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Dispatches from IFT 2014

Gluten-free: A ‘perfect storm’ fueled by food skepticism and fad diets

Processed food skepticism and fad dieting played a big part in the gluten-free boom, says the research director of Packaged Facts.

Mariani Europe md predicts massive sales in dried fruit

US dried fruit firm Mariani will double its European business to £10M next year, before reaching up to £500M pounds in eight years, according to the company’s European md Glenn...

Food security report: DEFRA must take lead

Government must lead the genetically modified (GM) food debate and take a more co-ordinated approach to food security, with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) at the...

Replacing sat fats with polyunsaturated fats is ‘questionable’

Researchers have questioned the practice of replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, claiming that there is ‘much evidence’ that doing the opposite is more relevant.

Brands should eye up children’s gluten-free: Mintel

The market for gluten-free children’s food will be a big area for growth, predicts market research firm Mintel – but mainstream brands are yet to capitalize on the opportunity. 

Special edition: Oils & fats

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

If the cover of TIME magazine earlier this month (headline: Eat Butter) is anything to go by, it would seem that the conversation about fat, and saturated fat in particular,...

SACN REPORT: REACTION

Carbohydrate report: reaction in quotes

Public Health England will investigate taxing sugary drinks according to the paper it issued alongside the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s (SACN’s) draft report published today (June 26).

Border controls on EU fruit and veg protecting consumers

The system of controls at EU borders on fruit and vegetable imports from non-EU countries is protecting consumers from potential food safety risks, according to the European Commission

The death of kingsize? UK confectioners agree 250 calorie cap

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members including Mondelēz International have signed up to a 250 calorie cap on single-serve confectionery sold in the UK.

Origins

Could West Africa lose its cocoa crown?

ConfectioneryNews asks industry leaders if cocoa production will gradually move closer to the burgeoning chocolate markets of China and Brazil or whether West Africa will always be the king of...

IFT 2014: Tweet by tweet

Top food firms and international experts in food science and technology have come together in New Orleans, to showcase the latest science, tech and innovation in the industry. We bring...

What is cocoa child labor? ICI sorts the acceptable from the unacceptable

Chocolate companies must know what truly constitutes cocoa child labor to be able to tackle the issue, according to the International Cocoa Initiative, which has unveiled a new strategy to...

Brits moving to non-dairy pastures: Mintel report

There is a growing trend towards dairy alternatives in the UK, with volume sales of cow-milk alternatives such as soya, rice and buffalo milk up 155% between 2011 and 2013,...

How to win or lose on the functional foods market

Health matters but convenience matters more, according to a report that looked at why functional foods succeeded or failed in the market place.

Picking through ideas with Saatchi & Saatchi X on shopper behavior: Part II

Snacks: Too much health, not enough joy? Saatchi & Saatchi X says maybe…

Snacks have the power to drive positive emotional shopping behavior, but too much focus on health and a lack of in-store innovation could kill the joy factor, says the VP...

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Food allergies remain 'major' public health issue

Peanuts, wheat and egg are among several allergens that continue to be a global public health issue, and so industry must act with caution when developing allergen-free products, warns a...

Like father, like son: beverage brands adopt vertical marketing strategies

Euromonitor International has clocked an emerging beverage industry trend, whereby manufacturers of premium and healthy beverages are creating child oriented extensions of adult brands. The trend is gaining momentum as...

Yeast industry faces raw material challenges as sugar quota abolishment looms

It is vital that the yeast industry is not forgotten in European sugar and energy policies if Euro-firms are to remain competitive on an increasingly international stage, according to the...

Kellogg, Nestlé, Mondelēz et al. promise to stop certain kids' ads by 2018

Over 20 major food firms have signed up to health and wellness pledges on advertisement to children, consistent product information, open access to formulation policies and employee wellbeing as part...

News in brief

Obesity webinar backed by British Dietetic Association and Nutrition Society

The British Dietetics Association and the Nutrition Society are both backing the Food Manufacture Group’s free one-hour obesity webinar to be broadcast at 11am GMT on Thursday July 3.

Europeans ‘not that interested’ in protein drinks, Mintel analyst warns

Arla Foods Ingredients says women wrongly believe high protein products risk making them fat or overly muscly, as Mintel warns Europeans simply aren’t that interested in protein drinks.

Coca-Cola Life is ‘game changer’ for sugar reduction, says policy expert

The launch of stevia-sugar sweetened Coca-Cola Life into the UK signals a new era in sugar reduction, as it suggests stevia will soon be big in soft drinks, and may...

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