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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.

Marks & Spencer to launch gluten-free beer

Marks & Spencer is believed to be investigating the UK launch of a gluten-free (GF) beer, to complement its range of GF foods. 

Sugar not the sole cause of obesity: AB Sugar

British Sugar owner AB Sugar is fighting back against anti-sugar campaigners with the launch of a campaign informing people about sugar’s role in a healthy balanced diet.

Steam infusion may offer health gains

This autumn will see the first results emerge from the first phase of a two-year research project into the use of steam infusion as a technique for improving the nutritional...

Lower saturated fats in new rapeseed strain

Determined food businesses working to lower fat content could benefit from a new strain of rapeseed that produces oil with lower than usual levels of saturated fat.

School children to learn more about their food

Changes to the recommendations on how pupils should be taught about food in schools could help fill the skills gap in the industry and breed a generation more clued-up on...

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Premium pot noodle brand boasts £2M turnover

Ex-Pieminister sales director Crispin Busk will see sales of his premium pot noodle brand Kabuto exceed £2M this year, after securing major contracts with two of the big four supermarkets.

Health claims law trips up tea firm

A company promoting healthy teas has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after falling foul of the EU's nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

New food standards in hospitals will improve nutrition

Nutritionists have defended hospital food standards launched by the government last week (August 29).

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.


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.

03:43 pm 16 September 2014