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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.

Drug link would increase fruit and veg consumption

Millions of pounds could be made if the benefits of fruits and vegetables were marketed more like pharmaceutical drugs, one of the country’s leading dieticians has claimed in response to...

Salty food accusations: food industry responds

Restaurants and retailers have hit back at Consensus Action on Salt & Health’s (CASH’s) name and shame campaign attacking the salt content of salads, targeting firms including Morrisons and Nando’s....

Sports nutrition has a wider role

Supplements and other sports nutrition could play a role in helping to prevent bone injuries and infections common in high-intensity training programmes, specialists have been told.


Drinks manufacturers must reduce sugars: PHE

Drinks manufacturers must work to reduce the amount of sugars in their products to lower the nation’s calorie intake, according to Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England’s (PHE) chief nutritionist....


Experts call for sugar tax, but doubt official support

Sugar tax is a good idea, but the government may be unwilling to implement it, according to expert panellists taking part in Food Manufacture’s webinar on obesity.

Health claims scupper two nutrition ads

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Minerva Research Labs Ltd have fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), as well as European health claims legislation, with adverts for nutritional supplements.

Weetabix in jobs consultation with 60 staff

Pressure to stem eroding profits has led Weetabix to place up to 60 jobs across its industrial hygiene departments at risk.

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Labour: taxing unhealthy foods ‘not fair’

Labour has shunned sugar tax plans in favour of working collaboratively with the food industry to make foods healthier, according to shadow health minister Luciana Berger.

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Anti-sugar campaigners flag up satiety message

Unhealthy foods don’t satisfy consumers’ appetites in the same way as other foods, meaning they end up eating more, fuelling the obesity “pandemic”, according to campaigners.

Retailers help boost UK job market

There were more jobs gained than lost in the UK food and drink sector – taking into consideration manufacturing, distribution, packaging and retail – over the last six months,

Unilever Slim-Fast sale: no UK supply hit

Unilever’s sale of Slim-Fast to US investment group Kainos Capital will not hit UK supply of the brand, according to the company.

Acrylamide is a bigger cancer risk, says EFSA

Acrylamide poses a bigger cancer risk to consumers – particularly children – than previously thought, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has warned.

Mariani Europe md predicts massive sales in dried fruit

US dried fruit firm Mariani will double its European business to £10M next year, before reaching up to £500M pounds in eight years, according to the company’s European md Glenn...


Carbohydrate report: reaction in quotes

Public Health England will investigate taxing sugary drinks according to the paper it issued alongside the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s (SACN’s) draft report published today (June 26).

BBSRC funds £4M of diet and health research

Six projects investigating diet and health have received £4M of research funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in a bid...


Grocery industry faces upheaval – CGF Global Summit

The grocery industry faces massive change and top retailers and suppliers met at the 58th Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF’s) Global Summit in Paris to debate the issues and gain future...

Stevia is not a calorie panacea: regulatory scientist

Natural sweetener stevia is best used to lower calorie content, rather than eliminate it, a regulatory scientist has claimed.

Sugar in teeth of fresh controversy

Anti-sugar campaigners are targeting the damage it can do to teeth as well as tackling its contribution to obesity in the UK.

PHE defends Change4Life campaign

Public Health England (PHE) has denied its flagship Change4Life campaign – which includes getting more children to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day – is failing, despite...

Anti-sugar campaigners ‘blinded by political zeal’

Anti-sugar campaigners are “blinded by political zeal” in their latest assault on soft drinks, according to the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA).


Food firms can't be expected to curb sales

Food promotion has been described by the Department of Health (DH) as the final priority area for the Public Health Responsibility Deal Food Network. Bluntly, it is all about how...

Obesity crisis to escalate as one in three pre-diabetic

Britain’s £3.2bn obesity crisis is set to become much worse, according to a report in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), which predicts that one-in-three adults now have pre-diabetes.

Massive opportunity in morning snacking

UK food firms must seize the huge business opportunity afforded by the underdeveloped morning snacking market, as chains such as McDonald’s, KFC, Costa and Starbucks lead the way, according to...

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BBSRC boss makes case for food science

Food science offers solutions to many of the biggest challenges facing the world today, claimed the director of innovation and skills at the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)...

Vegesentials has the answer to five-a-day in the bottle

Vegesentials has launched the UK’s first unpasteurised fruit and vegetable drinks brand aimed at children.