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The nutra space: Eyes turn to 2017

Only the seemingly foolish would have predicted 2016 would see the UK vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump win the US presidential election. But in the post-truth era,...

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2016: The good, the bad and the ugly

The food sector rarely fails to deliver when it comes to news and 2016 has been no exception. Here’s my pick of the good, the bad, the ugly and the...

Screen time contributes to Santa-like waistlines: Study

Gifts given from the heart this Christmas may not be good for waistlines as a study identifies popular presents such smartphones, tablets and video games as contributing to obesity rates...

France’s boomerang tax on flour

The unpopular ‘Taxe Farine’ has reared its head again, after being supressed last month.

Allinson’s unveils new bread loaf size designed for smaller households

The UK bakery has launched a range of 12-slice 650g bread loaves based on customer insights.

The food trends and issues to watch in 2017

With 2017 just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about which future trends and burning topics will be making their mark on the food and drink industry next...

What will the top texture trends be in 2017?

In 2016 15% of new food products launched in Europe employed themes concerning texture combinations – often on well-established product types such as yoghurt. FoodNavigator looks at some of the...

Eating red meat to excess appears not to raise heart attack risk

Exceeding recommended levels of red meat does not seem to make a difference to blood pressure and blood cholesterol - at least in the short-term, a review has concluded.

Consumers aren’t prepared to join the lab-meat love-in

This year there’s been a bit of a lab-meat love-in, but are consumers ready to buy into it? I’m not so sure, especially if they can’t divorce the concept from...

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Roquette ready for major investment in North American pea protein

Roquette is investing in pea protein in Canada next year, as the French firm ups its game in the protein space. 

The year that was: Headlines of 2016

From mergers and acquisitions to innovations in packaging and flavors, we take a look back over some of the headlines of 2016. 

Mergers & acquisitions: Innovia, Linde, Duravant, Egli, Saica Group

CCL Industries (CCL) has entered into an agreement to acquire Innovia for approximately $1.13bn, expected to close Q1, 2017.

Obese parents triple obese offspring risk, experts warn

EarlyNutrition, a project comprised of 36 international research institutions, has released its final report following five years of investigation. The report sends a grave warning to parents and those planning...

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta in acid contamination scare

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta have withdrawn products in a region of Greece after a group threatened to contaminate them with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

Processed & cured meat worsens asthma: Study

A high intake of cured and processed meat can worsen asthma symptoms over time, according to French researchers who used a novel analytical method to take into account obesity as...

Protein-based model yields deeper insights into food texture and satiety

Food textures have been found to have a more significant effect on satiety than previously thought as an innovative food model has evaluated its effect on eating rate and enjoyment.

Total oil call: Petrochemical giants want food industry leftovers for biofuels

Suez and Total are calling on Europe's food industry to sell its used cooking oil for biofuel conversion, after pledging to increase the amount that is collected and recycled by 20%....

2017 salt targets in danger of failing, warns CASH

The caution was issued by the health watchdog after a survey revealed that a number of branded crumpets still contain a high sodium content.

Europe’s Plan B: The ‘Common Food Policy’

An independent think tank, IPES, has been set up to advise the EU and work towards creating a common food policy that would create a sustainable, healthy and profitable food...

Quiz of the year: How much do you remember about 2016's biggest food news?

Think you remember the major events to hit the European food industry in 2016? Let us put your knowledge to the test with our news quiz!

Dispatches from the #SNC16 congress in Frankfurt

Could energy drinks be cut out of the EU caffeine claim loop?

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is lobbying for two different solutions to the EU caffeine claim hold up, one of which could see use of the claims limited to...

Consumers assume food must be expensive to be healthy: Study

The price of food heavily influences assumptions about nutritious quality and even effects the health issues consumers worry about, a series of experiments at Ohio State University has found

Small texture tweaks can have a big impact on food flavour & satiety

Flavour often comes first when we think of new product development (NPD), yet texture is just as important in influencing our eating experience – and it can even change the...

Fourteen ill and two dead from Salmonella in Germany

Germany has seen a significant increase in a rare strain of Salmonella linked to two deaths.

Stop CETA: Trans-continental coalition fights trade agreement

A coalition of over 450 civil society groups from Europe and Canada has signed an open letter pleading legislators to vote against the deal, fearing it will erode public power over the...

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