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Innovation for today: Digital tech empowers industry to innovate

The use of mobile technologies and social media to connect with real consumers can help manufacturers gain better innovation insights for today and tomorrow, says Chris Cornyn.

FAO officials condemn unnecessary loss and waste of good food

Private and public sectors actions must take ‘coordinated and forceful’ actions to help to reduce supply chain waste and change consumer behaviours, say FAO officials.

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Celebrity chefs needed to sell food science to consumers

Food firms must woo celebrity chefs and other ‘foodies’ more to help consumers understand the industry’s use of science, including biotechnology and nanotechnology, experts from the sector have argued....

Cereal psychology: Mascot eye contact sparks consumer trust

Mascots on breakfast cereals that gaze directly into a consumer’s line of vision can spark trust; findings that researchers say could be used to fuel growth of better-for-you lines.

COMMODITY REPORTS: FAO

FAO: 2014 wheat production to drop amid record cereal trading

There are large supplies of cereal and record trade levels set for 2014, but world wheat production will drop by 2%, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

FAO: Ukraine-Russia tensions and poor weather lead to sharp rise in food prices

Unfavourable weather conditions in the Asia, Brazil and the US, coupled with increased political tension in the Black Sea region have led to a steep increase in world food prices,...

Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

No picnic: Is pea protein moving from the fringe to mainstream?

Pea protein may be moving in from the food and beverage fringes, however formulating with the fast-growing ingredient is 'no picnic' according to functional confectionery firm Carmit.

Foodex 2014

Foodex 2014 – video highlights

The consequences of the horsemeat crisis, filling the yawning skills gap, lean and green manufacturing and social media were just some of the topics tackled by the Food Manufacture Group...

Eating less meat and dairy key to UN emissions targets

Reducing meat and dairy consumption is crucial to bringing down agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and meeting UN climate change targets, according to new research.

Food labelling is 'confusing' and redundant without education

Consumers are baffled by ambiguous messages about healthy eating and need help to unravel the labelling conundrum, warns the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Live updates from Food Vision in Cannes

The key quotes: #FoodVision in tweets

Global food and drink industry leaders at the Food Vision event in Cannes are aiming to tackle the big issues and key topics directly affecting the future of the industry...

NPD insights: You must know what existing product your new one will replace

In a world where retail shelves are already overflowing with options, food manufacturers must already know which products consumers will be giving up before buying their new offering, says David...

Insights from IFT Wellness 2014

How should the industry tackle sugar reduction?

Attending a series of sessions on sugar reduction during the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 2014 Wellness conference, a few common themes kept resurfacing: that obesity remains a big problem,...

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Eastern Europe and Asia lead the way in fresh food consumption

Consumption of fresh food was strongest in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific in 2013, while the market for fresh food in Western Europe declined slightly, according...

Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

Doubling of pistachio harvest will increase nut’s use as an ingredient

Pistachios – most associated with snacking in the consumer’s mind – could be finding their way into many a food product as an ingredient over the next few years, says...

LIVE FROM ZENITH INFANT NUTRITION CONFERENCE

Infant formula sector can 'communicate...sufficiently' under WHO Code

It is not in the interests of major infant manufacturers, such as Nestlé or Danone, to purposely violate breast-milk substitute marketing regulations, last week's Zenith International Infant Nutrition Conference heard.

Private label growth: UK consumer data suggests private label trend is here to stay

Private label products have continued to grow in market share despite the UK economic recovery, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel that suggests the trend for own-brand goods may...

Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

Omega-3 content sets walnuts apart from other tree nuts

Now that the mania about fat in the diet is mostly over the story has become that some fats are good. And as far as fat-rich tree nuts go, the...

Pricier Swiss chocolate ‘holds its own’ in export markets

Switzerland’s chocolate industry grew sales in 2013 by increasing experts, in spite of the strength of the Swiss Franc against foreign currencies.

Dispatches from EU food manufacturing and safety summit

Food industry needs to build public trust again

The food industry needs to focus on building public trust back and supply chain integrity after recent incidents, according to the group head of manufacturing excellence at Premier Foods.

Call for UK-wide folic acid fortification

The government at Westminster is being urged to press ahead with mandatory fortification of bread and flour with folic acid across the UK in a bid to reduce neural tube...

All you need is love? Analysis of 50 years of hit songs yields tips for food advertisers

Researchers analysing 50 years worth of hit songs have identified 12 key themes that may help marketing professionals in the food industry craft advertisements that will better resonate with audiences.

News in brief

SOFHT launches student award

The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) has launched its 2014 Student Award to encourage students to choose a career in the food industry.

Special edition: Nuts, pulses & legumes

InHarvest: Legumes, pulses steal spotlight from animal protein

At the 2014 Research Chefs Association Conference & Culinology Expo, FoodNavigator-USA caught up with chef Michael Holleman, director of culinary development at artisan grain and legume supplier InHarvest, for a...

Animal feed industry gets a new website

A new website has been launched to supply breaking news for the global animal feed industry – a sector that was valued at $500 billion last year.

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