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Smarter than a sweetener? Flavour modifier matches sugar's mouthfeel & sweetness

OmegaSweet is a natural, flavour-modifying ingredient that not only replaces sugar's sweetness but mimics its mouthfeel in beverages - a smarter way to reduce sugar ahead of the UK's sugar tax, says the...

UMFHA tells fake manuka honey to buzz off

The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) has developed a system that uses compounds to validate manuka honey as genuine, after a rise in fake manuka honey was sold in...

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EU vegetable shortage: Crisis or opportunity?

Weather conditions continue to mar vegetable production in some of the EU’s foremost growing regions – but is this a blessing in disguise for the processed food sector?

Industry-backed studies don't deter from meal frequency factor in healthy heart and weight

Maintaining a healthy weight and heart is as much an issue of meal timing and frequency as it is the meal’s make up, US researchers have found despite a 'skewed...

Playing with portions and price: Manufacturers need to 'downsize smartly', says researcher

For consumers, higher prices are fair game but smaller portions are not, says one food marketing researcher who is urging manufacturers to downsize smartly: "Some food companies act as if they...

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Lallemand touts high protein yeast extract for meat alternatives

Lallemand says it has created a unique new extract, Prim Lyfe 175A, which enhances meat and bouillon notes suitable for vegetarian alternatives.

FDF: 'It's an interesting concept and worth exploring'

Exercise labels are more effective than standard nutrition info for healthy eating, say researchers

'Exericise labels' that say how much physical activity is needed to burn off the calories in food are significantly more effective in encouraging healthy eating than standard nutrition information, according to...

Lure of junk food tempting but not overwhelming, study finds

Limiting junk food ads work, according to researchers, who think that the compulsion to eat this food is caused by environmental cues like advertising. 

French agency ANSES slashes recommended meat intake in new guidelines

French food agency ANSES has updated its nutrition guidelines, cutting the recommended intake for meat and encouraging more pulses and less sugar. But how does it compare to other national...

Updated food model predicts ‘calorie fate’ to avoid weight gain and disease

A food model that factors in caloric load, nutrient breakdown and even how food is perceived may help those who accumulate fat and are at a higher risk for cardiovascular...

Gum in developed markets needs a boost, Mintel analyst warns

As gum manufacturers are battling the sluggish category growth by developing new and bold flavors, some makers have gone in the other direction: Innovating the texture, according to a recent...

What's hitting the shelves? New product launches: January 2017

From low calorie energy drinks to new craft beers, we take a look at some of the new products hitting the shelves around the globe. 

Portugal to trial origin labelling for milk

Portugal will go ahead with compulsory origin labelling on milk, cheese and other dairy products, the country's minister for agriculture confirmed this week.

Retailers call for 'smart legislation' on food waste

European retailers have welcomed a draft EU report on food waste, reiterating its calls for for "smart legislation" that incentivises action to prevent food waste in the supply chain....

Make tomatoes tasty again: Scientists discover ‘flavour genes’ in the world’s most valuable fruit

Mass produced commercial tomatoes contain increasingly less flavour and return increasingly less consumer satisfaction. A team of researchers has discovered a ‘genetic roadmap’ for rebreeding tastiness into tomatoes

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EFSA quits Brussels for Parma home; commits to livestreaming

The European Food safety Authority (EFSA) is moving open meetings back to its Parma Italy base after a year in Brussels failed to increase turn-outs.

Swedes spin silk from whey protein

Whey protein has become the unlikely source for producing artificial silk as researchers have perfected a method that uses nanostructures to form this high-demand material.

Lack of UK policy on food security could be costly, warns charity

The UK government has been accused by an NGO of “playing Russian Roulette” with climate change as it downplayed the risks that global warming could have on food security....

'Bold' obesity plan in Scotland would see manufacturers suffer, says industry

Scotland needs a “bold approach” to tackle obesity, according to an influential group of politicians. But food industry representatives said tough regulation could present “barriers to business” for the country’s manufacturers....

Government funds help Mazza put last piece into commercialization puzzle

Water extraction technology pioneer Mazza Innovation has received an $840,000 ($1.1 million CDN) investment from the Canadian government to install new drying technology at its plant in British Columbia.

Pressure and confusion builds over free range egg labelling

Poultry in Europe is being kept indoors to prevent the spread of bird flu, after 12 weeks all hens will no longer be free range; what, if anything, can the...

Acrylamide-free: Does it exist?

As one UK snack firm markets its kale crisps as 'acrylamide-free', we talk to a leading researcher on how to reduce the carcinogenic contaminant in different foods and ask: does...

Belorussian confectioner turns wasted 'sweet water' into valuable fruit fillings

Belorussian confectioner Kommunarka is reusing its ‘sweet water’ - water used to rinse production lines which contains traces of sugar and sweeteners - to make fruit fillings for its chocolates,...

Laser loving: Dutch and Swedes team up for plastic-free laser label trial

Laser labels or 'natural branding' are increasing in popularity as Dutch fruit and vegetable supplier Nature & More teams up with a Swedish supermarket in saying no to plastic labels on...

Consumer group calls on Dutch parliament for tougher salt measures

A study by the Dutch Consumentebond has found exceedingly higher levels of salt in private label supermarket foods than their name brand counterparts and are calling on the government to...

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