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Take it from Toyota – lean and green can cut costs

Food processors could drive down costs by following the model designed by car manufacturer Toyota in the 1950s, according to a leading supply chain expert.

Tate & Lyle profits jump 85% as weak pound provides boost

British ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle has reported an 85% increase in profit before tax, putting the successful performance down to higher sales, a weak pound and fewer exceptional costs.

A lack of political will is stalling action on obesity: McKinsey report author

Europe is struggling to get to grips with rising obesity levels because politicians are distracted by single policies and industry lacks the level playing field that regulation can create, says Richard Dobbs, author of...

Firmenich weathers the vanilla supply storm with diversified sourcing

By diversifying its vanilla sourcing to Uganda, Indonesia and India as well as developing alternative natural flavours, flavour giant Firmenich says it is weathering the impact of Madagascan cyclone Enawo.

Taiyo introduces sweet-tasting dietary fibres

Combining sweetness with fibre, is the aim of Taiyo’s new varieties of Sunfiber, an all-natural range of soluble dietary fibres which can also be used as a sweetener.

Food flops in Sweden's Museum of Failure: When NPD goes seriously wrong

From Colgate's lasagne to Heinz's purple and green ketchup, Sweden's Museum of Failure opens next month with several food and drink products on display. We ask the exhibition curator and...

MEPs water down rules on junk food advertising to kids

The latest draft of the audiovisual media services directive (AVMSD), proposed by the European Parliament’s culture and education committee (CULT), is “full of loopholes”, according to campaigners....

Tate & Lyle launches 17 non-GMO starches

Specialty ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle will launch 17 non-GMO starches in order to meet a growing global demand, particularly in North America and Eastern Europe, it says.

60,000 foods to be analysed

Germany in crucial data drive to understand radioactivity risk in food

The German government is hoping to garner crucial data to help it better understand the risks involved from the consumption of radiation-emitting radioactive elements in foods such as uranium in...

One in three adolescents is obese, say WHO

Health promotion campaigns are failing to reduce obesity in adolescents, according to a report published by World Health Organization (WHO) today.

Sugar tax confusion could hit sales of confectionery, biscuits and cakes

Brits are completely baffled by the country’s planned new levy on sugar-sweetened drinks, with many believing it covers food as well.

Interpack 2017

Battle of the sustainable packs: Germany Vs France

Germany and France have been recognized for their sustainable products at the ‘PackTheFuture’ Sustainable Plastic Packaging Awards at Interpack.

Liepaja and Amcor debut Konigstern coffee packaging with built-in vent control

Liepaja Coffee Factory has partnered with Amcor to debut its Vento packaging to debut its Konigstern premium ground coffee with built-in vent control.

Safety fears of synthetic colour additives dispelled by IACM studies

The safety of synthetic colour additives used in soft drinks, cereals and baked goods, were confirmed in a trio of studies as findings appear to back up recent EFSA and...

Interpack 2017

Braskem presents ‘I’m green’ plastic packaging for coffee

Braskem will present applications for its ‘I’m green’ green plastic packaging, including coffee packaging for The Netherlands’ Peeze at Interpack this week (May 4-10).

Glanbia's patent-pending powder process removes need for lecithin in drinks

Glanbia has developed BevEdge, a patent-pending technology that allows manufacturers to remove lecithin from protein powders and beverages, cleaning up the ingredient list and removing a potential allergen.

Proprietary energy blends may cause heightened effects

Energy drinks trigger ‘life threatening’ heart activity, study suggests

The consumption of caffeinated energy drinks results in significant changes to heart function and blood pressure when compared to other drinks containing the same caffeine content.

Smells like teen spirit? Different age groups have specific food smells - and that's important for tailored NPD

Vanilla is associated with children, roasted nuts with seniors and floral notes with adults, and the findings will provide "a deeper understanding" for tailoring new product development (NPD) to age...

News in brief

Food and drink drives ‘good start’ for Novozymes

Enzymes and food biotechnology giant Novozymes saw a 3% growth in sales in the first quarter of 2017, driven by strong performances in Food & Beverages and Bioenergy.

Coca-Cola to cut 1,200 jobs after fizzy drink sales fell 1%

Coca-Cola says it will cut approximately 1,200 jobs after global carbonated drink sales fell 1% in the quarter to March 31.

Operation Opson: Counterfeit alcohol tops list

Nearly 26 million litres of fake alcohol has been seized as part of an INTERPOL-Europol operation.

DuPont health & nutrition president on mega mergers, start-up successes and new product launch plans

Despite its recent mega mergers and billion-dollar business deals, DuPont is still very much focussed on collaborating with start-ups. “Not everything has to be invented in our labs,” its nutrition...

Artificial sweeteners raise stroke and dementia risk, study claims

Drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage daily may increase the risk of developing stroke or dementia compared to those who consumed this drink less than once a week.

PureCircle plans to bring glucosylated stevia to Europe with EFSA request

PureCircle has requested a safety opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for glucosylated stevia as it hopes to bring the enzymatically modified sweetener to the European market in 2018.

EU launches electronic tracking system for organic imports

A new system to electronically certify imports of organic products and ingredients come into force today, promising to tighten traceability, fight fraud and collect reliable data on organic trade. ...

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