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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.

Day 5: 20 October

Food innovation is on the menu at #SIAL

7000 exhibitors, 104 countries, eight halls in five days: The international food industry is in Paris for SIAL, one of the world's biggest food innovation exhibitions. FoodNavigator is there to...

‘Huge potential’ in children’s bottled water category

As concerns over childhood obesity continue to grow - and with sugary drinks under particular scrutiny – there’s a big opportunity for children’s bottled water, according to Zenith International.  ...

Tate & Lyle to expand Singapore lab amid speciality ingredients focus

Tate & Lyle is to more than double the size of its Singapore laboratory, will new facilities including a pilot plant and wider analytical capabilities.

Consumers value origin labelling - but not necessarily for processed meat, say researchers

Consumers do value country of origin labelling (COOL) for meat products, say the authors of a recent study, but mostly for unprocessed meat that already has mandatory labelling in the...

Flavour in focus: Natural and sophisticated florals on trend in Europe

Floral flavours in food are on trend in Europe thanks to their perceived healthiness and sophistication. But which are the preferred categories, are extracts better than natural aromas and what...

Foodwatch launches campaign against undeclared use of gelatine in fruit juice

Juice manufacturers that use gelatine as a processing aid without declaring it on-pack may not be breaking EU law but are deceiving consumers, says campaign group Foodwatch.

Meat industry could ditch factory farming as investors start to pull funds

The meat industry could abandon factory farming methods in the face of rising investor wariness over the rearing methods, experts said.

Hidden lobbying could go unchecked under poor EU transparency proposals, says watchdog

Industry lobbying activities could continue to go “unchecked” with insufficient Commission proposals for a new mandatory transparency register, according to transparency watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory.

Pedon pulse pasta rides Europe's protein wave

Dutch consumers' first impression of Pedon's red lentil pasta may have been lacklustre but the Italian pulse processor is unworried as it rides Europe's triple trend wave for healthy protein, flavoured pasta...

Ecolabel market to grow by 66%, and will become more powerful than regulation, say Danish researchers

The number of eco-labels could grow by 66% in the next 15 years as their power and influence becomes much great than regulation, according to new research carried out in Denmark.

Too much gluten may trigger coeliac disease in babies

High gluten intake before the age of two carries coeliac disease risk, researchers say, challenging coeliac development links with breastfeeding and age.

EFSA OKs titanium dioxide but nano concerns remain

EFSA has said white food colouring titanium dioxide poses no health concerns despite data gaps, but campaigners have raised doubts over the safety of nanoparticles.

Danish brown algae could prolong shelf life and improve taste

Danish bladderwrack seaweed contains antioxidants which could prevent fatty acids from becoming “rancid” in food products, a new paper suggests.

Do kids make better food decisions than their mums when choosing snacks?

Children’s acceptance of healthy food is underrated by their mothers as a study finds kids choose a higher number of healthy foods for their mothers than for themselves.

Health-minded shoppers want easy-to-read label information

Quick-fire label information is needed to capture the growing majority of health-minded consumers, suggests a survey commissioned by colouring foods supplier.

Finland's Paulig acquires majority stake in vegetarian 'pulled oats' start-up

Finnish start-up Gold&Green Foods is set to bring its 'pulled oats' - a patent-protected, plant-based protein - to international markets following a 51% acquisition by Paulig Group.

Scotland launches food fraud hotline and warns Brexit could encourage criminals

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a new food fraud hotline to help regulators and police tackle criminal activity in the supply chain, as well as protect the food sector’s...

Spanish researchers develop fat- and dairy-free gels and foams using eggs

By processing egg whites and yolks in different ways, Spanish researchers have developed a range of novel gels and foams that are fat-free, dairy-free and have a neutral taste. ...

More pictures, less numbers: FSA advises on healthy food labelling

More visual and less numeric label information could be the way to bolster healthier food choices in Northern Ireland, the FSA say.

Natural gum can improve tapioca starch performance and keep ‘clean label’ intact: study

A natural gum can be used to improve the functionality of tapioca starch without impacting ‘clean label’ claims, according to new research.

Major Dutch retailer to cut sugar across its private label range

The Netherlands’ biggest retailer, Albert Heijn, has pledged to reduce the sugar in its private label products by between 10 to 40% and will introduce a colour-coded branding system for...


Trends in fats and oils: It's all about minimal processing, novel ingredients & changing the plant's genetic profile

Consumers are confused over the healthiness of saturated fats, worried about chemical contaminants in processed oils and turned off by labels cluttered with additives to extend shelf and fry life. So what...

MEP questions whether Italy and Spain are illegally bleaching seafood

An MEP has questioned whether Spain and Italy’s use of hydrogen peroxide to process some seafood such as squid is in breach of EU law by bleaching the food to...

Renewed call for bakers to end use of wheat sprayed with glyphosate

Campaigners are urging major UK bread manufacturers and supermarkets not to use flour from wheat sprayed with glyphosate immediately before harvest.

Sensient launches yellow and orange colouring foods

Colour and flavour supplier Sensient has widened its colouring food range with yellow and orange, bringing the number of EU-compliant products in its colouring foods range to three digits.

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