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Food firms should step up sugar cuts, say shoppers

Food firms should work harder to cut and communicate sugar content in their products, according to seven in 10 consumers responding to a survey by market analyst Mintel.

Trade body shuns attack on energy drinks

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has rejected calls to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under 16, claiming they are not promoted to this age group.

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Tesco peanut contamination leads to recall

Tesco has recalled an own-label children’s biscuit product after undeclared traces of peanut were discovered.

Breakfast is key for diabetics

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for people with type 2 diabetes, an international study has claimed.

Almond contamination

Spice supply chains called into question

Food firms must probe the security of their herb and spice supply chains following the discovery of almond contaminated products earlier this month.

Chinese food is the UK’s favourite foreign dish

Chinese food is the nation’s favourite foreign cuisine research organisation Mintel has revealed yesterday (February 19) – the start of the Chinese New Year.

North/south divide over purchases of sweets

Londoners buy fewer sweets than consumers in the north east of England, new data from a shopping and price comparison website has claimed.


Muddled messages of sugar debate

The majority of parents claim to be concerned about their children’s sugar intake.

Organic reassures consumers on safety

Traceability schemes are being used by more food firms to ensure transparency at all stages of production, research and consultancy firm Organic Monitor has claimed.

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Gluten-free sector would be hit hard by sugar and fat taxes

Gluten-free (GF) food manufacturers would be hit hard by taxes on high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) content, as calls to make food and drink healthier would leave the sector...

Cocoa improves cognitive health

Cocoa flavanols can play an important role in maintaining cognitive health in ageing consumers, a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has claimed.

Meat alternative pressure boosts plant-based protein output

High demand for meat alternatives is driving plant-based protein brands, such as Quorn and Alpro, to double their output, industry bosses have said.


Meat of the future

Rising demand for meat alternatives has pushed plant-based foods into new areas, says Lynda Searby

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Pancake Day can help stamp out food waste

Pancakes should be celebrated for the role they could play in reducing food waste, according to food waste charity Hubbub.

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Global sports reach for nutrition firm

Sports nutrition companies can now receive additional quality services from the Reading-based International Food Network, after it met the requirements of the Informed Sport Registered Site programme last month.

Food industry slams BMJ sugar row ‘madness’

Food manufacturers and scientists have hit back at “the madness” of British Medical Journal (BMJ), in publishing a survey which claimed the government’s scientific advisers on obesity were swayed by...

Wearable devices to track personal nutrition by 2020

Technology that helps consumers tailor what they eat to their specific health requirements – so-called ‘personalised nutrition’ – will take off over the next five years, the head of intelligence...

Consumers plan to buy less salty products

Sales of salty snacks could be hit as health-conscious consumers plan to remove them from their shopping baskets in the year ahead, according to information and insights company Nielsen.

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Collaboration marks healthy ageing study

A study to establish why some people develop chronic illnesses early in life and others remain healthy into old age is underway, following the collaboration between ingredients giant DSM and...

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Aphrodisiac lollipop launched for Valentine’s Day

Pandora’s Pops has launched a range of all-natural aphrodisiac lollipops to help get lovers in the mood for Valentine’s Day.

Frutarom buys FoodBlenders for £2M

Frutarom Industries has acquired FoodBlenders, a UK savoury ingredients business specialising in convenience foods, in a combined offer estimated at £2M.

FDF palm oil guide launched

Sustainable palm oil use among food and drink manufacturers will be encouraged by the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) new sustainable palm oil guide.

Prebiotic fibre inulin health claim given

Beneo has gained a 13.5 health claim for its prebiotic fibre inulin for improving the effect on bowel function by increasing stool frequency.

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Seventh buyout for flavours firm

Flavours and fragrances firm Nactis Flavours has completed its acquisition of the €14M turnover Belgian flavours and fragrances firm Robertet Savoury.

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Guilt free: stevia sales to rise by 18% annually

Sales of the natural sweetener stevia are set to rocket beyond their £4M market value in the UK, as sweet-toothed consumers search for indulgent products with fewer calories, analysts have...