Covid

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Intake of plant compounds linked to lower COVID-19 risk

By Olivia Haslam

Individuals who consume higher amounts of specific plant-derived compounds, such as polyphenols and particular types of lignans and phytosterols, are at a reduced risk of contracting COVID-19, a new study by authors from Poland has concluded.

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Fighting Covid-19 with milk

By Jim Cornall

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to claim lives around the world, dairy scientists may have a surprising role to play.

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Are local and digital shopping habits here to stay post-COVID?

By Katy Askew

As product safety worries, sustainability and traceability have all been placed firmly under the microscope, COVID-19 has accelerated our local shopping and sourcing habits. Now, we ask: What does the future hold for staying local?

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COVID: Smell, taste and the lessons for the food industry

By Oliver Morrison

Almost a year since the start of the pandemic in Europe, many of those infected who reported losing their sense of smell and consequently taste -- even without displaying other symptoms -- still haven’t recovered these senses. What implications could...

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Pandemic boosts need for tracking technology in supply chain

By Danielle Masterson

The demand for nutraceuticals and functional foods is expected to witness an upward surge driven by immunity-boosting supplements during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the current times exposing need for technology to address immediate global needs with...

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Lockdowns ‘risk exacerbating’ food waste

By Oliver Morrison

The UK’s hospitality and food service industry – already facing an existential threat from COVID – must brace itself for rising levels of surplus food as lockdown restrictions tighten, experts warn.

Brussels Bulletin: World food prices ‘decline sharply’ in March

Brussels Bulletin: World food prices ‘decline sharply’ in March

By Flora Southey

Since our last Brussels Bulletin, the FAO has published its Food Price Index – indicating that world food prices took a significant hit last month. In the EU, Belgium approved the manufacture of alcohol from breweries and distilleries for disinfectants,...

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Nestlé, Unilever respond to coronavirus pandemic

By Katy Askew

Food industry giants Nestlé and Unilever have unveiled how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to support their suppliers and the communities in which they operate globally.