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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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Irish start-up brings bone broth to Europe

By Niamh Michail

Bone broth is small but growing in the US and one Irish start-up is aiming to bring it to Europe. "This is the most traditional forms of nourishment," says its founder.

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Why food makers should look to feed to tackle the protein challenge

By Katy Askew

Food makers need to scrutinise what is fed to the livestock used in their products in order to develop a more sustainable production system that will be able to feed the world’s growing population, forecast to reach 9bn people by 2040, a new report by...

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Grass is greener for healthy, novel protein, say researchers

By Niamh Michail

Cheap, plentiful and with an amino acid profile similar to eggs, grass could be the next sustainable protein ingredient for food manufacturers, say Danish researchers, who have already created a grass protein bar.

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Youth support for organics swells

By Katy Askew

Austrian teenagers and young adults are “especially interested” in the origin of the food they consume and want organic production methods to be further adopted in the country, a new survey reveals.

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Bayer renews sustainable soy commitment

By Niamh Michail

Agrifood giant Bayer has renewed its 2015 co-operation with the Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS), which saw it mobilise farmers and the use of certified soy in its supply chain.

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The protein challenge: meeting global demand

By Katy Askew

The food sector has witnessed a jump in demand for protein. But conflicting pressures mean this complex issue requires a nuanced response and leadership from the food industry.

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Muscle Food eyes new markets and retail channels

By Katy Askew

UK protein e-commerce distributor Muscle Food plans to grow its business by rapidly ramping up its presence in Europe and extending its reach in conventional retail channels.

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