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You are what you eat (and retweet): Using social media to connect with consumers

Why is your business using social media? To sell more products? Raise your profile? Change your image? Find out what key ‘influencers’ really think about your brands? Identify and target...

Barry Callebaut: Just paying more for cocoa wouldn’t work

Simply paying African cocoa growers more will not incentivize them to move away from the encroaching, more lucrative industries of palm and rubber, says Barry Callebaut.

"We maintain our conclusions," says Seralini

Seralini stands firm as journal moves to retract GM rat study

The researcher behind a heavily criticised study linking Monsanto's GM maize and Roundup products to cancer in rats says he will not willingly withdraw the research, after the journal issued...

Leatherhead: ‘Natural preservatives are almost an oxymoron’

Preservatives have a poor reputation among consumers – but that doesn’t mean that natural options are completely off the menu, says Nicole Patterson-Lett, principal analyst at Leatherhead Food Research.

Only in Waterford: Blaa bread granted EU protection

Traditional Irish blaa bread joins the likes of the Cornish pasty as it is granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) by the European Union. 

Journal set to retract Seralini GM rat cancer study

A heavily criticised rat study that linked Monsanto's genetically modified maize and the herbicide Roundup to increased cancer risks is set to be withdrawn by the journal that published it.

dispatches from fie

Leatherhead’s top 3 new products at FiE

Mushroom salt reduction, award-winning algal flour and musical taste buds, Leatherhead takes us through the top three new products at this year’s Food Ingredients Europe (FiE).

Food recall reporting ‘hugely inconsistent’, finds Trace One

Reporting and recording of food recalls is ‘hugely inconsistent’ because local authorities do not have to tell the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), according to Trace One.

Restraint reminders: Can imagery help dieters reduce food intake?

Subtle exposure to diet-congruent imagery may help dieters to further reduce energy intakes, according to new research.

EFSA health claims chief shares common dossier failures

Incomplete or selective reporting, high drop-out rates and unplanned post-hoc analyses are some of the common health claim submission failures, EFSA’s claims panel chief professor Ambroise Martin, PhD, told a...

Nestlé becomes 100th member of initiative to cut food waste

Nestlé has become the latest member of the Save Food initiative, which aims to draw on both the public and private sectors to address massive food waste and loss in...

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Lotte finalizes deal for Kazakh confectionery firm

Korean confectioner Lotte has overcome regulatory hurdles to acquire a 76% stake in Kazakhstan-based firm Rakhat.

Drop by Drop: Is there a market for water enhancers in Europe?

Tate & Lyle continued to tout its Drop by Drop flavoured ‘water enhancer’ at FIE in Frankfurt last week following on from successful product launches in the United States –...

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TNO eyeing S Korean research base

One of Europe's leading food research institutes has signed an MoU with the South Korean government under plans to relocate its research centre to South Korea.

Food allergy death less likely than murder

Food allergy sufferers are more likely to be murdered than to die from a severe reaction – but allergen labelling is about much more than fatality risk, says an allergen expert.

Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to higher cancer risk: Study

Consumption of sugar sweetened beverages may be associated with an increased risk of developing endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women, according to new data.

Dispatches from #FIE2013

Protein has a big ‘ordinary’ future, says Glanbia

Irish dairy ingredients specialist Glanbia Nutritionals once filled its sights almost exclusively with the sports nutrition sector, but the explosion of interest in protein means the ‘ordinary’ mainstream food industry...

Dispatches from FiE

Is the next generation of fruit functional?

Fruit may have its own stand alone functionality but Taura Natural Ingredients says fortification with milk and pea proteins, green coffee and grains will bring the ingredient into new areas. ...

Remove hydrogenated fats from chocolate with CristalGreen, says Loders Croklaan

Fats and oils supplier IOI Loders Croklaan claims that its crystallization starter CristalGreen gives specific chocolate confectionery applications a clean label and longer shelf-life.

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MRSA found in UK poultry

The first case of livestock associated Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) has been found on a poultry farm in the UK, according to the Department of Health.

Stevia sees ‘exponential growth’ in Europe

Stevia sweeteners have appeared in about 1200 new products in Europe in the past two years – and 700 of those were launched in 2013, according to Cargill’s business development...

Europe Snacks changes hands

France’s leading private label snack maker Europe Snacks has been sold by private equity firm IK Investment Partners to another private equity company Apax Partners.

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Young grocery shoppers are more ethical and optimistic: IGD

Young shoppers aged under 35 – who are more likely to shop ethically and adventurously than their older relatives, while cooking from scratch – offer opportunities to food manufacturers and...

FAO backs dairy to raise nutrition among poorest people

Dairy products have an important role to play in improving nutritional levels among the world’s poorest people, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says in a new book.

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