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Healthy foods

With the global obesity epidemic a number one priority, ‘wellness’ or ‘functional’ foods are in the spotlight as a means of weight and disease reduction. It’s a sector undergoing immense regulatory change and, whether you’re working in the field of dietary control, fortification or supplements, you will benefit from regular consultations with Dr Foodman.

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).

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Stop misusing natural, expert urges

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

Cuckoo calls for foodservice push

Cuckoo aims to quadruple sales of its Bircher muesli brand to £500,000 by the end of 2015 by targeting expansion in foodservice outlets as well as boosting retail growth.

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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.

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.

Maternal diets dictate health of their children

Women’s diets before and during pregnancy can have a profound effect on the health of their offspring in later life, a leading public health nutritional scientist has revealed.

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Metcalfe’s is the fastest growing private food and drink firm

Snack manufacturer Metcalfe’s Food Company has reached fourth place on the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list, making it the fastest growing private food and drink company in the UK.

Vending machines to stock healthier items

Vending machines are about to undergo a revolution in the UK with new hot and cold food offerings set to create a completely new sales channel for manufacturers.

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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.

Boost to prebiotics from Genden

A paper published by Ganeden Biotech in the Official Journal of the Anaerobe Society of the Americas has demonstrated the benefits of consuming prebiotics and its GanedenBC30 product.

Gluten-free 'isn’t best for general health'

Fresh research has rubbished claims gluten-free diets are healthier than consuming grains and has recommended they should only be followed by consumers with coeliac disease or food intolerances.

Consumer trust in ‘miracle’ food ingredients shrinks

Manufacturers of products offering consumers one ‘magic bullet’ health solution are wasting their time, as consumers opt instead for traditional health foods, a new report has said.


Is organic healthier?

Recent popular press headlines announced that organic fruits and vegetables are healthier as they contain more antioxidants.


Health and ingredients show to reveal latest trends

Next month's Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) and Natural Ingredients (Ni) shows are an ideal opportunity to catch up on the latest trends and new products on the market, says Nicholas...

Help fight dementia, food and drink industry urged

The fight against the rise of dementia in the UK could be helped if functional food and drink manufacturers did more to promote good brain health, an industry leader has...

Lallemand to target women’s health regime

Yeast and bacteria specialist Lallemand is promoting the benefits to women’s health that its range of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria can offer.

Poor attitudes in the west will stop insects being food

Insects are unlikely to become a viable solution to feeding the increasing global population if western attitudes towards them remain negative, according to a leading analyst.

Chaucer Foods buys 65% stake in US snacks firm

Chaucer Foods has agreed to buy 65% of US-based Crunchies Food Company, which supplies healthy snacks, including freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, to expand its global business.

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.

Smart technology shapes shopping patterns

Smart technology is helping to shape shoppers’ changing food buying patterns, according to two new reports.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Melanie Leech’s decision to quit as director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) after almost a decade in the role leads our selection of the latest people 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.

Sperm count reduced in vegetarians

Sperm count is significantly reduced in vegetarian and vegan men, a new study from the US has claimed.

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.

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