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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.

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.

Plum PBC to ‘wind down’ UK business

US organic baby food manufacturer Plum PBC – owned by Campell Soup – has announced plans to “wind down” its Plum Baby UK operations before the autumn, following a strategic...

Four sugar reduction solutions

Food manufacturers could slash sugar content in products by applying four technologies to use sugar differently, according to Leatherhead Food Research’s head of ingredients and product innovation Dr Wayne Morley....

Don’t miss ‘significant’ social media opportunities

Food and drink firms should pay close attention to social media discussions to ensure they make the most of “significant opportunities” and emerging trends identified online, according to a new...

Coca-Cola Company won’t ditch stevia in the UK

Sugar reduction campaigners have praised the Coca-Cola Company’s (CCC’s) refusal to drop the natural sweetener stevia in its Glaceau Vitaminwater in the UK, as it has done in the US....

Sat fat concern as obesity focus shifts to sugar

Policy makers, consumers and food manufacturers risk losing focus on the need to cut levels of fat in the nation’s diet, following the publication of a scientific report, which called...

Married men fatter than single men

Married men are fatter than their single counterparts, results from a newly commissioned study have shown.

News in brief

New online website for ingredients industry

Explosive growth in the food ingredients sector will boost its overall value to €59bn (£47bn) by 2018, according to new research by Markets and Markets.

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....

Drug link would increase fruit and veg consumption

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

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.

SACN REPORT

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....

OBESITY WEBINAR

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.

Sugar reduction summit

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.

Obesity webinar

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, FoodManufacture.co.uk...

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...