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Could plum be the new color of confectionery?

Supplier Sunsweet claims its plum ingredients could present a pathway to cleaner labels as safety concerns over caramel colors prompt confectionery manufacturers to look explore alternatives.

Just one-third of consumers claim to have a healthy diet

More than half of consumers (56%) have not changed their eating habits despite media coverage of high sugar content in many foods and drinks, according to a market research report.

‘Innovation has been key’ to booming free-from foods trend

Free-from foods are one of the hottest trends in the European health and wellness market, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

Antibiotic-free - Is this the next ethical food label?

British meat has been found to contain MRSA and consumers are concerned. So would an antibiotic-free label reassure the public,  or are there already enough ethical food labels?

Dispatches from Nespresso Coffee Conversation Symposium, Portugal

Coffee to concentrate, wine to unwind? Nespresso symposium looks at the similarities - and the differences

Coffee and wine are both complex drinks with strong followings among their respective connoisseurs, but wines tell a stronger tale - connecting better with consumers, say industry experts.

Beyond protein: How will we meet growing demand for sustainable fats?

A growing global population won’t only affect protein demand – sustainable fat production is also a major challenge, says food traceability expert Dr Heiner Lehr.

Natural red without the bugs? Chr Hansen develops fermentation-derived carmine

Danish ingredients firm Chr Hansen claims it has produced carmine through fermentation, meaning a cheaper, vegetarian, halal and kosher version of the natural red colouring could be just a few...

Lobbyists: Popcorn’s ‘health’ claims ‘misleading’

Popcorn manufacturers are pumping too much salt into their products, while leading consumers to believe they are a healthy snack, campaigners have claimed.

FoodNavigator’s top 5 articles of the year so far

Six months in to 2015, FoodNavigator takes a look back at the stories that have made the biggest impact so far this year.

Rising packaged food sales make Turkey top export destination

Turkey is an attractive destination for European food exports with niche opportunities in dairy, bakery, health and wellness, say market analysts.

Younger shoppers value organics – but buy fewer of them

A majority of UK shoppers aged 16-34 think that organic products are important (54%), compared to under a third (30%) of over-55s, according to a market research report.

How food industry can boost milk’s value: fortify it

Fortified milk could help to boost the value of milk sales, despite supermarket price war slashing the price of the white stuff to as little as 89p for a four...

How do you like your frogs legs? Irradiated

Frogs legs and dried aromatic herbs and spices were the top two commodities irradiated but overall use of the technique fell, according to an EU report.

Making baobab famous: Taking an African superfood to the European mainstream

Aduna aims to create sustainable African businesses by using little-known local crops – starting with baobab – says its co-founder, Andrew Hunt.

Cool Britannia: British branding can boost appeal in UK and abroad

Safety, quality, nostalgia- there's a buzz about British products both abroad and at home for various reasons – but products need more than just a Union Jack on the label...

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Europe's gluten-free boom won't end yet

Europe’s gluten-free market will continue to boom, as analysts predict several more years of increasing sales.

FAO: Mediterranean dietary shift threatens health and environment

The Mediterranean diet has been held up as a model of healthy eating around the world, but the region itself is seeing a shift away from traditional diets, threatening health...

Is organic the best way to start the day?

Organic breakfast products are an easy and affordable way to dip a toe in organic, the Soil Association says.

Low-income families need to spend one third of income to eat healthily

Low-income families need to spend at least one third of their weekly income on food if they want to eat healthily, a Food Standards Agency survey has found.

Young Germans embrace meat reduction

Meat reduction and vegetarianism is a growing trend among German consumers – and one in five young people buys meat alternatives, according to new research from Mintel.

Coca-Cola Enterprises pledges to cut calories by 10% by 2020

Coca-Cola Enterprises is positioning itself as ‘part of the solution to obesity,’ as it pledges to reduce calories by 10% per litre across its beverage portfolio in the next five...

Flavour delivery particle can cut sugar by half – and is cheaper than sugar

A proprietary carrier particle can reduce sugar content and calories by more than 50%  – without a loss in sweetness or a rise in costs, says Israeli company DouxMatok.

Sustainable Foods Summit: ‘Being responsible can be a competitive advantage’

Denmark private label marketing strategy pays off as it moves into baby products

Coop Denmark is celebrating the success of its private label organic brand, Anglamark, but says if it expects to stay in the market it demands investment, brand protection and innovation,...

Raw food on the rise

The trend toward raw foods is being driven by a growing group of consumers looking for ‘clean food’ – not just those who consider themselves raw foodists, says Teresa Havrlandova,...

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TNO and Wageningen seek industry partners for healthier foods

TNO and Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research (FBR) are looking for food industry partners to change existing foods’ fat, sugar, salt and protein levels while retaining quality perception, or...

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