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UK organic sales growth recovery continues

Sales of organic products grew 3.6% in the UK last month – finally recovering in the past year after a five-year recessionary slump.

European sweetener success is skewed to the West

Europe accounts for around 23% of the global market for intense sweeteners, but this is largely biased towards western countries, according to Leatherhead.

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.

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Freedom Food to secure its own funding

Freedom Food’s new chief executive Jeremy Cooper will cut the farm assurance scheme’s financial links with its parent organisation the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)...

Around a third of consumers want high-fiber white bread, finds Sensus

UK consumers are interested in healthier baked goods high in fiber but low in sugar and calories, particularly high-fiber white bread, according to a survey.

‘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.

Rebel Kitchen celebrates Tesco listings in mission for healthy snacks

Start down with the kids: ‘It’s one of the best decisions we made as a brand’

Rebel Kitchen is launching its children’s coconut ‘mylks’ in Tesco this week, just 10 months after CEO and entrepreneur Tamara Arbib started the business.

Bunge commits to deforestation-free palm oil

Agribusiness giant Bunge is the latest multinational company to commit to deforestation-free palm oil supply – going beyond the requirements for RSPO membership.

Mobile apps ‘will take consumer awareness to the next level’, says Mintel

Consumers are exploring new ways of educating themselves about food and increasingly are using mobile apps to make well-informed choices, according to Mintel's 'Consumer Trends 2015' report.

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.

Emotional eating: How do the elderly feel about food?

The food industry is failing to tailor foods to the elderly – and recognising their various needs and wants could help companies develop more successful products, according to a new study.

Truffles: Can and should they become a mainstream ingredient for everyday products?

Truffles can be brought to a wider population without sacrificing their exclusive appeal, though price remains a factor, according to one supplier of truffles for crisps. 

‘Everything is possible in energy drinks: There’s no fear!’ WILD Flavors

Helene Möller, product manager for ingredients at WILD Flavors, tells BeverageDaily.com that energy drinks is the category with the most possibilities for innovation.

Down in 1 (or 2 or 3): Resealable energy drink newbie encourages ‘responsible’ consumption

Grenade Energy says it is taking a leaf out of the confectionery industry’s book by offering the option of controlled portion cans.

Natural sweeteners market continues to grow – but yet to reach full potential

The natural sweeteners market has continued to grow as consumers seek to cut both sugar and artificial sweeteners from their diets – but it still has a long way to...

‘Poor value’ perception shaking UK water enhancer sales, Canadean suggests

A Canadean survey of 2,000 UK consumers found that 41% think liquid water enhancers from the likes of Robinsons, Oasis and Vimto are too pricey, casting doubt on the category’s...

Cocktail Candy: We're not marketing to kids

Belgian firm Candy Pack says it understands why some people might be "touchy" about the idea of alcohol-themed confectionery, but insists it isn't targeting children for its Cocktail Candy range....

Food safety conference

Top food safety threat is antimicrobial resistance

Four threats, including antimicrobial resistance, and two opportunities will be some of the biggest influences on UK food safety in the years ahead, delegates heard at the Food Manufacture Group’s...

Isoglucose market still faces hurdles in Europe

European appetite for isoglucose is still uncertain – despite the impending end to quotas.

Food sector innovation is 'too cautious', says Rabobank

Innovation will be key for food and agribusiness (F&A) industry growth as food demand increases, according to a report from Rabobank.

Clean label trumps brands in Europe, says report

The ingredient list and a lack of additives or ‘artificial’ ingredients are the most important considerations for consumers when making a food purchase after price, says a new report on...

Nestlé, Kellogg accused of ‘chaotic’ approach to salt

Healthy eating campaigners have slammed Nestlé, Kellogg and other food firms for including varying amounts of salt in the same products depending on where they are sold.

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Rising stars of the wine world, share your Wine Vision!

With high-level conference Wine Vision fast approaching our sister publication Harpers Wine & Spirit is offering a Rising Star Grant to help rising industry stars attend the event.

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?

World Food Day: Big companies have their heads in the sand, says Food Tank

Big companies fail to address the challenges the food industry is facing, according to Food Tank director Danielle Nierenberg.