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FDE: ‘Products may be different but there’s no East-West divide’

No evidence of lower quality foods in Eastern Europe, says Commission

For the moment, there is no evidence to suggest manufacturers are using lower quality or less nutritious ingredients in food and drink products in Eastern Europe, the Commission has said,...

'We will react and respond to any discriminatory measures against Malaysian palm oil,' warns minister

With a recent European resolution calling for tariffs and trade barriers against any palm oil linked to deforestation, Malaysia's minister for plantations and commodities warns: "We will react and respond accordingly...

Sugar-free quinoa breakfast cereal finds success as creative consumers blur categories

A breakfast cereal made from French popped quinoa with a one-word ingredient list (quinoa - and that's it) is finding success as consumers use it for croutons and salad toppings thanks...

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Bayn to extend sweetener reach in Norway with distribution deal

Swedish supplier Bayn has inked a distribution deal with Norwegian flavour firm Storms for its range of sugar-reducing ingredients.

Palm oil sector moves to save orangutans and put child rights into RSPO standards

Three major new initiatives have been launched to tackle human rights, wildlife conservation and concessions’ data across the palm oil supply chain.

New variant of Queen’s favoured crispbread Ryvita could be top three bestseller

Ryvita is rolling out Three Cheese Thins throughout the UK in July, with Estefania Boerr, senior brand manager at the crispbread producer, expecting it to become a top three selling...

What are the best flours to use in gluten-free bread? Study evaluates contenders

The effects of different flours, including chickpea, chestnut and tiger nut, on gluten-free bread have been examined with results suggesting tiger nut flour could be a winner.

Has Europe experienced a diet revolution? Mintel thinks so

The free-from market has grown considerably in the last few years and data is not showing a slow in interest, according to Mintel.

Sweden’s Real Stevia to bring sweetener back to its roots with Paraguayan plant

Swedish supplier The Real Stevia Company will open a processing plant in the sweetener's native Paraguay, adding to its portfolio an 'origin' stevia that is sustainably sourced and Paraguayan from farm...

UK supplier creates low morphine poppy seed blend after drug test alarm

A UK-based specialist ingredient maker has launched a poppy seed blend which contains low morphine content, amid a number of recent cases in which individuals have failed drug tests after...

Rising butter price “causing a panic” among bakers, biscuit, cake and pastry makers

French bakery associations, La Fédération des Entrepreneurs de Boulangerie (FEB) and Les Fabricants de Biscuits et Gâteaux de France, have risen the alarm over the relentless upward drive of the butter...

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Barilla says Yes! to sustainable food research with €20k grant

Barilla is calling on Europe’s researchers to pitch their projects on food and sustainability for the chance to win a €20,000 research grant through its BCFN Young Earth Solution (YES!) competition....

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Syngenta to sell sugar beet business

Swiss biotech giant Syngenta will sell its sugar beet seed business to Danish company DLF Seeds.

PureCircle develops stevia plant 20 times sweeter than standard plant

Using traditional plant breeding techniques, PureCircle has developed a stevia plant with 20 times more sweet-tasting steviol glycosides than standard stevia, it says.

Enzymes key to improving plant-protein stability, study finds

Plant protein uptake is still being hampered by poor solubility and limited functionality, but the right kind of enzymes can boost stability and foaming properties, say Finnish researchers.

Kellogg’s sues tennis champ for Special K copyright infringement

Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis is facing another battle on court: not to play tennis though, but to face off against the breakfast cereal giant.

Roquette to invest €40m in French pea protein plant

Roquette will invest €40 million to increase the capacity of its Northern France pea processing site in Vic-sur-Aisne in a bid to meet growing global demand for plant-based protein.

Ferrero wins appeal as Belgian court tells Delhaize to stop saying 'no palm oil' is healthier & more sustainable

Ferrero has won a court case against Belgian retailer Delhaize for claiming its palm oil-free, Nutella-style spread is healthier and better for the environment than a product with palm oil....

UK mulls 'British only' filter button to encourage online shoppers to buy home produce

Almost two thirds of UK consumers would like the option to view only British produce when they shop online, according to new research.

Hungarian law to require "distinctive warning" labels on foods with inferior ingredients

As Bulgaria's prime minister slams dual quality foods as 'apartheid', a draft law by Hungary would see warning labels on foods with a different ingredient composition outside the country, but...

Appetite for buying British rises as brand values fall

The value of some Britain’s biggest brands have taken a “Brexit beating” that could leave them exposed to potential buyers.

Spanish scientists roll out low gluten wheat alternative onto new markets

Tritordeum is a trademarked commercial brand developed from durum wheat (Triticum durum) and a wild barley (Hordeum chilense) that is being introduced into the UK and other countries around the...

Freshfel calls for minimum fruit content to use fruit images on-pack

Manufacturers are misleading consumers with images of fresh fruit on packaging when the actual fruit content is minimal or even zero, says trade group Freshfel, as it calls for a legal...

Europe reacts with anger as Trump dumps Paris Agreement

Europe's politicians, academics and business leaders have strongly condemned US president Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

LCI adds clean touch to functional bakery ingredients

Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) has unveiled LCI Touch, its latest range of functional ingredients focused on clean label.

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