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More UK food brands to be sold abroad: City analyst

Major UK food and drink brands will continue to be sold to foreign businesses, according to Julian Wild, partner at law firm Rollits.

Liquid margarine aligns with EU saturated fat recommendations, says DuPont

European recommendations to reduce and label saturated fats have prompted DuPont to develop a liquid margarine with 60% less saturated fat for use in cakes.

Chip makers can slash sodium by reducing salt crystal size, say researchers

Smaller salt crystals give a faster, more concentrated perception of saltiness in potato chips, offering a viable sodium reduction strategy, researchers say.

Big Interview

Chr. Hansen CEO: “It is more evolution than revolution – we don’t need revolution”

Chr. Hansen CEO Cees de Jong talks with FoodNavigator about his vision for corporate evolution, with a definite emphasis on emerging markets – without neglecting the company’s European roots.

Self regulation? Governments must take the lead on limiting marketing to children, warn experts

Regulation aimed at limiting the marketing of unhealthy food and drinks to children will only work properly if governments step up their role and set the standards themselves, warn researchers.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH IRISH AGRICULTURE MINISTER

Irish minister commits to growing dairy production by 50% in 5 years

Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Prime Minister, and Simon Coveney, the Irish Minister for Agriculture said the country will take advantage of changes to Europe’s CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) which will allow...

DRINKTEC 2013: US TREND TOWARDS NATURAL BEVERAGE COLORS

LycoRed promises juice brands ‘significant’ beta-carotene cost saving

Lycored claims its new Lyc-O-Beta Intense coloring system will bring significant cost savings for producers of beverages such as orange juice, and says US interest in such natural colors is...

EFSA highlights risk from potential carcinogen in vegetable fats

Very young children and the elderly may be at particular risk from a potentially carcinogenic chemical compound formed in margarines, bread and vegetable oils when heated, according to the European...

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Salmonella outbreak sickens 18 in UK

An outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened at least 18 people is being investigated by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Special report: Part II

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates

How should Indonesia and, more to the point, the local community, benefit from foreign investment in plantations?

Social media ‘minefield’ warning for food suppliers

Social media is a “minefield” and is forcing food manufacturers and retailers to radically change their business systems and the way they manage consumer complaints, according to the boss of...

'A critical time for nutrition': New report outlines priorities to address malnutrition

A 'groundbreaking' new report from an alliance of more than 50 nutrition experts and NGOs has identified three key areas of focus in the global battle against malnutrition.

Nanotech needs labelling to improve acceptance, say researchers

The labelling of nanotechnology and in food and agriculture will help to increase the ethical and wider societal acceptance of the technology, argue researchers.

From bitterness extraction to synergistic ingredients: Stevia suppliers tout USPs as use grows in Europe

The European Union now accounts for 40% of all new stevia-containing foods and drink around the world, according to Mintel data, and companies are ramping up efforts to appeal to...

Barilla chairman issues apology for anti-gay comments, ‘eating his words,’ US gay rights group says

Amid calls from Italian gay rights groups to boycott Barilla, the pasta company’s chairman, Guido Barilla, apologized for saying he would never use homosexual families in company advertisements.

'Dynamic and interactive' event returns to Cannes, France

Food Vision 2014: Summit returns to inspire food business leaders on innovation, consumer engagement, R&D

Innovation, sustainability, cutting-edge food science, and changing consumer behaviour will drive William Reed’s Food Vision event, with the programme offering food science through the focused lens of commercial interest to...

Fruit fly study shows how dietary experience alters taste preference

Long-term exposure to unpalatable flavours can increase the later acceptance of foods containing such ingredients by modifiying neurones that are involved in taste perception, according to new research carried out...

Indonesian palm oil: Rising stocks, dropping prices

Record palm oil stocks from Indonesia, the world’s biggest producer, could mean a price drop for the food ingredient.

No scientific evidence for Italian GM maize ban, says EFSA

There is ‘no specific scientific evidence’ to support an Italian ban on the genetically modified maize MON810, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Melatonin may offer weight management potential: Animal data

Consumption of melatonin could help control weight gain by stimulating the development of ‘beige fat’ cells that burn - rather than store - calories, say researchers.

Sensient Flavors taps ‘local fruits’ beverage trend in central Europe

Sensient Flavors says it expects its new premium, natural soft drinks concepts with a higher fruit content to perform well in all central European countries where consumers are fond of...

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Arla claims soft drinks brands can reap protein water rewards

Arla Foods Ingredients will launch a whey protein-based water concept at Food Ingredients Europe (FIE) 2013 that it says promises mainstream appeal and profit for soft drinks firms.

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Leatherhead opens new research lab

Leatherhead Food Research (LFR) has opened its new Chemistry Research Laboratory dedicated to a wide range of food testing services.

Infographic: The facts behind low calorie sweetener consumption

Sweeteners are widely used to replace sugar in diet and low calorie products within the food and beverage industry. However, many consumers are still worried about these ingredients. So, what...

Love for organic, or hate of conventional: What drives consumer choice?

As consumer demand for local and organic products grow, new research asks whether it a love for these characteristics or a hate for 'conventional' food is driving purchases.

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