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Natural and clean label

Natural and clean label

Consumers have spoken: You can't beat natural. Food companies are working at-the-double to provide them with foods that are safe, tasty, and top quality, with ingredients lists as 'clean' as can be.

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Givaudan expands savoury flavour range with Swiss acquisition

 Swiss flavour giant Givaudan has acquired Activ International, a deal which it says will help widen its portfolio of natural meat, seafood and vegetable flavours.

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...

US reignites trade battle with EU over beef imports

US trade representatives have heeded calls from the country’s meat industry to act on ‘unfair and discriminatory’ rules on US beef imports to the EU – threatening to reopen a...

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....

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. 

Denmark’s Tænk slams producers for misleading labels

A Danish consumer rights organisation has made wide-ranging formal complaints against several food producers, including Nestlé and Kellogg’s, accusing them of misleading product labelling.

The next generation of food tech? Nobel Laureates discuss future of food

The Nobel Foundation’s ‘Your plate, our planet’ event featured talks by start-ups boasting the world changing power of new food technologies like ‘food computers’ and tropical weather forecasting.

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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. 

Consumers assume food must be expensive to be healthy: Study

The price of food heavily influences assumptions about nutritious quality and even effects the health issues consumers worry about, a series of experiments at Ohio State University has found

Small texture tweaks can have a big impact on food flavour & satiety

Flavour often comes first when we think of new product development (NPD), yet texture is just as important in influencing our eating experience – and it can even change the...

Looking to nature for better ‘clean label’ reformulation

Industry should look closer at nature’s solutions for current reformulation challenges by mapping out all the possible functionalities of ingredients already present in foods, says Dr Aidan Craigwood, consultant at...

MEPs urge action on nitrites and nitrates

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have called on the European Commission to reduce legal limits or ban nitrites in meat products due to the link with cancer, and to support...

Top 5 flavors forecast to shine for bakers and snack makers in 2017

BakeryAndSnacks has analyzed the ingredients company McCormick’s Flavour Forecast for 2017 and extracted some highlights that could assist baked goods and snack producers in new product development.

Wessanen strengthens position in Spanish organic market with Biogran takeover

Wessanen has consolidated its position in Europe's sustainable, organic food market with the acquisition of Spanish firm Biogran. Does this mean the Dutch firm itself is looking increasingly attractive to...

Mind, body and spirit: The holistic tea trend

Food Matters Live in London played host to a range of food and beverage makers all eager to show off the flavours and unique ingredients, which they think will continue...

Euromonitor: all-natural ingredients lead consumer trends

Over one-third of consumers worldwide carefully read food labels, scanning for ingredients on their “must avoid” list, Euromonitor recently found.

Emulsifier combination backed for ‘optimal’ eggless cake

A combination of emulsifiers and whey protein concentrate could be used to totally replace egg in cake products, suggest researchers.

How should you communicate your CSR success stories?

French industry group ANIA has published a report with best practice tips for communicating corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities and responsible marketing.

Germany's proposed animal welfare logo meets opposition

Germany's plan to introduce a voluntary animal welfare logo, starting with pork products, has been met with opposition from groups saying good animal husbandry should be mandatory for all meat...

DSM prepares to bring fermented stevia to EU market

Ingredient supplier DSM has asked EFSA scientists to complete a scientific opinion for its fermentation-derived stevia.

MassChallenge donates millions in its first Swiss awards

Swiss accelerator backs 6 start-ups in fairtrade coffee, food fraud, probiotics & more

Swiss start-up incubator MassChallenge has dished out almost €1.4m in funding to food based start-ups that are offering the industry a new approach to fair trade coffee; a device to...

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A cheese by any other name: Let plant-based alternatives use traditional dairy terms

Why call something 'vegan cheese' when you could call it 'a plant-derived, oil-based dairy analog'? How about because it is vegan cheese. It's time for the dairy lobby to see plant-based alternatives...

Over half kids' food on Spanish TV use health halo claims: Research

Over half of all food products marketed to children on Spanish television make some kind of nutrition or health claim but many of these products are unhealthy, say researchers calling for...

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