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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.

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.

Vitamin D claim opens elderly target market

Food businesses can more easily target elderly consumers who are prone to falling, following the authorisation of a vitamin D health claim by the European Commission (EC).

Feature

Food firms seek a high-fat feel

Making low-fat versions of high-fat food and drink is something scientists will strive to do better, despite criticism, says Nicholas Robinson

Opinion

Boozy calorie counting

The Royal Society of Public Health’s call for calorie labelling of alcoholic drinks is a timely reminder that drinks contribute to energy intake.

Health Ingredients Europe

Top food trends for 2015: the full list

Insect proteins and fruit-sweetened confectionery are two emerging trends food manufacturers should monitor, according to a list of top 10 food trends for 2015, revealed at the Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) event.

Health Ingredients Europe

Stop misusing natural, expert urges

Manufacturers must avoid misleading consumers into thinking natural products are intrinsically healthier for them, an industry expert has urged.

Health Ingredients Europe

Consumers are ready to rumble false food claims

Food and drink businesses that loosely use the term ‘natural’ on their products to make them appear healthy could soon be rumbled by untrusting consumers, experts have warned.

AoS takes another pop at industry

Action on Sugar (AoS) has slammed the manufacturers of “seemingly healthy” children’s fruit juices, juice drinks and smoothies, which can often contain more sugar than regular Coca-Cola.

Key role in brain health for vitamin E

Vitamin E has a key role to play in reducing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, fatty liver diseases and other health risks, experts at a recent symposium on vitamin E...

More Britons eat up their fresh fruit and veg: Mintel

British consumers are eating more fruit and vegetables and becoming increasingly critical of retailers who waste food, reveals new research by Mintel.

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland opens milk protein plant

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII) has opened its €7.8M (£6.2M) milk protein facility at its existing site at Virginia, County Cavan, which supplies the cream for Baileys liqueur among other products.

News in brief

Firms in Scotland trim salt, fat and calories

Scottish firms have slashed salt, fat and calories further in a reformulation drive to make products healthier for consumers.

Health Ingredients Europe

New proteins are creeping on trend

Alternative proteins are a “hot area” of interest and products such as sandwich spreads made with meal worms could be a thing of the future, according to one food trend...

Food by-product can kill MRSA bug

A food by-product can kill hospital superbugs that are resistant to many antibiotics, Irish researchers have discovered.

Top five food trends for next year offer opportunity

‘Better-for-you ingredients’ is one of five top trends that will influence the purchase of food and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) next year, predicts market research firm Canadean.

Sweeter with new stevia

Sweetly Stevia is the first sweetening product to offer consumers a 100% natural alternative to sugar, but tastes as good, claims the company behind the new brand.

EHL boosts blends by 20

EHL Ingredients will launch 20 new herb and spice blends, rubs, marinades, coatings and seasonings soon.

Non-alcoholic beer not the drink of choice for Brits

Brits are least likely to consume non-alcoholic beer (NAB), say statistics from Mintel, which also suggest Europeans are loosing their love of a cold pint.

Surf ‘n’ turf will tempt younger shoppers: Mintel

Food manufacturers and retailers could tempt younger shoppers with ‘surf ‘n’ turf’ meals that marry meat and fish ingredients, according to new research from Mintel.

Aldi’s organics entry could cause a price war

Organic food could become the next battleground in the supermarket price war, Helen Browning, chief executive of the Soil Association, has warned after Aldi’s move into the sector.

Health Ingredients Europe

Talk of consumer behaviour fills Twitter during HIE

Consumer behaviour, the hunt for alternative protein sources and the latest food ingredient trends were the hottest topics discussed on Twitter during Health Ingredients Europe (HIE), in Amsterdam this week.

Food scientists develop rapid horsemeat test

Researchers have developed a rapid and cost-effective test to distinguish horsemeat from beef.

News in brief

Roquette gets second positive EFSA opinion

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) officials have given Roquette’s Nutriose fibre ingredient a positive opinion, the company has said.

News in brief

Arla opens new lactose site

Arla Food Ingredients has opened its new €120M lactose manufacturing plant in Denmark, which can produce 80,000t of lactose daily.

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