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‘Mamma mia!’ Italian researchers say ‘si’ to probiotic pasta

Italian researchers have developed a functional pasta rich in polyphenols and fortified with probiotic strain Bacillus coagulans.

Food and drink trends focus on smaller brands

The growing importance of smaller food and drink brands, arising from the fragmentation of consumer beliefs about food, is one of 10 key trends identified next year by New Business Nutrition.

Bold and urgent action required on obesity – that means a sugar tax, say UK MPs

A report by health select committee MPs has called for bold and urgent action on child obesity, which includes a sugar tax - but industry has slammed the report as...

UK government:‘There is no one definition of sustainable palm oil’

Legally defining sustainability: Edible palm oil must follow in biofuel footsteps

Voluntary measures and government targets are great – but it is legislation that will push European palm oil users to true sustainability. The food sector could learn a lesson or...

COP21: Sustainability in focus

More headaches for "less meat" messaging

Want to promote products with less meat or meat alternatives? Steer clear of environmental messages and focus on health, say researchers.

Russia imposes trade sanctions on Turkish food products

The Russian government has imposed sanctions on food imports from Turkey in protest after a Turkish jet shot down a Russian warplane, stepping up the unofficial sanctions of last week.

Chinese market open for UK organic dairy imports

A British organic dairy cooperative has broken into the one of the world’s most lucrative markets after being awarded the UK’s first licence through the Soil Association to export organic products...

This paves the way for mass personalised nutrition, say researchers

What’s better for blood glucose levels, sushi or ice cream? It depends who you are, say researchers

Blood glucose levels vary widely across individuals even for the same food, say researchers who have developed an algorithm to calculate the ‘right’ diet – paving the way for mass...

Cocoa ‘a sad story’: Farmers need insurance as human cost of industry overlooked, says Cacao for Change

Cocoa farmers operate in a chocolate supply chain that perpetuates poverty and bear the bulk of the risk, claims Cacao for Change as it proposes an alternative model.

Innova's top ten trend predictions for 2016

UBM says security and comfort of attendees is ‘paramount’; registrations up 6%

32 firms pull out of FiE in wake of Paris attacks

Around 32 of 1400 exhibiting companies (3%) have pulled out of the industry event Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) next week in Paris following the city’s fatal attacks, despite efforts from...

Extra security at FiE in wake of Paris terror attacks

Extra security measures will be taken at a major food ingredients trade show in Paris next week, as the city shows defiance in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks.

Bright blue water: Smart-chimp moves spirulina from supplement section to beverage aisle

The bright blue color of smart-chimp’s water – created by the inclusion of spirulina extract – keeps the beverage in consumers’ minds long after the last sip, according to the...

Commission clears Solina acquisition

The European Commission has cleared the acquisition of French ingredient supplier Solina by private investment company Ardian.

Food for thought: What we learnt at Food Matters Live

After three days of debates, seminars and demonstrations at Food Matters Live, there are major challenges and themes the industry needs to reflect upon - we've rounded up some of...

WHO report hits already-falling bacon and sausage sales

Three consecutive weeks of double digit falls in UK sales of bacon and sausages provide tangible evidence that the processed meat cancer scare has had an impact on consumer shopping...

News in brief

Campden BRI opens consumer test centre

Campden BRI has opened a consumer test centre in Leamington Spa, UK, to support new product development and provide consumer research on food and drink products.

‘Europe needs innovation’: Kerry

Irish dairy giant Kerry has called for more innovation in the dairy sector, saying Europe needs it more than ever to counter a flat macroeconomic environment and dropping milk prices.

Is 'robust and transparent' research possible when industry and scientists collaborate?

The European food industry has published voluntary research principles to ensure robust and transparent science – but questions remain over how they will be put in place and enforced.

‘Think outside the shake’: Protein Pow takes protein home baking to supermarket shelves

UK start-up Protein Pow has secured a host of retail listings including Tesco for its home-baking nutrition powders.

Incredible organic? More studies needed to substantiate health effects

More research is needed to establish the health and nutritional credentials of organic foods, say agricultural MEPs.

A carbon tax on meat is not a complete turn-off to consumers: report

Consumers are more receptive to a carbon tax on meat or the removal of subsidies for livestock farmers than politicians believe, according to new research.

Add seaweed to food to improve heart health, Danish researchers urge industry

Food manufacturers should add seaweed to help combat cardiovascular disease and related conditions, according to researchers.

‘These are conscious meal replacements’: Snacking becoming the norm

There’s a “macrodynamic shift” happening in how we eat as a culture, according to a report from The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, and snacking has become a part of daily life....

Special edition: Inflammation

Is ‘Syndrome X’ treatable with food?

Inflammation is an immune system response to counter injured or stressed body parts and zones – a good and necessary thing – but contemporary diets and lifestyles have overheated the...

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