and tweets from the Vitafoods show in Geneva. Stick with us to keep up to date...

Investment to tackle organic ‘price barrier’

Price is arguably the biggest barrier the organic market faces, says Mintel – but retailers are coming up with ways to make organic foods accessible to a wider audience.

Disptaches from Vitafoods Europe 2015

Start-ups stake vital claim to nutrition leadership at Vitafoods

Experts at Vitafoods Europe say the true age of the start-up is upon us as markets fragment and larger players are caught behind the innovation curve.

Organic NPD vital to survive mainstream 'healthification'

The organic sector has cultivated a culture of ethical awareness among consumers that conventional manufacturers are now cashing in on – and new product development is vital for the sector...

Organic breaks social class barriers

With working class households making up nearly one third of sales, organic is no longer a middle-class preserve - and some say it is even fueling Britain's 'foodie' culture.

Salt set to be next ‘bad boy’ ingredient in children’s food

Manufacturers should act now to reduce salt content in foods intended for children – or risk criticism in the near future, says a Euromonitor analyst.

What does 170-year-old Champagne taste like? ‘Spicy, smoky – with fruity and floral notes’

Champagne salvaged from a Finnish shipwreck can offer winemakers new insights into wine conservation, according to researchers. 

Can organic feed the world?

Organic crops generally have lower yields than conventional crops – but that’s not the only way to measure their potential to feed the world.

Nestlé wades into debate on rapid and conventional microbiological methods

Nestlé is one of the keynote speakers wading into the debate about ‘what’s new’ in traditional and rapid methods for food-orientated microorganisms.