Carbohydrates and fibres (sugar, starches)

Researchers identified a link between artificial sweetener intake and CVD risk, but industry takes issue with the nature of the study. GettyImages/PatriciaEnciso

Do artificial sweeteners increase risk of cardiovascular diseases?

By Flora Southey

A ‘potential direct’ link between artificial sweetener intake and increased cardiovascular disease risk has been suggested by researchers, but industry is fighting back: “There is no causal evidence that low/no calorie sweeteners could increase the risk...

Is digestive health ‘sexy’? It could be argued that food supporting gut bacteria and healthy bowels are not as easily marketable as other nutrient claims on-pack. GettyImages/tbralnina

How can food and beverage brands make fibre sexy?

By Flora Southey

Supporting gut bacteria and bowel health may not be the most appealing claims to market on-pack, but ingredients experts say consumer perceptions can be changed – if they haven't already.

What products command a clean label premium? / Pic: GettyImages-WeAre

Clean label claims boost sales, but what categories benefit most?

By Katy Askew

The clean label ingredients market is witnessing continued growth, with evidence suggesting clean labels increase consumer willingness to pay a higher price point and build loyalty. FoodNavigator digs down into the trend to profile what categories and...

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UK HFSS restrictions delay met with relief and dismay

By Oliver Morrison

In a move which has satisfied trade bodies but disheartened health campaigners and some challenger brands, the UK government has announced a one-year delay to the proposed ban on buy-one-get-one-free deals for foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

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Salt campaigners take aim at meal deal snacks

By Oliver Morrison

Almost three quarters (70%) of snacks included in meal deals sold on the high street are dangerously high in saturated fat, salt and sugar (HFSS), complains new research from Action on Salt, with some contributing to a third of an adult’s maximum daily...

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Food and drink companies join pledge to boost fibre

By Oliver Morrison

Over 20 food and drink brands have pledged their support to increase the amount of fibre in consumer’s diets after backing the Action on Fibre initiative launched by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Brazzein is 500-2,000 times as sweet as sucrose (table sugar). Picture credit: GettyImages-CherriesJD

Sweegen to launch high intensity sweetener brazzein in 2022

By Elaine Watson

Sweegen will expand its high-intensity sweeteners portfolio early next year with the addition of brazzein, an ultra-sweet tasting protein found in small quantities in the fruit of a West African plant called oubli, that can be produced on a commercial...

The BfR conducted a nationwide survey to investigate consumer perceptions of food additives. GettyImages/Lukatme

What do consumers think about food additives? Survey

By Flora Southey

Results of a new survey in Germany suggest many consumers are concerned about possible health effects associated with food additives, while at the same time expressing a lack of knowledge about such ingredients.

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Could mandatory fruit and veg sections near entrances be next?

By Oliver Morrison

With the UK set to roll out restrictions on unhealthy food promotions in stores next year, fresh research claims healthier supermarket layouts, including fruit and vegetables placed near store entrances, improves customers’ food choices.

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The Future of Healthy Snacking in Europe

The Future of Healthy Snacking in Europe

Our consumer study on healthy snacking in Europe reveals key insights into snacking motivations, the consumer landscape, and today’s top snacking trends—including...