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EU folate fortification failure caused 8,400 neural tube defects in 11 years

Europe is facing an “epidemic” of folic acid-preventable neural tube defects (NTD) spina bifida and anencephaly, researchers have said.

Green-lipped mussels move from pharma to food with seafood seasoning

German pharmaceutical company, Pharmalink, is moving from pharma to food with a contaminant-free seafood flavouring made from green-lipped mussels.

KitKat commits to only sustainable cocoa by early 2016

Nestlé plans to source only sustainable cocoa for its global KitKat brand in order to strengthen consumer trust.

FoodNavigator's August Quiz

How much do you remember from this month's food technology developments, consumer shopping trends and government food policy? Take our quiz to test your memory and then click on the...

SIG Combibloc & Nestlé Mexico expand ‘Coffee Mate’ range

‘Beverage portions sizes are decreasing due to consumer concerns about sugar and calorie intake’

Beverage portion sizes are decreasing due to consumer concerns about sugar and calorie intake and plant-based alternatives to dairy products are finding a ready market with consumers, according to SIG...

Sugarcane conditions kill: The deadly epidemic confectioners and soft drink makers ‘can’t walk away from’

Perilous working conditions for sugarcane growers in Central America have claimed around 20,000 lives in the past decade and supply chain advisor Solidaridad says the food and drink industry can...

France's food waste law scrapped on a technicality

A law that would have forced French supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity has been scrapped on a legal technicality – but supermarkets are being urged to adopt it voluntarily and...

Spirals of success: Vegetable pasta is on the rise

With sales of traditional pasta falling across Europe, homemade 'spiralised' vegetables are an increasingly popular alternative – but analysts say there is potential for food manufacturers too.

Friday feature: Videojet

‘We’re living in an era of product proliferation – where manufacturers are producing broader products to address a certain segment’

As part of Food Production Daily’s on-going series of 60-second interviews with the movers and shakers in the food and beverage industry, we caught up with Richard Nemesi, global vertical...

Lux Research: Cost, speed & sustainability benefits of synthetic biology will make it a ‘permanent and growing aspect' of flavors market

Synthetic biology will become a “permanent and growing aspect of the flavors & fragrances landscape” predicts a new report from Lux Research, which says the approach is more sustainable than traditional...

Flavor Trends

Small, rotating flavor portfolios engage but don't overwhelm consumers, expert says

Increasingly adventurous consumers may say that they want a wide selection of flavors from which to select, but if manufacturers provide too many options they may actually deter shoppers, warns...

Stop counting calories and start promoting nutritional value, urge researchers

When it comes to cutting levels of obesity-related heart disease and death, it’s time to stop counting calories, and start to make simple changes that improve the nutritional value of...

Brain study unravels why ethical labelling increases willingness to pay

Shoppers are willing to pay up to 30% more for ethically produced goods that carry the Fairtrade logo, according to a new brain study that suggests ethical foods produce a...

Five colours are best for nutrition labels: French advisory body

A five-colour nutrition label is more effective than three, says French advisory body - but industry has slammed it as simplistic while critics say it is more confusing than traffic-light labels....

Nomad Foods reports £392M loss as empire grows

Nomad Foods, the new owner of frozen food company Iglo Group, has reported a £392M loss in the six months to June 30 as the investment firm eyes other potential acquisitions....

Hearthside buys health bar maker VSI in €108m deal

US firm Hearthside Food Solutions will buy Dutch healthy bar producer VSI for a reported €108.5m, along with a new US factory for production of VSI’s products.

Environmental labels could benefit from 'economic value' measure, suggests researcher

Foods that display environmental impact labelling should use ‘economic value’ units in order to better assess organic and other high-quality products, says an environmental research scientist.

German study finds unhealthy progress in advertising to children

New data from Germany suggests manufacturers continue to almost exclusively advertise unhealthy products to children, despite pledges to change their ways.

Flavor Trends

Bitter emerges as a new flavor trend that could aid sodium reduction efforts

Increasing consumer interest in bitter flavors could help manufacturers regain momentum on sodium reduction initiatives, many of which are stalled due to the common perception that less salt equals less...

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Agroisolab UK launches SIRA food authenticity service

Agroisolab UK has launched a food authenticity service using a technique to verify the origin of foods and boost traceability efforts.

From trial-and-error to chocolate physics: Molecular dynamics can replace guesswork, claim researchers

German scientists say they may be able to improve chocolate’s mouthfeel after researching the molecular interactions with lecithin during conching.

Edita plans new factory for Hostess products

Egyptian snack maker Edita will build a new 55,000 square-metre factory to produce its newly-acquired Hostess product lines, the firm announced as it revealed flat Q2 profits.

Germany moves to ban genetically modified crops

Germany has begun moves ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops under new European Union rules, according to official documents.

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