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Obesity causes half a million cancers a year: Study

High body mass index (BMI) is to blame for nearly half a million cases of cancer each year worldwide, according to a new study.

Guest article

Saturated fat: Should dietary advice change?

Is saturated fat less ‘bad’ than previously thought? In this guest feature, nutrition writer Ursula Arens examines the evidence.

EFSA updates food allergen advice

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has updated its scientific advice on food allergens, taking into account latest published data on food allergy prevalence in Europe.

Supermarket price wars squeeze more food firms into bankruptcy

The number of UK food companies entering bankruptcy is up 28% this year compared to 2013, according to research from accountancy firm Moore Stephens.

CEO ALAN CLARK INSISTS SOFT DRINKS CENTRAL TO SAB GROWTH STRATEGY

SAB Miller sells Appletiser to Coke in $260m deal as firms ink Africa bottling mega merger

The Coca-Cola Company and SAB Miller have inked a deal to combine their non-alcoholic bottling operations in Southern and East Africa into a $2.9bn turnover business that will accelerate sales...

IRI F&B DATA: Part I on bread

White bread chomps into UK top 20 F&B but sales plummet

Three major white bread brands have made it into the UK’s top 20 best-selling food and beverage list, according to IRI data, but every single one has seen sales plummet.

IRI F&B DATA: Part II on snacks

Snacks scatter UK top 20 F&B showing sturdy growth

Two major snack brands have made it into the UK’s top 20 best-selling food and beverage list with above-market growth, according to IRI data.

Benexia chia oil wins EU novel foods approval

The European Commission has approved Benexia chia oil as a novel food for use in food supplements and in place of other plant fats and oils in foods and drink...

Could a yogurt a day keep diabetes away?

A high intake of yogurt may be associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, suggests a new meta-analysis.

Nutrition labelling requires ‘appropriate’ reference amounts: Consumer study

Consumers are generally able to use nutrition labelling systems to identify more and less healthy foods, but the use of different reference amounts may be confusing, say researchers.

EU companies make progress on goal to halve food waste by 2020

The European food industry has made progress toward cutting food waste, with nearly two-thirds including wastage in their sustainability strategy, according to a new report from trade organisation FoodDrinkEurope.

NSF International and LRQA respond to report findings

Food sector losing more than £11bn due to fraud - report

Food fraud and error could be costing UK companies £11.2bn or 85% of profits a year, according to a report.

YouTube Oreo ‘lick race’ ads banned

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned several YouTube adverts for Oreos following a BBC Newsround investigation, ruling that their commercial nature was not immediately clear to viewers.

Sustainable chocolate: Mid-lifers like quality and ethics

Mid-life consumers aged 45-54 purchase chocolate regularly and sustainable messaging should capture their attention, says Canadean.

Texture is as important as flavour to modern consumers: Ingredion

When reformulating products companies shouldn’t forget about the texture as consumers don’t want to compromise on it anymore, according to Ingredion.

Irish private label sector has ‘scope to grow further’

Private label groceries have not performed as well in Ireland as elsewhere in Europe, but there is significant scope for expanding market share, claims market research firm Nielsen.

Trans-fat consumption linked to memory declines in adults

High trans-fat consumption may be associated with declines in memory among working-age men, according to research.

WINE VISION 2014: COMBATING THE 'NEW-AGE PROHIBITIONISTS'

‘The wine world is under attack, and it needs to up its game’, Wine Economist Mike Veseth

Eminent wine writer and economist Mike Veseth warns that the wine world needs to combat the threat of ‘new age prohibitionists’ and authentic, interesting and affordable spirits and beers.

WINE VISION 2014: TYLER BALLIET COMPARES WINE LEXICON WITH THAT OF 90s PC

‘People should stop thinking about their own brands and just market wine!’ Wine Riot founder

The brains behind the successful Wine Riot events in the US, Tyler Balliet, believes that winemakers should forget their own brands and simply focus on marketing wine to a new...

Functional foods market is expected to grow 25% by 2017: Leatherhead

The global functional food market is forecast to reach $54bn (€43bn), an increase of 25% compared to the last available data from 2013, says Leatherhead Food Research.

Special edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Reduced or no sugar SKUs help confectioners cut calories without risk

Manufacturers can create reduced or no sugar hard and soft candy product extensions without the risk of changing the taste of a proven seller through reformulation, according to Cargill.

MEPs reject nanoparticles in novel foods

Members of the European Parliament’s health and environment committee last night rejected a Commission proposal that would have updated novel foods rules to allow the use of nanoparticles.

'Quiet’ salt reduction is vital – but gourmet salt growth may stifle industry efforts

Salt replacer use is growing but low salt claims are not, as food companies favour a ‘quiet’ approach – but growth in gourmet table salts may threaten salt reduction efforts.

Bulgaria strip stamp change threatens premium spirits, spiritsEUROPE warns

spiritsEUROPE revealed today that it has written to the Bulgarian Finance Minister asking him to delay a duty strip stamp change, which it warns could cost premium spirits producers.

ICN2 'framework' document outlines action plan for better food and nutrition systems

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) have published a 60 point plan as part of a ‘framework for action’ to improve global food and...

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