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Consumers are becoming increasingly experimental with spice, says Euromonitor

Chilli sauce market heats up

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The popularity of street food, increased willingness to try new flavours, and more sophisticated tastes have led to a sales spike for spicy chilli sauces, says Euromonitor International.

A majority of Europeans have high blood cholesterol - and most is diet-related

MEPs question European inaction on cholesterol

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Two MEPs have asked the Commission to detail its plans to tackle high cholesterol among Europeans, who have the highest levels of bad cholesterol in the world.

Authenticity is the most important flavour attribute for consumers, the company says

Barbecue season ‘expanding to a year-round event’

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Barbecuing is sociable, fun and above all tasty – and increasingly consumers are open to experimenting, according to ingredients firm Frutarom, which aims to tap into the trend with a new range of marinades.

A higher diet score is associated with reduced risk of chronic lung diseases like COPD, say researchers.

Healthy diet linked to lower risk of chronic lung disease

By Nathan Gray

A healthy diet that is higher in whole grains, polyunsaturated fats and nuts, and lower in red and processed meat, refined grains and sugary drinks, is associated with a lower risk of developing chronic lung disease, say researchers.

Nordic keyhole symbol stricter, and broader

Stricter standards and broader scope for Nordic Keyhole label

By Niamh Michail

Sweden’s National Food Association (NFA) has made changes to its Keyhole healthy eating label in light of new nutrition guidelines, meaning less salt, more wholemeal and a broader range of products that can bear the logo.

Data crunched: The UK breakdown...

54 countries, 57,000 food brands. “No one else is doing this research.”

Euromonitor debuts nation-based nutrition data cruncher

By Shane STARLING

Market analyst Euromonitor International has debuted a tool that for the first time breaks down  a country’s total nutritional inputs into eight categories from calories to proteins to fibres.

ICL's CEO said the deal could help it enter the food and nutrition markets in China and the Far East, as well as the EU

Israel Chemicals to acquire Prolactal

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Israel Chemicals’ (ICL) Food Specialties business unit has agreed to acquire dairy proteins specialist Prolactal for an undisclosed sum.

The ingredient is intended for use in salt and salt substitutes - EFSA said its use in other products would need a new risk assessment

EFSA backs anti-caking agent safety for salt substitutes

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

EFSA has backed the safety of an anti-caking agent (Fe mTA) for salt or salt substitutes – but said a new risk assessment would be necessary if the use level or application were to change.

Brennan: 'Germany could be one of the top three or four markets in the world for us'

Quorn gears up for massive NPD push

By Rod Addy

Quorn has revealed plans for substantial new product development (NPD) activity this year, including gluten-free and vegan lines, which it expects to fuel UK and international growth.

MEP vote backs meat origin labelling

MEP vote backs meat origin labelling

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted 48 to 15 to introduce legislation on origin labelling on meat used as an ingredient in processed foods.

Researchers aim to improve ‘may contain’ allergen advice

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Better defined thresholds at which common allergens trigger reactions in a majority of allergic consumers could improve ‘may contain’ labelling, according to researchers from the University of Manchester.

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 FAO says consumption of arracacha may predate that of the potato in parts of South America

EFSA rejects novel foods status for arracacha root

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a novel foods application for the South American root vegetable arracacha xanthorrhiza after the applicant failed to provide sufficient information.

Beyond GMOs: Europe needs to update biotech regulation

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The European Union needs to update the way it regulates biotechnology as advances are made in plant breeding – or risk disrupting trade in commodity crops, according to Professor Huw Jones of Rothamsted Research.

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