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Manufacturers, consumers, retailers or government: Whose responsibility is gluten-free?

A gluten-free diet is the only possible treatment for those with coeliac disease – so whose responsibility is it to increase affordability, availability and awareness? FoodNavigator asked experts for their views....

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Cargill’s drones to begin testing in Indonesian oil palm plantations

Cargill is on track to make its goal of completely sustainable palm oil supply by 2020, the company has said in its second palm oil progress update, summing up the...

Move over fruit, it’s time for dairy! Yazoo sees yogurt smoothies soar as snackification strikes

FrieslandCampina’s milk drink and smoothie brand Yazoo is expanding availability of its on-the-go yogurt smoothies this month, seeing great potential for a ‘snack that provides sustenance.’

How has social media changed food marketing?

The rise of social media has led to a shift in the way consumers view food brands – and the way that food brands interact with their customers, according to...

“Bamboo Water can reach the amazing eco and health conscious movement on our planet”

Not just for pandas: Could Bamboo Water be the next ‘superdrink’?

Bamboo Water could harness the neglected nutritional properties of bamboo leaves to create a drink that is both healthy and ecologically sustainable, says the co-founder of Bamboo Beverages. 

Industry not meeting needs of coeliac sufferers, says analyst

Industry should be more pro-active in encouraging consumers to seek a diagnosis of coeliac disease before switching to a gluten-free diet, says Euromonitor contributing analyst Simone Baroke.

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FSAI launches e-learning resources for food industry

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has launched an online food safety training facility to provide free e-learning resources for food businesses.

Slump in sugar prices driving down overall food prices: FAO

A sharp drop in sugar prices is the main factor behind a fall in overall global food prices, says the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Is baby food creating fussy eaters?

Fostering children's willingness to try new flavours and foods has clear benefits for the food industry -  yet researchers say baby food manufacturers may be inadvertently creating picky eaters.

Hello Consumer, says Swedish agency

Sweden has launched a new nationwide information service to provide better guidance and information to its people on all consumer-related queries.

Improving foods works better than educating consumers, says expert

Reformulating foods to be healthier without telling consumers is a brilliant health policy, says Professor Graham MacGregor.

World’s weirdest chef wants industry to feed people ‘note by note’

The grandfather of molecular cuisine, and the world’s weirdest chef, Hervé This believes that it is possible to create nutritious and tasty foods by reassembling the compounds that naturally make...

Can cultural differences affect consumer understanding of food labels?

Country-specific differences could influence consumers’ understanding of nutritional information on food products, researchers have said.  

How do start-ups approach new product development?

Some of the best and brightest innovation in the food and drink industry comes from start-ups – so how do they approach NPD? And what can companies of all sizes...

Tending the grassroots: The importance of early adopters in NPD

Building a grassroots following is crucial for establishing an innovative food product, says the co-founder of meal replacement firm Ambronite.

Sleep easy and avoid logistical nightmares: Breaking into export markets for smaller confectioners

Small-to-medium sized confectioners making their first moves into export markets must be clued up on local regulations, consider temperate changes and pick distributors carefully to avoid mishaps, says UK firm...

Would consumers eat animals fed on insect protein?

An EU-funded project is conducting a survey to find out if consumers feel comfortable eating animals that have been fed on insect protein.

dispatches from Food Vision, Cannes

Salty, sour, spicy, bitter: Will soft drinks ever go beyond sweet?

Will ‘sweet’ always be superior in the soft drink category? Or will consumers embrace the whole world of senses and suss out alternative tastes?

Editor's blog

Food Vision Big Debates: Ethical eruptions, technological disruptions, challenged assumptions

Big Food needs to care more; start-ups can’t feed a planet housing 9bn people in 2050; and genuine disruptive technologies are spawning and spinning faster than flapping butterfly wings…So, er,...

Primal Pantry founder: 'You can't protect your product. You can only protect your brand'

When launching a new product, don’t underestimate the power of good design – and make sure you trademark everywhere, says Suzie Walker, founder of The Primal Pantry.

Be creative to keep reformulation costs down, says analyst

Manufacturers need to be innovative and clever if costs to reformulate food products are to be kept low, says Cindy Beeren at Leatherhead Food Research.

Frugal innovation: Downsizing from exotic superfoods... to lentils

Adding an exotic ‘superfood’ ingredient gives fresh appeal to a well-established product – and manufacturers don’t have to look far for the latest one as analysts say that post-recession consumers...

Future of sugar industry ‘tricky’, says analyst

As sugar has become one of the most maligned ingredients within food, Euromonitor International research analyst Jack Skelly says the future may prove trickyfor manufacturers.

Akuō founder: Innovation is just technical novelty unless consumers see value

Creating a successful new soft drink has more to do with connecting with consumers than its taste or nutritional profile, says co-founder of Akuō – Drink to Think Lukas von Grebmer.

Guest article

How retailers are working with suppliers to fight food waste

The close relationship between supply chain partners means they are well-placed to help each other tackle food waste, says Fintan Hastings, external affairs adviser at the British Retail Consortium.