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Festive video insights: Mintel experts offer up highlights and predictions

With 2013 fast drawing to a close and 2014 just around the corner, we took the chance to catch up with analysts and experts at Mintel to ask them what...


Turning over a new leaf in 2013: The year tea turned hot...

In 2013 Unilever called tea the 'hottest beverage in the world' and recent research on its health benefits presents opportunities for industry innovation, with drinks like Lipton Natural Energy already...

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Turkey butterflies recalled over processing hygiene concerns

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is warning people not to eat turkey butterflies processed by a Welsh firm because they were processed at an unapproved site.


Sweet tooth Scots: Scotland has poorest diet in UK

According to new government research Scottish people consume more fizzy drinks and sweets and eat less fruit and vegetables when compared to the UK average.


Looking back on 2013: How did we do with last year’s predictions?

Before we take out our crystal balls in January and look ahead to 2014, let’s take a moment to ask, how accurate was our forecast for the past year? FoodNavigator...

FoodNavigator’s top science stories of 2013

From fallouts over fructose, junk food diets, frozen food nutrition and EFSA opinions on aspartame – it’s been a busy year for research in to food and nutrition ... and...

FoodNavigator's 2013 news quiz

So you think you know all there is to know about the European food industry in 2013? Let us put your knowledge to the test with our news quiz!

NGOs call Nestlé’s human rights assessment a ‘PR stunt’

Nestlé’s human rights impact report released earlier this month has been condemned by a coalition of NGOs as nothing more than a PR stunt.

Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese awarded EU protected food status

Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese maker, Wensleydale Creamery, has been handed an early Christmas present… European Union (EU) Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status.

Centralised novel food authorisation moves closer

Centralising novel food regulation at EU level should allow safe and innovative food to reach the European market faster, the European Commission (EC) has said.

Turkish baklava, Wensleydale cheese and Santorini tomatoes gain EU protected status

The European Commission has granted protected status to three additional products – Santorini tomatoes, Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese and Turkish baklava.

'Proactive approach' key to staying relevant in dairy: NIZO

In order to remain relevant after 65 years in the dairy industry, NIZO Food Research has adopted a more “proactive approach” to its work, CEO Ad Juriaanse told

EU law on NCDs not a question of 'whether' but 'how', warns expert report

Passing EU-wide regulations on the food industry for reducing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is not a question of 'whether' but 'how', according to a new report published as part of the Swedish...

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Bakkavor sells ready meals business in Czech Republic

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has sold Heli Food Fresh, its ready meals operation in the Czech Republic, for an undisclosed sum.

Probiota 2014, February 4-5, Amsterdam

Probiota 2014: The ultimate pre- and probiotic science-business blend

Probiota 2014 – relocated from Brussels to Amsterdam and organised by NutraIngredients – will bring together the finest scientific and commercial minds operating in the pre- and probiotic sector in...

EU seeks to ban farm animal cloning

The European Commission has proposed a ban on cloning of farm animals and the use of their meat and milk for food.

Gut reaction: Zero-calorie sweeteners produce same response as water

Consumption of zero-calorie artificial sweeteners in a drink may have an identical effect on gut responses as water, according to newly published human data.

Hershey to acquire iconic Chinese confectionery firm

Hershey Netherlands B.V. has signed an agreement to acquire an 80% stake in Chinese confectionery and snack firm Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Company (SGM) - and the remaining 20% in 2015.

Campden BRI Food Labelling Seminar January 30

FIC Regulation: ‘The pressure is on’

Campden BRI, food and drink research and services, has seen a surge in companies looking for advice on the European Union’s Food Information to Consumers (FIC) Regulation and how to...

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FSA sets out 2014 science priorities

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has outlined its science and evidence priorities for the coming year, including research into food safety, food allergy, and diet and health-related work.

Most stocks and gravies miss salt targets

Stock cubes and gravies contain ‘high and unnecessary’ amounts of hidden salt, according to an analysis from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).


Carling 'British' Cider need not use British apples, Molson Coors tells ASA

Molson Coors tells the ASA its Carling British Cider need not contain British apples to be deemed ‘British’ and concedes that amount used vary between batches, with foreign fruit supplying...

Can an apple a day keep the doctor (and statins) away?

The old proverb may stand the test of time, according to new research that suggests consuming an apple a day has the same benefits as statin drugs for people over 50.

EFSA: Neonicotinoids could harm human nervous system

Two neonicotinoid insecticides may harm the developing nervous system, and exposure should be limited to below current recommendations, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Low calorie products remain enjoyable over time

Do our bodies learn that low calorie products provide fewer calories – and are therefore less satisfying?

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