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WINE VISION 2014: THE AGE OF OPPORTUNITY & DIVERGENCE

‘Bringing movie magic to the wine world will win new drinkers’: Direct Wines CEO

Direct Wines CEO Simon McMurtrie insists that bringing ‘some of the magic’ associated with movie and perfume launches into the wine world will entice a new generation of wine drinkers.

Secret snacking: Most Brits feel guilty, finds Canadean

Many British consumers feel guilty about snacking and even more associate it with ‘breaking’ a diet plan, research finds.

Salt reduction not a priority for UK consumers, finds LoSalt survey

UK consumers prioritise reducing fat and sugar intake ahead of salt, according to a consumer survey conducted by Klinge Foods, the producer of LoSalt.

Chocolate shortage ‘overstated in the extreme’, says ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization has quelled media reports of a chocolate crisis in 2020 and says there are sufficient cocoa stocks for the next five years.

Companies cannot expect consumers to pay for sustainability

Companies cannot expect consumers to pay for sustainable food supply chains, a report has found.

WINE VISION 2014: INTERVIEW WITH Jean-Guillaume Prats

‘Great Napa Valley wines will rival Bordeaux First Growths’: Moët-Hennessy Estates & Wine CEO

Jean-Guillaume Prats, Moët-Hennessy Estates and Wine CEO, says he believes great wine produced in California’s Napa Valley will rival the finest Bordeaux in future years.

Can seaweed become the ultimate salt replacer – and why hasn't it yet?

Seaweed is well-researched, sustainable and effective, according to an expert. So what is stopping it from really taking off as a salt replacer?

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Ulrick & Short introduces starch-based meat glaze

British starch specialist Ulrick & Short has developed a glaze for meat products and pies, which it claims can cut costs compared to other available glazes.

CONFERENCE STRIVES TO 'DEFY CONVENTIONAL THINKING' ON WINE

Meet the Glitterati of the Wine World! Wine Vision 2014 in Pictures

Wine Vision 2014 brought together the glitterati of the wine world - including the likes of Moët-Hennessy Estates and Wine president and CEO - Jean-Guillaume Prats - to discuss issues...

Sustainable palm oil milestone in sight for Unilever

Unilever will be able to guarantee 100% sustainable palm oil for its European food business by the end of this year, it has announced.

Dispatches from Food Matters Live, London

Gluten-free health benefits? For those without an intolerance there's no proof, claim experts

Choosing gluten-free food is a lifestyle choice, but there is no evidence that it’s a healthier option for those not suffering from gluten intolerance, say experts.

The perfect chip? Pulsed Electric Field tech optimizes processing, claims developer

Perforating potato cells can soften the raw material, reducing fry times, lowering fat uptake and creating a more uniform end chip product, says the CEO of a firm specialized in...

Can chlorella crunch into food? Allma launches microalgae crispy snacks

Portuguese microalgae supplier Allma has debuted cereal-based chlorella pieces as it drives the ingredient beyond food supplement aisles.

Waitrose trials dietary advice in stores

Waitrose is offering shoppers access to in-store dietary advice on a trial basis in a bid to help consumers with a range of concerns, including food allergies.

Manufacturers urged to develop ‘tasty’ protein-enriched foods for the elderly

Researchers have urged food producers to develop good tasting protein-rich products that are based on foods that the elderly already regularly consume.

Fat reduction: The future, the market, the consumer…

Reduced-fat remains high on the agenda for manufacturers, but what options are out there and what do consumers really want?

Consumers choose indulgence over health - but food firms think the opposite

Manufacturers think health is most important for consumers but sales data show they actually look for indulgence more often, according to a report from Canadean.

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Investors are demanding more focus on sustainability, says report

Analysis released today shows that nearly three-quarters of global companies see risks associated with sourcing commodities that are linked to deforestation.

Guest article

Boring bread? Ditch bland ads and bite into the revolution

Bread and milk have always been natural indicators for what is happening inside the average household. Both are reliable dietary staples and both have the ability to inspire passion and...

Food security must be a priority for African investment, says FAO

Food industry investment in developing African countries must lead to more sustainably produced, nutritious foods, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has said.

Global food price index shows signs of stability, says FAO

The FAO's monthly food price index was largely stable in October, as increasing prices for sugar and vegetable oil were offset by declines in dairy and meat.

DSM promises simpler way to make gluten-free beer

DSM has introduced enzymes for a simplified production of gluten-free beer, which tastes and looks like regular lager, the company has said.

Innova predicts top ten food trends for 2015

Innova says that transparency in labelling, new protein sources and a focus on texture are among the top trends to look out for next year.

Water challenges could restrict business growth, major companies predict

More than four-fifths of food and consumer goods companies say that water poses a fundamental risk to their business, according to a new report from CDP.

Food industry faces increased social media risk

Food companies face increased risks from social media because they still do not have developed policies for tools such as Twitter and Facebook, according to the law firm Roythornes.

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