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New Britain Oils invests £250,000 in bakery

New Britain Oils (NBO) has pumped £250,000 into its bakery division and created several key roles in a bid to bolster its sales in the sector.

Latest allergy recalls in pictures

Nine potentially dangerous products were recalled or withdrawn by food businesses in April over allergy fears stemming from undeclared ingredients, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Saturated fat truth will be revealed: scientists

Leading scientists will explore the effects of saturated fat from dairy on the body in a bid to establish its true effects on health, following recent research.

The latest nutraceuticals at Vitafoods - a free update

Sports, health, weight management and supplements will be showcased by ingredients firm ADM at Vitafoods Europe in May this year.

Industry won't 'swallow' this book

Food and drink manufacturers have been unfairly attacked by a recently published book that tried to shame the sector for allegedly misleading consumers about clean labels, one industry expert has...

Tate & Lyle faces £125M in costs for restructure

Tate & Lyle has announced a restructure of its international ingredients business, which focuses it on its Speciality Food Ingredients (SFI) division in Europe and will cost £125M.

Rise of natural fruit pieces

Sales of natural fruit pieces for use in confectionery products are on the rise, as some firms report annual purchase increases of almost 8%.

Novel dairy cultures come to market

Continued demand for 'clean label' and tasty dairy products has led flavour house Chr Hansen to develop a novel range of dairy cultures.

Spring has sprung for marinades

Food ingredients firm EHL Ingredients (EHL) has launched a new mint, garlic and rosemary marinade for spring lamb for Easter.


All eyes on gut health

There is a glimmer of hope for Europe’s probiotics sector, Michelle Knott reports on developments

Grub’s up as FAO tweets insect infographic

Putting insects on a plate is the subject of a new infographic posted on the social networking site Twitter by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, as pressure mounts to make...

Vitafoods 2015

Perfect ingredients for a show

Explosive growth in the food and drink ingredients sector will boost its overall value to €59bn by 2018. Nicholas Robinson finds out how companies at Vitafoods are responding to the...


Childhood obesity plateauing

Though still unacceptably high, childhood obesity rates appear to be plateauing, suggesting that the focus on nutrition in schools and other settings is finally starting to pay off. But are...

Fried flavour without the fat

Scientists at a US university have developed a powdered or wet batter coating for baked products that imparts the attributes of fried foods.

Consumers view protein as ‘most trusted’ nutrient

Protein has emerged as the most trustworthy nutrient for consumers globally, in response to a barrage of conflicting dietary advice, including that surrounding fats and carbohydrates.

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Russia good for non-EU exporters

Russia presents a significant opportunity for non-EU salt exporters, after the country banned Ukrainian imports earlier this year, which accounted for 24% of the market.

Anti-sugar campaign hits sports drinks and juices

Sales of sports drinks and fruit juices continue to plunge in what looks like a consumer reaction to concerns raised by anti-sugar campaigners.

New drinks ideas are growing on trees

Waters made using sap from birch and maple trees will be big business, following the meteoric rise in sales of coconut water in the past five years, a leading analyst...

Too much fat in Danes's diet

The Danish have increased their intake of fish and vegetables and reduced their consumption of sugary soft drinks, but are still eating too much fat, according to findings from the...

New yeasts could boost lager brewing

Scientists behind the recreation of a 170-year-old shipwrecked beer in 2014 have developed hybrid lager yeasts in a bid to bring new flavours and quicker production techniques to the brewing industry.

Nutritionist: store reply on junk food ‘disappointing’

Pleas to ditch ‘unhealthy’ snacks at tills have met with “disappointing” responses from Marks & Spencer (M&S) and WHSmith, according to the nutritionist driving the campaign.

Food Vision 2015

Top social trends food firms must follow

Four top trends – sobriety, risk management, nutritional supplements and everyday indulgence should guide food and drink manufacturers when planning innovation.

Food firms to profit from de-stress food and snacks

Food manufacturers can profit from producing products that help stressed consumers unwind, according to market research specialist Canadean.

Children help cut parents’ salt intake

Parents’ salt intake was slashed through the intervention of their children in a joint UK and China study funded by the Medical Research Council.

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New lecithin certification launched

A non-genetically modified (GM) certification system for sunflower lecithin destined for the food sector has been launched by Cert ID Europe.