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DuPont: ‘We will launch 4000 products by 2020’

DuPont’s nutrition & health division will play a big part in the launch of 4000 food-related products in the next six years, its chief said as the company celebrated 50...

UK organic sales growth recovery continues

Sales of organic products grew 3.6% in the UK last month – finally recovering in the past year after a five-year recessionary slump.

Calorie labelling on booze ‘could boost alcohol consumption’

Introducing calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks could boost alcohol consumption, according to a leading nutritionist. 

Danone to acquire 25% stake in Chinese infant formula firm Yashili

French dairy Danone has agreed to acquire a 25% stake in Chinese infant formula firm Yashili International for HK$4.389bn (US$565m, €450m).

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KP Snacks targets value with £1 price-marked nuts

KP Snacks has launched £1 price-marked nuts across its four top-selling flavors to try and drive sales in convenience stores.

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‘Big fight in a Mini business’: Super Bock glosses Portuguese beer battle with Sagres

Unicer’s innovation head explains how adding pull-off caps to 200ml ‘Mini’ beer bottles allowed the Super Bock brand to win back market share from Portuguese rival Sagres in the late...

Bran more effective than whole grain in alleviating obesity symptoms: Study

Supplementation with finger millet bran may help alleviate symptoms of obesity like oxidative stress, inflammation and gut microbial imbalances, according to mice research published in the British Journal of Nutrition....

Sugar policy shake-up to squeeze cane producing countries

The Fairtrade Foundation has urged food companies and retailers to choose Fairtrade sugar, amid concerns that a sugar price slump and CAP reforms could push thousands of workers into poverty.

Food industry must consider intentional contamination – NSF

The food industry needs to adapt to take into consideration intentional contamination in the supply chain, according to NSF.

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Hovis boss quits for overseas opportunity

Hovis boss Bob Spooner has quit his role to take up a new “overseas opportunity” after just six months with the business.

Unilever ‘confidence stronger than ever’, says analyst

Unilever management has never sounded so confident – despite sluggish sales growth, says Shore Capital analyst Darren Shirley.

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Smoothie brand Froosh warns of ‘social washing’ on supply chain sustainability

Scandinavia’s top-selling smoothie manufacturer Froosh has called for ‘trade not aid’ in developing countries and insists beverage brands should do more to understand their supply chains.

European sweetener success is skewed to the West

Europe accounts for around 23% of the global market for intense sweeteners, but this is largely biased towards western countries, according to Leatherhead.

Launching a baobab brand is about educating consumers and telling a story, says drink startup

Consumers need to be taught what the ‘unknown’ baobab fruit is, according to beverage newbie Matahi.

GM regulations hold back innovation, say UK researchers

Current European restrictions on genetically modified (GM) crops could hold back crop innovation needed to ensure food security, claims a UK government-funded research body.

Mérieux NutriSciences grows presence with Turkish deal

Mérieux NutriSciences has acquired a Turkish food testing laboratory to expand safety and quality services in the region.

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Freedom Food to secure its own funding

Freedom Food’s new chief executive Jeremy Cooper will cut the farm assurance scheme’s financial links with its parent organisation the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)...

Financials

Nutrition profits jump 23% in mixed DuPont Q3 results

DuPont is reaping the benefit of its €5bn 2011 acquisition of Danish probiotics and enzymes giant Danisco, with its nutrition and health division showing 23% profit growth in a “sluggish” world market....

High milk intake may increase risk of bone fractures in women: Study

Milk consumption - recommended for the prevention of osteoporosis - may not reduce the risk of bone fractures in women, the findings of a Swedish study suggest.

Steamed v baked bread: Processing change impacts glycemic response

The way in which breads are processed could play a role in determining its GI, according to new research that shows steaming rather than baking bread alters glycemic responses.

Could salt-tolerant crops be solution to sustainable food production?

Around 2,000 hectares of agricultural land is lost each day due to the salinity in soil. Could breeding salt-tolerant crops be a new way to sustainable food?

EFSA reassesses European curcumin exposure levels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reassessed exposure to curcumin and found consumption is lower than previously thought – although some children consume close to the acceptable daily intake (ADI).

Saturated fat replacement linked with lower risk of heart disease: Meta analysis

Swapping just five percent of calories from saturated fat with foods containing the polyunsaturated fat linoleic acid have a lower risk of heart disease, finds a new analysis of current...

Nutritionists defend government advice on food

Claims that the government’s ‘Eatwell Plate’ promotes excessive sugar intake and contributes to growing health problems in the UK have been rubbished by leading nutritionists.

Around a third of consumers want high-fiber white bread, finds Sensus

UK consumers are interested in healthier baked goods high in fiber but low in sugar and calories, particularly high-fiber white bread, according to a survey.

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