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The big debate: Can sugar survive a public health crisis?

The world is getting fatter and unhealthier - are smaller portions and diet drinks really going to help when they sit next to full-sugar, supersized products? Is it time to...

Higher consumption slashes risk by 35%

Legumes linked to lower diabetes risk

A higher total intake of legumes is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes by more than a third, the long-term PREDIMED trial had concluded.

A quarter of families struggle to afford food in the UK: Gov survey

Almost one in four low-income families have difficulty eating regularly or healthily, finds a UK government survey that lays bare the extent of issues of affordability and food insecurity.

WHO set new standards for monitoring junk food ads aimed at children

The World Health Organisation has released guidelines for a new Europe-wide investigation into junk food ads aimed at children.

DuPont to acquire FMC’s health and nutrition business in billion dollar food-crop swap

DuPont will acquire FMC’s health and nutrition business and divest part of its crop chemical business in what it says is “a meaningful step forward” for the proposed DuPont and...

Herb extract hailed for sleep-promoting potency: Mouse data

A compound identified in the leaves of the Ashwagandha herb may provide some welcome respite to those suffering from insomnia and other neuropsychiatric conditions.

Ferrero names internal candidate as next CEO

Ferrero has appointed a CEO to take over duties from Giovanni Ferrero, who will become executive chairman.

UK guidelines target cakes and cereals in drive to cut sugar by 20%

The UK Government has set out sugar limits for popular foods with the aim of improving children's health by removing 200,000 tonnes of sugar from the UK market by 2020.

Oikos fights government plans to abandon Norway's organic targets

Oslo’s government has announced plans to reduce its ambitious organic targets, sparking a backlash from the country's lead organic trade group who advise their government to 'Look to Sweden'.

Sugar, salt and fat taxes are 'very positive', says Health Commissioner

The EU Health Commissioner has said that taxation on certain ingredients and products can be a “very powerful” tool for tackling health issues, including obesity. Campaigners have welcomed his comments but food...

First solid chocolate Easter Egg hits UK shelves

The Solid Chocolate Company has launched what it claims is the world’s first Solid Chocolate Egg.

Britvic eyes up opportunities in ‘vibrant’ soft drinks category

British soft drinks producer Britvic says there are still ‘huge opportunities’ for growth within the soft drinks category: notably in low/no calorie drinks, personalized drinks, and the convenience channel. ...

Waiver for free range eggs ruled illegal by EU commissioner Hogan

Commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan has ruled out any waiver on the EU’s free range egg policy, which has forced many producers to abandon the status in the wake of...

ADM ramps up sweetener investment with French acquisition

Agri-food giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will continue its investment into sweeteners and starch production in Europe with the planned acquisition of French wheat processing plant Chamtor.

UK triggers article 50 for Brexit; Industry reacts

Today UK prime minister Theresa May triggered article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally launching Britain’s exit from the European Union, which the British and European food industry had opposed.

Food and drink promos ‘undermining’ childhood obesity efforts, say MPs

Highly discounted food items and the ‘buy one get one free’ price promotions are undermining the efforts made in tackling childhood obesity, according to the UK Commons Select Committee. 

Russians have appetite for healthy and nutritious 'proper' food

Researchers in St Petersburg say the majority of Russians see a ‘proper meal’ primarily in terms of health and nutrition, but do not have regular access to it.

Bloody good idea? Could 'wasted' animal blood be alternative protein source?

Waste blood from the meat industry has the potential to be collected and processed to generate high-added-value food ingredients, say researchers … who outline it’s ‘exceptional’ nutritive and functional properties.

Scotland and Wales launch plans to help food sector weather 'uncertain times'

Scotland and Wales have launched ambitious new plans to help power their food industries through the years of uncertainty that are expected now the UK has begun the process of...

'Fibre is the only option to turn our comfort foods from toxic to therapeutic,' says FiberFlour founder

What made a practicing doctor give up medicine to create and supply a high-fibre flour? “I saw an opportunity to be infinitely more effective in preventing disease in the first place. Fibre...

MEPs oppose GM approvals but Commission will have the final say

EU member states yesterday voted against the introduction and renewal of GM grains in Europe but failed to reach a binding majority, leaving the president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker...

Solina strengthens Eastern European hub with Romanian acquisition

French supplier Solina will acquire the Romanian functional ingredients firm Supremia in what it says is a major step to creating a regional hub in Eastern Europe.

Augmented reality: The ultimate hack in flavour perception?

The use of augmented and virtual reality technologies to change the visual appearance of food and drink in real time could improve the diets of consumers.

Office veggies: Placing vegetables in public areas raises consumption by almost double, finds study

Dutch researchers have found vegetable consumption can be increased dramatically using simple placement techniques in public places such as offices and hospitals.

KitKat cocoa content upped 13% in sugar reduction push

Nestlé UK & Ireland has upped the cocoa and milk content of KitKat in its bid to cut sugar by 10% across its confectionery range.

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