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Natural preservatives: how to boost your clean-label claims

Cleaning up food labels is big business. But while some areas of the label are pretty much a done deal, in others, there remains much more opportunity for development.

EU health claims for probiotics ‘nearly impossible’

Attempts to secure an EU 13.5 health claim for probiotics are being hindered because it’s “nearly impossible” to design a digestive study that demonstrates improvement in a healthy group of...

Coffee gets an artichoke-flavoured twist

An artichoke-flavoured beverage was just one in a range of unusual coffees on display at last month’s Vitafoods Europe show in Geneva.


Sat fat replacement research ramps up

Reducing saturated fat intake has been high on the policy agenda for decades, but the challenge has been to find substitutes that provide the same functionality in food production.

New plant sterols boost heart health food claims

A highly concentrated, water-dispersible source of plant sterols, designed to support cardiovascular health, was unveiled at nutrition show Vitafoods Europe last month.

Gluten-free foods are typically higher in fat: study

Gluten-free products pose an obesity risk to consumers because they typically contain “significantly higher” fat levels than their gluten-containing equivalents, a study has found.

Food promotion controls to protect kids ‘are flawed’

Pressure is mounting for the next UK government to introduce much tougher controls on the promotion and advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt to children.

Snack trends webinar: today is the big day

There's still time to register for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar – Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 – which takes place today at 3pm, London time.

Replacing meat with insects can cut farmland by a third

Replacing half of the global meat consumption with crickets and mealworms would cut farmland use by a third and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study.

Dairy alternatives worth £12.8bn by 2018

Global sales of dairy alternative drinks are forecast to reach £12.8bn ($16.3bn) by 2018, predicts market analyst Innova Market Insights.

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Snack trends webinar: tomorrow is the big day

There's still time to register for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar – Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 – which takes place tomorrow (Thursday, June 15) at 3pm, London time.

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Sweetener cancer link dismissed by EU safety body

A study that links the sweetener sucralose to cancer has been dismissed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), for failing to provide the data to support its conclusions.

Nestlé and Unilever lead call for EU nutrient profiles

Some of the world’s largest food firms – including Nestlé, The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Unilever – have called on the EU to create nutrient profiles for nutrition and health...

Free snack trends webinar: next Thursday is big day

The Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar – Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 – takes place next Thursday, June 15 at 3pm, London time.

New £25M rapeseed plant to create 30 jobs

More than 30 jobs are to be created at a new £25M rapeseed processing plant near Stratford-upon-Avon.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory cuts sugar to avoid tax charge

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has committed itself to reformulating all of its UK soft drink brands this year to ensure they will not be hit by the sugar tax that comes...

Food production’s water use cut 37% in 10 years

Food and drink manufacturers have cut their water use by more than a third (35.8%) over the past 10 years, reveals Food and Drink Federation (FDF) statistics.

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Bespoke sweetener now available in powder form

A powdered variant of a sweetener claimed to offer no aftertaste is now available from Omega Ingredients.

Milk Manifesto: nutritionists fight dairy ‘myths’

Dairy foods’ nutrition and health benefits must be recognised and celebrated, according to The Dairy Council, as it launches its Milk Manifesto, backed by nutritionists and academics.

Sugar tax needs to offer more incentive, claims IFS

The tax on soft drinks, which comes into force in April 2018, needs to be changed to give manufacturers more incentive to reduce the sugar in their products, the Institute...

Free snacks webinar: what questions will you ask?

Questions about snacking trends, healthy ingredients, sustainable production and insects are among the topics raised by delegates ahead of the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar at 3pm on Thursday June...

Green diet demand met by bespoke vegetable batters

A UK-based ingredients firm has tapped into the trend for ‘greener’ diets by developing a bespoke range of batters for deep-fried vegetable snacks.

Egg replacing starch can cut recipe cost by 15%

A modified starch claimed to replace everyday ingredients such as oil and egg while helping reduce recipe costs by as much as 15% has been introduced by Ingredion.

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New cake whipping agent for warmer weather

A whipping agent suitable for warmer temperatures is now on the market from Dutch firm FrieslandCampina Kievit.

Pumpkin and carrot extracts added to colouring range

A pumpkin extract and a special carrot variety are the two new additions to a range of natural colouring foods from Wild Flavors & Specialty Ingredients (WFSI), a division of...

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