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Government pressure to go healthy ‘good for business’

Government pressure on food firms to make healthier products could boost business for food manufacturers and retailers, as more consumers tried to lead a healthy lifestyle, according to new research.

Top five food and beverage trends for 2015

Clear labelling and convenience are two of the top five trends that will dominate the food and drink industry in 2015, Innova Market Insights has predicted.

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Freedom Food to secure its own funding

Freedom Food’s new chief executive Jeremy Cooper will cut the farm assurance scheme’s financial links with its parent organisation the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)...

Wheat growers face a 4.8Mt UK surplus next year

Increased volatility in grain prices as a result of weather and societal upheaval across the globe, while often causing farmers considerable pain, could provide a “huge opportunity” for the UK’s...

Kids’ diet scheme PhunkyFoods gets results

Children’s attitudes to health are being improved by kids’ diet scheme PhunkyFoods – funded by Nestlé and 2 Sisters Food Group – according to research revealed today (October 28) by Leeds Beckett University.

Caveman diet followers attack ‘Eatwell Plate’

The government’s ‘Eatwell Plate’ has come under criticism for containing more than 100% of the recommended daily allowance of sugar in just one meal, by Paleo Britain.

Top seven food and drink trends for 2014: Waitrose

The influence of technology and social media on the nation’s diet is the top of seven key food and drink trends, identified by posh retailer Waitrose this year, based on...

Sugar alternatives aren’t always better for health

A backlash against sugar and sugary foods has driven consumers towards ‘natural’ alternatives, but they can be just as bad for health, experts have warned.

Food prices would rocket if pesticides banned

Food prices would rocket if pesticides were banned or their use severely restricted, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU); a claim hotly disputed by environmental pressure group Friends of the...

Nestlé, Kellogg accused of ‘chaotic’ approach to salt

Healthy eating campaigners have slammed Nestlé, Kellogg and other food firms for including varying amounts of salt in the same products depending on where they are sold.

Opinion

Is fresh always best?

The words fresh and vegetables often seem joined at the hip, but is fresh always best?

Feature

Claim, set and match

As competition in the burgeoning sports category hots up, how do you ensure your brand stands out against the background of European health claims regulation? asks Paul Gander

Natural alternative to Red 40

Chr Hansen has developed a natural alternative to the synthetic food colour Red 40 (or Allura Red), following concerns over cost increases.

Almond usage is on the up

The number one nut ingredient used in foods around the world is the almond and its increasing popularity is widening the gap between other nuts, the latest Innova Market Insights...

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Rise in UK allergy intolerance

Food allergy and intolerance in UK households has increased to affect more than one in three people, according to a new YouGov survey.

Isoglucose market 'wide open' for EU

Dairy and bakery businesses are expected to benefit from a change in the EU’s sugar policy, which would considerably boost isoglucose production, according to a leading industry analyst.

Demand for Naturally-sweet rises

Artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, are worse for health than sugar, more than a third of consumers responding to a new survey believe.

AB Sugar-backed report takes tough line on obesity

Tougher measures to tackle obesity have been proposed in a report published by 2020health and funded by AB Sugar, including a ban on daytime TV adverts for unhealthy products targeting...

Negative press could dent energy drink sales

UK energy drinks consumption has reached record levels, but manufacturers must react quickly to the negative publicity about their products, a leading analyst has warned.

Soft drinks sales given boost from the elderly

Elderly consumers are an untapped market for soft drinks manufacturers, who must use functional ingredients and easy-to-open packaging to win them over, according to a leading industry analyst.

ADM buys Swiss ingredients firm for billions

US grain giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has acquired the Swiss-based food ingredients firm Wild Flavors for €2bn (£1.5bn).

Soft drinks firms respond to tooth decay criticism

Soft drinks manufacturers have responded to demands from Public Health England (PHE) to strip sugar out of their products, in a bid to battle childhood tooth decay.

‘Weekend warriors’ drive added protein demand

Weekend fitness fanatics are driving the demand for more mainstream food and drink products, such as milk, fortified with sports nutrition ingredients.

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Ryder Cup tees up showcase of Scottish food

The Ryder Cup provided a “perfect platform” to showcase Scotland’s food and drink to more than 45,000 visitors from 75 countries on each day of the three-day golf tournament between...

Scottish fish landings sink 9% in value

A 9% fall in the value of fish landed at Scottish ports last year represented “a startling drop”, according to the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).