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PETA praises IKEA for vegan food offering

Animal rights campaigners have praised furniture store IKEA after it revealed it would launch a vegan Swedish meatball dish in April following a “swarm” of petitions.

Probiotic industry value set to reach £29bn

Sales of probiotic food, drink and supplements are set to reach £29bn by 2018, as consumers seek food-based answers to health issues, according to one expert commentator.

Drinks industry slams sugar policy

The British Soft Drinks Association’s (BSDA’s) director general Gavin Partington has slammed the British Dietetic Association’s (BDA’s) new policy on sugary drinks for children.

Labour to limit fat, salt and sugar in kids’ food marketing

Limits will be set on fat, sugar and salt levels in the food marketed to children, if Labour wins the next general election on May 7.

Lower blood sugar levels

Beneo's new range of blood sugar-lowering ingredients can be used in food and drink and help contribute to a healthy lifestyle, it says.

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Reformulate to enter emerging markets

Heinz’s growing popularity in India should give other global food brands the inspiration to alter or develop products for emerging markets.


Call for action

November’s Rome Declaration on Nutrition committed to worldwide eradication of hunger and prevention of malnutrition in all its forms.


Pressure on food firms to get healthier to grow

Pressure on food manufacturers to come up with healthier recipes has never been stronger, says Paul Gander

Vitamin E health claim approval for Alzheimer's disease

Vitamin E could soon get health claim approval for slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a leading scientist in the field.

Food firms still missing big opportunity in seniors

Food and drink businesses still don’t see senior consumers as a plausible business opportunity and are missing out on millions of pounds in sales, an expert has claimed.

Don't keep food S&T secrets from consumers

Consumers' lack of food science knowledge is stunting the impact a firm can have when launching new products, a consumer analyst has warned.

No danger from low calorie sweeteners

Low calorie sweeteners do not increase appetite, have no discernible effect on satiety and can enhance weight-loss, leading food scientists have claimed.

Consumer interest in protein boosts sector

Consumer awareness of protein’s health credentials has given businesses the opportunity to expand into protein-enriched food and drink, new research has claimed.

Industry reacts to Andy Burnham’s Demos speech

Risks of unrealistic fat, salt, sugar limits

Setting unrealistic fat, salt and sugar limits for foods could spoil their quality, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has warned, responding to Labour shadow health secretary Andy Burnham’s policy...

Vegetable protein off-notes can be masked

Off-notes in foods made using vegetable proteins can be masked with a range of ingredients called Sense Capture, says global fragrance and flavour house Mane.

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Fish oil blend has multiple benefits

Nutegrity has combined several ingredients to create its OmegaActiv + PL Blend, which is claimed to be a powerful antioxidant.

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Animal feed is good enough for humans

An animal-feed crop is being considered for use in the development of gluten-free (GF) bread and pasta.

Poor milk yields great cheese

Dairy companies will be able to manufacture high-quality speciality cheeses without fresh milk by using a new recombining solution from Arla Foods Ingredients.

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Glebe eyes EU gluten-free oats expansion

Gluten-free (GF) oat manufacturer Glebe Farm Foods will invest more than £5M into a second oat mill in response to increased consumer demand for its GF oats.

Dairy targets good health for all ages

The health benefits of milk-derived functional ingredients through all stages of life are being explored by Food for Health Ireland (FHI).

Achieve anxiety reduction

Prebiotic intake has the ability to reduce anxiety in consumers, new research from the University of Oxford has claimed.

Buy Scottish food, transport firms urged

Buy more Scottish food and drink is the message the government is sending to the nation’s airports, stations and ports in the form of an invitation to sign a new...

Arla milk price cut prompts angry reaction

Dairy giant Arla’s decision to cut the price of milk paid to producers has prompted an angry reaction from the National Farmers Union (NFU) and a plea to buy British...

Sugar row hits Real Good Food Company

The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) has blamed its row with British Sugar for its half-year loss and has referred the dispute to the European competition authorities.

Top 10 food ingredients, health & nutrition stories

Reduced sperm counts, dementia risks and the top food and drink trends for 2015 are just three of the 10 most read stories from Food Ingredients, Health & Nutrition (FIHN) this year.

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