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Emerging markets, infant formula drive H&W over €600bn

Ongoing bullish emerging markets and a strong infant formula sector have helped drive the global health wellness sector to $774bn (€614bn) this year, according to Euromonitor International.

EFKO grows confectionery fat sales as multinationals make gains in Russia

Fats and oils supplier EFKO has reported sales growth for its confectionery fats division in H1 as multinational confectioners post sales gains in Russia.

TTIP is a 'trojan horse' trade deal for GM imports, says Friends of the Earth

The proposed EU-US trade deal could see the European market opened up to US imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), despite the Commission's public assurances to the contrary, claims Friends of...

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Brenntag to acquire Italian food and ingredients company

Brenntag has agreed to acquire Italian ingredients and food company Chimab SPA for an undisclosed amount, the company said on Tuesday.

Guest article

FIC regulation: When is nutrition labelling mandatory?

The Provision of Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC) is fast approaching the key date in December 2014, after which the majority of its provisions start to take effect. In...

Colored potatoes double antioxidant activity in extruded snacks: Study

Extruded snacks made from colored-flesh potatoes have antioxidant levels two to three times higher than regular potato varieties, a study finds.

Edible insects: Create consumer demand – even where there is none

Successful development of insect-containing foods will not be led by consumer demand – it will create it, according to an industry expert.

Pea dextrin may offer clean label ‘off flavour’ masking alternative

Researchers are backing the use of pea dextrin as a clean label solution to masking off-flavours generated by lipid oxidation products.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

CSPO may remain a niche unless it penetrates China and India, says expert

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil could remain a niche product unless it gains importance in India and China, according to former RSPO director Jan Kees Vis.

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Nestlé redefines its European division

Nestlé has integrated the Maghreb, the Middle East, the North East Africa region, Turkey and Israel into its ‘Zone Europe’, renaming the business division EMENA, for Europe, Middle East and...

80% of Swedes give keyhole labelling thumbs up

Around 80% of Swedish people think the keyhole labelling system is a good thing, according to a survey published by the Swedish National Food Agency (NFA).

Organic food sales rebound in the UK

Sales of organic food and drink in the UK have grown 1.2% over the past year – outperforming the stagnant non-organic grocery market, according to figures from market research organisation Nielsen.

Ocean management is ‘crucial’ to food security: FAO

Demand for fish and seafood is growing – but better ocean management is needed to ensure global food security, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Get rid of nutrients and focus on foods in guidelines, says sat fat researcher

Science should look beyond LDL cholesterol and saturated fat, which have dominated cardiovascular research until now, towards other contributing factors and a food-group approach to guidelines, according to one researcher.

UK food and drink companies see margins ‘flatline’

The largest food and beverage companies in the UK have seen average margins flatline at 5.2% over the past two years, according to research from OC&C Strategy Consultants.

Ingredients giant Glanbia invests in gluten-free

Global food ingredients giant Glanbia Nutritionals has pumped millions of pounds into a new modern oat milling facility to boost its presence in the gluten-free (GF) ancient grain market.

Recipe for success? Top companies link sustainability to business performance

Unilever, Nestlé and Diageo are the most sustainable companies in the food and beverage industry – but more needs to be done to link sustainability efforts with business performance, according...

Flavonoids for acrylamide reduction: Study

Flavonoids can effectively reduce acrylamide formation and there are low-cost methods of measuring the antioxidant activity to optimize impact, claim researchers.

Deeper understanding of flavour complexity will provide richer tastes naturally, says Givaudan

A new approach to flavour formulation, which focuses on reproducing the complex concoction of molecules generated through slow cooking, could provide industry with a new generation of natural and clean...

Can too many simple ideas on pack get confusing?

Putting more than one ‘clean’ label on pack treads a fine line between informing and overwhelming consumers, one analyst warns as the Commission issues controversial advice on egg labelling.

UK consumers lack knowledge on salt in foods, says Sainsbury’s

Less than 10% of UK adults say they monitor salt intake ‘strictly’, with almost half revealing they do not monitor salt intake at all, according to new data.

Scottish dietary survey reveals vitamin D worry

A significant proportion of Scottish adults and children show evidence of low vitamin D levels, according to new data from the UK national diet and nutrition survey (NDNS).

Online grocery shopping on the rise

The number of Europeans ordering groceries online has increased 60% over the past five years, according to a new report from market researchers at SyndicatePlus.

Insight

White gold: How the EU has been central to the rise of Cambodian rice

With its rice industry going through salad days, Cambodia is nevertheless at a crossroads. While on the international front, it is shipping more rice overseas than ever before; domestically, there...

Private storage aid for EU cheese closed after 'disproportionate' Italian interest

The European Commission (EC) has ended private storage aid (PSA) for cheese - introduced to alleviate the impact of the Russian embargo - after a “disproportionate surge in interest” from Italy....

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