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Is food marketing awash with bad science? If so, who is to blame?

Dr Ben Goldacre: ‘Does this food cause or prevent cancer? Honestly, there's no need for any more stories like that, they have almost no value’

There was plenty of handwringing at the IFT show this year about the lack of scientific literacy characterizing the debate around food and farming, backed up by scores of press...


Britain votes to leave the EU: What now?

Britain has voted to leave the European Union and Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned as a result. Across Europe and the UK, the food industry is coming to terms...

Guest article

Leaders ripping apart the black box

It’s hard to care when you don’t know the real supply chain picture, argues Scandinavia-based analyst Virpi Varjonen in this guest article.

Researchers urge government to ‘seriously consider’ food taxes

The UK government should seriously consider taxing unhealthy foods and drinks to reduce their consumption, a paper from the Food Research Collaboration (FRC) has urged.

Key trends in food and nutrition: Naturalness, NPD and more co-branding?

After a few years of negativity, the industry has a spring in its step again. But with renewed optimism comes the question of where the future successes lie.

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How can Fairtrade make a difference in the next 5 years?

Fairtrade International has called for feedback to help strengthen its impact and make trade fairer over the next five years.

Delay to ‘fish discards’ rule undermines sustainability efforts, say Greens

MEPs have delayed a ban on throwing back unwanted fish catches in a vote that European Greens say undermines rules intended to improve sustainability.

FoodDrinkEurope welcomes 7% biofuels limit – but industry divided

FoodDrinkEurope has said legislators could have been more ambitious in their efforts to reduce food resources for fuel and welcomed a 7% cap on biofuels, but not all of its...

Being anti-GMO may have ‘intuitive appeal’

Rejection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may be intuitive for many people, claims a paper published in the journal Trends in Plant Science.

‘Bust the myth’ of physical inactivity and obesity, urge researchers

Public health messages intended to tackle obesity should focus on unhealthy eating rather than physical activity, which does not promote weight loss, according to an editorial published in the British Journal...

Five-colour nutrition labelling ‘not easy to interpret’, says Foodwatch

French consumer group Foodwatch has condemned a proposed five-colour front-of-pack nutritional labelling system, calling it an industry smokescreen.

Industry accused of targeting kids to build brand loyalty

Food and drink companies have a financial interest in selling products to children to create loyal customers for life, claim researchers.

FIC regs ‘missed opportunity’ for mandatory front of pack labelling

An EU-wide revamp of on-pack nutrition information is a missed opportunity to make front of pack labelling compulsory, says the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC).

Nestlé CEO: Business should not lead the social agenda

Business plays a crucial role in meeting sustainable development goals – but it should not lead the social agenda, according to Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, speaking at the World Economic...

Corporate social media: ‘Don’t be afraid to take your hands off the wheel’

Social media engagement is a fact of business for nearly all food companies, but many are still getting to grips with how to use it, according to social media expert...

Beyond GMOs: Europe needs to update biotech regulation

The European Union needs to update the way it regulates biotechnology as advances are made in plant breeding – or risk disrupting trade in commodity crops, according to Professor Huw...

Looking back on 2014: How did we do with last year’s predictions?

As 2014 draws to a close, let’s take a minute to look back and ask, how accurate was our forecast for the year? FoodNavigator looks back at its trend predictions...

Is added sugar worse than salt for heart health?

Sugar in processed foods may have a larger impact on heart health than salt, argues a paper published in the journal Open Heart.


Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

New technologies are vital to the future growth of the food and nutrition industry, but their future success depends on much more than the science behind them.

Rethinking fat: Global experts to separate fact from fiction

Researchers have questioned the received wisdom on dietary fat in recent years asking, is saturated fat actually good for us? Are unsaturated fats really as healthy as we thought? And...

Hi Europe 2014 - Tweet by tweet

Leaders in the European functional food and welness industry have come together in Amsterdam to showcase the latest insights, scienctific research and technological innovations in the industry. We bring you...

Health and sustainability goals entail trade-offs

Pursuing health and environmental sustainability goals at the same time requires trade-offs, argues an Aarhus University associate professor in Current Opinion in Food Science.

Guest article

Saturated fat: Should dietary advice change?

Is saturated fat less ‘bad’ than previously thought? In this guest feature, nutrition writer Ursula Arens examines the evidence.

Pope Francis: Food has been reduced to a commodity

Market pre-eminence has reduced food to a commodity subject to financial speculation, Pope Francis told attendees at a major nutrition conference in Rome this morning.

Guest article

International expansion: How to tap into global demand without global scale

Bigger isn't necessarily better when it comes to achieving international success, argues Barney Wallace from OC&C Strategy Consultants in this guest article.

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