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Stealth reformulation of private label food can cut calories, study finds

‘Silent' product reformulation, where own-brand food products are modified without explicitly making the consumer aware, may be effective in reducing calorie consumption, say Danish researchers.

Europe’s farmers, food makers call for action on ‘unfair trading’

Farmers and food manufacturers are renewing calls for the European Commission to tackle alleged unfair trading practices and address the imbalance of power in the food supply chain.

Frutarom acquires Swiss savoury flavour group Mühlehof

Israel-based flavours and ingredients giant Frutarom has acquired Swiss savoury flavour specialist Mühlehof.

Heart failure 12 times more likely in people with vitamin D deficiency

More trials are needed to test vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of heart disease, say researchers behind a new study showing heart failure among the elderly is strongly associated...

JAMA study highlights need for more sodium reduction, consumer education about salt

New research showing that 98% of homes have packaged food that exceeds the recommended amount of sodium, despite drastic reductions in the last 15 years, should be a wake-up call...

Nestlé, Unilever, Walmart and others look at blockchain with IBM

Dole, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever and Walmart are part of a consortium with IBM which will identify areas where the food supply chain can benefit from blockchain.

Brexit talks must reduce risk of goods in ‘legal limbo’ say BRC

The British Retail Consortium, who stress the need to remove the risk of goods left in “legal limbo”, has welcomed the UK government’s approach to exported foods to the EU...

Berkeley researchers seek ‘actionable solutions’ at alternative protein lab

The University of California, Berkeley, is establishing a new programme focusing on the alternative protein space as it seeks to deliver “actionable solutions” to address the “real problems” facing the sector....

Ajinomoto ‘accelerating’ growth in Turkey with Kükre acquisition

Japanese seasonings giant Ajinomoto said it is “accelerating” expansion in the Turkish market when it announced it is acquiring the shares it does not already hold in local manufacturer Kükre....

Food processors 'deceive consumers', say Norwegians as pressure mounts to introduce ombudsman

Pressure is mounting on Norway’s government to introduce an ombudsman to oversee a food supply chain that is increasingly dominated by a few major players.

Lotus Bakeries recalls products suspected to contain contaminated eggs

Belgian biscuit and snack maker Lotus Bakeries has withdrawn some of its products suspected to contain eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil.

Nestlé defends new Whip chocolates for not including walnut

Nestlé says the Walnut Whip with a walnut will remain on sale alongside its new vanilla, caramel and mint versions without a walnut in the UK and Ireland. 

‘Smart label’ could tackle fraud, bolster food safety

Scientists have developed what they describe as a “low-cost, portable, paper-based sensor” that could be used produce “smart labels” that detect food spoilage and contamination.

Agrial ‘committed to growth’ in UK with another acquisition

French cooperative Agrial, which manufactures prepared salads under the Florette brand, has said its acquisition of MyFresh Prepared Produce will ramp up its presence in what UK managing director Doug Robertson...

Nutrient density on food labels could boost healthy choices – research

Researchers have suggested that the addition of Nutrient Rich Food Indices to food labels could help consumers make healthier purchasing decisions.

Acrylamide laws will not prohibit traditional foods, says Commission

Europe’s pending new acrylamide regulation will not prohibit certain traditional foods or culinary traditions, the Commission has said, following concerns raised by EU politicians.

Fipronil egg contamination: Health risk ‘unlikely’ say German agency

There is ‘unlikely’ to be a health risk for those consuming fipronil-contaminated chicken eggs, the German Federal Institute for risk assessment said in response to the recent egg contamination scare...

News in brief

UK cheese exports grow 25% in H1 2017

The UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has reported record exports growth in H1 2017, with a 25% increase in cheese exports.

Weight not a factor as energy dense foods appear to up cancer risk

Consumption of energy-dense foods may raise the risk of obesity-related cancers regardless of an individual's weight, a new study finds. 

Innovation, health & home delivery: Drivers for organic food growth amongst consumers

Innovative products in the organic sector are continuing to contribute to its growth in 2017, as non-dairy milks, nutty butters and confectionery join traditional recipe snacks.

Valio boosting innovation, eyeing exports

Valio, the Finnish dairy cooperative, opened a new €170m snack plant yesterday in a move the company said will enable it to use its “world-class” product development expertise to its “full...

Spain’s OSI ‘improves product development’ capabilities

US-based protein group OSI Food Solutions has “doubled” its chicken production capacity in Spain and expanded its product development capabilities in the country as it looks to expand in the...

Making tea trendy: How can the category appeal to millennials?

Functional teas, specialty teas, and indulgent products will help the tea category appeal to millennials against a backdrop of overall falling tea volumes, according to Mintel. 

UK targets calories in next phase of childhood obesity plan

The UK has set its sights on foods with a high calorie count as it updates the country’s childhood obesity plan, which previously focused on sugar reduction.

UK targets open Irish border for food after Brexit

The UK government has said it wants to reach a deal that will see “no hard border in the movement of goods” between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland...

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