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Healthy foods

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.

Recalls sparked by wood and glue contamination

Convenience store Spar’s Midget Gems are the latest food product to be recalled in the UK, after it was discovered they may contain small pieces of wood.

Public Health England to launch sugar reduction programme

The new sugar reduction and reformulation programme, which forms part of the government’s childhood obesity action plan, will be launched by Public Health England (PHE) in London next week (Thursday...

‘Mary Poppins Act’ needed to reduce sugar intake

The UK will probably strengthen rules governing the front-of-pack nutrition labelling of food and drink packs – something it has been restricted from doing as part of the EU –...

Fyffes seals mushroom acquisition

Banana producer and distributor Fyffes has expanded its operations in Canada, after acquiring its second mushroom business in British Columbia.

Salmonella and metal contamination lead food recalls

Sesame seeds contaminated with salmonella sparked several food recalls recently, while metal contamination in ice cream caused another.

Government guidelines propose vitamin D supplements in the diet

People in the UK need to consider dietary supplementation of the essential vitamin D in their diets to compensate for the absence of that produced in the body from exposure...

The latest food innovations – photogallery

Pasta made from seaweed and Marmite-flavoured biscuits lead our photgallery of the latest food innovations.

Obesity strategy is badly ‘flawed’ claim critics

The government’s much delayed childhood obesity strategy, published today (August 18) by the Department of Health, has received a mixed response from health lobby groups and the food industry alike,...

Open day showcases herbs and edible flowers

A herb grower has celebrated a £200,000 investment by hosting an open day to show food producers the versatility of herbs and edible flowers.

UK snack firm snapped up by Pioneer Food Group

It’s business as usual for UK snack maker Stream Foods, after it was snapped up by South African own-label cereal manufacturer Pioneer Food Group this week (August 1).

Fewer promotions on less-healthy foods than healthy foods

Supermarkets place more promotions on less-healthy food and drink than on healthier products and should restore the balance, according to a new report from a consumer pressure group.

Greggs posts 6% rise in sales to £422M

High street baker Greggs posted a 6% rise in sales, which were boosted by its under-400 calories range, Balanced Choice.

Andy Murray’s ice cream smashes sales targets

Fresh from winning his second Wimbledon title, tennis star Andy Murray will also be enjoying the success of Oppo ice cream.

Latest food and drink innovations – in pictures

Beverages – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic ­– lead this month’s selection of new product developments.

UK agrifood research programme launched

The global challenges of ensuring sustainable, resilient and healthy food supplies for all is the focus of the international launch of the N8 AgriFood programme today (June 21).

Cranswick launches new food-to-go brand

Cranswick Food has launched a brand new ‘food-to-go’ brand called ‘Munch’ in partnership with WHSmith and Fresh to Store, the new owner of KerryFresh, as part of a strategic development...

Families outstrip celebrities as children’s healthy living role models

Family members are the strongest role models for influencing children’s healthy eating and physical activity habits, according to one of the largest online surveys of school children in the UK...

Ecotrophelia award winners and finalists photogallery

The finalists of the UK leg of Ecotrophelia 2016 – the pan-European competition for ecologically-inspired innovative new product development by young students ­– have all been gathered together in this...

Health agenda is a big opportunity for bakery

Foods that tap into the health and wellbeing agenda provide a “massive opportunity” for industry innovators and entrepreneurs – but making money from healthy products remains a huge challenge.

Trade associations monitor US plans to cut sodium

UK exporters are watching developments across the Atlantic closely, following the US publication of ambitious sodium targets for food manufacturers.

National Obesity Forum fat report rejected by board members

Health lobby group the National Obesity Forum (NOF) has come under swingeing attacks from some of its own medical advisers in press reports over the past weekend, following controversial advice...

Tesco launches vegetarian bbq range

Tesco is capitalising on the growing vegetarian trend by launching, what it claims are, the UK’s first ever cauliflower and mushroom barbecue (bbq) steaks.

Vitafoods

Vitafoods Europe 2016 – a snapshot in tweets

Vitafoods Europe 2016 opened its doors to the world’s healthy food and nutrition industry in Geneva this week. Here we capture some of the show’s big themes delivered by the social...

Top 10 US food and drink trends – in pictures

The rise of single male households and an ageing population are the top two of 10 key food and drink trends from the influential Chicago-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT),...

FMEAS

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars now open

The 2016 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) are now open for entries. So, if your company wants to be recognised for its achievements and join the celebrations at this year's...