Packaging & labelling

Private label nutrition equal to national brands

Private label nutrition equal to national brands

By Niamh Michail

There are no major differences in nutritional content between private labels, national brands and hard discount goods – although private labels come out top for nutrition labelling, according to a French government study.

'Value has been torn out of the UK milk market in recent years, as a result of the grocery retailer price wars': Mintel

How food industry can boost milk’s value: fortify it

By Michael Stones

Fortified milk could help to boost the value of milk sales, despite supermarket price war slashing the price of the white stuff to as little as 89p for a four pint bottle, according to new research from market research organisation Mintel.

Angelique Delahaye, MEP from the coservative European People's Party (EPP) said:

MEPs adopt EU alcohol resolution

By Niamh Michail

MEPs adopted a resolution on calorie content of alcoholic drinks yesterday, a move welcomed by industry and stakeholders across Europe who hope it will spur the Commission into legislating.

Confusing food labels are named and shamed on Twitter

By Niamh Michail

A Spanish consumer rights group has launched a naming and shaming Twitter campaign after it found one third of consumers surveyed has bought the wrong product due to confusing food labels.

When companies try to be cool: A lesson in 'wackaging'

By Niamh Michail

Wackaging – using cute and quirky language on a product’s packaging – seems to be everywhere. But with consumers becoming increasingly cynical, should manufacturers stop trying to be cool?

Nutrition labelling alone not effective in comparison study

Front-of-pack labels are equally effective - but none works alone

By Niamh Michail

Front-of-pack labelling can be useful but health policy-makers are naïve if they think that this alone will result in healthier food choices, say researchers -  environment, motivation and psychology must be actively influenced too.

Economically disadvantaged groups are likely to consume more trans fats, said Professor Stender at the meeting

European trans fat report 'could lead to ban'

By Joyeeta Basu

The European Commission will consider action on industrially produced trans fats in foods following a high-level debate, said a spokesperson at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Consumers will be able to seek guidance on questions including the purchase of goods and services.

Hello Consumer, says Swedish agency

By Joyeeta Basu

Sweden has launched a new nationwide information service to provide better guidance and information to its people on all consumer-related queries.

Packaged fruit'n'veg is low in vitamins and nutrients

Is it worth buying nutrient-poor packaged fruit 'n' veg?

By Niamh Michail

Fresh-cut fruit and veg are sold as an instant vitamin boost. But chlorine disinfection, refrigeration and up to three weeks on the shelf mean their vitamin content is often low – so is there any point in buying them?

There is direct link between processed food with high-level of sugars and obesity, said IDF.

Reduce marketing of sugar-rich products, says WHO

By Joyeeta Basu

The World Health Organisation has said that companies need to reduce the marketing of sugar-rich products if consumers are to slash their intake to 10% of daily calories.

Red traffic light labels activated a part of the brain associated with self-control in food choice

Traffic light labels may improve self-control

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Traffic light nutrition labels may help consumers exercise more self-control over high calorie foods, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity.

WHO releases final sugar advice for children and adults

Academics and industry clash over WHO sugar advice

By Joyeeta Basu

Academics have welcomed the WHO’s recommendation to slash added sugar intake to 5-10% of calories – but the food industry has said it is misleading and based on weak evidence.

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.

Children living in less socioeconomically deprived areas of the UK are 80% more likely to be diagnosed with coeliac disease, say researchers

20-year coeliac diagnosis timeline reveals social inequalities

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The number of children aged over two years diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK has nearly tripled in the last two decades, but those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are still half as likely to be diagnosed, according to research.

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