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Food prices would rocket if pesticides banned

Food prices would rocket if pesticides were banned or their use severely restricted, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU); a claim hotly disputed by environmental pressure group Friends of the...

Nestlé, Kellogg accused of ‘chaotic’ approach to salt

Healthy eating campaigners have slammed Nestlé, Kellogg and other food firms for including varying amounts of salt in the same products depending on where they are sold.

Opinion

Is fresh always best?

The words fresh and vegetables often seem joined at the hip, but is fresh always best?

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Claim, set and match

As competition in the burgeoning sports category hots up, how do you ensure your brand stands out against the background of European health claims regulation? asks Paul Gander

Natural alternative to Red 40

Chr Hansen has developed a natural alternative to the synthetic food colour Red 40 (or Allura Red), following concerns over cost increases.

Almond usage is on the up

The number one nut ingredient used in foods around the world is the almond and its increasing popularity is widening the gap between other nuts, the latest Innova Market Insights...

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Rise in UK allergy intolerance

Food allergy and intolerance in UK households has increased to affect more than one in three people, according to a new YouGov survey.

Isoglucose market 'wide open' for EU

Dairy and bakery businesses are expected to benefit from a change in the EU’s sugar policy, which would considerably boost isoglucose production, according to a leading industry analyst.

Demand for Naturally-sweet rises

Artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, are worse for health than sugar, more than a third of consumers responding to a new survey believe.

AB Sugar-backed report takes tough line on obesity

Tougher measures to tackle obesity have been proposed in a report published by 2020health and funded by AB Sugar, including a ban on daytime TV adverts for unhealthy products targeting...

Negative press could dent energy drink sales

UK energy drinks consumption has reached record levels, but manufacturers must react quickly to the negative publicity about their products, a leading analyst has warned.

Soft drinks sales given boost from the elderly

Elderly consumers are an untapped market for soft drinks manufacturers, who must use functional ingredients and easy-to-open packaging to win them over, according to a leading industry analyst.

ADM buys Swiss ingredients firm for billions

US grain giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has acquired the Swiss-based food ingredients firm Wild Flavors for €2bn (£1.5bn).

Soft drinks firms respond to tooth decay criticism

Soft drinks manufacturers have responded to demands from Public Health England (PHE) to strip sugar out of their products, in a bid to battle childhood tooth decay.

‘Weekend warriors’ drive added protein demand

Weekend fitness fanatics are driving the demand for more mainstream food and drink products, such as milk, fortified with sports nutrition ingredients.

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Ryder Cup tees up showcase of Scottish food

The Ryder Cup provided a “perfect platform” to showcase Scotland’s food and drink to more than 45,000 visitors from 75 countries on each day of the three-day golf tournament between...

Scottish fish landings sink 9% in value

A 9% fall in the value of fish landed at Scottish ports last year represented “a startling drop”, according to the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

Reaction: Scotland’s NDNS results

Scotland’s diabetes ‘time bomb’

Scotland’s ageing and increasingly overweight population is facing a “diabetes time bomb”, which must be a focus of the Scottish government.

Reformulation ‘won’t solve obesity’

Reformulation is not the sole solution to obesity, as health-conscious consumers could be increasing their calorie consumption by choosing low-sugar or low-fat products, according to research from AB Sugar.

Ingredients giant Glanbia invests in gluten-free

Global food ingredients giant Glanbia Nutritionals has pumped millions of pounds into a new modern oat milling facility to boost its presence in the gluten-free (GF) ancient grain market.

Home-cooked not always best

Home-cooked meals may not be the healthiest or cheapest option for consumers, as food businesses continue to respond to health and price concerns by adapting their recipes, according to new...

Insect proteins will take off – experts

Insects will be creeping on to European consumers’ plates within the next 15 years, as experts predict the value of the edible creepy-crawly food industry to reach more than £230M by 2020.

Elderly binge drinking is a growing area of concern

Excessive drinking among Britain’s over 65 year-olds is growing and becoming an area of increasing concern, new statistics from Mintel have indicated.

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Where is the EU's nutrient profiling model?

Grass is growing around plans for nutrient profiles, despite supporters arguing they are needed to make sense of health claims, says Paul Gander

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Europe’s regulations makes it global hub

Europe’s functional food legislation is slowing down development - but not stopping it, says Michelle Knott