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Investors are demanding more focus on sustainability, says report

Analysis released today shows that nearly three-quarters of global companies see risks associated with sourcing commodities that are linked to deforestation.

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Boring bread? Ditch bland ads and bite into the revolution

Bread and milk have always been natural indicators for what is happening inside the average household. Both are reliable dietary staples and both have the ability to inspire passion and...

Food security must be a priority for African investment, says FAO

Food industry investment in developing African countries must lead to more sustainably produced, nutritious foods, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has said.

Global food price index shows signs of stability, says FAO

The FAO's monthly food price index was largely stable in October, as increasing prices for sugar and vegetable oil were offset by declines in dairy and meat.

DSM promises simpler way to make gluten-free beer

DSM has introduced enzymes for a simplified production of gluten-free beer, which tastes and looks like regular lager, the company has said.

Innova predicts top ten food trends for 2015

Innova says that transparency in labelling, new protein sources and a focus on texture are among the top trends to look out for next year.

Water challenges could restrict business growth, major companies predict

More than four-fifths of food and consumer goods companies say that water poses a fundamental risk to their business, according to a new report from CDP.

Food industry faces increased social media risk

Food companies face increased risks from social media because they still do not have developed policies for tools such as Twitter and Facebook, according to the law firm Roythornes.

Older consumers are not traditionalists when it comes to food: AZTI

Over half (53%) of elderly consumers are happy to try new foods, according to a study from the Spanish food research technology centre AZTI-Tecnalia.

Avoiding NPD failure through better communication

Listen to consumers – and each other – to improve new product market success, an EU-funded project has told researchers.

Insects could feed growing global appetite for protein, says Euromonitor

Euromonitor International is the latest organisation to back the potential of insects to help meet growing global demand for protein.

What is palm oil’s economic impact in Europe?

The palm oil sector makes a clear contribution to the economies of producer countries – but it also contributes to the economy in importing markets, according to a new report.

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.

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KP Snacks targets value with £1 price-marked nuts

KP Snacks has launched £1 price-marked nuts across its four top-selling flavors to try and drive sales in convenience stores.

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.

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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. 

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