Prepared foods

The findings highlight an opportunity to transform ingredients and products such as bread, pasta, breakfast cereals into more diabetic-friendly versions, says lead researcher Cathrina Edwards.

Less processed fibre makes food healthier

By Niamh Michail

Preserving the natural structure of plant fibre during food processing keeps blood sugar levels in check – meaning manufacturers can make their products healthier without changing the ingredients, say researchers.

“The food we eat is now the biggest cause of ill health through its high salt, fat and sugar content added by the food industry,

Salt intake directly linked to obesity: CASH

By Niamh Michail

There is a direct link between salt intake and obesity, says 1200-strong CASH study – but health experts say the findings should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Fresh or dried vegetable pasta can help people reach their five-a-day vegetable intake - currently the most compelling health claim for British shoppers, according to a Mintel survey.

Spirals of success: Vegetable pasta is on the rise

By Niamh Michail

With sales of traditional pasta falling across Europe, homemade 'spiralised' vegetables are an increasingly popular alternative – but analysts say there is potential for food manufacturers too.

Last year 100 million tonnes of food was wasted according to European consumer rights group BEUC.

France's food waste law scrapped on a technicality

By Niamh Michail

A law that would have forced French supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity has been scrapped on a legal technicality – but supermarkets are being urged to adopt it voluntarily and some have already pledged to do so.

Protein players should think outside of the box for flavors, Wixon

Flavor Trends

Protein players should think outside of the box for flavors, Wixon suggests

By Elizabeth Crawford

Players in the protein category – especially those focused on the center of the plate – are behind the curve when it comes to flavor and need to rethink their strategy to capture and hold modern consumers’ attention, according to flavor and seasoning...

Heinz Ketchup isn’t ketchup, Israel rules

Heinz Ketchup isn’t ketchup, Israel rules

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Israel’s Health Ministry has ruled that Heinz Ketchup can no longer be called ketchup in Israel after local brand Osem argued it doesn’t contain enough tomato paste, according to Israeli news service Ynet.

Movement implies freshness: Study

Movement implies freshness – even for packaged food

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Implied motion in food advertising – such as an image of juice being poured into a glass – may make food appear fresher and more appealing, according to a study published in Food Quality and Preference.

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