All news articles for December 2016

Smartphone use now makes up the majority of screen engagement among young children. A recent study found over one-half of 3 year olds had been given their own tablet. ©iStock

Screen time contributes to Santa-like waistlines: Study

By Will Chu

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 in children.

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The nutra space: Eyes turn to 2017

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn & Shane Starling

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, these are the facts.

UK Chancellor, George Osborne was awarded the boldest announcement of the year for his plans back in April detailing a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.  ©iStock/OcusFocus

2016: The good, the bad and the ugly

By David Burrows

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 annoying.

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The food trends and issues to watch in 2017

By David Burrows and Niamh Michail

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 year. Here are some of our predictions.

Different texture combinations used to market foods in 2016. ©iStock

What will the top texture trends be in 2017?

By Louis Gore-Langton

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 strongest product categories riding the texture wave into...

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

By David Burrows

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 other more controversial technologies like genetic modification.

It's been an action-packed year for the beverage world. Here are some of the highlights. (Pic:iStock/marekuliasz)

The year that was: Headlines of 2016

By Rachel ARTHUR

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

Being overweight before or during pregnancy can determine a child's development ©iStock

Obese parents triple obese offspring risk, experts warn

By Louis Gore-Langton

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 for families on the dangers of parental...

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