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Givaudan files patent for MSG-free umami

Givaudan has developed a compound blend that creates an acceptable umami impression in food and beverages, enabling elimination or reduction of monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Marketing meat: On-pack quality and credibility cues vital, say researchers

Global meat consumption will continue to boom but a consumer shift from price concerns to quality means meat processors need to step up marketing efforts, researchers warn.

Nestlé wants all of its children’s range to meet the ‘60/40+’ criteria by the end of 2014

Ten years after introducing the 60/40+ initiative Nestlé aims for all of its foods and beverages for children to comply with the initiative’s criteria. 

Reactions to food labels vary by socioeconomic status

A new Greenwich University study on high and low fat food labelling suggests that socioeconomic status affects how people view food labels.

Saudi ready meals market hits $7bn, but growth set to slow

Saudi Arabia's ready meal, coffee, tea and spices market grew 118% to reach US$7bn in value between 2007 and 2012, but growth will slow in coming years, according to a new report.

What are the ‘life cycle’ environmental impacts of convenience foods?

Global warming and human toxicity impacts of ready-made meals are up to 35% higher than equivalent home-made versions, according to researchers.

Shocking levels of sugar in UK ready meals, says Which?

UK ready meals contain up to double the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommended daily intake for sugar, according to the latest research from Which?.

Maternal gluten-free linked to lower diabetes risk: Mouse study

Consumption of a gluten-free diet during pregnancy may be correlated to the health of offspring, and in particular their risk of developing type 1 diabetes, according to new research in mice.

Cutting carbs, gluten or fat? The 'utter nonsense' behind claims to be the best diet

From the benefits of gluten-free to those of Mediterranean and Palaeolithic diets, many claims that one dietary strategy are better than another for health and weight loss are simply 'unjustified'...

Beyond bread: Gluten-free potential in beer and pizza

Gluten-free bakery still offers plenty of opportunity in Europe, but beer, pizza and prepared meals are the most untapped segment of the cereal-containing products, according to a Mintel analyst.

How nutritious are gluten-free foods?

One of the main drivers of the gluten-free market is a desire for healthier diets and better nutrition – as opposed to medical need – but how healthy is the...

Gluten-free foods are too expensive, say coeliac shoppers

Nearly 90% of UK shoppers with coeliac disease say that gluten-free foods do not represent good value for money, according to a survey from Leatherhead Food Research.

Slow-paced meals reduce hunger but only cut calories for normal-weight people: Study

Consuming food at a slower pace does help to increase reduce feelings of hunger, but the effects on calorie consumption may depend on whether you are overweight, according to new...

Nestlé to shut frozen meals plant following horse meat scandal

Nestlé has said it will shut a French frozen meals plant after consumer trust took a hit and sales plunged in the wake of the horse meat scandal.

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