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Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

New technologies are vital to the future growth of the food and nutrition industry, but their future success depends on much more than the science behind them.

Is the tide turning on hunger this World Food Day?

The number of hungry people in the world fell by more than 100 million over the last decade – so is this World Food Day a time to rejoice?

Confusion reigns over EU labelling legislation

Draft guidance on the Food Information for Consumers Regulation 2014 was issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) last month.

Weighing up the responsibility: Should obesity be classed as a disability?

If the European Court redefines obesity as a disability, the rules of responsibility could shift horribly away from the parties involved - including the food industry.   

Halal: Out of certification chaos comes criticism (and Islamophobia?)

The sensationalist media coverage around so called ‘stealth halal’ is only fuelled by the lack of certification harmonisation, Food Navigator’s Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn argues.

Smoke signals: Sugar industry needs to embrace moderation (like the rest of us)

Sugar is not like tobacco. So why does the sugar industry keep borrowing tobacco industry terms?

What do the eco heretics mean for GM golden rice?

Dr Patrick Moore – Greenpeace founding member and GM defector – represents a fear that lurks in the heart of all ideologists: Am I on the right side of the fence? Am I the goodie or the baddie? 

FoodNavigator predicts top five industry drivers in 2014

As the New Year dawns, FoodNavigator predicts the top five drivers of the European food industry in the year ahead.

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 takes a look back on its predictions for 2013.

Corporate altruism: Oxymoron or get-real solution?

Writing up an article on Kellogg’s World Food Day initiative yesterday, that age old question seemed to buzz through: is there really such a thing as a selfless good deed? And what about, dare we ask, on a corporate level?

International Congress of Nutrition: Big food booed for coming…but rude not to?

Thousands of nutritionists gathered in Granada, Spain, last week for the 20th International Congress of Nutrition. It was a huge event with eight simultaneous streams of seminars over a full week.

Concerned about palm oil? Boycotting won’t change a thing

Palm oil production is a major cause of deforestation, loss of habitat and – let’s not forget – dismal working conditions for people in growing areas, mainly in Southeast Asia. But Europe needs palm oil and palm oil producers need European consumers to drive lasting change.

Lab grown meat? Surely it's a matter of taste...

I think everybody agrees that in vitro production of meat could have big potential in solving world hunger. But the technology will not be to everybody's tastes ... and until the technical challenges of flavour are addressed I imagine it will be to nobody's tastes!

No boys allowed: What’s so girly about yoghurt?

There’s a marketing experiment going on in the yoghurt aisle. Two yoghurt brands recently have positioned themselves as ‘yoghurt for men’. Is ordinary yoghurt really so girly?

Is the clamour for publicity making a mockery of real scientific progress?

The need for scientific celebrity seems to have spread like wildfire in recent years, and it’s making a mockery of real scientific progress.

Bug burgers and fried locusts. I’d rather rebrand pigeons…urban grouse, anyone?

Insects are being touted as one answer to an upcoming global protein gap – in Europe, there’s just the niggling ‘disgust factor’ to get over. But why scuttle before we can walk? Let’s talk options.

STOP fussing over UK traffic light labelling

Last week, the UK introduced a voluntary front-of-pack nutrition labelling system combining GDAs with traffic light colours. The European food industry is up in arms – but it has no good reason to be.

Cleaner than clean: When natural is not enough

It’s boom time for makers of natural ingredients, from colours to flavours to hydrocolloids…or is it? Despite widespread demand for all things natural, some ‘natural’ ingredients still aren’t acceptable to consumers – so when does ‘clean label’ need to go further than naturalness alone?

The food industry should learn to say ‘oops’

It doesn’t matter if you have the best intentions in the world if your customers think your intentions are rotten - and more and more often, consumers are saying they view Big Food in the same way as Big Tobacco. 

I observed the EFSA health claims panel in action; conspiracy theorists will be disappointed

Last week NutraIngredients was one of 10 organisations invited to observe the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel in action for a day at its Parma, Italy, base.

Genetic engineering: It’s a technology, not an ideology

Whether you are ‘pro’ or ‘anti’ genetic engineering has become a divisive political issue, but remember that we are talking about technology; it shouldn’t be an ideology.

FoodNavigator predicts top five industry drivers in 2013

As the New Year dawns, FoodNavigator predicts the top five factors likely to be the biggest drivers of the European food industry in the year ahead.

Acrylamide: A scandal in the making

Acrylamide is a recognised carcinogen that we’ve known is in our food at dangerous levels for a decade. Today, the food industry has tools to mitigate it, but uptake is slow.Industry, beware.  This is how scandals are made.

Smell a rat? Flawed GM cancer study highlights flawed media approach

A French study on the effects of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) maize in rats has said little about the safety or otherwise of GM crops – but it has said plenty about how the media can be used to push an agenda.

Breakfast cereal in China: Snap, crackle… and flop

Western breakfast brands don’t often work in China. They need manipulating to appeal to very different tastes, packaging and format preferences and, of course, another language.

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