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Macadamias: On a mission to crack the on-trend nut market

By Niamh Michail

Macadamias only represent 1.5% of the tree nut market, held back by limited supplies and high prices, but a tree-planting programme could change that. "Customers are crying out to use macadamias as an ingredient. It’s up to us to make that opportunity...

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What are the best colour options for plant-based meats?

By Niamh Michail

From beetroot juice to red radish colouring food or fermented vegetarian leghemoglobin, manufacturers are finding ways to mimic the colour of meat in meat analogues. We take a look at some of the offerings.

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Dutch Vivera claims 'world first' with plant-based steak

By Niamh Michail

Dutch brand Vivera has launched a plant-based steak made with wheat and soy protein. “We worked against the clock to get this steak - the holy grail of plant-based proteins - to market," says the company.

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Calls for EC to link agriculture and health policy

By Katy Askew

European health campaigners and some MEPs argue the European Commission should take a joined up approach to its food, agriculture and health policy by linking farmer payments to the healthiness of the food they produce.

Dairy UK says the Eating Better report cherry picks statistics that paint a false picture of the UK industry.

Dairy UK slams Eating Better report

By Jim Cornall

Dairy UK has responded angrily to the publication of a new report urging consumers to change their diet to include less meat and dairy products.

Jimini's expands in Spain with Carrefour listing

‘Insects will find their place’: Jimini’s expands into Spain

By Katy Askew

Jimini’s believes there is plenty of room to grow the European market for insect-based foods. Having just secured a listing with Carrefour in Spain, Jimini’s co-founder Clement Scellier says this is a “wonderful opportunity” for the group.

Food makers may need to find alternative names for veggie 'burgers' and other meat substitutes in France

France bans use of meaty names for veggie food

By Katy Askew

France looks set to prohibit meat terms from being used to describe plant-based foods, with MPs backing a proposal to ban producers of meat substitutes from using phrases like “steak” or “sausage” to describe meat-free products.

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