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UK sugar tax: The big questions

UK sugar tax: The big questions

The UK has announced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. But how hard will it hit the industry? How effective will the tax be at tackling childhood obesity? And could the tax be extended to other food categories? We take a look at the big questions surrounding the tax.

Published: 23-Mar-2016

FiE 2015: Our best bits

FiE 2015: Our best bits

Our teams of journalists were out in force at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) last week. We’ve picked out some of our highlights from over one thousand exhibitors, a packed conference programme and talks on industry insights.

Published: 09-Dec-2015

New tech on EFSA’s horizon: Crowdsourcing and cyber assistants

New tech on EFSA’s horizon: Crowdsourcing and cyber assistants

New technology like crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence computers is the future of risk assessment, the head of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said.

Published: 23-Oct-2015

Lab meat, plant proteins and insects: Which alternative proteins will feed the world?

Lab meat, plant proteins and insects: Which alternative proteins will feed the world?

The quest for alternatives to animal-derived proteins has led to a huge amount of innovation - some proteins are already thriving on the market and others have some way to go. FoodNavigator looks at the latest trends at IFT.

Published: 14-Jul-2015

Prepare for pre-recession spend – top economist

Food firms should prepare for pre-recession spending

Food manufacturers should prepare for a positive three years ahead, as the changing economy prompts consumers to spend at pre-recession levels, a leading economist has said. 

Published: 11-Mar-2015

New proteins are creeping on trend

Creepy proteins will be hot

Alternative proteins are a “hot area” of interest and products such as sandwich spreads made with meal worms could be a thing of the future, according to one food trend expert.

Published: 12-Dec-2014

Salt reduction not a priority for UK consumers, finds LoSalt survey

Salt reduction not a priority for UK consumers: LoSalt survey

Caroline Klinge

sales and marketing manager - LoSalt

UK consumers prioritise reducing fat and sugar intake ahead of salt, according to a consumer survey conducted by Klinge Foods, the producer of LoSalt.

Published: 24-Nov-2014

‘Nice wine, no corkscrew?’ Mirabeau En Provence solution strikes YouTube gold with 8 million+ views

‘Nice wine, no corkscrew?’ Mirabeau En Provence wins 8m+ YouTube views

Mirabeau En Provence owner Stephen Cronk says the desire for a direct consumer connection inspired him to record a 50 second YouTube video that's won the Rosé producer a staggering 8m+ views to date.

Published: 19-Nov-2014

DSM claims craft brewer interest in gluten-free beer enzyme

DSM claims craft brewer interest in gluten-free beer enzyme

DSM Food Specialities claims that, far from being cautious, craft brewers are embracing the possibilities its enzyme to create gluten-free beer offers.

Published: 18-Nov-2014

Smoothie brand Froosh warns of ‘social washing’ on supply chain sustainability

Smoothie brand Froosh warns of ‘social washing’ within supply chain

Scandinavia’s top-selling smoothie manufacturer Froosh has called for ‘trade not aid’ in developing countries and insists beverage brands should do more to understand their supply chains.

Published: 30-Oct-2014

Get rid of nutrients and focus on foods in guidelines, says sat fat researcher

Saturated fat guidelines out, food guidelines in?

Benoit Lamarche

Saturated fat researcher - Laval University

Science should look beyond LDL cholesterol and saturated fat, which have dominated cardiovascular research until now, towards other contributing factors and a food-group approach to guidelines, according to one researcher.

Published: 26-Sep-2014

Industry reformulation is the only route to better nutrition, says expert

Industry reformulation is the only route to better nutrition, says expert

Jack Winkler

Professor of Nutrition Policy

Food producers should look at the current obesity crisis as an opportunity to do good business and do good for public health through the reformulation of mass-market products, says one nutrition policy expert.

Published: 22-Sep-2014

Saturated fats may not cause heart disease: Researcher

Saturated fats may not cause heart disease: Researcher

Prof. Philippe Legrand

Director of the biochemistry laboratory - Agrocampus Ouest

Saturated fatty acids shouldn’t be avoided as they don't cause cardiovascular disease - but 'excess' is the important word, says a human nutrition expert.

