The European Commission has started the first phase of its investigation into the need for nutrient profiles, with a report expected in spring 2017. Yet with the caffeine claim fiasco ongoing, it’s never been clearer how necessary the profiles are.
About 90% of teenagers drink sports drinks for the 'nice taste' not the intended functional purpose, which is needlessly increasing their risk of obesity and tooth erosion, according to a study from the Cardiff University School of Dentistry.
Asian energy drink Carabao has launched in the UK, and while it admits it’s a competitive market, it still sees significant untapped potential beyond the niche categories of ‘lads, high-octane sports and rock music.’
Rates of ‘superfood’ new product development have tripled in the past five years, according to Mintel, but a nutrition expert warns that with no clear definition in existence, the allure of the ‘superfoods’ sell is starting to fade.
Europe’s seniors see functional foods as a 'dated' concept, are uncomfortable with products that expressly mention age, and want sustainable, naturally nutritious products, finds a consumer study led by the Healthy Marketing Team.
A survey of over 1,000 consumers in the UK and Spain has helped German ingredients giant BENEO join the dots between its EFSA-approved stool frequency health claim on paper and what consumers look for in digestive health on pack.
The industry group behind the Dutch healthy eating label, known as the tick, has come under fire from a consumer watchdog which says it is confusing, biased and should be scrapped - but it has defended its label.
The French food safety agency (ANSES) has concluded two nutrient profiling systems won’t provide people with easily understandable grading of food into four or five classes depending on their healthiness.
80% of surveyed products don't pass WHO nutrient profile
What’s the difference between a chocolate bar and an apple? Not much if you go by the misuse of health claims on food in Germany and the Netherlands says campaign group FoodWatch, after evaluating over 600 products making prominent claims to be healthy,...
Start-ups are changing the food industry from trailblazing new ideas to providing new growth models, and both big businesses and small start-ups need to collaborate to innovate. The benefits are mutual, says Jeremy Basset, founder of Unilever’s incubator...
The re-emergence of the Victorian-era condition rickets in the UK has put the spotlight back on vitamin D intakes, and a recent advisory committee report will likely spur debate on the need for mandatory fortification.
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has launched an online forum entitled ‘Energy Drinks: When do they pose a risk?’, which it hopes will raise awareness of the risks of high consumption in conjunction with alcohol and sports.
Protein is a critical nutrient for building and maintaining muscle, and new research published in the January edition of The Journal of Nutrition has found that eating an even amount of protein at each meal throughout the day might be better than the...
The impact of obesity on cancer rates across the world – and how many cases could have been prevented – is made clear with an online data tool, launched by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) last month.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has delivered its opinion on ultra-violet (UV)-treated milk, and it concludes that the dairy product is safe for the target group, which is the general...
Dominique Speleers is a long-time Beneo man who has seen a lot in his 15 years with the European ingredients giant from back when it was Belgian inulin and chicory player Beneo-Orafti and now as a board member of the more European, more international,...
There is a need for public health strategies and products to address Europe's rapidly ageing population – but how easy is it to market such products when nobody wants to admit that they’re getting old?
Exclusive interview with FAO’s director for nutrition
After years of battling undernutrition, Africa is now facing an emerging threat of obesity and the two must be considered simultaneously, according to the director of nutrition at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
Peek inside Probiota 2016: Amsterdam, February 2-4
Around 32 of 1400 exhibiting companies (3%) have pulled out of the industry event Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) next week in Paris following the city’s fatal attacks, despite efforts from the organiser to up security.