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UK obesity soars as government inaction 'disappoints' campaigners and industry

Levels of obesity in the UK have almost doubled since the early 1990s, with 58% of women and 65% of men overweight or obese. Obesity-related hospital admissions for children have...

Foodex 2016

Antibacterial bag wins Foodex Best New Idea

An antibacterial Bag for Life – designed to prevent food infections from most common types of bacteria – won the Best New Idea award at the trade event Foodex 2016.

UK businesses ‘stable’ but skills shortage fears growing

Business conditions for UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) stabilised over the past quarter but the looming skills shortage is still cause for concern, warns the latest Confederation of...

Foodex 2016

Manufacturing spending ‘hit by EU referendum uncertainty’

Many manufacturing business leaders are delaying investment until after the EU referendum on June 23, according to TV business broadcaster Steph McGovern.

Confectionery packaging declines 1% to reach 12.8 billion units in 2015

Confectionery Packaging has declined 1% in the UK to reach 12.8 billion units in 2015, according to Euromonitor.

Food & drink expo

Video: Snacking can be a force for good, says Campden BRI nutrition specialist

Food developers, manufacturers and ingredients suppliers gathered in Birmingham, UK, last month for a seminar on tackling production challenges in the snack industry.

Spotlight on start-ups

Clean-label products are not always uniform - that's a selling-point, says fruit foam start-up

Using exclusively clean label ingredients can sometimes mean products are not always 100% standardised. But for French start-up Woos fruit foams this is a key selling point. 

UK Allergy Awareness week 25 April - 1 May

Food allergies: Analytical deficiency, labelling ‘muddle’ and access to testing

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp are part of a coalition which has called for equal access to allergy testing.

Kerry Group reports growth in business volumes

Kerry Group has posted a 2.9% growth in business volumes, driven by its Taste & nutrition and Consumer food divisions in first quarter results, thanks partly to its children’s snack product...

Just Bee taps into sugar backlash with honey-sweetened water

Honey ticks all the boxes: it's natural, tastes great and is sweeter than sugar, according to UK honey water company Just Bee, which says it could soon become the sweetener of...

Nichols plans relaunch of sugar-free drinks range

Nichols announced a relaunch of its sugar-free brands this summer, following the news of the tax on sugary drinks, and predicted earnings would be in line with expectations.

Feature

Spotlight on Start Ups: Personal and product development

The Natural & Organic Products show in London was an opportunity to showcase the best of the natural and organic industry. 

Rich list

Food and drink industry Rich List – in pictures

Business leaders from Associated British Food, Heineken, Morrisons, Sainsbury and 2 Sisters all earned a place on The Sunday Times Rich List 2016.

Our stool frequency claim may not be sexy – but it adds credibility to empty slogans: BENEO

A survey of over 1,000 consumers in the UK and Spain has helped German ingredients giant BENEO join the dots between its EFSA-approved stool frequency health claim on paper and...

Spotlight on start-ups: 'Made in Africa' chocolate, food waste fruit jerky and umami butter

FoodNavigator will be starting a weekly feature ‘Spotlight on Start-ups’ where we interview some of the most innovative food start-ups operating in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Here we...

Guest article

Leaders ripping apart the black box

It’s hard to care when you don’t know the real supply chain picture, argues Scandinavia-based analyst Virpi Varjonen in this guest article.

UK cheese exporter Somerdale wins Queen's Award

UK cheese exporter Somerdale International has been given the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.  

Mondelēz revives iconic Roses brand switching to tear-off wrappers

Mondelēz has revived its iconic Cadbury Roses brand as part of a £3m ($4.3m) campaign to redesign the chocolates, its packaging, and switching to tear-off wrappers.

Coke Zero relaunches to ‘end sugar-free confusion’

Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB)is to improve and rebrand Coke Zero as Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, in an attempt to change the mix of its portfolio.

Italian agri-entrepreneurs cultivate kiss-friendly heritage garlic

Two Italian entrepreneurial farmers have launched KissinGarlic a mildly flavoured garlic that is easily digested and doesn't cause bad breath. But by cultivating a plant variety that was on the cusp...

Raw foods on the rise as clean-label consumers crave more

From snack bars to spreads, chocolate to cheese, the trend for raw ingredients in processed foods is spreading across Europe, says Mintel, as consumer attention goes beyond the ingredient list...

Irish delegation promoting dairy in Iran

Bord Bia; the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; and 17 Irish food companies are visiting Iran on a trade mission - the first from Ireland since international sanctions...

Seaweed market boosted by NPD surge

Food and drink product launches with seaweed flavours, including kombu, nori, and wakame, grew by 147% in Europe between 2011 and 2015, according to latest figures.

London traffic hard to swallow for food delivery firms

Food and drink manufacturers will face “significant challenges” in making deliveries in the capital due to a “creaking” transport infrastructure, a new report has warned.

Guest article

What's the future direction for sustainable sourcing?

Sustainable sourcing has become fashionable in the food industry, with a growing number of companies making such commitments. However, the increasing number of sustainability schemes raises questions about long-term developments.