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"The good thing about this is that DNA doesn’t lie.”

DNA seaweed authentication test launched in UK

UK bulk seaweed ingredient supplier Seaweed & Co has teamed with Geneius Laboratories to develop a DNA-based seaweed certification test after working together for five months.

First food crime report published by FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its first assessment of the threat of crime to the UK food and drink sector.

Stevia passes muster with EU for approved use in mustard

The European Commission has approved the use of stevia as a sweetener in mustard in Europe, a decision welcomed by manufacturers as an opportunity for new product development.

Painted olives, monkey meat & fertiliser sugar: Europol's global food fraud crackdown

From olives painted with blue copper sulphate to monkey meat and sugar laced with fertiliser, Europol and Interpol have seized 10,000 tonnes of fake food in their biggest global operation to date....

Nano 3D structure of food could lead to reduced costs and waste

3D images of food produced at a nano level promise to save on food industry costs and reduce food waste as a result of faulty production, according to a study’s...

Adams Foods takes on Ornua name

UK-based Adams Foods and Adams Food Ingredients have changed their names to reflect their parent company, Ornua.  

Coca-Cola HBC tracks shifts in consumer preferences

Health and wellness continues to be a priority for consumers, while evolving market dynamics are changing the way people shop, says Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company.   

special edition - healthy snacking

Sprouted grain snack opportunities: flavor, free-from and Europe

They are still niche – and not cheap to work with – but sprouted grains are set to continue to grow in importance to the snacks industry.

A sustainable breakthrough? Dutch dietary advice cuts meat by almost half

The Dutch have slashed recommended meat consumption by almost half, citing both health and environmental reasons in what has been hailed as "a breakthrough" by sustainable food experts....

Food firms should ‘help to fix supply chain’

A dysfunctional supply chain is threatening the future of many farms in Scotland, and food manufacturers can help fix it, according to Allan Bowie, president of National Farmers Union Scotland.

Pictures of big portions lead to overeating, study warns

Images featured on food packaging can influence portion sizes that cause consumers to overestimate appropriate serving sizes, a study has discovered. 

UnfairTrade: Name and shame unsustainable products, says researcher

Food and drink companies should adopt negative labelling on less sustainable products if they want to encourage customers to choose more eco-friendly alternatives, according to a Wageningen University researcher.

Cocktail of lime, stevia and β-glucans could open up opportunities for fruit beverages

A trio of lime, stevia and β-glucans could open up opportunities for fruit based beverages that have an increased nutritional value yet are low in sugar, say Danish researchers. 

Valio announces new $190m dairy snacks factory

Valio is set to open a new €170m ($190m) dairy snack factory in Herajoki, north of the Finnish capital Helsinki, in 2017.

AG Barr focuses on lower sugar drinks after tax plan

Scottish soft drinks company AG Barr says it will focus on lower sugar products to adapt to changing consumer tastes and the chancellor’s proposed sugar tax.

Innovation conference

Why manufacturers should tell ‘a story about food’

Telling a good story about the provenance of food and drink products could benefit manufacturers, Mintel’s David Jago told the innovation conference New Frontiers in Food and Drink.

Voice-controlled calorie counter may aid people in losing weight

A spoken-language app that makes calorie counting easier has been developed by researchers, who believe the technology could prove useful for those struggling to lose weight.

What’s hitting the shelves? Coffee brewed in maple water, acai juice with chia, and alcoholic root beer

From new cold-pressed juices in the US to the alcoholic root beer category in Australia, we take a look at some of the new products reaching beverage aisles across the...

Brain places energy needs over sweet taste: Mouse data

Given the choice between eating something calorific with an unpleasant taste and more pleasant tasting food that is calorie-light, the brain places energy needs first, a study has shown.

Happiness factor: Emotional benefits are top chocolate sales drivers, says Mintel

Chocolate has been tied to improved brain function, enhanced energy, and other health benefits, but confectioners will be better served by leveraging chocolate's emotional connections, according to a recent report...

Doctors may encourage moderate dark chocolate consumption after latest health links: Researchers

Healthcare professionals may recommend moderate dark chocolate consumption after daily chocolate eating was tied to reducing heart disease risk factors, claim the authors of a cross-sectional study.

A.G. Barr shrugs off sugar tax worries

Soft drinks company A.G. Barr says a combination of brand strength and ongoing product reformulation will minimize the financial impact of the UK’s sugar tax on its business.

INNOVATION ROUND-UP MARCH 2016

New Product Round-up March 2016: Popchips Ridges, Mondelēz Good Thins and Vogel's gluten-free buns

BakeryandSnacks presents a round-up of product launches, relaunches and innovations that caught our eye in March.

High protein diet has 'intriguing' double benefit of weight loss & improved sleep: Study

Consuming a high-protein diet while dieting may improve sleep in overweight and obese adults, according to a new research.

Global packaged food market set for downturn

Emerging market slowdowns are having a knock-on effect on the global packaged food market, according to market analyst Euromonitor, which has downgraded its growth forecast for the next five years. “It’s...

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