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Clash of the Seitans: Lobbies locked in plant-based stalemate but near EU definition of vegetarian

As Europe’s processed meat lobby presses the Commission to ban vegetarian products from using meat names, FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) and the European Vegetarian Union (EVU) are close to agreeing on a definition...

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Seaweed swell: European interest turns tide in superfood’s favour?

Long considered a staple food in the Far East, seaweed and algae may finally be making gains in Europe with consumers eager to sample a nutritionally superior food with strong...

Rabobank launches investment initiative to promote innovation

In an effort to promote innovation, Rabobank announces launch of the Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund (RFAIF), allowing companies to receive up to €3 million.

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.

Very little nanny-state regulation in EU, research suggests

Hungary is the worst “nanny-state” in the EU when it comes to laws relating to food and drink, but new research suggests most countries have so far shunned regulation aimed...

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Inspecto among winners at UNECE awards

A company that has developed a handheld scanner to detect pesticides in fresh foods has scooped a prize at a start-up competition.

Research round-up: Salmonella in pork, Listeria in lettuce and stopping aflatoxin

With more than a third of the year gone, we take our fourth look at food safety and quality research.

Austrian start-up taps into fermentation trend with umami-packed seasoning

With its umami-packed, fermented seasoning made from locally-sourced, organic lupin and oats, Austrian start-up Genusskoarl is bringing to the market its "soy sauce adapted to European tastes".

EU low-cal diet industry "could fold" if rules rubber stamped, warns trade body

New rules on low calorie diets could wipe out manufacturers and distributors of weight loss programmes in Europe, according to an industry trade body which is urging regulators to seek...

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.

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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.

GALLERY: Mintel on super soups and how to shake up a saturated and mature market

With unusual ingredients (think sea buckthorn, cacao nibs and 'ugly' vegetables), convenient packaging and a focus on minimal processing, manufacturers can shake up the saturated and mature prepared soup market,...

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...

Orkla cuts palm oil from 98% of its Nordic sweets and snack brands

Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Sweden has removed palm oil from 98% of its products, meaning 1,500 fewer tons of saturated fat in consumers' food. But what were the technical challenges and...

Algae and insects: Are they still the next big ingredients in cooking oils?

The majority of UK adults (85%) use edible oils, according to Mintel, but what are these consumers preferring to buy? FoodNavigator looked into the world of speciality, artisanal and innovative...

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. ...

Soaring packaged food sales gives industry three healthier options: Euromonitor

In some European countries, calorie intake from packaged food is four times greater than for fresh - a golden opportunity for industry to make processed food healthier in one of...

The big, fat quiz: How much do you know about Europe's oil industry?

Where was palm oil first used? What seed is the best botanical source of omega-3? And what makes olive oil taste fruity? Take our quiz and put your knowledge to the...

Naturex looks for partners to develop natural colours and preservatives

Botanical extract supplier Naturex is looking for partners – both technical and commercial – to work together to develop natural solutions for red, green and blue colours and preservatives.

Health risk from pesticide residues is low, says EFSA

The health risk from pesticide residues in food is low, according to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), with 97% of samples within legal limits - but...

‘We have a tremendous opportunity to use our global scale to influence positive change’

PepsiCo launches Nutrition Greenhouse incubator: ‘The latest food innovation is coming from both big & small players’

PepsiCo has launched an incubator programme to help nurture the ‘best and brightest’ entrepreneurs in the nutrition, health and wellness sectors. Eight ‘breakthrough brands’ will benefit from a €25,000 ($26,500)...

Culture Pop blends French gastronomy and healthy on-the-go popcorn

Popcorn start-up Culture Pop is blending French gastronomy and healthy on-the-go snacks with its premium popcorn flavoured with specialty ingredients such as white truffle.

EU scientists warn against methods that overstimate carcinogen levels in food

EU scientists have warned against pitfalls in the method used to analyse carcinogenic contaminants 2-MCPD, 3-MCPD and glycidyl esters in food, recommending an additional ‘clean-up step’ to avoid skewing results.

Pulses are popular but don't stop investing in consumer awareness, say researchers

The Year of the Pulse may be over but pulses are still a trending ingredient, although industry needs to invest in greater consumer awareness if it is to benefit from the...

Chr. Hansen posts ‘strong’ H1 with organic revenue growth of 10%

Food and nutrition bioscience firm Chr. Hansen says it is well positioned to deliver its ambitious full year targets, as it reports 10% organic revenue growth for the first half...

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