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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.

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Three changes food industry must make to boost health

Food and drink manufacturers must make three changes across their businesses to help boost the health of consumers, according to consumer group Which?

News in brief

Vitamin D offers business opportunity

Interest in the benefits of vitamin D is growing rapidly and has been highlighted in the past month by a webinar organised by DSM.


Food industry needs to help people age healthily

There are more people in the world aged over 60 than ever before. Michelle Perrett discovers what the industry needs to do to help them age healthily.

Glavonoid ruling allows weight loss use

More products tackling visceral fat are likely to be developed, following a European Commission (EC) ruling on the use of the liquorice root extract Glavonoid.

Top food and drink trends for 2016 – in pictures

Mintel has unveiled 12 top trends it predicts will shape the food and drink industry over the next year. To find out what they are and how each of them will...

Top 12 food and drink trends for 2016: Mintel

Alternatives everywhere is the first of 12 top trends that will dominate the food and drink industry next year, predicts market research specialist Mintel.

Good Week, Bad Week

Snacks investment, mega merger and recalls make headlines

Nim’s Fruit Crisps’ new £350,000 Kent factory investment and SABMiller’s agreement “in principle” to a takeover bid from rival Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev feature in our latest Good News, Bad news video roundup....

Nim’s Fruit Crisps opens factory after £350k investment

Healthy snack manufacturer Nim’s Fruit Crisps has opened a factory in Kent after securing an investment of more than £350,000.

Top snacking trends: Texture, flavour and on the go

Texture and flavour were among the top six snacking trends that promised opportunities to manufacturers, according to Innova Marketing Insight.

Powdered food Huel launches in Europe

Powdered food firm Huel is now taking orders from France and Germany in a bid to cater for European demand.


Graze the new ‘kids’ in America

Few food firms would chance a US launch after being around for just five years, but Graze boss Anthony Fletcher explains to Nicholas Robinson why it was a matter of...

‘Guilt lane’ abolition is prime target for food firms

Manufacturers should prime themselves to take advantage of the supermarkets’ abolition of ‘guilt lanes’ by making healthy alternatives to chocolates and sweets to stock at checkouts, like the online snack...

‘Secret’ vegetarian sausages fail to impress Dragons

A mum turned food entrepreneur failed to impress investors with her range of vegetarian sausages on hit TV show Dragons’ Den last night.

Food recalls sparked by soya, nuts, gluten and sulphur dioxide

Cupcakes containing soya and chocolate fruit mix containing nuts are among the products that have been recalled over the past week.

Burton’s battles it out for Nakd

Burton’s Biscuit Company is reportedly fighting off stiff competition for Natural Balance Foods, as private equity firms and other food companies battle it out to buy the Nakd and Trek...

New science for dairy hydrolysate

A dairy-based ingredient to promote faster recovery from exercise will be developed following research carried out by Food for Health Ireland (FHI), the organisation says.

New ‘superberry’ launched

A new ‘superberry’ known as blue honeysuckle is set to be launched in the UK by ingredients supplier CPM.


Cognitive health wars

A rise in consumer demand for brain-boosting food and drink is sparking a debate between industry and health experts. Nicholas Robinson reports

Dried beef snack maker plans to invest after merger

Europe’s largest ambient beef snack manufacturer plans to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in equipment following a recent merger.


It’s fibre’s turn!

With the prospect of fibre recommendations rising to 30g a day for adults from 24g a day, how can diets be adjusted to bring average intakes up from the current...

New powder will replace ‘real food’

A new powder launched in the UK claims to contain all of the relevant nutrients, vitamins and minerals the human body needs and will replace food.

Vitamin D deficiency in UK population offers fortification opportunities

More opportunities could arise for the fortification of food and drink with vitamin D following news that most people in the UK are not getting enough sunlight during the winter...

SACN report

Twitterati: industry should lower sugar after SACN

Manufacturers must do more to help consumers halve their overall energy intake from free-sugars to less than 5%, commentators on Twitter have urged after the release of the Scientific Advisory...

SACN report

Industry: SACN report says ‘nothing new’

There’s “nothing new about sugar” in the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's (SACN’s) report on carbohydrates, but more needs to be done to increase fibre intake, food and drink manufacturing...

Foods to assist mental health ‘next big thing’

Nutrition to maximise the brain development of young people will be a big area of focus for food scientists in the future, according to a leading scientist.