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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...

European RSPO 2014

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in pictures and quotes

A heated panel debate over the reality of a consumer industry based on 100% sustainable palm oil broke out at the European Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil held in...

Sugar in teeth of fresh controversy

Anti-sugar campaigners are targeting the damage it can do to teeth as well as tackling its contribution to obesity in the UK.

‘Hey good lookin’ Limey!’ Tesco predicts beauty beverage boom as Bella Berry causes stir

Tesco’s top soft drinks buyer has tipped collagen-based beauty drinks for the top despite the lack of EFSA-approved health claims in the area, after startup Bella Berry caused a stir...

Euromonitor: Health concerns could slow breakfast biscuit boom

Breakfast biscuit makers should reduce sugar and calorie content and develop healthier variants if they want to secure continued growth, says Euromonitor International.

French private label market stagnates

Private label products continue to gain traction across Europe, with the exception of France, where, according to latest analysis from Nielsen, they are struggling to gain ground.

‘Shake ya body, Shakissimo your gizmo?’ Nescafe launches first ever chilled dairy iced coffee in EU

Nestlé will launch milk-rich RTD coffee brand Nescafe Shakissimo in Europe this month along with new Nescafe recipes and products to renew the $11bn+ brand and attract younger consumers.

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‘There’s nothing soft about soft drinks!’ Tesco's top buyer warns entrepreneurs

Tesco’s top soft drinks buyer has warned entrepreneurs that the category graveyard is full of promising brands that failed because they ran out of cash, despite getting their concept ‘spot...

Leatherhead top trends: Holistic R&D, healthy marketing, food safety and the environment

Healthier products remain a top consumer demand, interpreting and communicating health claims is an ongoing challenge, and food safety is top of mind amid eco-friendly advances, according to Leatherhead Food...

RSPO needs to broaden its principles: Cargill

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been called on to renew its principles on zero deforestation, land development and rights by Cargill Refined Oils Europe.

World Cup 2014 fever: Nobody else can seriously compete against snacks, says ESA

Savory snacks are a perfect fit for the World Cup and industry has injected huge efforts into flavor development, pack design and marketing campaigns to draw the punters in, says...

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