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Nearly 70% of CEOs worldwide value sustainability

Nearly seven in ten CEOs worldwide see the value of sustainability but only two out of ten (21%) companies are leveraging the full potential of sustainability practices, says a report.

SPECIAL EDITION: 25 YEARS OF FUNCTIONAL FOODS

Companies need to address 'serious' health claim ignorance

With 93% of consumers saying they don’t trust product health claims, naturally functional foods have instant appeal – but if companies highlight the science and regulation behind claims all stand...

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Organic, renewable…and disruptive: Welcome to the third industrial revolution

We are entering a new economic paradigm based on clean energy and organic agriculture, says American economist and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin.

Is coconut vinegar the next big coconut ingredient?

The health halo associated with coconut ingredients could mean coconut vinegar is the next ‘it’ product in Europe -- though its nutritional benefits are to yet be verified.

Major retailers misjudged last-minute Easter egg demand, says IRI

UK supermarkets ran out of Easter egg stocks just ahead of the holiday, a misjudgement that cost about £5.2m ($7.7m) in sales, says IRI.

Eastern promise: The untapped health potential of Japanese cuisine

The Japanese diet can rival the Mediterranean diet for both health benefits and consumer pulling-power – with the added bonus of 'undiscovered' ingredients waiting to be developed by Western food manufacturers.

IFOAM: Organic must innovate to break out of niche status

Organic sales are growing but the sector remains niche with market share in single figures, says one industry group – but innovative practice and partnerships could change this.

Regulation squeezes digestive health NPD out of EU

The percentage of food and drink launches carrying digestive health claims has fallen from 2.4% in 2009 to 2.2% in 2014 in the EU, says Innova Market Insights.

French consumers seek healthier on-the-go foods

France may be notorious for its leisurely lunch breaks but less structured ways of eating are taking root, with a third of consumers saying they often eat on the run,...

Japan

Japan’s low carb consumption makes it lightest of all G8 nations

An analysis of the G8 nations has highlighted striking differences in calories and other macronutrients purchased from packaged food in these countries with Mediterranean and Japanese diets being the healthiest,...

Demand for ‘natural’ drives Europe’s food colouring growth

Growing demand for natural food colourings by manufacturers and consumers will continue to drive the Western European market in the near future, according to a new report by Future Market...

What does ‘responsible innovation’ really mean?

Many food firms talk about the need for ‘responsible innovation’, but what does this buzzword actually mean to the consumer and the industry?

Firing on all flavours: Treatt opens new beverage centre to develop future flavours

The scale of innovation in the beverage industry, coupled with consumers’ constant appetite for something new, is boosting the evolution of flavours, according to Treatt.

Nuts in spices scandal shows no signs of slowing down

Undeclared almond prompts recalls in EU countries

The nuts and spices contamination scandal is continuing to affect companies across Europe.

Manufacturers, consumers, retailers or government: Whose responsibility is gluten-free?

A gluten-free diet is the only possible treatment for those with coeliac disease – so whose responsibility is it to increase affordability, availability and awareness? FoodNavigator asked experts for their views....

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Cargill’s drones to begin testing in Indonesian oil palm plantations

Cargill is on track to make its goal of completely sustainable palm oil supply by 2020, the company has said in its second palm oil progress update, summing up the...

Move over fruit, it’s time for dairy! Yazoo sees yogurt smoothies soar as snackification strikes

FrieslandCampina’s milk drink and smoothie brand Yazoo is expanding availability of its on-the-go yogurt smoothies this month, seeing great potential for a ‘snack that provides sustenance.’

How has social media changed food marketing?

The rise of social media has led to a shift in the way consumers view food brands – and the way that food brands interact with their customers, according to...

“Bamboo Water can reach the amazing eco and health conscious movement on our planet”

Not just for pandas: Could Bamboo Water be the next ‘superdrink’?

Bamboo Water could harness the neglected nutritional properties of bamboo leaves to create a drink that is both healthy and ecologically sustainable, says the co-founder of Bamboo Beverages. 

Industry not meeting needs of coeliac sufferers, says analyst

Industry should be more pro-active in encouraging consumers to seek a diagnosis of coeliac disease before switching to a gluten-free diet, says Euromonitor contributing analyst Simone Baroke.

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FSAI launches e-learning resources for food industry

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has launched an online food safety training facility to provide free e-learning resources for food businesses.

Slump in sugar prices driving down overall food prices: FAO

A sharp drop in sugar prices is the main factor behind a fall in overall global food prices, says the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Is baby food creating fussy eaters?

Fostering children's willingness to try new flavours and foods has clear benefits for the food industry -  yet researchers say baby food manufacturers may be inadvertently creating picky eaters.

Hello Consumer, says Swedish agency

Sweden has launched a new nationwide information service to provide better guidance and information to its people on all consumer-related queries.

Improving foods works better than educating consumers, says expert

Reformulating foods to be healthier without telling consumers is a brilliant health policy, says Professor Graham MacGregor.