Published: 19-Sep-2014

The road to fish-oil equivalent GM camelina

GM camelina matches fish oil omega-3 levels

Rothamsted Research has achieved omega-3 levels comparable to fish oil in its first GM camelina harvest, something which has been surprisingly well received by the public, its senior researcher says. 

Published: 18-Sep-2014

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia to double palm oil production by 2020

Kalanithi Nesaretnam

Minister - Embassy of Malaysia in Brussels

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

Published: 18-Sep-2014

Russian embargo impact on Arla whey and lactose interests 'minimal': CEO

Russian embargo impact on Arla whey and lactose interests 'minimal'

Henrik Andersen

Chief Executive Officer - Arla Foods Ingredients

The Russian embargo on Western food imports will have little impact on Arla Foods Ingredients' whey and lactose interests, says CEO Henrik Andersen.

Published: 12-Sep-2014

Bakeries struggling with calls to cut salt, sugar and fat

Manufacturers are struggling with healthier food calls

Manufacturers of baked goods are reaching a point where calls to cut salts, fats and sugars in products are becoming detrimental to the quality of their products, a bakery manager has said.

Published: 09-Sep-2014

Can ‘thins’ save a dwindling packaged bread sector?

Thins in packaged bread could spark growth, Mintel

‘Thins’ have taken off in the US and Canada with bread, bagel and even tortilla varieties offering less calories for the health-conscious consumer, and it’s an area that holds great promise for Europe, says Mintel.

Published: 09-Sep-2014

Little difference between diets, it's the sticking that counts: Research

All diets work if you stick to them: Research

Dr Bradley Johnston

senior scientist - the Hospital for Sick Children's Research Institute

All diets have similar effects and people should concentrate less on choosing a specific one and more on how to last longer following it, Canadian research has suggested. 

Published: 05-Sep-2014

Genius pumps ‘a good whack of its budget’ into Commonwealth Games sponsorship

Commonwealth Games: Genius invests ‘a good whack of its budget’

Mari Ann Laidlaw

marketing manager - Genius

Genius Foods, the UK’s leading gluten-free food producer, made a big investment into its summer campaign after being asked to be an official provider of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Published: 29-Jul-2014

'People don't throw chairs and break windows': Second Glass boss on starting US Wine Riots

'People don't break windows': Second Glass boss on US Wine Riots

Dubbed the 'Prince of Boston's Wine Revolution' by Stuff magazine, Second Glass founder Tyler Balliet tells us how to start a wine riot and his excitement about speaking at Wine Vision in London this November. 

Published: 23-Jul-2014

Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Bread innovation needed amid carb, additive backlash: Mintel

Stephanie Pauk and Pam Yates

Analysts - Mintel

Packaged bread innovation has been complicated by a consumer backlash on additives and carbohydrates, but manufacturers can still generate interest with healthy, artisan ingredients, says Mintel.

Published: 23-Jul-2014

Drinks manufacturers must reduce sugars: PHE

Drinks manufacturers play a key role in sugar reduction

Drinks manufacturers must work to reduce the amount of sugars in their products to lower the nation’s calorie intake, according to Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England’s (PHE) chief nutritionist.

Published: 17-Jul-2014

Sainsbury's listings at 19, a sports drink launch at 24: Overly entrepreneur on guessing Justin King's email and casting off wide-eyed innocence

Sainsbury's listings at 19, sports drinks at 24: Overly comes of age

Young entrepreneur Chris Hannaway and childhood friend Will Hammersley launched frozen yogurt brand Arctic Farm into Sainsbury’s at the tender age of 19. Now they’re back with sports drink Overly. This is Chris’s story…

Published: 10-Jul-2014

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Dr John Wilkinson

Consultant and EU Novel Foods expert

Exotic and functional fruits and vegetables like cashew nut fruit, chu chu and their extracts are set for an easier passage into European Union markets if mooted simplifications to EU Novel Foods laws come to fruition, according to a UK-based expert.

Published: 25-Jun-2014