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Pulses for gluten-free: ‘We are what they need,’ says Best Cooking Pulses

From ready meals to breakfast bars, lots of pulse flour-based gluten-free products are coming on stream, says Margaret Hughes from Best Cooking Pulses, Inc., with the favorable nutritional profiles and moderate costs gaining traction with manufacturers and consumers alike.

Chi signs MENA distribution deal with Wellbeing

Chi Drinks has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Wellbeing International, covering the Middle East and North Africa.

Special edition: Gluten-free

Industry already has all the ingredients for great gluten-free products: Univar

Gluten-free baked products have a historically bad reputation—be it in the flavor, texture, performance or shelf life department. But the surge of demand from all corners of the market has forced bakery and snack manufacturers to respond with improved technologies and a better grasp of ingredient systems, says ingredient supplier Univar. 

Is the food industry falling out of love with ‘natural’ claims? Not according to the data, says Mintel

When PepsiCo replaced the word ‘Simply Natural’ with ‘Simply’ on some Frito-Lay lines recently, some commentators wondered if this signaled the beginning of the end of the industry’s love affair with all-natural claims. However, new data suggests otherwise.

Mood foods: Thinking about the future leads to better food choices, say researchers

As researchers uncover more about the way our mood impacts dietary choices, one research group has found that thinking about the future can help us to make better food choices.

Irish NGO calls for sweet-free checkouts

Irish NGO Safefood has called on supermarkets to make checkouts ‘sweet-free zones’ as part of its campaign to tackle childhood obesity.

Nutrition, health and wellness drive Nestlé forward despite 'challenging' year

Shares in the world's biggest food company were down by around 2% this morning as Nestlé announced its slowest sales growth in four years and missed profit expectations for 2013. 

Better broccoli: Researchers identify method to increase shelf life and beneficial compounds

The combined application of two natural compounds to broccoli could help to increase levels of its suggested anti-cancer compounds while also increasing shelf life, say researchers.

GM golden rice: Tables turn on Greenpeace

A dissident Greenpeace founding member claims the environmentalist group has become “a force for evil” in its campaigns against GM golden rice.

ISO expands protein measurement method to goat, sheep milk

On the back of "increasing commercial interest" in products such as goat's milk and sheep's milk, the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Dairy Federation (IDF) have expanded the scope of a method to measure protein content.

Special Edition: Plant-based diets

Beyond meat substitutes: What’s hot in vegetarian food?

Vegetarians aren’t necessarily looking for alternative proteins or meat analogues, and makers of meat-free meals are embracing a range of trendy flavours and ingredients, says Classic Cuisine’s new product development manager Paul Hunt.

Special Edition: Plant-based diets

Plant-based diets: The rise and rise of flexitarian eating

Meat reduction – or ‘flexitarian’ eating – is on the rise. In this special edition article, FoodNavigator asks why are consumers reducing meat, and how prevalent is the trend?

Fathers' diet, bodyweight and health may also impact child's obesity risk: Rat data

There may be a biological link between paternal diet, bodyweight and health at the time of conception and the health of his offspring, according to research in rats.

Understanding the aging gut: Microbiome modifications may be linked to health and lifespan

Modifications to the microbiota could lead to changes in health and lifespan that are associated with aging, according to new research in fruit flies.

Visual prompts may help shoppers choose healthier foods: Pilot study

Shoppers are more likely to buy healthy foods if they are given strong visual prompts in-store, according to a new study.

Colours customer loss hits Chr. Hansen first quarter results

Chr. Hansen recorded a ‘soft start’ to 2014 after the loss of its biggest colours customer hit revenue – although it retained its growth expectations for the full year.

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EFSA approves iodine, iron, vitamin C infant health claims

The European Food Safety Authority has approved a raft of claims for under-3s including iodine and thyroid and cognitive function; vitamin C and iron absorption; and iron and haemoglobin formation.

Symrise set for Swedish probiotic takeover bid

German fragrance and flavours house Symrise has increased its stake in Swedish probiotics specialist Probi to 30.03%, and is now obliged under law to make a formal takeover bid.

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Bye-bye black box: Could ‘radical transparency’ transform the food industry?

Lack of transparency in blended ingredients is harming trust in the food industry – but there is another way, says president and CEO of Premium Blendhub, Henrik Stamm Kristensen.

Nestlé links with US human cell supplier to advance nutrition research

Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) has inked a deal with a Wisconsin-based biotech firm that will keep it in supply of human brain and liver cells for nutrition testing purposes with a focus on drinks, smoothies and other products targeting diabetes and obesity.

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