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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

Guilt free: stevia sales to rise by 18% annually

Sales of the natural sweetener stevia are set to rocket beyond their £4M market value, as sweet-toothed consumers search for indulgent products with fewer calories, analysts have predicted.

Probiotic industry value set to reach £29bn

Sales of probiotic food, drink and supplements are set to reach £29bn by 2018, as consumers seek food-based answers to health issues, according to one expert commentator.

Sector not absolved by childhood obesity slowdown

A slowdown in childhood obesity growth rates does not absolve the food and drink industry from blame, despite its efforts to reduce the fat, sugar and salt (FSS) content of...

First EU edible insect food safety guide published

Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.

Merchant’s tale: Chaucer opens third plant

Chaucer Foods has launched its third plant in Oregon in the US, designed to process freeze-dried fruit and vegetable products.

Business Leaders’ Forum

Alara Wholefoods aims to create 17 new jobs

Alara Wholefoods aims to create 17 jobs over the course of this year off the back of strong demand for its organic and gluten-free muesli and other food lines.

Business Leaders’ Forum

Bingham and Jones to launch insect ready meals

Ready meal industry gurus Jonny Bingham and David Jones are developing their own brand of meals with a difference, following dozens of successful launches for other major firms.

Business Leaders’ Forum

Business leaders tackle fat tax at industry forum

Debate about taxing ‘unhealthy’ foods provoked division at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum and was a top hot topic singled out by Geoff Eaton, chairman of New England Seafood International....

Drinks industry slams sugar policy

The British Soft Drinks Association’s (BSDA’s) director general Gavin Partington has slammed the British Dietetic Association’s (BDA’s) new policy on sugary drinks for children.

Feature

Pressure on food firms to get healthier to grow

Pressure on food manufacturers to come up with healthier recipes has never been stronger, says Paul Gander

Vitamin E health claim approval for Alzheimer's disease

Vitamin E could soon get health claim approval for slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a leading scientist in the field.

Food firms still missing big opportunity in seniors

Food and drink businesses still don’t see senior consumers as a plausible business opportunity and are missing out on millions of pounds in sales, an expert has claimed.

100 years for UK to reach global sugar target

It may take 100 years to cut UK consumers’ sugar intake to levels recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), according to market analyst Datamonitor.

Haggis to tackle US obesity crisis

Haggis would help tackle America’s obesity crisis, but its import ban into the US must first be lifted, Members of Parliament were told in a House of Commons debate yesterday...

Industry reacts to Andy Burnham’s Demos speech

Risks of unrealistic fat, salt, sugar limits

Setting unrealistic fat, salt and sugar limits for foods could spoil their quality, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has warned, responding to Labour shadow health secretary Andy Burnham’s policy...

Quorn talks of fourth fermenter

Consumer demand for Quorn will outstrip the Teesside firm’s supply within a decade, unless it continues to invest to boost capacity.

Consumer care is a new priority for food science

The food industry must engage more with consumers if it is to reassure them about what it does and get their buy-in for new advances in science and technology, according...

Buy Scottish food, transport firms urged

Buy more Scottish food and drink is the message the government is sending to the nation’s airports, stations and ports in the form of an invitation to sign a new...

Probiotic term could reappear on yogurt in UK

The term ‘probiotic’ could make a re-appearance on pots of yogurt on sale in UK supermarkets, if Italy is successful in getting approval for its use as a ‘generic descriptor’.

The Food Manufacture Group’s year in pictures

It’s been another busy year for the Food Manufacture Group. We travelled the country to bring you the latest news and views online and in print and event formats about...

Vitamin D claim opens elderly target market

Food businesses can more easily target elderly consumers who are prone to falling, following the authorisation of a vitamin D health claim by the European Commission (EC).

Health Ingredients Europe

Stop misusing natural, expert urges

Manufacturers must avoid misleading consumers into thinking natural products are intrinsically healthier for them, an industry expert has urged.

Cuckoo calls for foodservice push

Cuckoo aims to quadruple sales of its Bircher muesli brand to £500,000 by the end of 2015 by targeting expansion in foodservice outlets as well as boosting retail growth.

News in brief

Firms in Scotland trim salt, fat and calories

Scottish firms have slashed salt, fat and calories further in a reformulation drive to make products healthier for consumers.

Top five food trends for next year offer opportunity

‘Better-for-you ingredients’ is one of five top trends that will influence the purchase of food and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) next year, predicts market research firm Canadean.

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