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Eat 10 pieces of fruit and vegetables a day to live longer, say scientists

Eating 10 portions (800 g) of fruit and vegetables a day can greatly reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease and could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide, according...

US deal will flood UK market with food people don’t want, warns respected academic

A trade deal with the US will give “the majority of the UK public food they don’t want” as well as open “a very new can of worms” in terms of food fraud, according to...

Children's sugar intake equivalent to five doughnuts a day: Obesity Health Alliance

Children in the UK are eating the equivalent of five doughnuts a day in sugar, according to the Obesity Health Alliance, as it calls on industry to reformulate its products.

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Will the free-range egg industry crack under the strain of avian flu?

The global spread of the highly pathogenic avian flu (HPAI) has set the cat among the pigeons in the free-range egg industry.

Experts make the case for European vitamin D fortification strategy

The benefits of adding vitamin D to food and drink outweigh the challenges of fortification, according to a leading clinical professor and nutrition experts.

Campaigners launch fresh attack on pesticide mixtures in EU food

Europeans are consuming dozens of pesticides on a daily basis, say the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), which today marked 12 years of "inaction and failure" in the EU’s attempts to...

Obesity-related pain eased by foods found in the Mediterranean diet: Study

Obesity-related joint discomfort may be eased by a diet that is high in anti-inflammatory foods such as fish, nuts and beans.

Nestlé pledges 18,000-tonne sugar cut in European products

Nestlé has pledged to remove at least 18,000 tonnes of sugar from products in its European portfolio by 2020, equivalent to a 5% reduction of current levels.

UK minister critical of 'inexplicable' assessment of obesity strategy

The UK’s health department and agency have hit back at a “quintessentially British” critique of the country’s childhood obesity strategy published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)....

Perfectly imperfect: UK snack company 'rescues' unwanted English fruit from food waste fate

As food waste levels become higher than ever, UK start-up Spare Fruit is saving English apples and pears from ending up in the bin by turning them into healthy snacks....

AMR report prompts further calls to curb use of antibiotics in farming

Multi-drug resistance in Salmonella bacteria is high across the EU but resistance to critically important antimicrobials used to treat severe human cases of Salmonella infection remains low, finds a report by two EU agencies....

Readers' survey: Have your say on the state of Europe's food industry

Can organic supply match demand? Which consumer trends will be important for your business? How big will online food shopping become? Are you feeling Brexit bite or is this just...

What connects crickets, coffee & mushrooms in a sustainable urban food loop? This Danish start-up's protein juice

Another month, another insect start-up? Maybe, but Danish firm Insekt KBH's apple, ginger and cricket juice is different: it's sustainable not only thanks to its ingredients but because it's produced...

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Kerry Group selects new CEO

The board of the Irish food and ingredient manufacturer has chosen Edmond Scanlon, the current chief executive of the group’s Asia-Pacific operations, to become the new CEO.

JV funding gives Turkish flour producer Ulusoy Un a boost

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has partnered with the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB) to provide working capital to Ulusoy Un Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S.

Reformulation rethink in cutting calories gives taste of success

As obesity levels continue to rocket in Europe, food industry efforts in reformulating popular foods to reduce fat, salt and sugar levels are making inroads but are unlikely to provide...

Trailblazers: Sustainable hummus, barista-style superfood tea & healthy noodles win innovation award

Hummus made from surplus vegetables, barista-style rooibos tea with superfoods and gluten-free noodles with a difference have won the Trailblazers contest hosted William Reed Business Media’s Food Vision event.

‘Doy bags conquer more supermarket shelves globally each year’

Bosch launches packaging microsite for confectionery, bakery and snack producers

Bosch Packaging Technology has launched a microsite for the confectionery, bakery, nuts, snacks and powder industries to help producers find the right machinery systems to meet their needs.

Hungary and Slovakia cry foul over multinational product differences

Consumers in Hungary on getting a raw deal on the food they buy, at least compared to those just across the border in Austria - and they aren’t alone.

Predicted post-Brexit slump fails to materialise as UK organic market marches on

The UK organic market looks to be weathering any post-Brexit uncertainty as figures suggest the industry is in rude health, with consumer perception and reassurance at the heart of growth,...

Water emulsions can achieve up to 20% fat reduction

By swapping fat particles for water or air, manufacturers have achieved up to 20% fat reductions in chocolate and cheese - but the technology can be applied to almost any...

‘C'est qui le patron’ brand success leads to expansion into butter, crème fraiche and yogurt

A fair-trade milk scheme where shoppers set fair prices for farmers has seen initial success with its C'est qui le patron? (Who is the boss) brand selling five million cartons...

When nudge comes to shove: What are the best tactics for sugar reformulation?

Every EU country is battling with obesity, but is 2017 set to be the year that many more governments move from the comfort zone of industry-led “nudge” tactics to blunt...

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Scientists need to ‘rethink’ approach to GMO engagement with public

When it comes to controversial science issues, scientists need to rethink their approach to engaging the public, according to the authors of a new study looking at women's attitudes towards...

Sacrificing taste for sugar reduction will ‘kill our category’: Barry Callebaut innovation chief

Barry Callebaut’s head of innovation expects the chocolate industry will opt for natural fibers to gradually cut sugar and calories, but says uptake for sugar reduction remains low.

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