Food Ingredients, Health & Nutrition

Waitrose has cut the amount of nitrate in its bacon and gammon

Waitrose cuts nitrites in bacon

By Gwen Ridler

Upmarket retailer Waitrose has reduced the levels of nitrite in its own-label fresh bacon and gammon ranges.

Spencer: 'Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of biowaste comes from coconuts'

Food Man Talks

Gluten-free waffle sandwich wins Bronze at Ecotrophelia UK

By Rod Addy & James Ridler

Jared Spencer, representing the Eco-Dive team from the University of Nottingham, which won Bronze at this year’s Ecotrophelia UK competition for CocoWaffle, a gluten-free, Dutch-inspired waffle sandwich concept, describes the group's ethnically diverse...

More than 1m people have signed the NFU's petition calling for the safeguarding of food standards post-Brexit

Food standards petition reaches 1m signatures

By Gwen Ridler

More than 1m people have signed a petition urging the Government to ensure future trade deals do not lead to an increase in imported foods that would be illegal to produce in the UK.

No research points to olive leaves inhibiting the growth of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria

Olive leaves found to help with listeria

By Michelle Perrett

Olive leaf extract can inhibit the growth of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria and could be a potential adjunct to help control foodborne pathogens, according to a new study from Spain-based herbal extracts supplier Euromed.

The spread of misinformation surrounding COVID-19 has been facilitated by social media, warned Buttriss

Opinion

COVID-19: beware false immune health promises

By Judy Buttriss

British Nutrition Foundation director general Judy Buttriss warns of the threat of false immune health promises being circulated during the COVID-19 crisis.

Tchibo's claims on DNA integrity have been thrown out by EFSA

EFSA rejects Tchibo DNA coffee claim

By Michelle Perrett

Attempts to prove that regular consumption of a coffee could contribute to the maintenance of DNA integrity have been rejected by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The ASA has slammed an ad for Burger King's Rebel Whopper for being misleading

Burger King ad slammed for false vegan claims

By Gwen Ridler

Online ads for Burger King’s Rebel Whopper have been pulled for making misleading vegan- and vegetarian-friendly claims, according to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).

Renewable energy forms part of ADM's commitment to sustainability. Picture from iStock

ADM announces sustainability scheme

By Gwen Ridler

Ingredients manufacturer ADM has revealed plans to reduce its carbon footprint and save enough electricity to charge every single mobile phone on the planet 250 times.

Cooke: 'We want our staff to understand how what they are doing impacts the whole company'

Me and my team

Protein potential at Essentia

By Tom Cooke

Understanding issues throughout the supply chain is important to animal proteins producer Essentia, as sales director Tom Cooke (pictured far right) explains.

The rise in plant-based diets has sparked demand for flour made from legumes and vegetables

Plant-based flour market set to grow

By Noli Dinkovski

The growth in vegan and vegetarian diets is set to be mirrored by a rise in the demand for flour made from legumes and vegetables, a West Yorkshire-based ingredients supplier has claimed.

CBD products could prove difficult for local authorities to enforce

CBD ruling major blow to industry

By Gwen Ridler

The novel foods status of cannabidiol (CBD) has been a major blow for the industry, but one that is not so easily enforced, experts have claimed.

Footing the bill at Freaks of Nature

Business Leaders' Forum

Footing the bill at Freaks of Nature

By Gwen Ridler

The Government’s roll-out of the National Living Wage (NLW) and pressure to add more sugar to products are just some of the challenges facing Freaks of Nature founder Peter Ahye, as he revealed in this exclusive video interview.

Smith: ‘Retailers are asking for something that looks like meat, tastes like meat and feels like meat and it’s okay if it’s not clean-label’

Business Leaders' Forum

Mixed messages complicate production

By Gwen Ridler

Calls for clean-label foods are put on the backburner in favour of creating products that are tastier and have a better mouthfeel, according to ingredients supplier Griffith Foods.

Sugar reduction will remain an important topic in 2020

Opinion

Why sugar reduction remains on the agenda

By Judy Buttriss

British Nutrition Foundation director general Judy Buttriss explains why sugar reduction is still a key concern for manufacturers.

Are insects the future of protein, or will they coexist with meat?

Home-grown insects: the end of meat?

By Gwen Ridler

Insect farm start-up BeoBia Is hoping to empower consumers to produce their own sustainable sources of protein, but will this home-grown solution see the end of meat production as we know it?

