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Vitafoods Live! debates to take aim at key industry issues

From infant formula, to additives, protein, medical foods and omega-3 issues, our team of expert journalists will be taking aim at the most important and topical issues for the global food and nutrition industry at the Vitafoods Live! debate theatre next week.

Functional foods resist recession but failure rate stays high: Analyst

Functional foods weathered the global economic recession better than most food categories despite a high product failure rate, according to a US-based branding and market expert.

BASF Nutrition to hone omega-3, sell Norwegian factory and cut 260 jobs

BASF says it is honing in on its omega-3 business but will sell a recently acquired low-concentration omega-3 facility in Norway as it aims high-end.

Austerity bites in to consumers ability to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables

Five-a-day? We can’t afford one a week, say 25% of Brits

Austerity and rising food prices have hit healthy eating habits hard in the UK, with one in four Brits revealing they have not bought any fresh fruit or vegetables in the last week. 

We have to do more to reduce waste as an industry, warns Leatherhead expert

Food manufacturers should leave no stone unturned as they search for ways to decrease waste and increase the value of manufacturing waste streams, says Steve Osborn of Leatherhead Food Research.

Can industry-backed academic inventions spur increased innovation?

Industry-sponsored academic research leads to innovative patents and licenses, and may not skew science towards inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others, according to a new analysis.

When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

Testing the consumer liking of a new product may be an overrated idea that ‘breeds mediocrity’ and means products fail to differentiate themselves against the competition, according to David Howlett of MMR Research.

Cutting carbs, gluten or fat? The 'utter nonsense' behind claims to be the best diet

From the benefits of gluten-free to those of Mediterranean and Palaeolithic diets, many claims that one dietary strategy are better than another for health and weight loss are simply 'unjustified' and 'sometimes utter nonsense', according to a new review.

DEFRA gives GM camelina omega-3 project go-ahead

The UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has granted permission for field trials of genetically modified (GM) camelina plants that accumulate omega-3s in their seeds.

BASF vitamin production returns to normal after fire

BASF’s vitamin A and E production is close to resuming normal service after a fire ripped through its German plant on March 12.

MSC to launch first sustainable seaweed standard

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is expanding its sustainability standard beyond wild-capture fish and invertebrate fisheries to include wild seaweed for the first time.

UK salt reduction effort has lowered blood pressure and saved lives

Government and industry efforts to slash the level of salt in UK foods has led to a fall in population blood pressure and plummeting rates of heart attack and stroke deaths, according to new data.

Whey forward? Milk fat tax, dodgy tests and EU bureaucratic blocks

There is light at the end of the tunnel for a European whey wholesaler, as a long-running dispute over EU import duties on milk fat in whey protein is finally coming to an end.

A sweet tooth is just as genetic as asthma, says researcher

About 50% of our preference for sweet food and drinks can be attributed to genetics, about the same level of heritability as certain personality traits and asthma, according to a food sensory scientist.   

Symrise wins battle for Diana Group with €1.3bn bid

German flavours and aromas specialist Symrise has won the battle for French flavour and ingredients producer Diana, after agreeing a deal that values the firm at €1.3bn.

Small changes are the way to go (and that’s not an industry cop out!): Obesity expert

Obesity should be tackled in small steps, acknowledging where people are and not where public health officials wish they were, according to a US scientist.

Back on track: Strong Q2 balances out natural colours loss for Chr. Hansen

Ingredients giant Chr. Hansen has an unchanged outlook for full year, after a strong second quarter eased the woes created by the firm losing its biggest colours customer in Q4 last year.

dispatches from ISA conference 2014

Simplicity, not science, rules sweetener coverage

The average consumer’s desire for simplicity and the average journalist’s desire for a good headline is driving public perception of sweeteners, according to participants of a debate in Brussels.

‘A lot of room to boost pulse intakes for heart benefits’: New analysis supports cholesterol-lowering effects of pulses

One daily serving of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils may slash bad cholesterol levels, says a new meta-analysis that supports the cardiovascular benefits of pulses.

Sluggish growth predicted for global packaged foods markets

A slowdown in global packaged food markets is expected over the next five years as supply in developed countries reaches saturation point combined with insufficient opportunities elsewhere, but health and Asia offer hope.

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