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Space... the final frontier for food science at Food Vision USA

To boldly go... where no food conference has gone before? Space food is on the menu at Food Vision USA (we've lined up NASA on day three), but we're just...

‘Emerging middle class’ drive B-brand growth

The emergence of a new middle class in emerging markets can serve as a catalyst to B-brand growth, rather than benefiting established global brands, say researchers.

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Let’s stop talking about ‘sin taxes’ as if they are the saviour of mankind

Stop talking about food taxes like they are some sort of panacea that will alter consumer behaviours overnight, and magically eliminate obesity and diabetes. They won’t.

Commission urged to stop delaying trans fat report

The European Commission should stop dragging its feet over its awaited trans fat report – and explain why it is already over six months overdue, says Socialist MEP.

Sugar tops UK food concerns

The amount of sugar in food is the top food concern for UK consumers, according to a Food Standards Agency survey.

UK law to fight slavery in big firm supply chains

New legislation will require all large firms in the UK to report on their fight against slavery in the supply chain - but experts say the 'opt out' clause means...

Debating the sugar tax: BMJ ‘head to head’ argues the case

Experts from both sides of the sugar tax debate have set out their arguments in a ‘head to head’ article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Where do you stand on the sugar...

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EU grants protected status to UK Bramley apple pie filling

‘Traditional Bramley Apple Pie Filling’ has been added to the European register of Traditional Specialties Guaranteed (TSGs), says the European Commission.

FoodNavigator's July quiz

How much do you remember from this month's news? Take our quiz to find out!

Why are companies hiding their sustainable credentials?

A sustainable logo is known to add value to a brand – so why are so many manufacturers not showing their Fairtrade, organic or sustainable credentials?

Maternal diet changes new-born heart 'tastebuds': Rat data

Baby rats whose mothers were fed a high-fat diet have larger than normal hearts with fewer taste receptors for bitter flavours, say researchers.

Skipping breakfast may put diabetics at risk of dangerous blood sugar spikes, warn researchers

Diabetics who skip breakfast may be provoking hazardous blood sugar spikes by fasting until lunch, according to new research.

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Food industry fail? Elderly nutrition

The food industry is missing a billion euro trick when it comes to ageing population, says Lauren Bandy, senior nutrition analyst at Euromonitor International.

Olive oil prices up 10% due to drought and disease

The price of olive oil has risen 10% this year as European supplies continue to be affected by the Xylella fastidiosa disease in Italy and a drought in Spain.

#RibenaGate: Tesco to stop selling children’s drinks with added sugar, including Capri Sun and Ribena

Supermarket giant Tesco will stop stocking children’s drinks with added sugar, in order to 'make a positive difference to children’s health'. 

Cypriot cheese names Halloumi and Hellim set to be granted PDO status: EC

The European Commission (EC) has published Cyprus' Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) application for Halloumi and Hellim.

Two thirds use their senses rather than 'use by' dates

Over two thirds of Brits use their sense of smell, sight and taste rather than the best before or use by date - so should they be scrapped to cut...

Don't count on industry goodwill: Tax for healthy, sustainable food

Don’t count on industry goodwill or informed consumers for a healthier, sustainable food system – it's time to try food taxes, says one report.

Targeting salt reduction in low and middle income countries

Policy makers and industry must work together to develop and achieve salt reduction targets in countries with developing economies, say researchers.

CPF Netherlands set to seal €614m Russian food processor

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) is set to expand its Russian presence with the acquisition of an integrated poultry business from Dutch firm Agro Invest Brinky for €614m ($680m).

Wholegrain consumption may prevent early death

A high wholegrain intake may lower the mortality rate regardless of wholegrain type or cause of death, say researchers in a 120,000-strong Scandinavian cohort study.

Consumers would boycott ‘unethical’ food manufacturers

More than half of consumers would boycott food manufacturers if they found out they were acting unethically, according to a poll by Mintel.

Introducing oleogustus: Fat ‘confirmed’ as sixth basic taste

Research demonstrating that fatty acids have a taste sensation that is distinct from other basic tastes ‘confirms’ that fat is the sixth basic taste, say researchers.

The challenges of selling insects in Europe

EU regulation is confusing but with growing consumer demand, it's still an attractive market. FoodNavigator spoke to five companies about the challenges of selling insects in Europe.

Wessanen CEO: ‘A food revolution in Europe is starting and we want to play a leading role’

Netherlands-based food group Wessanen says its strategy to divest 90% of its brands and focus on healthy, organic and sustainable products is working to create a stronger business.

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