Flavours and colours

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Robertet targets UK growth with acquisition

By Oliver Morrison

The France-based flavour and fragrance company has announced the acquisition of Omega Ingredients, which makes provenance driven, natural flavours and ingredients for the food and beverage industry.

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Vaess develops biotech solution for nitrite-free bacon

By Katy Askew

Dutch food engineers at Vaess have developed an innovative biotech solution that can replace the controversial use of nitrites in meat products like bacon, while maintaining a stable pink appearance.

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Scraping social media for hot beverage trends

By Oliver Morrison

Love them or loath them, social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram offer fertile ground where brands can spot quickly emerging food and beverage trends that can guide product development.

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Inside Hive: A deep-dive into Unilever's plant-based innovation drive

By Katy Askew

“We want to outgrow the competition and we want to do it in ways that are better for people and the planet,” Unilever’s head of Food & Refreshment Hanneke Faber says. How does the company plan to do this? FoodNavigator goes inside Hive, Unilever’s...

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Health campaigner takes aim at salty sliced meats

By Oliver Morrison

Two thirds of all chilled sliced meats including sliced ham, chicken, corned beef and salami sold by leading grocery retailers in the UK are dangerously high in salt (i.e. >1.5g/100g) – with one in three (35%) failing to meet the national salt reduction...

EU food producers have six months to phase out the use of titanium dioxide. Pic: GettyImages/UltimaSperanza

The countdown to phase out E171 in EU foods has begun

By Gill Hyslop

Titanium dioxide (E171) - a popular additive that confers a bright white shade to frosting and cake decorations - has been banned as a food additive in the EU, with a six-month phasing out period coming into force this month (January 2022) after which...

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.