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Healthy foods

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.

Community Foods nails national Lidl contract

Community Foods has secured a multi-million pound contract to supply Lidl.

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.

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.

Expert outlines five healthy snack bar trends

Healthier children’s formats, natural and raw ingredients and mid-morning options are among the 2015 healthy snack bar trends picked out by Lizzie Conlon, food developer and nutritionist at Food Innovation...

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.

Online ‘advergames’ link to child obesity studied

The debate about childhood obesity will intensify tomorrow (February 5) when a comprehensive review of digital and online food and drink marketing to children is published.

News in brief

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...

Probiotic industry value set to reach £29bn

Sales of probiotic food, drink and supplements are set to reach £29bn by 2018, as consumers seek food-based answers to health issues, according to one expert commentator.

Sector not absolved by childhood obesity slowdown

A slowdown in childhood obesity growth rates does not absolve the food and drink industry from blame, despite its efforts to reduce the fat, sugar and salt (FSS) content of...

First EU edible insect food safety guide published

Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.

Merchant’s tale: Chaucer opens third plant

Chaucer Foods has launched its third plant in Oregon in the US, designed to process freeze-dried fruit and vegetable products.

Business Leaders’ Forum

Alara Wholefoods aims to create 17 new jobs

Alara Wholefoods aims to create 17 jobs over the course of this year off the back of strong demand for its organic and gluten-free muesli and other food lines.

Business Leaders’ Forum

Bingham and Jones to launch insect ready meals

Ready meal industry gurus Jonny Bingham and David Jones are developing their own brand of meals with a difference, following dozens of successful launches for other major firms.

Business Leaders’ Forum

Business leaders tackle fat tax at industry forum

Debate about taxing ‘unhealthy’ foods provoked division at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum and was a top hot topic singled out by Geoff Eaton, chairman of New England Seafood International....

Drinks industry slams sugar policy

The British Soft Drinks Association’s (BSDA’s) director general Gavin Partington has slammed the British Dietetic Association’s (BDA’s) new policy on sugary drinks for children.

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Pressure on food firms to get healthier to grow

Pressure on food manufacturers to come up with healthier recipes has never been stronger, says Paul Gander

Vitamin E health claim approval for Alzheimer's disease

Vitamin E could soon get health claim approval for slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a leading scientist in the field.

Food firms still missing big opportunity in seniors

Food and drink businesses still don’t see senior consumers as a plausible business opportunity and are missing out on millions of pounds in sales, an expert has claimed.

100 years for UK to reach global sugar target

It may take 100 years to cut UK consumers’ sugar intake to levels recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), according to market analyst Datamonitor.

Haggis to tackle US obesity crisis

Haggis would help tackle America’s obesity crisis, but its import ban into the US must first be lifted, Members of Parliament were told in a House of Commons debate yesterday...

Industry reacts to Andy Burnham’s Demos speech

Risks of unrealistic fat, salt, sugar limits

Setting unrealistic fat, salt and sugar limits for foods could spoil their quality, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has warned, responding to Labour shadow health secretary Andy Burnham’s policy...

Quorn talks of fourth fermenter

Consumer demand for Quorn will outstrip the Teesside firm’s supply within a decade, unless it continues to invest to boost capacity.

Consumer care is a new priority for food science

The food industry must engage more with consumers if it is to reassure them about what it does and get their buy-in for new advances in science and technology, according...

Buy Scottish food, transport firms urged

Buy more Scottish food and drink is the message the government is sending to the nation’s airports, stations and ports in the form of an invitation to sign a new...

Probiotic term could reappear on yogurt in UK

The term ‘probiotic’ could make a re-appearance on pots of yogurt on sale in UK supermarkets, if Italy is successful in getting approval for its use as a ‘generic descriptor’.