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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.

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...

Insect proteins will take off – experts

Insects will be creeping on to European consumers’ plates within the next 15 years, as experts predict the value of the edible creepy-crawly food industry to reach more than £230M by 2020.

Marks & Spencer to launch gluten-free beer

Marks & Spencer is believed to be investigating the UK launch of a gluten-free (GF) beer, to complement its range of GF foods. 

Sugar not the sole cause of obesity: AB Sugar

British Sugar owner AB Sugar is fighting back against anti-sugar campaigners with the launch of a campaign informing people about sugar’s role in a healthy balanced diet.

Steam infusion may offer health gains

This autumn will see the first results emerge from the first phase of a two-year research project into the use of steam infusion as a technique for improving the nutritional...

Lower saturated fats in new rapeseed strain

Determined food businesses working to lower fat content could benefit from a new strain of rapeseed that produces oil with lower than usual levels of saturated fat.

School children to learn more about their food

Changes to the recommendations on how pupils should be taught about food in schools could help fill the skills gap in the industry and breed a generation more clued-up on...

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Premium pot noodle brand boasts £2M turnover

Ex-Pieminister sales director Crispin Busk will see sales of his premium pot noodle brand Kabuto exceed £2M this year, after securing major contracts with two of the big four supermarkets.

Health claims law trips up tea firm

A company promoting healthy teas has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after falling foul of the EU's nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

New food standards in hospitals will improve nutrition

Nutritionists have defended hospital food standards launched by the government last week (August 29).

Government’s hospital food standards ‘woefully inadequate’

A new set of mandatory standards for healthier food in NHS hospitals have been described as “woefully inadequate” by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food.

Dragons’ Den winner to supply 400 Morrisons stores

Dragons’ Den winner Barenaked Foods has clinched a deal to supply 400 Morrisons stores with its range of low-carb, gluten-free products, securing a thumbs up from the retailer’s grocery buyer.

Second cognitive study is a boost for French SOD firm

A dietary supplement made from dried cantaloupe melon juice has been clinically proven to reduce physical fatigue and stress, according to the French ingredients firm Bionov.

Caterers need individually wrapped free-from foods

Individually wrapped portions of free-from foods will be needed in restaurants and other catering outlets to meet increasing numbers of consumers with allergies and food intolerances, a leading expert has claimed....

Organic health claims 'worryingly overstated'

A report claiming that organic crops are more nutritious than non-organic crops is not supported by the evidence, according to leading experts in the field.