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Food Vision 2016 preview - Cannes, France March 2-4, 2016

Trailblazers: Whey, wheatgrass and ‘zenverages’ win Unilever innovation awards

Whey-based ice cream, an organic wheatgrass supplement and a herbal relaxing drink have won the Trailblazers contest hosted by Unilever and William Reed Business Media’s Food Vision event.

What's on the inside matters: See-through chewing gum coating can 'reignite' stagnant category, claims Beneo

Beneo has developed translucent chewing gum coatings from isomalt that allows colors and designs in the gum's core to be visible in the finished product.

Fairtrade sales hit by sugar price plummet despite double digit growth in certain categories

The value of UK Fairtrade sales dropped by €127m last year due to falling demand for cane sugar but the Fairtrade Foundation says it is remaining cautiously optimistic for 2016...

Eating in groups makes food taste better, study believes

The experience of eating can be affected by how we perceive food and the context in which it is presented, Italian researchers have discovered, which has significant repercussions for the food marketing...

Introducing the kakadu plum: Clean label's rising star ingredient that replaces chemical preservatives

Kakadu Plum, an edible fruit produced by trees in the tropical woodlands of Australia, has emerged as a superfruit with antimicrobial properties that could replace chemical preservatives used by the seafood...

TSC index brings sustainable supply chains to Europe

A toolkit which allows manufacturers and retailers to evaluate the sustainability credentials of suppliers and their ingredients, has wrapped up its pilot scheme in the Netherlands and is set to...

Change is COOL: Online petition for meat origin labelling gains momentum in France

Nearly 8000 French consumers have signed a petition on Change.org calling for mandatory country of origin labelling for processed meat products.

For Frutarom, small is beautiful when looking at acquisition targets

In US basketball lingo they call it playing small ball. Frutarom, which supplies flavors, fragrances and dietary supplement ingredients, has grown to one of the world’s largest companies in the...

Mars recall

Mars Chocolate’s recall ‘could cost millions’

Mars Chocolate’s recall of Mars and Snickers bars in up to 55 countries could cost millions of pounds, warns legal firm Roythornes.

Eat less meat to meet EU climate targets, study says

Technological advancements and dietary changes have been targeted to meet EU climate targets that require deep cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a study has identified.

EU olive oil producers unhappy with Parliament's show of solidarity for Tunisia

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have backed plans to allow an extra 70,000 tonnes of duty-free Tunisian olive oil into the EU to help Tunisia's country – but it has been met...

Non-alcoholic and low alcohol beers: Opportunities and challenges

Non-alcoholic and low alcohol beers only account for a small proportion of the global beer market. However, these categories are showing stronger growth than the overall beer market, according to...

Mintel report says non-dairy ice cream rising in popularity

A new Mintel study of internet users around Europe shows demand for non-dairy ice cream is booming in Germany as well as other European countries.

Food Vision 2016 preview

Sustainable sourcing: Start-up looks to Africa and baobab for next superfood

A start-up firm has found a way of sustainably sourcing the African fruit baobab whilst supporting rural economies and empowering growers in a region that has been described as an...

Food Vision 2016 preview

Child nutrition NPD needed to avoid crippling cost of obesity, says expert

New product development (NPD) is essential to address the nutritional needs of a child during its first 1000 days if health systems are to avoid the crippling cost of treating...

Europe set for bittersweet summer as sugar supply crisis looms: CIUS

A sugar supply crisis in Europe is almost certain this summer unless the EU acts now to prevent one, the Committee of European Sugar Users (CIUS) has warned.

Scientists develop method to boost sweetness of plant-derived thaumatin

Plant-derived sweetener thaumatin can be made up to 1.7 times sweeter by swapping basic amino acids, Japanese researchers have found.

Our Paleo ancestors were more active than us, but did they really have an optimal diet?

Supporters of the 'Paleo' diet (a hunter/gatherer-style approach to eating) urge us to eschew grains, dairy and legumes - among other things. But any diet that eliminates major food groups...

Great expectations: Can industry meet consumer colour demands?

The news that food giant Mars will phase out all artificial colours from their global food and drink offerings in the next five years, follows similar actions carried out by...

Certified sustainable seafood reaches record numbers

The number of sustainable seafood products certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has topped a record 20,000 – an important milestone which shows a growing consumer interest in sustainability,...

Innovation and changing shopping habits fuel UK organic sales

The UK organic market is on track to beat pre-recession growth figures in 2016, buoyed by innovation from small manufacturers and a change in the way consumers shop, says a...

Food industry slow to react to demand for natural colours & flavours: Mintel

Faced with a growing wave of consumer demand for products with simpler, natural colours and flavours, food and drink companies have been notoriously slow to respond, says Mintel.

Mars issues mass chocolate recall due to plastic

Mars Chocolate has recalled a variety of chocolate bars after plastic was found in one of the products.

News in brief

Updated food safety training survey sent to industry

An update to a survey on food safety training practices has been launched.

Change needed to ensure EU has safe food in 2050

The food environment in Europe in 2050 will look very different to what it is today as issues of food security and food safety increasingly overlap and present new challenges...

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