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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.

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.

Opinion

Is organic healthier?

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

Feature

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.

News in brief

Glanbia clinches Isopure deal

Glanbia has completed its acquisition of US sports nutrition firm The Isopure Company on schedule.

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).

‘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.

Graze’s online sales of healthy snacks hit £53M

Graze, the online retailer of healthy, portion-controlled snacks, which are sold direct to the consumer, continues it meteoric rise as it today reports a 31% increase in sales to £52.7M...

Snapshot: Scotland’s NDNS results

Scots eat poorer diet compared with UK average

Scottish consumers drink more alcohol, eat fewer fruits and vegetables and drink more sugary drinks than the rest of the UK, according to Scotland’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS)...

Food and drink industry people on the move – in pictures

Alan Stewart started his role as chief financial officer of Tesco three months earlier than planned, this week, after the retailer launched an investigation into the board overstating its half-year...

Home-cooked not always best

Home-cooked meals may not be the healthiest or cheapest option for consumers, as food businesses continue to respond to health and price concerns by adapting their recipes, according to new...

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