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Making microalgae big: Scaling up production is key to food security success

Microalgae is often held up as the most promising sustainable protein that can feed a growing world population - but first production needs to be scaled up on industrial levels....

Mission possible: Most reformulation does not impact consumer acceptance

The majority of reformulation to lower levels of sugar, salt and fat has no impact on consumer acceptance or willingness to pay, says a new EU-backed study.

Study shows how stevia may harness additional commercial benefits

A new study has highlighted some of the lesser-known properties in stevia - one of which has anti-obesity potential - that could provide extra commercial benefits in addition to its...

Thinfilm to authenticate olive oil packaging

Thin Film Electronics is running trials with Italian olive oil brands based on its Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology.

Healthy breakfast may prevent childhood obesity

Missing breakfast and a lack of sleep both appear to accurately predict whether a child will become overweight or obese in later life, a University College London (UCL) study has...

Fighting food waste with the right price discount

Selling wonky vegetables or a dented tin on tomatoes at a discount can help reduce food waste - but the price reduction must be aligned with the product and its...

DNA integrity ‘critical factor’ for approach in origin testing

Molecular biology approaches that target DNA are being increasingly used for geographical traceability due to their speed, accuracy and reliability, according to review.

Feature: Virtual reality

How virtual reality is helping create today's beverages

Virtual reality can be a bit of fun for consumers: offering bonus content via a 3D experience. But behind the scenes in the F&B industry, it has important roles to...

EFSA models transparency with open source ‘Knowledge Junction’

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has made all its models from the last 15 years available on an open source platform called the Knowledge Junction, which also encourages external...

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Research round-up: Rapid Methods Europe 2016 special

FoodQualityNews went to Amsterdam to look at the posters that presented a sample of the latest research and work in food safety and quality.

Most soft drinks on sale exceed daily sugar limit, warns study

Over half of the soft drinks available in supermarkets exceed the recommended daily amount for an adult’s sugar consumption, as a study identifies ginger beer as containing the most sugar....

Freeze-drying fruit is top technique for retaining nutrients: Study

Freeze-drying fruit retains almost all of its nutritional value and can help keep ingredient lists clean, according to a study funded by ingredient supplier Chaucer.

Food futures: TasteClouds, virtual food & EMS drive taste & texture development

Research that digitises the taste sensation to create ‘virtual flavour and texture,’ may prove to be of benefit to those on specialised diets or looking to reduce the amount of...

Cheese: why we love it or hate it

Some people simply hate cheese, although exactly why has been a mystery. 

Meta-analysis shows eggs can reduce stroke risk by 12%

Eating up to one egg a day has no association with coronary heart disease (CHD) but does reduce the risk of stroke by 12%, a meta-analysis has suggested. 

Autumn trend? Leaf extracts used as food colourants and nutraceuticals

Researchers have developed a process allowing them to extract compounds from fallen leaves that could offer potential as natural colourants. 

Could food flavoured e-cigarettes be used to fight the flab?

Electronic cigarettes infused with food-flavoured liquids could help with weight control, according to a paper that looks into vaping as a tool to help tackle obesity.

Brain cell type could be target in addressing appetite-related disorders

Brain cells that have a central role in controlling appetite and feeding behaviour have been identified in a study that pinpoints this area as a target for treating appetite-related conditions such...

Gluten-free demand leads to substitutes vying for vacant role

The demand for ‘no compromise’ gluten-free products that exhibit the same qualities as their wheat-containing equivalents shows no signs of abating. 

World health leaders push for junk food taxes and ad bans

The World Medical Association has lent its weight in support of tough new policies to curb obesity, including taxes on junk food and sugary drinks as well as bans on...

Salmonella tainted eggs linked to child’s death in Croatia

At least one person has died from a multi-country outbreak of Salmonella with investigations pointing to eggs as the source.

Sweet solution could see sugar alcohols store renewable energy forms

Sugar alcohols could be used to store solar and wind energy as researchers look to alternatives that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable. 

Protein quality matters for muscle building, says review

The quality of protein and its leucine content has a significant influence on muscle building with resistance training, a review has found.

PepsiCo & TB Alliance partner to improve tuberculosis drug taste

PepsiCo and TB Alliance are partnering to improve the bitter and unpleasant taste of today’s tuberculosis (TB) treatments - important in the treatment of children.

Lowering protein content of formula could help reduce obesity: Study

High protein intake during infancy may contribute to obesity later in life in infants who are not exclusively breastfed, according to a Nestlé Nutrition-funded study.

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