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UK food industry faces labour shortfall as Brexit fallout gathers pace

UK food manufacturers faces a shortage in labour skills and manpower fuelled by Brexit and low numbers of young people choosing the sector as a career, say food policy experts.

Take it from Toyota – lean and green can cut costs

Food processors could drive down costs by following the model designed by car manufacturer Toyota in the 1950s, according to a leading supply chain expert.

Tate & Lyle profits jump 85% as weak pound provides boost

British ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle has reported an 85% increase in profit before tax, putting the successful performance down to higher sales, a weak pound and fewer exceptional costs.

Trans-fats' cell death role more direct than previously thought: Study

The action of trans-fatty acids may be more damaging to cells than previously thought, as a study reveals the mechanism by which cell death occurs faster, leading to atherosclerosis, heart...

A lack of political will is stalling action on obesity: McKinsey report author

Europe is struggling to get to grips with rising obesity levels because politicians are distracted by single policies and industry lacks the level playing field that regulation can create, says Richard Dobbs, author of...

Be still my beating heart: Chocolate’s 'anti-fluttering' qualities highlighted

The link between moderate chocolate intake and lower risk of irregular heartbeat may be due to chocolate’s flavanol content, say researchers.

Clash of the Seitans: Lobbies locked in plant-based stalemate but near EU definition of vegetarian

As Europe’s processed meat lobby presses the Commission to ban vegetarian products from using meat names, FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) and the European Vegetarian Union (EVU) are close to agreeing on a definition...

Does a high-fibre claim on premium ice cream still sound indulgent? Absolutely, says Koupe

Dutch start-up Koupe's high-fibre, high-protein ice cream is more than just a 'healthy' product, says its founder, who aims to compete with premium brands Häagen-Dazs and Magnum.

FoodDrinkEurope calls for industry action on better nutrition

Industry association FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) is launching a call for action to improve diets and promote nutrition and health across the continent, saying there is no "silver bullet" for obesity....

Meat-analogue switch could meet greenhouse gas targets, study suggests

Substituting beef for green beans has more of an effect in reducing greenhouse gases than placing restrictions on vehicle use or manufacturing processes, a study has found.

VITAFOODS 2017

Seaweed swell: European interest turns tide in superfood’s favour?

Long considered a staple food in the Far East, seaweed and algae may finally be making gains in Europe with consumers eager to sample a nutritionally superior food with strong...

Popcorn in rude health, problems for pasta and bad news for bread: Mintel analyses Britain's shopping basket

Healthy snacks are rising stars but fears over hidden salt and sugar is hitting pasta sauces while post-Brexit price rises are still keeping shoppers up at night, according to Mintel’s annual British...

Confectionery industry can go beyond RSPO palm standards, says Palm Done Right

Confectionery firms can go further than RSPO standards by sourcing organic palm oil that meets the standards of Palm Done Right, claims the developer.

Rising butter price stirs up discontent in bakery and pastry sector

The price of butter has risen sharply in the past year raising concern in the bakery and pastry sector globally.

Firmenich weathers the vanilla supply storm with diversified sourcing

By diversifying its vanilla sourcing to Uganda, Indonesia and India as well as developing alternative natural flavours, flavour giant Firmenich says it is weathering the impact of Madagascan cyclone Enawo.

OmegaIngredients launches sweetening flavour modifier in powder form

OmegaIngredients' "smarter than a sweetener" flavour modifier in powder form allows manufacturers to shift sugar reduction efforts beyond beverages to cakes, biscuits and ice cream, it says.

Swedish shoppers’ baskets filled with healthier foods, survey finds

Consumers in Sweden are eating healthier compared to five years ago as a survey finds an overall decrease in sugar and salt intake whilst consumption of healthy fats and vitamin...

Glanbia Co-op completes share placement for creation of Glanbia Ireland

Glanbia Co-operative Society (Glanbia Co-op) has completed the placement of 8.7m ordinary shares in Glanbia plc to raise approximately €155m ($174m) for Glanbia Co-op.

Godiva and McVitie’s moving to new food categories

Yildiz Holding brands Godiva, McVitie’s, Flipz and Turtles are set to move into new food categories through a licensing deal with brand extension agency Beanstalk.

Taiyo introduces sweet-tasting dietary fibres

Combining sweetness with fibre, is the aim of Taiyo’s new varieties of Sunfiber, an all-natural range of soluble dietary fibres which can also be used as a sweetener.

Food flops in Sweden's Museum of Failure: When NPD goes seriously wrong

From Colgate's lasagne to Heinz's purple and green ketchup, Sweden's Museum of Failure opens next month with several food and drink products on display. We ask the exhibition curator and...

Barilla identifies Med diet and sustainability as the ‘new culture’ of food

A ‘new culture,’ in which food sustainability and the Mediterranean lifestyle form the pillars to this change, is required to safeguard the health of populations and land resources.

Do consumers really care about the ethical considerations of fishing?

Ethical and social considerations are not as important to consumers as nutrition and freshness when buying fish, according to a new survey conducted by TÜV SÜD.

MEPs water down rules on junk food advertising to kids

The latest draft of the audiovisual media services directive (AVMSD), proposed by the European Parliament’s culture and education committee (CULT), is “full of loopholes”, according to campaigners....

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BfR expands coop with ILRI and starts pyrrolizidine alkaloids project

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany has expanded its cooperation with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

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