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Austrian start-up taps into fermentation trend with umami-packed seasoning

With its umami-packed, fermented seasoning made from locally-sourced, organic lupin and oats, Austrian start-up Genusskoarl is bringing to the market its "soy sauce adapted to European tastes".

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Game on: Four industry giants pledge to use French nutrition logo

France's official - but voluntary - nutrition label has its first takers as retailers Intermarché, Leclerc and Auchan as well as meat, seafood and ready meal manufacturer Fleury Michon commit to its...

Saturated fats don't increase heart risk? Fat chance, say critics

Saturated fat does not clog up arteries nor increase the chance of a heart attack, according to a team of doctors whose views have triggered a wave of criticism.

EU low-cal diet industry "could fold" if rules rubber stamped, warns trade body

New rules on low calorie diets could wipe out manufacturers and distributors of weight loss programmes in Europe, according to an industry trade body which is urging regulators to seek...

EU food sector unprepared for droughts set to hit palm oil, soy & cocoa

Europe’s food industry could be left exposed to supply shortages and rocketing prices as climate change increases the risk of droughts in key commodity-producing countries.

Glanbia's patent-pending powder process removes need for lecithin in drinks

Glanbia has developed BevEdge, a patent-pending technology that allows manufacturers to remove lecithin from protein powders and beverages, cleaning up the ingredient list and removing a potential allergen.

Proprietary energy blends may cause heightened effects

Energy drinks trigger ‘life threatening’ heart activity, study suggests

The consumption of caffeinated energy drinks results in significant changes to heart function and blood pressure when compared to other drinks containing the same caffeine content.

MSC's 2020 strategy: One fifth of seafood certified sustainable by 2020

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) wants to see 20% of global fish and seafood certified sustainable by 2020, according to the strategy plan it released on its 20th anniversary.

Some like it hot: Cayenne pepper curbs appetite and boosts satiety

Adding to cayenne pepper to food can curb hunger, increase satiety and reduce cravings for salty food - but it increases the desire to eat sweet and fatty foods, Danish...

NIZO and PSE set up Centre of Excellence

NIZO, the Dutch food and nutrition contract research organization, and Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), a UK advanced process modelling company, have announced the formation of the Centre of Excellence (CoE)...

Early introduction of vegetables can result in less fussy kids

Offering vegetables to babies early on can help reduce food fussiness in toddlers, according to a new study carried out in the Netherlands.

Smells like teen spirit? Different age groups have specific food smells - and that's important for tailored NPD

Vanilla is associated with children, roasted nuts with seniors and floral notes with adults, and the findings will provide "a deeper understanding" for tailoring new product development (NPD) to age...

Nestlé departs UK for Poland taking 300 Blue Riband jobs

Nestlé is to move production of its Blue Riband chocolate brand from the UK to Poland with a loss of around 300 jobs.

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€220m EU investment injection for Mediterranean food projects

The EU will invest €220 million in water and food projects in the Mediterranean area as part of the PRIMA programme.         

Irish minister lays out seven-point plan for food and drink industry after Brexit

The Irish minister for agriculture has presented a new seven-point Brexit plan for the food and drink industry, highlighting the country’s particularly precarious position as the UK’s neighbour and chief...

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Food and drink drives ‘good start’ for Novozymes

Enzymes and food biotechnology giant Novozymes saw a 3% growth in sales in the first quarter of 2017, driven by strong performances in Food & Beverages and Bioenergy.

Coca-Cola to cut 1,200 jobs after fizzy drink sales fell 1%

Coca-Cola says it will cut approximately 1,200 jobs after global carbonated drink sales fell 1% in the quarter to March 31.

Experts dismiss new study showing dangers of BPA

New research shows exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) in pregnant mice can disrupt the immune system and lead to multiple sclerosis in infancy, but experts say the chemical poses no...

MEPs vote to end cross-border bias in online shopping

Shopping for specialty foods could become easier after an EU committee voted to lift restrictions preventing retailers from selling products online to consumers living in another member state.

FDA culls huge number of foreign food facility registrations

In its latest cleanup of its food facility registration database, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has culled an eye-opening 28% of existing registrations. The biggest drops happened in overseas...

RSPO issues first ever RSPO Next palm oil certification

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has issued its first RSPO Next certification, a stricter voluntary add-on, to Colombian-based agribusiness Daabon Group.

From take-over fears to taxes, sustainability to social media marketing: FoodNavigator reader survey results are in

The results of the FoodNavigator survey are in, and it's no holds barred as our readers reveal their hopes, fears and pet peeves about the food industry from squeezed margins, sugar...

Operation Opson: Counterfeit alcohol tops list

Nearly 26 million litres of fake alcohol has been seized as part of an INTERPOL-Europol operation.

Experimental dairy farm opens in Catalonia

A new experimental dairy farm has been opened in Spain.

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Manning Impex ups Asian offering for UK market with seaweed snacks

UK-based importer and distributor Manning Impex has added Tao Kae Noi seaweed snacks to its Asian snack portfolio.

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