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'We're the first product that dreams of impeaching the US president'

German start-up Smuus mixes food, politics & tongue-in-cheek marketing

German start-up Smuus has an original concept with its fruit and vegetable smoothies for yoghurts, desserts, bread, meat and cheese. But the campaign for its peach-flavoured product, which promises to...

Long-fibre prebiotics show promising sweetness, say scientists

How to keep things sweet without adding calories – is it a Holy Grail or could UK scientists have found a solution thanks to long-fibre prebiotics?

Natural umami flavours are a clean-label alternative to MSG, says Bell

Umami flavours can be a natural alternative to the not-so-clean-label monosodium glutamate (MSG), says Bell Flavours and Fragrances, as it launches six natural umami flavours including three yeast-free formulations.

Does the future of sustainable eating lie in plant-meat blends?

Could be the future of sustainable eating be plant and meat protein blends? We put the question to three experts at this year's IFT.  "There’s an untapped market there," says one...

Avril strengthens lecithin range with acquisition

Oil giant Avril has strengthened its lecithin portfolio with the acquisition of French supplier Novastell.

Kerry innovation chief talks investment, R&D and working with start-ups

Following Kerry Group's $220 million (€193m) investment into research and development (R&D) last year, what's next for ingredient innovation at the Irish company? We caught up with the firm's Chief Innovation Officer....

More fruit and fish and less soda: A recipe for better colorectal health?

Load up on fish and fruit, and cut back on soft drinks for better colorectal health, finds ‘Med diet’ study.

Rising expectations: Health and nutrition drive ‘strong’ Q3 for Chr Hansen

Probiotic and natural colours player Chr Hansen reported a 10% growth in organic revenue in the first nine months, leading the company to slightly raise full year expectations.

EU pledges further €70 million for fruit farmers hit by Russia ban

Existing measures designed to aid fruit producers affected by the Russian import ban are to be extended by a further year until the end of June 2018.

Rye’s high satiety properties fit well as a weight-managing food, study says

The porous, moisture-absorbent properties of rye products such as bread, flakes and granolas are key to maintaining long-lasting satiety and effective weight management, a Finnish study determines.

Silkworm flour: Where sustainable food meets fashion

Italbugs is preparing to market a high-protein flour derived from silkworms, a by-product of the textile industry, that is suitable for use in sports nutrition and bakery products.

Big names join forces to drive sustainable coconut oil production in South East Asia

A quartet of key industry players have come together to drive the production of sustainable coconut oil in the Philippines and Indonesia.

No meat and less salt: Salt of the Earth’s Mediterranean Umami is changing the meat alternative space

A sodium-reduction solution that mimics the taste of meat has been created by Israeli supplier, Salt of the Earth Ltd.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Del Monte buries the hatchet ahead of retail and NPD joint-venture

Philippines-based Del Monte Pacific has entered into a joint-venture with Arab-owned Fresh Del Monte Produce to expand its refrigerated fruit-based lines. 

Eat plants to stay slim, say Spanish researchers

People with diets that favour plants over meat can cut their risk of developing obesity by almost half, according to research being conducted in Spain.

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,...

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...

Project TRUE gets bean counting to boost EU pulse cultivation

A €500,000 project aims to expand the cultivation of pulses in Europe to use less fertilisers, promote sustainability and rely less on imports, whilst promoting the health benefits of the...

News in brief

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.

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.

Eight companies chosen for PepsiCo Nutrition Greenhouse

PepsiCo announced today the eight European nutrition start-ups it has chosen for the first Nutrition Greenhouse programme, offering one winning company €100,000.

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...

Fruit freshness ripe for innovation with use of coated fabric

A quick and reliable way to test the freshness of fruit is the focus of a study that adapts a coated fabric, which soaks up chemical compounds in the fruit...

FREE FROM FOOD EXPO

Vegan-friendly eggs? Just add water, say New Food

A range of animal derivative free products were unveiled at this year’s Free From Foods Exposition in Barcelona, from Polish company New Food.

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