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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.

News in brief

Healthier snacks now eaten by more than half of consumers

More than half of UK consumers now eat healthier packaged snacks – such as rice cakes, cereal bars and nuts – at least once a day, a survey has found.

Vegetarian product launches lead NPD gallery

New vegetarian-friendly product launches lead our latest gallery of new product development (NPD) by food and drink manufacturers.

Science role in food is ‘urgent’, claims tech body

There is a “clear and urgent” need for science and technology to play a role in sustainable food and food security, according to a report by the Institute of Food...

‘More work needed’ after kids’ sugary food ad ban

The ban on adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) was only the first step in reducing childhood obesity, claimed pressure group Sustain, while doctors have called...

Reports from IFT17

Food innovation awards reflect clean-label trend

Food ingredients that exploit the trend towards clean labelling featured in the 2017 Food Expo Innovation Awards at the Institute of Food Technology’s (IFT’s) Annual Meeting and Food Expo.

Reports from IFT17

IFT film aims to ‘fight myths about food science’

Fighting myths about food science is the aim of a new film commissioned by the US-based Institute of Food Technology (IFT). Ahead of the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo,...

Amazon to acquire Whole Foods Market for £10.8bn

Amazon will acquire US organic retailer Whole Foods Market in a £10.8bn ($13.7bn) deal, the retailer revealed on Friday (June 16).

Ecotrophelia UK winner on attracting young talent

Food manufacturers could do much more to attract younger people to the industry, according to the winner of this year’s Ecotrophelia UK gold award.

Planning permission granted to £14M food factory

Snack manufacturer Wholebake has been granted planning permission to build a £14M factory at its site in north-east Wales, which would create more than 120 jobs.

Vegetable sushi wins student innovation prize

Students from the University of Reading have won the UK leg of this year’s Ecotrophelia Awards – the pan-European competition for ecologically inspired innovative new product development (NPD) – in...

Ale and cheesecake recalled after labelling errors

Labelling errors have sparked a number of food and drink product recalls recently, including gluten-free ale, cheesecake and Quorn sausages.

EU food health claims helped by innovation strategy

EU health claim regulations for food are “complex but navigable”, and companies with long-term strategies around innovation in health have an advantage, a study has found.

Vitafoods Europe 2017 – top trends in tweets

Personalised nutrition and reformulation were hot trends at this year’s Vitafoods event in Geneva, Switzerland from May 9–11. We capture some of the best tweets from the event.

Almonds leads list of top 10 best-selling superfoods

Almonds have been crowned ‘King of superfoods’ in a top 10 list of best-selling superfoods created by online health food retailer Healthy Supplies, ahead of the Food Manufacture Group’s free...

Tesco wants traffic light labels to include exercise

Food and drink traffic light nutrition labels should be reviewed to make them more understandable by consumers in the battle against obesity, according to Tesco’s strategic adviser Tim Smith.

Tax on sugary drinks may be extended after review

The sugar tax on soft drinks, which was passed by parliament on Tuesday [April 25] and will come into force next April, could be extended to a raft of other...

SHOW PREVIEW

Vitafoods Europe: grounds for optimism

With the UK voting to leave the EU and Donald Trump winning the US presidency, it’s fair to say we’ve had a year of political shocks.

Food and drink manufacturers win Queen’s Awards

Food and drink manufacturers have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, featured here in our photogallery of the winners.

Dried fruit and nut maker Whitworths put up for sale

Dried fruit, nut and seed supplier Whitworths has been put up for sale.

PepsiCo offers £256k to budding food entrepreneurs

PepsiCo is offering £256,085 (€300,000) in grants to food and drink entrepreneurs in a bid to grow eight breakthrough brands.

Chefs' Choice Awards celebrate foodservice supplier innovation

Professionals from the hospitality, wholesale and food manufacturing sectors gathered at London’s Haymarket Hotel last month to see the winners of the inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards unveiled.

Research aims to improve rice processing and reduce waste

Food waste during rice processing and poor nutrition in parts of the Indian population could be tackled, after Sheffield Hallam University was awarded £400,000 to undertake research to help support economic growth...

Battle Oats to supply 300 Holland & Barrett stores

Nutrition brand Battle Oats has secured a deal with high street retailer Holland & Barrett to supply 300 of its stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Real Good Food acquires Brighter Foods

Real Good Food (RGF), the bakery ingredients company, has paid £9M to acquire an 84% interest in Brighter Foods, based in Tywyn in Wales.

Almond milk and avocados top fastest-growing food

Almond milk, avocados and new flavours of water were the three fastest-growing food product categories in 2016, as consumers began to embrace the ‘clean-eating’ trend.

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