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Food & drink expo

Video: Snacking can be a force for good, says Campden BRI nutrition specialist

Food developers, manufacturers and ingredients suppliers gathered in Birmingham, UK, last month for a seminar on tackling production challenges in the snack industry.

News in brief

Cheese producer prosecuted after food safety failings

A UK-based cheese producer has been prosecuted after consistent findings of Listeria.

A decade on: Irish diet contains too much saturated fat, not enough fish oils

Saturated fat intake has increased in Irish adults and omega-3 fish oil intake has decreased in younger age groups, according to a 10-year comparative study.  

German court rules against 'vegan cheese' - but what should plant-based alternatives be called?

If it's not made from animal milk it can't be called cheese, a German court has ruled in a case against a 'vegan cheese' manufacturer. But when consumers' point of reference for a...

Spotlight on start-ups

Clean-label products are not always uniform - that's a selling-point, says fruit foam start-up

Using exclusively clean label ingredients can sometimes mean products are not always 100% standardised. But for French start-up Woos fruit foams this is a key selling point. 

The EFSA hackathon: Authority offers €20,000 for app ideas

"The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is offering €20,000 for an app idea it can use to provide “quick, user-friendly” mobile access to its work."

TTIP – a nail in the coffin for EU food producers?

The big winners of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal will be the corporate food giants and US factory farms with European producers set to lose the most, according...

UK Allergy Awareness week 25 April - 1 May

Food allergies: Analytical deficiency, labelling ‘muddle’ and access to testing

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp are part of a coalition which has called for equal access to allergy testing.

Kerry Group reports growth in business volumes

Kerry Group has posted a 2.9% growth in business volumes, driven by its Taste & nutrition and Consumer food divisions in first quarter results, thanks partly to its children’s snack product...

Monsanto slams EU attempt to block GM crops in Africa as 'neo-colonialism'

The European Parliament’s Committee on Development has urged G8 member states “not to support GMO [genetically modified] crops in Africa” as part of its critical resolution on the New Alliance for...

Almost one fifth of children are over tolerable levels for potential carcinogen 3-MCPD

Almost one fifth of young children exceed the tolerable daily intake for potential carcinogen 3-MCPD, says the Dutch food safety authority, as EFSA prepares to release an assessment on the...

Cheap food or no pesticides: Consumers can’t have it both ways, says ECPA

The European Crop Protection Association has said Europeans don’t understand the harsh realities of food production or appreciate the potential magnitude of the world’s food supply problem - pesticides are important in...

Just Bee taps into sugar backlash with honey-sweetened water

Honey ticks all the boxes: it's natural, tastes great and is sweeter than sugar, according to UK honey water company Just Bee, which says it could soon become the sweetener of...

News in brief

EFSA moves ‘flagship’ journal to Wiley as transparency drive continues

The EFSA Journal and its full archive dating back to 2003 has migrated to Wiley Online Library, as the EU’s central agency seeks greater “openness and engagement” for its primary research work....

Danish fat tax had a ‘small but positive impact’ on the nation’s health

Denmark’s short-lived tax on saturated fat had a small but positive impact on the nation’s health, cutting consumption of total fat and boosting vegetable and fibre intake – although it also...

ASA ruling

Far from shy: Shouts about coconut sugar fall foul of advert regulators

Tiana Fair Trade Organic's claims that its coconut nectar is a “guilt free sugar substitute” are in breach of regulations, the British advertising authority has ruled.

Nichols plans relaunch of sugar-free drinks range

Nichols announced a relaunch of its sugar-free brands this summer, following the news of the tax on sugary drinks, and predicted earnings would be in line with expectations.

Feature

Spotlight on Start Ups: Personal and product development

The Natural & Organic Products show in London was an opportunity to showcase the best of the natural and organic industry. 

Nestlé agrees frozen foods deal with R&R Ice Cream

Nestlé and R&R, a leading ice cream company based in the UK owned by PAI Partners, have signed an agreement to set up Froneri, a global ice cream and frozen...

food & drink expo

Video: Nim's brings its fruit-drying technology to vegetable snacks

Snacks supplier Nim’s Fruit Crisps unveiled its first range of vegetable crisps at the Food & Drink Expo in the UK last week – and took the show’s award for...

Rich list

Food and drink industry Rich List – in pictures

Business leaders from Associated British Food, Heineken, Morrisons, Sainsbury and 2 Sisters all earned a place on The Sunday Times Rich List 2016.

Our stool frequency claim may not be sexy – but it adds credibility to empty slogans: BENEO

A survey of over 1,000 consumers in the UK and Spain has helped German ingredients giant BENEO join the dots between its EFSA-approved stool frequency health claim on paper and...

Spotlight on start-ups: 'Made in Africa' chocolate, food waste fruit jerky and umami butter

FoodNavigator will be starting a weekly feature ‘Spotlight on Start-ups’ where we interview some of the most innovative food start-ups operating in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Here we...

Guest article

Leaders ripping apart the black box

It’s hard to care when you don’t know the real supply chain picture, argues Scandinavia-based analyst Virpi Varjonen in this guest article.

Forget weight, body shape is key indicator for heart attack risk, study finds

Excess abdominal fat is more of a risk factor for heart attacks than weight, especially for women, a Norwegian study has determined. 

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