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Tougher to market sugar confectionery in Europe as regulators crackdown on sugared products directed at kids, says Companiesandmarkets,com

Sugar disquiet to hurt Europe’s candy market

By Oliver Nieburg

The European sugar confectionery market is forecast to decline in the next few years as regulators and consumers consider the impact of sugar on public health, according to a report by Frost & Sullivan.

Commission puts EFSA opinion to one side as it rejects five glucose claims due to public health concerns

Sugar low: “The use of such a health claim would convey a conflicting and confusing message..."

Glucose health claims: EFSA says yes; EC says no (and closes door)

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Five glucose health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) back in 2012 have been officially banned by the European Commission due to concerns over what they would say to consumers about sugar consumption.

The FoodNavigator editors have picked their top six trends to look out for in 2015. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below.

FoodNavigator predicts top industry drivers for 2015

By Nathan Gray and Caroline Scott-Thomas

It’s time to get out our crystal balls and predict the hottest trends in the European food and drink sector for the year ahead. What’s in store for 2015?

The researchers claim to have discovered why some people have a sweet tooth

Brain mechanism may explain glucose cravings

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

An enzyme in the brain called glucokinase may drive our desire for glucose-rich starchy and sugary foods, according to research in rats from Imperial College London.

Six in ten Britons consider the quality of own-brand groceries equivalent to that of named brands

Most UK groceries are now private label

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Supermarket own-brand groceries account for more than half (54%) of UK grocery sales – driven in part by premium positioning.

Food labelling will receive more attention if Labour is successful at the next election said Abrahams

Labour plans tougher food regulation

By Rick Pendrous

Labour is about to set out its plans for improving public health if elected next year and while tougher regulation can be expected, sugar and fat taxes will not be part of the mix, it has emerged.

Cocoa surplus grows and Côte d’Ivoire to surpass the Netherlands as world's largest cocoa grinder

ICCO extends cocoa surplus for 2013/14

By Oliver Nieburg

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has estimated a larger surplus for the cocoa year just past and has noted an increase in origin grindings.

Emma Blackery's YouTube channel has more than 830,000 subscribers

YouTube Oreo ‘lick race’ ads banned

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned several YouTube adverts for Oreos following a BBC Newsround investigation, ruling that their commercial nature was not immediately clear to viewers.

Danisco opened the Brabrand R&D centre in 1964. It has become the hub of an R&D network that spans 14 centres worldwide

DuPont: ‘We will launch 4000 products by 2020’

By Shane STARLING

DuPont’s nutrition & health division will play a big part in the launch of 4000 food-related products in the next six years, its chief said as the company celebrated 50 years at its Brabrand base in Aarhus, Denmark yesterday.

Baked goods are a top source of curcumin for European children

EFSA reassesses European curcumin exposure levels

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reassessed exposure to curcumin and found consumption is lower than previously thought – although some children consume close to the acceptable daily intake (ADI).

Understanding elderly people's emotions about eating could help develop more tailored communication strategies and products, the researchers said

Emotional eating: How do the elderly feel about food?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The food industry is failing to tailor foods to the elderly – and recognising their various needs and wants could help companies develop more successful products, according to a new study.

Mascot bears hand out samples in nightclubs to appeal to an older audience, says Cocktail Candy makers Candy Pack

Cocktail Candy: We're not marketing to kids

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Belgian firm Candy Pack says it understands why some people might be "touchy" about the idea of alcohol-themed confectionery, but insists it isn't targeting children for its Cocktail Candy range.

Companies cannot rely on a Europe-wide view, says Ingredion

Clean label trumps brands in Europe, says report

By Paul Gander

The ingredient list and a lack of additives or ‘artificial’ ingredients are the most important considerations for consumers when making a food purchase after price, says a new report on clean label in Europe.

Sugar-sweetened beverages do not easily fit within a healthy diet, says Anderson

Food industry must slash sugar – not just tinker

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Food industry ‘tinkering’ with sugar content while foods and drinks remain relatively high in sugar may detract from more basic sugar reduction strategies, warns a public health expert.

The UK has been dubbed 'the fat man of Europe'

Government policies should pass an ‘obesity test’

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

All new UK government policies should be considered in the context of rising obesity rates in an effort to reverse the trend, urges a report from independent think tank 2020health.

Cassava could be used in a similar way to corn to provide starch sweeteners

Cassava shapes up as an alternative source for starch sweeteners

By Paul Gander

New research led by Du Pont Industrial Biosciences concludes that enzyme technology currently used with maize and wheat could be applied far more widely to cassava root starch to produce sweeteners such as glucose, fructose and maltose.

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