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Cheese cultures can ‘reduce fat by 30%’

Efforts to reduce the fat content of cheese have taken a step forward with the launch of new cultures designed to be used with low-fat milk.

Waitrose and Fairtrade Foundation support The Great Fruit Adventure

Two leading charitable food foundations have given their backing to a new initiative designed to raise awareness in the UK of the importance of fruit and vegetables and where it...

Childhood obesity plan ‘fatigued’ claim retailers

Retailers have stepped up their objections to the childhood obesity strategy, arguing that the report isn’t comprehensive enough and the government has failed to provide leadership.

Morrisons hires worker to watch The Great British Bake Off

Morrisons has cooked up a “dream job” for keen baker Anastasia Duncanson, who was employed to watch the upcoming season seven of the BBC TV show The Great British Bake Off, and react to the...

Obesity strategy is badly ‘flawed’ claim critics

The government’s much delayed childhood obesity strategy, published today (August 18) by the Department of Health, has received a mixed response from health lobby groups and the food industry alike,...

First silica-based effect pigment approved for food

A range of food products is set to be given an extra sparkle after the launch of what is claimed to be the first silica-based effect pigment approved for food...


Brain and cognitive health: bright young things

Long associated with older generations, cognitive health products have a new younger fanbase.

Food trends: gut-health and personalised nutrition lead the way

Gut-health, clean snacking and personalised nutrition have been identified as the three key health and wellness trends of 2016, according to a leading nutritionist at KPMG.

US consumers will pay 50% more for ‘natural’ ingredients

US consumers are happily prepared to pay 50% more for food and drink formulated with ‘natural’ ingredients, according to a new survey by Lycored.

Falling meat consumption offers new opportunities

Opportunities to target non-meat eaters have been highlighted in a new report that showed a 60% increase in global food and drink launches carrying a vegetarian claim between 2011 and 2015.

Health is the focus in Food Standards Scotland’s five-year plan

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) outlined measures to improve the safety of food and tackle the growing obesity problem north of the border, as it focused on health and nutrition in...

Coalition formed to block UK sugar tax

Business leaders in the food and drink industry have formed a coalition to oppose the UK soft drinks tax, following a report that claimed the tax would place 4,000 jobs...


Labelling of sugar content under scrutiny

Globally, governments are thinking about the challenges of communicating information regarding the sugars contents of foods.

Sports nutrition products now part of ‘everyday diet’

Almost one-in-four (24%) Brits have consumed a sports nutrition product in the past three months, rising to 42% among men aged 16 to 24, new research from Mintel has found.

Doubts over UK’s obesity strategy

The decision to further delay publication of the government’s childhood obesity strategy has been met with dismay by health lobby groups that fear a policy closely associated with the last...

Sweeteners ‘make people eat more’

Mounting evidence that artificial sweeteners can raise appetite levels, and lead to increased calorie intake, has been backed up by a major new study that claims to show for the...

Soft drinks sugar tax to cost 4,000 jobs

The soft drinks sugar tax would threaten 4,000 jobs and cost £132M according to an Oxford Economics report.

Listeria-busting starter culture range for fermented sausages

Food manufacturers can “significantly reduce” the number of Listeria monocytogenes in raw fermented sausages with a new range of starter cultures.

Me and My Factory

Kellogg’s cutbacks make the factory more efficient

Kellogg's Tony O'Brien is using company cutbacks to make his site more efficient, says Noli Dinkovski

Heinz factory appears in BBC TV documentary

The secret recipe behind Heinz Baked Beanz remains a mystery, after Heinz’s 70-year-old Wigan factory appeared on BBC Two’s ‘Inside The Factory: How Our Favourite Foods Are Made’ last night....

Open day showcases herbs and edible flowers

A herb grower has celebrated a £200,000 investment by hosting an open day to show food producers the versatility of herbs and edible flowers.

Sugar reformulation guide released by FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has released a free reformulation guide for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), designed to help them reduce the sugar content in their products.

600 jobs set for axe after brewer mega-merger

Fears are growing for the future of nearly 600 jobs at SABMiller after brewing giant AB InBev confirmed its takeover of the brewer would “significantly impact” its existing UK locations.

FSA slammed for meat-free tweet

Trade group the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has slammed the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for supporting the meat-free week campaign in a recent tweet, which has now been...

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Gelatine receives clean-label promotion push

Producers are being reminded of how clean-label products can benefit from gelatine.