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Teagasc spearhead new Irish sensory food network

A new sensory 'network of excellence' has been set up in Ireland in order to address the needs and gaps documented by the food industry in relation to sensory science.

Sugar scare triggers home baking decline, says Mintel

The number of UK consumers baking at home fell by 8% this year – a drop likely sparked by fears around sugar but one that could be remedied with stevia,...

I DON'T THINK COKE'S REVERSAL MEANS STEVIA HAS AN IMAGE PROBLEM': EUROMONITOR ANALYST

Coca-Cola Half Life? Zevia CEO predicts 'substantial damage' to Glaceau Vitaminwater after stevia U-turn

The CEO of soda brand Zevia insists Coke’s use of stevia in full-calorie Glaceau Vitaminwater has caused ‘substantial’ brand damage and says it raises questions over the future for mid-calorie...

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More caffeine in your Diet Coke? That's for the 'distinct flavor profile'

Coca-Cola Great Britain tells BeverageDaily.com that UK Diet Coke contains slightly more caffeine than the regular version to ensure the soda's 'distinct flavor profile' after a Sunday Times article criticized the brand...

Grant winners to share almost £2m for food industry research

Five applicants will share a grant of almost £2m to investigate challenges around the UK food system.

Food fight: Russia responds to EU and US sanctions with food import bans

Russia has responded to increased sanctions from the EU and US with by prohibiting certain foods entering the country, including bans on fruit and vegetables from Poland and poultry and...

Promoting flexitarianism is misleading - dietician

A leading dietician has rubbished claims backing consumers ditching meat from their diets for health and environmental reasons and becoming flexitarians.

Sime Darby could take over New Britain Palm Oil

A major stake in New Britain Palm Oil, which supplies UK manufacturers, is being targeted by Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby, part of the consortium that acquired Battersea Power Station.

Drug link would increase fruit and veg consumption

Millions of pounds could be made if the benefits of fruit and vegetables were marketed more like pharmaceutical drugs, one of the country’s leading dieticians has claimed in response to...

Secret salt: CASH slams salt levels in ‘healthy’ salads

Huge amounts of salt continue to be added to many restaurant, café and supermarket salads in the UK, according to a new survey by Consensus Action on Salt & Health...

Future of food: Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies

The effects of air pollution on the ozone, coupled with higher global temperatures could combine to reduce crop yields. However effects will vary by region, say researchers.

Protein: the bridge to fitness for the rest of us

We have become a nation of fitness and nutrition go-getters, as evidenced by the skyrocketing number of fitness and nutrition apps and the mainstreaming of the sports nutrition market. 

EDITOR'S COMMENT: JULY 2014

‘I ditched the Coca-Cola Life-style’: A millennial confession

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) boss John Brock insists people in the UK think Coca-Cola Life tastes just like standard Coke ahead of its September launch, but is this lack of differentiation...

Oxfam praises ‘bold’ climate change move from General Mills

Following a damning report published by Oxfam in May, General Mills has revamped its climate change plan; pledging to reveal global greenhouse gas emission targets by August 2015.

NineSigma client wants to deliver edible paste via squeezable container

Mystery food giant seeks help to develop novel ‘flowable food pastes’

A Fortune 500 food company is looking for a partner to help it develop squeezable 'flowable' pastes that don’t require consumers to use a knife to spread them, but still...

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Putin gets taster to check food for poison

Russian president Vladimir Putin employs a personal food taster to ensure his meals are not poisoned and the Queen hates shellfish, according to the chefs that prepare their food.

INFOGRAPHIC

€100m Irish organic market returns to form – but who’s buying and why?

The Irish organic food market has returned to retail value growth for the first time since 2010, but consumers may be driven more by negative perceptions of non-organic than positive...

‘New chapter’ in sourcing: Ritter controls supply chain with own cocoa plantation in Nicaragua

Ritter Sport has purchased land for a cocoa plantation in Nicaragua to eventually cover 30% of its cocoa needs and give it greater control of its supply.

#AskProfPost: Highlights from FoodNavigator twitter Q&A with lab grown meat pioneer

On Wednesday 23rd July FoodNavigator hosted a twitter Q&A session with Professor Mark Post, the pioneering researcher behind the first ever lab grown meat. Don't worry if you missed the...

Australia

Oz government should copy UK’s practice of sourcing local produce

Australia should follow Britain’s lead and put in place a plan to source government-procured food from local suppliers and producers, said AusVeg, the national peak industry body for Australian vegetable...

BEVERAGEDAILY BASEMENT TAPES: TYLER BALLIET, SECOND GLASS

'People don't throw chairs and break windows': Second Glass boss on starting US Wine Riots

Dubbed the 'Prince of Boston's Wine Revolution' by Stuff magazine, Second Glass founder Tyler Balliet tells us how to start a wine riot and his excitement about speaking at Wine...

Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Packaged bread innovation has been complicated by a consumer backlash on additives and carbohydrates, but manufacturers can still generate interest with healthy, artisan ingredients, says Mintel.

Lab grown meat Q&A: FoodNavigator twitter chat with 'test-tube burger' creator is today

FoodNavigator will host an interactive twitter Q&A session with the man behind the €250,000 lab grown burger, Professor Mark Post, today at 1pm BST / 2pm CET. What will you...

40% of Brits ready to try insects: Canadean report

Canadean asked 2000 UK consumers whether they would be willing to eat on bugs. 803 of them said they would try insects of which 127 said they would be interested...

Patent Watch

Wrigley discovers ‘pectin surprise’ for gelatin-free chewy candies

Wrigley has filed a patent to develop chewy confectionery products without animal-derived texturizing agents such as gelatin.