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.
28-Nov-2013 - New superfoods feature in the full list of top 10 food and drink trends for 2014, released by research company Innova Market Insights at the Food Ingredients Europe trade show in Frankfurt, Germany last week.
05-Nov-2013 - HGCA - the cereals and oilseeds division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board - is spending £235,000 to develop a process for the production of ferulic acid from wheat bran.
05-Nov-2013 - The food industry should be warned. Sugar will be the next battleground after saturated fats. Some medical experts and lobbyists claim that high levels of sugar in processed food is a far more serious issue than sat fats.
05-Nov-2013 - Personalised nutrition is perceived positively by consumers but they lack confidence over the protection of their health data and trust in regulators and service providers, a new study has found.‘Quote marks’“Double quote”
05-Nov-2013 - The EU’s failure to introduce a system of nutrient profiling is resulting in “inconsistency” in health claims approvals for food and drink, it has emerged.
04-Nov-2013 - Public Health England (PHE) has challenged the article in the British Medical Journal online, which criticised the government’s drive to cut saturated fat in foods, claiming it was not the main cause of obesity.
14-Oct-2013 - Those who oppose genetically modified (GM) rice enhanced with vitamin A in Africa and Asia are “wicked” and could be responsible for millions of premature deaths, warns environment secretary Owen Paterson.
11-Oct-2013 - The Soil Association means nothing to most people, its president Monty Don has told the organisation’s annual conference.
09-Oct-2013 - Sales of fruit and vegetables continue to go down, despite efforts to encourage shoppers to cut fresh produce waste and eat more cheaply, according to the IGD’s chief economist James Walton.
04-Oct-2013 - Leatherhead Food Research (LFR) is working on a project to support food and drink processors seeking to make cognitive performance claims for their products.
02-Oct-2013 - Congratulations to all the food and drink businesses shortlisted in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).
09-Sep-2013 - Chr Hansen has appointed Christian Barker as its new executive vice president for the Health & Nutrition Division of the business.
14-Aug-2013 - Babies born to obese mothers have a greater risk of becoming adults who die early from coronary heart disease, according to a new scientific study.
01-Aug-2013 - The government is planning a public education campaign to help consumers understand the new hybrid front-of-pack (FoP) nutrition labelling scheme the Department of Health (DH) recently launched to stem rising obesity levels.
19-Jul-2013 - The food industry’s commitment to healthy reformulation has been challenged by campaigners and a leading academic as the government reveals updated progress on the Public Health Responsibility Deal.
08-Jul-2013 - The UK is in dire need of a national strategy to tackle malnutrition, which is at least as big a problem to public health and the public purse as obesity.
10-Jun-2013 - Food manufacturers should encourage women to eat nutrient-rich diets after the British Nutrition Foundation’s (BNF) latest Task Force Report proved women’s diets before and during pregnancy can affect an infant’s health.
31-May-2013 - A healthy diet lower in meat and higher in fruit and vegetables is not necessarily more sustainable – and may lead to higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE), a new study has claimed.
16-May-2013 - The key business challenges for food firms whose products aid disease management are overcoming the "huge disconnect" between the number of consumers who claim to be interested in them and the number who actually purchase them, while also making inroads into the increasing demand for “personalised products”.
15-May-2013 - Functional food firms are failing to win health claim approval for their products because they are repeatedly neglecting two of the three key requirements for success, the man in charge of the process has revealed.
03-May-2013 - Organic baby food company Ella’s Kitchen has been acquired by US firm Hain Celestial for an undisclosed sum.
01-May-2013 - Supermarkets are pandering to misplaced consumer fears about the health risks of of widely used food ingredients in a cynical marketing move, a group representing young scientists has warned.
04-Mar-2013 - As demand for natural food colours grows, suppliers and their customers are paying more attention to traceability and supply chain control. Paul Gander reports.
04-Mar-2013 - Industry's strides to slash fat and salt appear to have gone unnoticed. Reports Lynda Searby
04-Mar-2013 - Genius Foods will invest millions of pounds developing the Livwell and United Central Bakery (UCB) production sites in Hull and West Lothian, following the firm’s £21M acquisition of the companies last week.