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ADM ramps up sweetener investment with French acquisition

Agri-food giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will continue its investment into sweeteners and starch production in Europe with the planned acquisition of French wheat processing plant Chamtor.

Food and drink promos ‘undermining’ childhood obesity efforts, say MPs

Highly discounted food items and the ‘buy one get one free’ price promotions are undermining the efforts made in tackling childhood obesity, according to the UK Commons Select Committee. 

Scotland and Wales launch plans to help food sector weather 'uncertain times'

Scotland and Wales have launched ambitious new plans to help power their food industries through the years of uncertainty that are expected now the UK has begun the process of...

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Healthy trends at IFE : From 'free-from', to functional teas, chickpeas, and protein waters

This week saw the International Food Exhibition (IFE) come to London. The mega-show brought out the latest offerings from small traders, multinationals, and food service. From the latest meat-free offerings,...

EFSA to recommend daily intake values for added sugar by 2020

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish a scientific opinion on how much sugar can be included in a healthy diet by 2020, it has confirmed.

WHO praises France for ‘straightforward’ nutrition logo

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has praised France for officially backing a voluntary, front-of-pack nutrition logo that “clearly stood out as the most consumer-friendly scheme”.

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Facial expressions show Mars the adverts that will drive sales

It’s a claim that will raise a few eyebrows: researchers working for Mars can identify with 75% accuracy whether or not an advert will deliver a big sales uplift by...

A 20% sugar cut by 2020? ‘It won’t be possible,’ says FDF

A 20% sugar cut across all food categories by 2020 – as per voluntary targets set by the UK government – is not technically possible, nor would it be acceptable...

'Very little appetite' amongst consumers for post-Brexit food regulation changes

Politicians need to think very carefully about how they communicate what Brexit means for food safety and regulation, according to new research carried out in Scotland.

Baobab could be the next big thing in gluten- and grain-free baking: Mintel

Baobab fruit powder is about to make the jump from superfood smoothie staple to gluten- and grain-free free baking ingredient, according to Mintel.

Synthetic yeast creations pave way for improved food industry applications

Five new synthetic yeast chromosomes have been created could signal the advent of more nutritious food, less waste and improved processing efficiency, according to the team heading up the project. ...

Growth in deforestation commitments hides transparency issues

The number of manufacturers using one of the four key commodities linked to deforestation has increased from 67% to 71%, but a worrying number of targets have been missed or...

CGF celebrates healthy reformulation of 180,000 products in 2016

Manufacturers made over 180,000 consumer goods products healthier in 2016 by reducing salt and sugar or adding whole grain and vitamins, according to a report by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)....

Unilever wants stronger UK protection from foreign takeovers

Anglo-Dutch giant Unilever has called on the UK government to revisit the country's rules on takeovers and acquisitions to protect ‘national champions’ against foreign takeovers.

Natural flavours and colours can reassure health-conscious parents

Industry used to shy away from scrutiny towards ingredients lists, but by choosing the right colour or flavour firms can add value to products and reassure consumers, according to colouring...

Medicinal spices and fruity vinegar: Predicting Europe’s future flavour behaviour

Health through flavour, the power of nostalgia and blurred lines between sweet and savoury will be the biggest European flavour trends, according to analysts at Mintel.

French soy juice manufacturers launch voluntary quality standard

A new certification for French manufacturers of soy juice which will give consumers greater clarity in a confusing space, says Agrifood certifying body Afnor.

Develop better voluntary schemes or face regulation, Scottish manufacturers warned

Food and drink manufacturers have been given 12 months to come up with effective non-regulatory approaches to help reduce levels of obesity.

Stop claiming calcium lactate and glucose-fructose syrup are 'natural' ingredients, ASA rules

Children’s drink manufacturer Appy Food & Drinks has been told to stop referring to its juice as “100%” natural as they contain calcium lactate and glucose-fructose syrup by the UK’s advertising...

South African sugar tax could be blueprint for all Africa: WHO

The impending tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in South Africa could be a blueprint for other African nations to follow suit, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) public health specialist.

UK sugar tax confirmed in Budget 2017

A UK sugar tax has been confirmed as part of the government’s Budget 2017 today, with the rates set for the two-tier soft drinks industry levy.

Stevia & fibre blend promises to slash sugar by 100% with no loss in taste or bulk

Food tech start-up Unavoo has launched a natural, stevia- and prebiotic fibre-based sweetener that can replace sugar like-for-like in dairy, bakery and beverage products.

Six industry giants to launch UK-style traffic light labels in Europe

Coca-Cola, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever will add nutrition logos modelled on the UK’s traffic light label to their European portfolios. However, critics have slammed the use of portion...

Food Vision 2017

From marketing to taste: How virtual reality will change the food industry

Virtual reality has arrived and is set to change the way the food industry engages with consumers and even the way consumers taste food by creating multisensory experiences, according to...

FOOD VISION 2017: Food evangelists, 3D printed selfies and the importance of ingredient diversity

Industry movers and shakers gathered in London last week for Food Vision discussing the some of the hottest trends and issues affecting the industry today. Here are some highlights if...

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