Diet and health

Dutch innovators develop biotech alternative to nitrites / Pic: GettyImages-apomares

Vaess develops biotech solution for nitrite-free bacon

By Katy Askew

Dutch food engineers at Vaess have developed an innovative biotech solution that can replace the controversial use of nitrites in meat products like bacon, while maintaining a stable pink appearance.

FoodNavigator visits R&D centre Hive to go Unilever's innovation strategy to grow plant-based sales to €1bn / Pic: ©Ossip_van_Duivenbode

Inside Hive: A deep-dive into Unilever's plant-based innovation drive

By Katy Askew

“We want to outgrow the competition and we want to do it in ways that are better for people and the planet,” Unilever’s head of Food & Refreshment Hanneke Faber says. How does the company plan to do this? FoodNavigator goes inside Hive, Unilever’s...

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Frozen sector hopes to benefit as ‘economic storm clouds gather’

By Oliver Morrison

Despite last year’s slowdown in sales compared to the barnstorming 2020, frozen has emerged from the pandemic in better shape than ambient and chilled food, with the overall value of the market up by 13.2% on pre-pandemic levels, reveals the latest Frozen...

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French nitrates bill: An ‘historic’ moment or delaying the ban?

By Katy Askew

France’s National Assembly backed the principle to ‘lower the trajectory’ of maximum levels of nitrates that can be added to charcuterie meats yesterday in an almost unanimous vote in flavour of the proposal. But are amendments that require a further...

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Food and drink companies join pledge to boost fibre

By Oliver Morrison

Over 20 food and drink brands have pledged their support to increase the amount of fibre in consumer’s diets after backing the Action on Fibre initiative launched by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

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