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Gut microbe damage from low-fibre diets may be inherited - and irreversible

Adopting a high-fibre diet may not only benefit the microbial profile of the person consuming the diet but also their future children, according to a study in Nature.

Unilever, Nestlé & Danone top for global food issues but overall industry performance is poor: Report

The world’s biggest food companies are too slow in reacting to the double burdens of obesity and undernutrition, says a report that ranks 22 multinationals for their performance in marketing,...

Food manufacturers should adopt ‘activity equivalent’ calorie labels

Food and drink manufacturers should adopt ‘activity equivalent’ calorie labelling on their products which show how much activity is needed to burn off the calories in them, according to the...

European Parliament committee to vote on three objections

MEP urges rethink on ‘outrageous’ new formula marketing rules

A member of the European Parliament (MEP) has urged fellow politicians to support his objections to new rules on the marketing of baby foods, formulas and foods for special medical...

Concern over trans fat levels in Portuguese pastries

High levels of trans fats in Portuguese foods, especially pastry, are contributing to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, cancer and diabetes, according to a study -  but processed...

1000-strong survey reveals German consumers' food industry wish list

A 1000-strong survey into dietary habits and attitudes shows Germans are generally happy with their food but want more neutral nutrition information and ethically-produced meat - and they are willing...

What works for cigarettes may not work for food: Plain packaging increases snacking

The use of plain packaging on unhealthy food as an obesity prevention measure may have the opposite effect by increasing snack intake among men, a study has found.

Manufacturers throw weight behind obesity app that displays food & drink sugar levels

A smartphone app that enables consumers to scan the bar code on products to determine their sugar content has been backed by some manufacturers and major UK retailers.

Is food marketed as healthy inadvertently fuelling obesity?

People tend to overeat food marketed as healthy because they assume it is less filling but food companies can counter this by portraying food as 'nourishing' or 'wholesome' instead, researchers...

Frutarom invests €2.25m in algae start-up

Swiss-Israeli flavours and ingredients house Frutarom Industries has invested 10 million Israeli Shekel (€2.25m) for a 50% stake in the biotech start-up Algalo.

‘Internet of food’ could revolutionise personal nutrition: researcher

The ‘internet of food’ could one day tell users what to eat based on their personal health needs, according to a digital health researcher. 

ASA ruling

Hare today, gone tomorrow: Nestlé boots Nesquik healthy bunny claims after UK challenge

Nesquik is no longer "a great start to the day" after the UK advertising authority ruled the product too high in sugar to bear health claims. ...

Consumers buy more when recommended serving sizes are smaller

Nutrition values seen on labels can differ substantially based on the recommended serving size, with consumers buying more of the same product among one of a number of undesirable consumer...

Special edition: Battling malnutrition. Exclusive with Nestlé head of public health nutrition

Nestlé: Profit is not a dirty word in the race against global malnutrition

Commercial and public health gain needn’t be opposed bedfellows in the battle against malnutrition among the world’s poorest people, says the chief of public health nutrition at the world’s biggest...

Special Edition: Battling Malnutrition

All in: Making malnutrition a global priority

Nutritional programmes and interventions are a starting point - but genuine multi-stakeholder involvement is what's required to tackle the world's problem of malnutrition and under nutrition.

1100 foods, 113 nutrient values

Danes launch vast food database

Denmark has debuted a vast food database covering energy, fat, carbohydrates and proteins, dietary fibres, alcohol, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids.

Allboxes Direct launches bio based polymer packaging

‘Consumers are becoming more sensitive to packaging and its impact on the environment’

Allboxes Direct, which works with Baked By Melissa, Milkbar, Farmigo, and Jacques Torres Chocolates, has launched a bio based polymer packaging to replace petroleum based polymers for the manufacture and...

Commission report backs a legal limit for trans fat

A limit on permitted levels of industrial trans fats in food is the most effective way to reduce Europeans' risk of heart disease, says the European Commission in its long-awaited...

Clean label is the major concern for EU food firms

The reduction of sugar and the removal of additives are currently the biggest headaches for the European food industry, according to new research.

dispatches from fie 2015

Will 'Peru-perfood' sacha inchi be the next quinoa?

High in protein and omega-3, Peruvian sacha inchi has ‘superfood’ potential, according to a supplier of its oil and protein powder.

Bold and urgent action required on obesity – that means a sugar tax, say UK MPs

A report by health select committee MPs has called for bold and urgent action on child obesity, which includes a sugar tax - but industry has slammed the report as...

A carbon tax on meat is not a complete turn-off to consumers: report

Consumers are more receptive to a carbon tax on meat or the removal of subsidies for livestock farmers than politicians believe, according to new research.

Add seaweed to food to improve heart health, Danish researchers urge industry

Food manufacturers should add seaweed to help combat cardiovascular disease and related conditions, according to researchers.

Discovery

Unraveling the cocoa code: Barry Callebaut discovers undetected polyphenols as it develops ‘cocoa atlas’

Barry Callebaut has found previously undiscovered cocoa polyphenols as it works with Bremen-based Jacobs University to crack the commodity’s molecular code.