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Trends for 2023: Caring for mental, physical and sexual health

By Olivia Brown

A sense of overwhelm shapes Mintel’s predicted food and drink trends for 2023 following climate and economic fears, yet “consumers are absolutely unwilling to compromise on health and nutrition”, the market analysts say.

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SilicoLife raises €9.8m to invest in biotech for supplements

By Nikki Hancocks

SilicoLife, the Portuguese firm designing optimised microorganisms and novel pathways for biotech applications, has just concluded two Series A fundraising rounds to the total tune of €9.8 million to be invested in 'unmet needs' within the dietary...

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Product environmental footprinting: Will the EU pave the way?

By Katia Merten-Lentz, Partner and Founder Food Law Science & Partners

As the environmental impact of food becomes an important indicator for consumers all around the world, private and public initiatives have multiplied. These initiatives use several methodologies to calculate the environmental impact of a product, which...

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NPD Trend Tracker: From vegan foie gras to Branston mayo

By Flora Southey

What new food and beverage products are hitting shelves? In our latest NPD round-up, we look at Nestlé’s vegan foie gras product (Voie Gras) being rolled out in Switzerland and Spain, low carb pizza from SRLY who is rebranding from next month, and a new...

A lack of primary farm-led data means eco-labels risk not reflecting the true environmental and social realities on the ground, it has been warned. Image: Getty/SimonSkafar

Poor data is hindering eco-label plans, group warns

By Oliver Morrison

The UK’s CLEAR consortium complains that a lack of global data that distinguishes between farming methods and countries risks making eco-labels a blunt tool for consumers seeking greater transparency about food products.

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Date marking: Time for a review?

By Katia Merten-Lentz

Date labels are often cited as a food waste driver. But to appreciate the relevance of a review of the rules on date marking it is necessary to go back to the beginning of the debate about the current requirements, suggests Katia Merten-Lentz of Food...

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EU agrees deforestation law

By Jane Byrne

A provisional political agreement has been reached between the EU Parliament and the Council in relation to EU regulation on deforestation-free supply chains.

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DSM temporarily reduces vitamin C production in China

By Jane Byrne

DSM is to significantly cut back production of vitamin C at its Jiangshan, China based facility, with immediate effect. It says it will re-evaluate the situation in late January 2023, after the Chinese New Year.

Clean Food Group is fermenting yeast to develop a lab-grown, bio-equivalent alternative to palm oil, which has attracted the attention of ingredients major Doehler Group. Image credit: Laurie Lapworth: University of Bath

Doehler invests in lab-grown palm oil alternative

By Flora Southey

The German ingredients supplier is investing in UK-based Clean Food Group (CFG) – a start-up developing a bio-equivalent cultivated alternative to palm oil – via its investment arm, Doehler Ventures.

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Meat and milk are more sustainable when the grass is greener

By Dr. Jacobo Arango

Dr. Jacobo Arango, environmental biologist at the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT); Lead Author, IPCC Working Group III 6th Assessment Report on mitigation; and co-lead of the OneCGIAR initiative...

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Collaborate to reduce energy drink health risks, scientists warn

By Nicola Gordon-Seymour

Scientists are calling for a European legal framework for energy drinks (EDs) to regulate maximum levels of active components, volume size, and initiate labelling improvements to mitigate health risks from excessive exposure.

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