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Diet and nutrition survey results are a mixed bag

The latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) results reveal a few improvements.

Food fads: should we do more to protect consumers?

We have taken an interest in the future of food we since forming since Bingham and Jones. But there are some moments in development that get you really thinking about the bigger picture and asking other questions – such as, is it really ok to develop to consumer perceptions if their perceptions are wrong?

Many small food firms are using illegal labels

Many small food and drink manufacturers could soon be breaking the law – if they are not already – by putting misleading and, therefore, illegal information on their packs.

Grocery supply chain is set for roller coaster rise

Amazon looks set on making a major land grab for Britain's food and drink market. Having embarked on a raft of new initiatives, covering everything from a collaborative venture with Morrisons to moves into home food deliveries in London, the online retail giant clearly has big ambitions to roll out ideas already tested Stateside.

Retailers should trust suppliers’ innovation teams

Since the big ‘re-set’ of the supermarket shelves, where scores of products vied for a reduced and downsized space allocation, we have seen an escalation in own-label activity.

Government advice on vitamin D supplements

In the UK, one-in-five older children and adults has a low vitamin D level in their blood.

Obesity strategy gets the thumbs down

Prime Minister Theresa May hasn’t pleased anybody with the childhood obesity strategy, which was slipped out during the parliamentary recess while she was on holiday walking in Switzerland.

Tap into sub-trends and ‘foodie fads’ in your product development

Analysing, reporting and acting on food trends have become big business in the past few years.

Labelling of sugar content under scrutiny

Globally, governments are thinking about the challenges of communicating information regarding the sugars contents of foods.

UK food researchers miss out on EU projects

Andrea Leadsom, the former Conservative contender for prime minister, had her first official outing as environment secretary last month at the launch of the Industry Approved Apprenticeship Programmes from the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink.

Government sat-fat advice remains unchanged

The report from the pressure group the National Obesity Forum (NOF), branded as irresponsible by Public Health England and discordant with the international consensus, criticised the government’s Eatwell guide and official UK dietary reference values (DRVs), particularly those for fat and carbohydrates.

Food sector licks its wounds after Brexit

Despite all signs to the contrary, I don’t think many of us on the Remain side really expected a Brexit vote in our heart of hearts. Which made the result to leave the EU even more of a shock when we woke up on Friday June 24.

Plant proteins - a valuable resource

Food and nutrition considerations are often short-term, but there is a far bigger picture that needs a lot more attention.

‘Irresponsible’ dietary guidance under flak

A report from the National Obesity Forum (NOF) in association with Public Health Collaboration has come under flak from Public Health England (PHE), Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) for providing bad nutritional advice.

Can allergy risk be reduced?

Approximately 6% of British children under the age of six develop a food allergy, while 20% develop allergic diseases such as eczema and asthma (not always triggered by foods).

Warning: our global diet is not sustainable

What with the UK's referendum on EU membership next month, the government's Childhood Obesity Strategy on the horizon and the National Living Wage now in place, the food and drink industry has a lot to think about. If all that wasn't enough, some bigger players face the Apprenticeship Levy from next April and the soft drinks sector can look forward to a sugar tax in 2018.

Coconut oil: superfood or not?

The nutrition science community is becoming increasingly concerned about the health halo around coconut oil and the risk to health if consumption becomes a regular occurrence.

Sugar soft drinks tax: a ‘dead cat’ distraction

George Osborne’s announcement of a sugar tax on soft drinks in last month's budget took everyone by complete surprise. Cynics were quick to accuse him of blatantly trying to deflect attention from declining growth forecasts.

Folic acid back on the agenda?

In October 2015, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) wrote to UK health ministers about recent information that adds weight to the case for effective measures to improve folate status, especially of women in reproductive years.

Range reviews point to more pain in store

Asda is the latest high street multiple to announce that it was conducting a “range review’’, wherein as much as 25% of its stock-keeping units (SKUs) will be removed from sale in some categories.

New dietary guidelines issued in US

Dietary guidelines are updated on a five-year cycle in the US, following review of the scientific evidence.

Food industry bosses want UK to stay in EU

The big beasts of industry are starting to nail their colours to the mast as we move towards a referendum on the UK’s continuing membership of the EU.

Battle of the bulge is set to notch up a gear

As we start the new year, the food and drink industry awaits with much anticipation what the government is going to call on it to deliver as part of its childhood obesity strategy.

Childhood obesity strategy anticipated

A paper in the Lancet in September revealed that while we are living longer, poor diet now exceeds smoking as a risk factor for chronic diseases in England. So, the policy focus on nutrition is unlikely to go away any time soon.

Novel foods set for EU overhaul

Novel foods and ingredients are defined as those that have not been sold in the EU to a significant degree prior to 1997, when the novel foods regulation was enacted, or have been subject to a novel production process resulting in significant change to composition or structure that affect nutrition, metabolism or level of undesirable substances. The approval process involves rigorous safety assessment.