Macsween's vegetarian haggis has been renamed for the US market

Vegetarian haggis launches in the US

By Gwen Ridler

Macsween of Edinburgh has launched a vegetarian haggis in the US, the manufacturer’s first export to the country in 50 years.

The project aims to establish the biggest challenges of using plant-based proteins in products

New project to boost plant-based knowledge

By Noli Dinkovski

A two-year research project that aims to help food and drink manufacturers use protein-rich plant-based ingredients more effectively has been launched by Campden BRI.

Only 54% of consumers are aware that grains and seeds can be incorporated in bread, Puratos says

2020 FOOD TRENDS

Promote ‘power ingredients’ to meet health agenda

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers should look to promote ‘power ingredients’ to capitalise on the growing health agenda, a bakery and chocolate ingredients firm has claimed.

The Rebel Whopper has launched in the UK, but it's not suitable for vegans

Rebel Burger launches in the UK

By Gwen Ridler

Burger King’s plant-based Rebel Whopper has landed in the UK, offering consumers a meat-free alternative to one of its most popular products.

Jackfruit is commonly used in south and south-east Asian cuisines

2020 FOOD TRENDS

Jackfruit, tempeh and seitan to lead plant-based boom

By Noli Dinkovski

The likes of jackfruit, tempeh and seitan are likely to appear much more frequently on supermarket shelves in 2020 as the plant-based boom continues, an ingredients supplier has claimed.

Perry: the expansion will see a new site built in Kent, initially creating 80 jobs

Cook factory investment to create 200 jobs

By Dan Colombini

Frozen food manufacturer Cook plans to create 200 jobs after securing a £16m funding package from HSBC UK to build a new 2,320m2 kitchen facility in Sittingbourne, Kent.

We cover some of the latest CBD developments in food and drink

FDA is tough on CBD food

By Rod Addy

UK suppliers of products containing cannabis-derived compound cannabidiol (CBD) are still reviewing the tough stance the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took to the ingredient last month.

Principal issues affecting the firm going forward also included the ramifications of Brexit, livestock availability and prices, turbulent sales, animal health and foreign currency exposure

JW Galloway investment pays off despite Brexit challenges

By Dan Colombini

Scottish beef producer JW Galloway has reaped the rewards from new plant and equipment investment despite Brexit-induced challenges over the past year, as the firm demonstrated growth in its recent results.

The firm declined to reveal the value of the new investment into the business at this stage

Ingredients firm to invest in new factory

By Dan Colombini

An East Anglian ingredients supplier has confirmed proposals to increase its production facilities with the development of a new factory.

Social media is making it more difficult for consumers to monitor calorie intake

Social media advertising damaging obesity work

By Dan Colombini

Changes in consumer advertising behaviour and the rise of social media are making it more challenging for food manufacturers to tackle the UK’s obesity crisis.

Jesper Højer's appointment is the latest senior hire at The Meatless Farm Co

Former Lidl CEO joins The Meatless Farm Co

By Gwen Ridler

Former Lidl global chief executive Jesper Højer has joined plant-based meat manufacturer The Meatless Farm Company as its new chair, following a string of appointments at the company.

The programme will match the atmosphere of Mars

Belgian firm reveals SpaceBakery sustainable food plan

By Dan Colombini

Belgian bakery firm Puratos is to lead a team of firms to launch the €6.3m-funded (£5.4m) SpaceBakery, which will explore sustainable food production and provide solutions to manufacturing food on Mars.

Each loaf contains around 336 crickets, which are dried, ground, mixed with wheat flour and grains and then baked

Roberts launches UK’s ‘first insect bread’

By Dan Colombini

Roberts Bakery has launched a new limited-edition brand of bread, manufactured using insects, in a nod to the return of jungle-based television programme I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here.

The court found Boddy guilty of two charges

Horsemeat scandal abattoir boss hit with new fines

By Dan Colombini

Peter Boddy, owner of the Burnley-based Cross Stone Abattoir, has been hit with fines of more than £7,000 after being prosecuted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for failing to comply with a horse-related detention notice.​

Poor weather conditions threaten the supply of potatoes in the UK

Crisp production threatened by poor potato harvest

By Gwen Ridler

Manufacturers of crisps and frozen chips are at risk of losing access to vital raw materials, after wet weather prohibited the harvest of potatoes destined for food processors.