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Brexit Poll: Confectionery industry outlook negative after Brexit vote

The majority of ConfectioneryNews readers polled expect the UK’s exit from the European Union will hit sales volumes for their businesses and lead to price hikes for cocoa and sugar....

Lycored survey says consumers will pay more for natural colors

Consumers are willing to pay a premium of nearly 50% for food and drink formulated with natural ingredients, according to a new survey commissioned by Lycored.

Counterfeit stevia on the rise but spectroscopy could be the solution: Study

Handheld spectroscopy devices could be used for on-the-spot detection of counterfeit stevia, scientists have found.

Coca-Cola turns to baobab in new low calorie soft drink brand

Coca-Cola has launched a soft drink which counts baobab extract among its ingredients: a beverage that could be rolled out globally in the future. 

Has the meal kit craze arrived in Europe?

Meal kits have taken the US by storm with sales skyrocketing in the past year – and with increasing numbers of young Europeans feeling uncertain of their cooking stills but...

What's happening at #IFT16 ?

Top food firms and international experts in food science have come together in Chicago to showcase the latest science, technology and innovation in the industry. We bring you the best...

Eating whole insects preferred to bug-snack mixes: Study

Selling whole edible insects alone is preferable to mixing bugs with regular snack foods in a Western market, new research finds.

Tesco to make all its own-label chocolate Rainforest Alliance certified

Tesco – the UK’s largest supermarket chain – has pledged to use only cocoa from Rainforest Alliance sources in its private-label chocolate.

‘The world’s first beer brewed by artificial intelligence’

London-based company, IntelligentX Brewing Co, has created a premium beer that uses complex machine learning algorithms to improve future batches.  

Feature: Alternative meat futures

The meat companies making vegetarian food: Mainstreaming sustainable eating or dangerous double standards?

Increasing numbers of German meat producers are launching vegetarian products with the support of VEBU, the country's Vegetarian Society - but as Topas, Europe's 'vegan pioneer', quits VEBU in anger...

Lidl goes GM free with own label fresh milk

Discounter, Lidl, says it is leading the charge in the private label shift to GM free milk in Germany.

Seafood shoppers place sustainability above price or brand

When shopping for seafood, consumers are prepared to put sustainability before price and brand, according to a 16,000-strong survey commissioned by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Products in 'eco-look' packaging seen as better quality

Shoppers believe foods are better quality when the packaging looks eco-friendly, and could be willing to spend more as a result, researchers say.

Sensient launches yellow and orange colouring foods

Colour and flavour supplier Sensient has widened its colouring food range with yellow and orange, bringing the number of EU-compliant products in its colouring foods range to three digits.

Industry has a big appetite for big data but is wasting its time in other areas: Survey

Do food and drink executives understand what’s really important to consumers? Based on a survey carried out by KPMG and the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), not really.

A new standard for quality palm oil?

Good palm oil harvesting and processing keeps cancer contaminants to 'insignificant levels', says industry

Palm oil that is harvested at the right moment, pressed quickly and processed at appropriate temperatures contains insignificant levels of contaminants - if any, says the Italian Union for Sustainable Palm...

Junk food ads are screen-lickin' good, say kids; Ban them, says NGO

Adverts for unhealthy foods like sweets and fast foods are so tempting to children that they should be banned before 9pm, says charity Cancer Research UK.

IPOP disbands: A step backwards for sustainable palm oil in Indonesia?

After less than two years in existence, the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge has disbanded to the dismay of environmentalists who say its member companies were bullied by the Indonesian government...

Nestlé renews successful salt reduction collaboration with Chromocell

Nestlé has renewed its collaboration with US-based life sciences firm Chromocell to cut salt levels in its global portfolio, after investing nearly €12 million in 2012.

Do NGO scorecards that 'name and fame' or 'name and shame' actually work?

WWF's Soy Scorecard or Oxfam's Behind the Brands are high profile - but do such reports really trigger a race to the top or are they too simplistic to be...

Attracting food industry talent ‘never more urgent’

Food and drink manufacturers have never faced “a more urgent challenge” to attract talent, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), as it launched a new report designed to help plug...

UK dairy recovering after ‘dreadful’ two years: minister

The UK dairy industry may be turning a corner after a “dreadful” couple of years – but Brexit has created nervousness about the future of the market – the food...

EU urged to recognise authenticity progress by food operators

Recommendations on how the public and private sector can promote integrity and authenticity in the food chain have been made at a conference.

Nutrient claims and cartoon characters will sway children

Front-of-pack nutritional information is largely ignored by children but combine a nutrient claim and a cartoon character and it can “significantly affect” the product choices they make, according to new research....

Nestlé: Reformulation could stall without EU-wide nutrition strategy

Europe must accelerate efforts to introduce a “holistic nutrition policy”, complete with targets in relation to reformulation, marketing and labelling.

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