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Nutrition labelling

Nutrition labelling

What must go on a food label, and how should it look? Debate is heating up on the new EU regulation, with stakeholders airing views on the merits of guidance daily amounts and traffic light labels, and just what size font should be used for mandatory information.

Serving suggestions play important role in consumer expectations and willingness to buy

Pack images that depict serving suggestions play a vital role in driving consumer expectations and ‘willingness to buy’, say researchers.

Food and beverage giants pledge to cut trans fats to below 1g per 100g by 2018

Global food and drinks businesses including General Mills, Kellogg, Mars, Nestlé and Unilever have pledged to reduce trans fatty acids to “nutritionally insignificant levels” by the end of 2018.

Low-fat or 'light' foods encourage over-eating in the long-term

Low-fat, light and diet versions of products may actually contribute to rising obesity rates by encouraging over consumption compared to regular products both in the short- and long-term, Dutch scientists have...

Spotlight on Turkish regulation: 'It's an easy market to enter'

Harmonisation of Turkish and EU food law make it an easy and attractive market for foreign companies, but on issues that affect public health - such as nutrient profiles, health...

Vast majority of MEPs demand legislation on origin labelling

EU politicians have upped pressure - once again - on the European Commission to bring in mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) for lightly processed meat and dairy products in...

The big issue: How can industry be part of the obesity solution?

Obesity and overweight rates continue to rise across the globe and although no country has managed to reverse the trend to date, all agree action is required. Join us for...

Super growth for superfoods, but is the halo starting to slip?

Rates of ‘superfood’ new product development have tripled in the past five years, according to Mintel, but a nutrition expert warns that with no clear definition in existence, the allure...

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Portion distortion: The EU must define realistic portion sizes, says MEP

With obesity levels on the rise, MEP Mairead McGuinness has called on the Commission to set realistic portion sizes to stop consumers being misled over nutrition values. People don't calculate how...

Nestlé prioritises low salt products and calls for reduction targets

Nestlé is preparing to adjust its global portfolio in a bid to help consumers eat significantly less salt – as well stay one step ahead of any forthcoming regulatory measures.

News in brief

Vitafoods Europe: Geneva pulls nutrition levers

The NutraIngredients team will be at Vitafoods Europe in Geneva this week scouring the showfloor and conference halls for hot stories, engaging the industry and scrutinising the latest nutrition innovations.

News in brief

Salt levels in Irish bacon higher than nutrition labels suggest

The salt levels in bacon and ham products may be up to 50% higher than what the nutrition label suggests, according to research.

Healthy agers: To market older, you’d better get wiser

Europe’s seniors see functional foods as a 'dated' concept, are uncomfortable with products that expressly mention age, and want sustainable, naturally nutritious products, finds a consumer study led by the...

UK obesity soars as government inaction 'disappoints' campaigners and industry

Levels of obesity in the UK have almost doubled since the early 1990s, with 58% of women and 65% of men overweight or obese. Obesity-related hospital admissions for children have...

German court rules against 'vegan cheese' - but what should plant-based alternatives be called?

If it's not made from animal milk it can't be called cheese, a German court has ruled in a case against a 'vegan cheese' manufacturer. But when consumers' point of reference for a...

The EFSA hackathon: Authority offers €20,000 for app ideas

"The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is offering €20,000 for an app idea it can use to provide “quick, user-friendly” mobile access to its work."

TTIP – a nail in the coffin for EU food producers?

The big winners of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal will be the corporate food giants and US factory farms with European producers set to lose the most, according...

ASA ruling

Far from shy: Shouts about coconut sugar fall foul of advert regulators

Tiana Fair Trade Organic's claims that its coconut nectar is a “guilt free sugar substitute” are in breach of regulations, the British advertising authority has ruled.

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Spotlight on Start Ups: Personal and product development

The Natural & Organic Products show in London was an opportunity to showcase the best of the natural and organic industry. 

Our stool frequency claim may not be sexy – but it adds credibility to empty slogans: BENEO

A survey of over 1,000 consumers in the UK and Spain has helped German ingredients giant BENEO join the dots between its EFSA-approved stool frequency health claim on paper and...

Dutch industry-backed nutrition label ticked off with mounting criticism

The industry group behind the Dutch healthy eating label, known as the tick, has come under fire from a consumer watchdog which says it is confusing, biased and should be...

Food firms slam ‘sneaky’ shrinking products claim

Food and drink manufacturers have denied claims made by consumer pressure group Which? that shrinking the pack size of products was a “sneaky way of increasing prices”.

Energy & fibre intakes far below recommended levels

Paper offers insights into +85s diets – but huge data gaps remain

The rapidly-growing age segment of over-85s has been neglected in both nutrition research and dietary recommendations, say UK researchers behind a large-scale trail-blazing study.  

Foodex 2016

‘We could be consuming food all the time that is not authentic but we wouldn’t know about it until afterwards’

‘We could be consuming food all the time that is not authentic but we wouldn’t know about it until afterwards’, according to Andy Morling, head, Food Crime Unit, Food Standards...

No new legislation needed on ‘growing up milks’, says long-awaited Commission report

There is no need for new legislation specific to so-called ’growing up’ milks, the European Commission has said in a report rebuked by industry and NGOs alike.

'THE GOAL IS TO REFORMULATE SO THEY CAN BE LABELLED 'EVERYDAY PRODUCTS''

Mars to label savoury products in global portfolio: 'Eat occasionally, once a week'

Mars will add labels to some savoury products in its global portfolio, such as Uncle Ben's and Dolmio, that don't meet its own nutrition criteria to say they should only...