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France to bring in mandatory origin labelling for processed food

France is set to bring in mandatory country of origin labelling for processed products, with agriculture minister, Stéphane le Foll, saying he was ready to “take the battle to the European level”....

The NPD name game: Choose your letters carefully for better branding, say researchers

P is delicious, k is not? The way a product name is articulated subconsciously boosts palatability - and may even increase willingness to spend, psychology researches have found.

Industrialised food additives raise autoimmune disease risk: Review

The expanding use of industrialised food additives could raise the risk of developing autoimmune diseases (AD), say Israeli and German researchers.

Craving for calories trump taste in brain’s battle for nutrients

The brain rewards calorie content over sweetness, and responds to nutrients and taste in very different ways, according to new animal research published in Nature.

EFSA comes under fire for latest 'revolving door' industry recruitment

Barbara Gallani, chief scientist at UK food industry lobby Food and Drink Federation will become EFSA’s communication head in May – an appointment that has sparked criticism over its revolving door...

Séralini study on GMO toxicity ‘disappears’ after one day online

A study into long-term observational data by Seralini shows that GM Bt176 maize is “most probably” toxic in animals – but the paper has since ‘disappeared’ from the online journal after only one...

Business Leaders’ Forum

Four food and drink industry surprises of 2015

A shift in power from retailers to their suppliers, leading to a better year than expected, was one of four key surprises that shaped the UK food and drink industry...

UK shoppers pay 89% more for organic food: survey

UK consumers are paying an 89% premium for organic products at the major supermarkets, according to a survey, while more than half of organic shoppers think they pay too much.

How do different dietary fatty acids influence body fat?

The way in which the body 'distributes' fat may be different depending on the dietary fatty acids consumed as well as genetic factors, Canadian researchers have found. 

Way Better Snacks expands range and tips further growth in sprouted grains

Way Better Snacks has unveiled its latest product – a nacho-flavored tortilla chip – and tipped its signature sprouted grains as a major growth area for snacking.

Feature

Why do people buy organic? Separating myth from motivation

Sales and demand of organic food have been rising again after an uncertain 2014-15, buoyed on by stronger claims of benefits to health, a more natural way of production and...

Labelling meat and dairy products as 'clone-free' would cost billions: EC report

Labelling meat and dairy products as ‘clone derived’ or ‘clone-free’ would cost tens of billions to the European livestock industry, says a recently published report - so will the Commission...

Is the ethical shopper's purse big enough for organic AND fairtrade?

Shoppers and supermarkets are falling back in love with organic, but this is as much down to innovation and marketing as it is a lifting of the economic storm clouds,...

Patent Watch

No oxygen required: Mars seeks patent for cocoa fermentation using airtight bags

Cocoa off-flavors can be avoided by fermenting beans in sealed vacuumed bags inside an incubator with yeast starter cultures, claims Mars in a patent application

Food fraud vulnerability assessment created by SSAFE and PwC

SSAFE and PwC have created a tool to help companies assess food fraud vulnerabilities saying not all current food safety management systems are designed for fraud detection or mitigation.

WHO report backs a tax on sugary drinks to halt child obesity

A report commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) backs a tax on sugary drinks, mandatory nutrient labelling and restrictions on marketing to children in a bid to tackle the child obesity...

Food Vision 2016 programme unveiled

Food Vision 2016 will bring together senior-level thought leaders to discuss how the global food industry can harness scientific innovation to meet the demands of the health conscious consumer.

German researchers claim plasticisers in food packaging causes weight gain

Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Integrated Research and Treatment Centre (IFB) at the University Hospital of Leipzig, Germany, claim plasticisers (phthalates) can cause weight gain....

Children’s beliefs and emotional reactions altered by food advertising, paper finds

Food-related advertisements and other marketing communications can have significant and measurable effects on children’s cognitions, emotions, and behaviours, encouraging unhealthy or risky consumption, a review paper has found.

News focus

Tesco found to have 'seriously breached' Groceries Supply Code of Practice

UK supermarket giant Tesco has been found to have “seriously breached” the legally-binding Groceries Supply Code of Practice that was created to protect grocery suppliers.

How grain-free innovation is shaping German flour and baked goods markets

Interest in grain-free flour and grain-free baked goods is soaring in Germany, according to new research.

European organic and biotech industries clash over plant breeding techniques

Organic farming body IFOAM EU has called for new plant breeding techniques that are still in the experimental stage to be classed as GM under EU law - but this...

Unilever capping ice cream calories

Unilever has confirmed that from spring this year its entire adult single-serve ice cream range will contain 250 calories or fewer in the UK.

'Abuses are taking place within ‘certified’ supply chains' say authors

Global supply chains audits for corporations fail to detect serious abuses: Report

NGO-certified ethical audits do little to root out labour abuses, poor working conditions and environmental degradation within global supply chains, as a report accuses corporations of 'fixing' the process to...

(B)utterly in breach? Ireland cracks down on misleading buttery claims

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued guidance for industry when using terms such as 'buttery' or 'butterly' following complaints that margarine manufacturers were misleading consumers.

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