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Danish food giants and DTU researchers come together to solve the ‘ingredients paradox’

A centre for food ingredient research and innovation at Denmark's Technical University (DTU) set to open in September this year already counts Chr Hansen and Arla as partners, and will look to...

Russia says it is revelling after 2014 Western food embargo but could an end be in sight?

Russia's ban of food imports from Europe has been in place since 2014 but Donald Trump's election to the White House could mean an end is in sight. We take...

Olam flexes its ‘soft power’ through approach to certification

The world of produce certification has shifted considerably in recent years, with a raft of new sustainability marks entering the market and “raising the benchmark of what is happening on...

Nielsen's top innovative products: 'Our winners leveraged package design, pricing & advertising to truly remarkable effect'

Packaging is the forgotten hero of food marketing - especially considering more than half of purchase decisions are made at the shelf, says Nielsen. We look at some of the...

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Can ‘happy’ pizza make sad days go away?

Food marketers claim pizza and puppies can bring happiness, but bad marketing and dodgy pseudoscience won't make the January blues go away.

From wheat to meat: Seaweed start-up launches vegan bacon after pasta success

Following the success of I Sea Pasta, seaweed specialist Seamore, has launched a vegan bacon made entirely from seaweed and has further plans to expand its market.

Crikey! Fruit fly flour beats crickets for cost, says Israeli start-up

Move over crickets and mealworms - Israeli start-up Flying Spark is farming and processing fruit fly powders and oils that are cheaper than other insect ingredients but with a similar...

Firm fights 'lax and meaningless' Swiss Made law with watch made of cheese

A Swiss watchmaker is protesting against the loopholes in the country's ‘Swiss Made’ law with a novelty 100% Swiss watch made from cheese. "Our response to this lax and insufficient label is...

Brexit-proof? Irish food and drink 2016 exports exceed €11 billion

Irish food and drink exports have exceeded 11 billion despite the fall in exports to the UK, according to figures from the country’s food board, Bord Bia, a total increase...

Waste not, want not: UK start-up turns leftover food into hummus

Food waste-conscious start-up, ChicP, transforms leftover fruit and vegetables into a variety of flavoured hummus, and is crowdfunding to expand into new markets.

Ferrero defends palm oil in Nutella with advert against 'unfair smear campaign'

Ferrero has launched a TV advertising campaign defending its use of palm oil in its flagship product Nutella, saying palm oil is currently suffering "an unfair smear campaign" in Italy....

Bonduelle cuts out retailers with online delivery service

Vegetable supplier and processor Bonduelle is cutting out retailers with the launch of an online service that allows consumers to have its products delivered directly to their doors.

Put your innovative start-up centre-stage at Food Vision 2017

FoodNavigator is on the hunt for trailblazing, entrepreneurial start-ups to pitch their food and nutrition innovations at this year's Food Vision London. 

What's in a name? Product legality, as UK updates food naming guidance

The UK's Department for food, the environment and rural affairs (DEFRA) has updated guidance on food product naming to make the complex and potentially hazardous field more user-friendly for manufacturers.

€1.2m EU investment fund seeks entrepreneurs hungry for agrifood innovation

Katana, a €1.2 million investment fund is calling for Europe’s brightest entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and win funding for agrifood innovation, from functional foods to tech solutions for sustainable...

Industry welcomes GFIA, the UK's gluten-free trade group

UK food firms have created the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) to promote best practice manufacturing tips, gluten testing and ingredient sourcing for the free-from sector's most lucrative category. 

Silly sausages? German Ag Minister criticises vegetarian products with meaty names

Germany’s agriculture minister Christian Schmidt has weighed in on the debate surrounding plant-based alternatives using meat names, calling them "completely misleading" - but the European Commission seems reluctant to act....

Azelis eyes African middle class with Ivory Coast investment

Ingredients specialist Azelis has set its sights on Africa’s growing middle class with a new import and distribution office in the Ivory Coast.

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Food fraud prevention focus for FSSC 22000 version 4

FSSC 22000 has revealed version 4 of its international food safety and quality management system certification scheme.

Kids start the day with big sugar-kick; breakfast cereals highlighted

Children in England consume almost three cubes of sugar at breakfast, according to new research that puts cereal brands in the spotlight once again.

France meat and dairy ‘country of origin labeling’ trial comes into force

France rolls out its two-year trial for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) for meat and dairy in prepared foods, this month.

The nutra space: Eyes turn to 2017

Only the seemingly foolish would have predicted 2016 would see the UK vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump win the US presidential election. But in the post-truth era,...

Consumers aren’t prepared to join the lab-meat love-in

This year there’s been a bit of a lab-meat love-in, but are consumers ready to buy into it? I’m not so sure, especially if they can’t divorce the concept from...

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Roquette ready for major investment in North American pea protein

Roquette is investing in pea protein in Canada next year, as the French firm ups its game in the protein space. 

Processed & cured meat worsens asthma: Study

A high intake of cured and processed meat can worsen asthma symptoms over time, according to French researchers who used a novel analytical method to take into account obesity as...

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