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Dispatches from IFT 2014

Gluten-free: A ‘perfect storm’ fueled by food skepticism and fad diets

Processed food skepticism and fad dieting played a big part in the gluten-free boom, says the research director of Packaged Facts.

Mariani Europe md predicts massive sales in dried fruit

US dried fruit firm Mariani will double its European business to £10M next year, before reaching up to £500M pounds in eight years, according to the company’s European md Glenn...

Food security report: DEFRA must take lead

Government must lead the genetically modified (GM) food debate and take a more co-ordinated approach to food security, with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) at the...

Replacing sat fats with polyunsaturated fats is ‘questionable’

Researchers have questioned the practice of replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, claiming that there is ‘much evidence’ that doing the opposite is more relevant.

Brands should eye up children’s gluten-free: Mintel

The market for gluten-free children’s food will be a big area for growth, predicts market research firm Mintel – but mainstream brands are yet to capitalize on the opportunity. 

Experts take aim at SACN, sugar reduction and reformulation at summit

International experts and policy makers will debate the findings from the recent SACN report, and whether sugar should be a priority for public health, at the Sugar Reduction Summit next week....

Marketing to children: Brand knowledge and BMI relationship ‘quite robust’

The more a child is familiar with logos and other images from fast-food restaurants, sodas and not-so-healthy snack food brands, the more likely the child is to be overweight or...

'Land grabbing' could help feed at least 300 million people, study suggests

Crops grown on "land-grabbed" areas in developing countries have the potential to feed an extra 100 million people worldwide, new research has suggested.

Mushroom cartel: EU fines canned mushroom producers in antitrust settlement

The European Commission (EC) has fined three producers of canned mushrooms more than €32 million after it ruled that they participated in a cartel to coordinate prices throughout Europe.

News in brief

AAK completes acquisition of CSM Benelux

AAK has announced that the agreement to acquire the oils and fats business of CSM Benelux NV will be executed on July 1st 2014.

Nestlé commits to paying Living Wage

Business secretary Vince Cable praised Nestlé yesterday (June 30) as the first mainstream manufacturer to gain Living Wage accreditation, recognising its efforts to pay realistic living costs beyond minimum wage.

Insight

Firm's 'bullying' response to labour claims sets dangerous precedent

This story is part of a new series of investigative reporting commissioned by FoodNavigator-Asia to follow the legalities and loopholes in Asia's produce growing and production network.

Special edition: Oils & fats

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

If the cover of TIME magazine earlier this month (headline: Eat Butter) is anything to go by, it would seem that the conversation about fat, and saturated fat in particular,...

SACN report

Sugar intake should be halved, advises SACN report

The intake of added sugar in people’s daily diet should be halved as part of a campaign to cut Britain’s soaring obesity levels, according to an influential report by government...

Sweet success: Researchers could produce erythritol from straw with new GM fungus

German scientists have developed a technique to produce the low calorie sweetener erythritol from straw using a new genetically modified fungus.

Dispatches from EFSA plenary, Parma

We can't have both open doors and open discussions, says temp EFSA chair

Transparency is important, but this may not be compatible with openness of scientific debate, according to the temporary chair of the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA)...

SACN REPORT: REACTION

Carbohydrate report: reaction in quotes

Public Health England will investigate taxing sugary drinks according to the paper it issued alongside the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s (SACN’s) draft report published today (June 26).

Sugar targets ‘counter productive’ in obesity battle

Introducing sugar targets, in a bid to battle Britain’s obesity crisis, would be counter-productive, said Susan Jebb, ahead of a key report from Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).

Border controls on EU fruit and veg protecting consumers

The system of controls at EU borders on fruit and vegetable imports from non-EU countries is protecting consumers from potential food safety risks, according to the European Commission

Givaudan breaks down flavour components for ‘home-cooked’ taste

Givaudan claims to have recreated the authentic depth-of-flavour associated with slow cooking in a flavour solution.

The death of kingsize? UK confectioners agree 250 calorie cap

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members including Mondelēz International have signed up to a 250 calorie cap on single-serve confectionery sold in the UK.

EU tomato import rules change to incorporate variety

New EU import rules for tomatoes will take into account different varieties rather than just standard round tomatoes when it comes to calculating customs rates.

Analyst: Algae offers excellent opportunities for salt replacement in bread

Algae could be a valuable replacement to salt in bread but price and negative perception issues must be overcome, according to Pinar Hosafci, Euromonitor International food analyst.

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