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Certification to assure soy-free sunflower lecithin

Cert ID Europe has introduced a certification programme to confirm that sunflower lecithin does not contain traces of soy.

Lower oil price to have ‘limited’ impact on food industry: Rabobank

Lower oil prices may affect retail food prices in the long run, but they are unlikely to have a large effect on the food industry, says a new analysis from...

Sector not absolved by childhood obesity slowdown

A slowdown in childhood obesity growth rates does not absolve the food and drink industry from blame, despite its efforts to reduce the fat, sugar and salt (FSS) content of...

Ingredion rolls out quillaja-derived foaming ingredient across Europe

Ingredion has introduced its natural foaming agent for non-alcoholic beverages, fruit syrups and cordials derived from Quillaja saponaria (the soapbark tree) to the European market.

Food Vision 2015 programme unveiled

The Food Vision 2015 programme centres on the theme of responsible innovation, and includes parallel sessions on food and nutrition for the first time.

Not so sweet: ‘Surprising’ sugar spike in UK breakfast cereals, mostly in own label

Sugar content has risen in a fifth of UK ready-to-eat breakfast cereals since 2012 with the largest spikes coming from retail own brands, finds Action on Sugar research....

Waitrose executive chef: ‘How do we get to a place where we are cooking and not manufacturing?’

No one wants their food to be ‘manufactured’ – and unsurprisingly that’s a challenge for those in the food manufacturing business, says Waitrose executive development chef Jonathan Moore.

Nestlé CEO: Business should not lead the social agenda

Business plays a crucial role in meeting sustainable development goals – but it should not lead the social agenda, according to Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, speaking at the World Economic...

Does the edible bugs trend have the legs to succeed?

Not a week goes by without media headlines talking about the potential of insects to help feed the world. But where does that potential really lie?

Food and drink M&A hits record level in 2014

Food and drink sector mergers and acquisitions reached a record level in 2014, according to specialist consultancy Zenith International.

Corporate social media: ‘Don’t be afraid to take your hands off the wheel’

Social media engagement is a fact of business for nearly all food companies, but many are still getting to grips with how to use it, according to social media expert...

Productivity may have peaked for many food crops, researchers warn

The days of assuming that natural resources can be interchanged when one comes under pressure may be over, according to new research warning that ‘renewable’ does not always mean ‘unlimited’.

Changing diets: Plant protein sustainability crucial for food security

Meeting demand for sustainable plant-based protein is set to be a key challenge for future food security, according to a new report.

Food waste – the other side of the food security conversation?

It is not about judging companies on waste but joining the dots between businesses with surplus food and charities in need of donations, according to UK charity Plan Zheroes.

Arla Foods enters UK yoghurt category with high-protein quark launch

Arla Foods has entered the UK yoghurt category with Arla Protein - a high-protein quark product Finnish consumers will be familiar with.

Durum shortage drives German firm to find pasta alternatives

Massive predicted durum wheat losses have driven German firm to research alternative formulation options for pasta manufacturers.

Q4 cocoa grind analysis

Recoiling at chocolate price hikes? Cocoa grind slumps in developed markets

Weak fourth quarter cocoa grinds in developed markets suggest that consumers have reacted negatively to wholesale chocolate price hikes from the major brands, according to an analyst.

Fairtrade, organic, low air miles: What does sustainability really mean?

European food companies increasingly are using exotic fruits like dried mango, papaya and pineapple to differentiate their products in a crowded marketplace – but at what cost to local farmers...

China second largest export market for Irish dairy: Bord Bia

Infant formula-hungry China is now the second largest export market for Irish dairy, according to Bord Bia (Irish Food Board).  

What are industry’s science and technology needs?

Food fraud, healthy diets and sustainability are among the issues needing innovation in science and technology, according to a major survey from Campden BRI.

Meat without murder: How commercially viable is lab-grown meat?

Lab-grown meat could solve many of the world’s environmental problems, says the co-founder of an Israeli non-profit organisation studying the feasibility of mass-produced cultured chicken meat.

The start-up era? Curious consumers and online shoppers help, says Mintel

The start-up explosion in bakery, cereal and snacks will continue as online shopping booms and consumers seek out the extraordinary, says Mintel.

Sugar disquiet to hurt Europe’s candy market

The European sugar confectionery market is forecast to decline in the next few years as regulators and consumers consider the impact of sugar on public health, according to a report...

Food prices slump after stability: FAO

The FAO monthly food price index dipped once more in December, after three months of relative stability.

Rabobank: Lower sugar prices set to continue in 2015

Global sugar prices are likely to remain low in 2015 as production looks set to continue at a similar level, according to Rabobank’s Q4 sugar report.