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Young adults may need targeting to increase whole grain intake

Teenagers and younger adults in the UK are falling far short of international targets for whole grain consumption – with 15% of teenagers consuming no whole grain foods at all,...

Norway looks at 44 unregulated 'other substances'

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has asked its scientific committee to assess the safety of 'other substances' found on the Norwegian market - something it says is "largely unregulated" at EU...

Going halal: Can manufacturers appeal to all consumers?

The European halal market is booming and set to grow – but manufacturers must appeal to Muslims without alienating non-Muslim consumers if they want to maximise sales , say experts.

Kids’ fruit snacks criticised for high sugar content

Many fruit snacks aimed at children contain more sugar than confectionery – but could be misconstrued as ‘healthy’ because of their association with real fruit, according to pressure group Action...

Friend or foe: What is the evidence on zero-calorie sweeteners and obesity?

While swapping out calorific sugars for a zero-calorie sweetener may seem like a common sense public health policy, some recent reports have suggested that the reverse may be true. We...

Higher fibre intake could cut diabetes risk

New research data, coupled with a fresh meta-analysis of previous studies, has added to evidence that increasing dietary fibre reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

Sweden to expand mandatory vitamin D fortification

The Swedish National Food Agency (NFA) has proposed an extension of the products subject to mandatory vitamin D fortification.

Cooperate with competitors to remove reformulation risk, say experts

Food companies need to come together and form 'ethical cartels' for successful reformulation, according to three food industry experts.

Tate & Lyle profits plunge amid restructuring

Tate & Lyle has reported a 30% drop in pre-tax profits, as it undergoes a major restructuring project.

Novel food legislation faces hold-up as Member States reject Parliament’s ‘right to veto’

The long running process to develop a new centralised legislative procedure for novel food approvals has hit the rocks again – meaning major delays and backlogs are now on the...

BASF backs ‘space farming’ research project

BASF is backing a student-led research project that aims to examine how food crops can be grown on the international space station (ISS). 

Boys more vulnerable to junk food adverts than girls

Research suggests boys eat more fast food and are more susceptible to junk food marketing than girls, prompting renewed calls for limits on advertising to children.

Comment

Obesity: Are food taxes the answer?

Food taxes were raised again last week as a way to help stem obesity rates – but are they really necessary? And would they work?

EU celebrates boosted protection for foods after PGI negotiations

Well-known international food names, such as Parmigiano, Roquefort and Tequila, will have more protection as negotiators adopt changes to Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs) following six years of negotiations.

Orange juice could help improve brain function in the elderly: Study

Orange juice’s flavanones could help provide ‘brain boosting nutrients’ in diets which aim to reduce the effects of cognitive decline, according to researchers at the University of Reading. 

EU Council change to create ‘perfect storm’ for snacks, says ESA

Snack makers are gearing up for renewed nutrition focus in the EU when the Netherlands takes presidency of the Council in 2016, says the director-general of the European Snacks Association (ESA).

UK ‘crucial’ to a successful Europe: business leaders

UK businesses play a crucial role in Europe’s economy and any decision to leave the union would be grave for EU economies as well as the UK’s.

Free NutraIngredients and FoodNavigator online event - June 3, 14:00 Paris time

Big debates, big issues: Is the food industry winning the war against weight?

As the ‘globesity’ health footprint grows and power weight management brands struggle to stay relevant in an age where smartphone apps deliver personalised solutions, join us next week for a...

Key trends in food and nutrition: Naturalness, NPD and more co-branding?

After a few years of negativity, the industry has a spring in its step again. But with renewed optimism comes the question of where the future successes lie.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2015

How to succeed as a start-up in Europe (and not get swallowed by Big Food)

Start-ups have faced tough times along with the rest of the European food industry in recent years as a tight economy and ever tighter regulations have bitten deep.

Obesity strategies ‘failing’ because they don’t focus on babies and mothers

Anti-obesity strategies from public health experts and governments are failing because they do not take in to account pregnant women and babies, and focus too much attention on children and...

Investment to stop until EU referendum – EEF

Investment in manufacturing will cease if the prime minister does not hold a referendum on EU membership at the earliest opportunity, the manufacturers’ organisation EEF has said.

News in brief

European Investment Bank to finance agri-food SMEs in Georgia

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has said it will help finance small and medium-sized businesses in the agri-food sector in Georgia.

Study questions Nordic diet’s heart health benefits

Healthy Nordic diets may not be as good for the heart as previously thought, according to a new study of more than 43,000 Swedish women.

Memory may influence food choice more than preference

Our ability to remember certain foods may influence whether we select them more than actual preference, according to Swiss psychologists.

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