Health and nutritional ingredients

The National Food Strategy makes urgent recommendations

National Food Strategy issues urgent call to action

By Michelle Perrett

The National Food Strategy has intensified pressure on food manufacturers to support healthy eating, with author Henry Dimbleby claiming the industry clothes “itself and its products in false virtue”.

Salt of the Earth has developed a clean label sodium-reduction powder. Pic: GettyImages/adrian825

Ontrend umami powder cuts salt in snacks

By Gill Hyslop

Salt of the Earth has developed a clean label plant-based powder that slashes the salt content in snacks but maintains the desired savoury taste that consumers crave.

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.

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.

The range is composed of three functional products: Focus, Amplify and Balance, each with a unique flavour profile

Former Danone R&D director helps launch CBD shots

By Rod Addy

Former Danone research and development director Dr Ketan Joshi has worked on the development and launch of a range of ready-to-drink (RTD) shots infused with cannabidiol (CBD).

from humble beginnings to a globally recognised brand, Grenade talks its growth and plans for the future

Business leaders

How to blow up a brand: inside Grenade

By Aidan Fortune

Alan and Juliet Barratt set up Grenade in 2009, which has grown into a sales juggernaut. The duo discuss building a brand that is blowing away the competition.

Creating a tasty, healthy product with a good mouthfeel is a difficult balancing act for manufacturers

Beverage innovation

A matter of taste: striking a balance in healthy drinks

By Noli Dinkovski

With the trend for naturally sweetened and reduced-sugar drinks continuing, manufacturers are striving to find a good balance of taste and mouthfeel while supplying healthier products.

The new Food & Beverages division includes a portfolio of functional dairy protein ingredients

Dairy ingredients firm in global relaunch

By Noli Dinkovski

Dutch ingredients firm FrieslandCampina has consolidated its individual businesses into four strategic divisions that each serve different areas of nutrition.

Cardiovascular disease could be mitigated with healthier diets

Opinion

How dietary patterns may influence CVD risk

By Judy Buttriss

Premature deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) have fallen considerably, in part due to new treatments – but ill health associated with the disease remains high and could even be rising in older age groups.

Helen Munday spoke to Food Manufacture about the highlights of this year’s IFST Spring Conference

Microbiome a focus at IFST conference

By Gwen Ridler

The microbiome and personalised nutrition were key highlights at this year’s Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) Spring Conference last week, held at the University of Birmingham.

The low intake of healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables was marked as a leading dietary risk factor

Policy shift to healthy food needed, study warns

By Noli Dinkovski

Policy-makers should shift their emphasis from dietary restriction to promoting healthy food after one-in-five deaths globally were linked to a poor diet, a major study has revealed.

The Ingredients Show promises to offer a wealth of new flavour trends

Ingredients Show preview

Food ingredients show returns to Birmingham

By Gwen Ridler

If being at the forefront of ingredients innovation is crucial to your business, a show taking place at the Birmingham NEC next month could prove to be a goldmine.

Buttriss examines micronutrient intake in the UK and its affect on the nation’s diet

OPINION

PHE data reveals falling micronutrient intakes

By Judy Buttriss

British Nutrition Foundation director general Professor Judy Buttriss discusses the decline of micronutrient intakes in the UK and its impact on dietary intake.

The FDF welcomed the Government’s more targeted approach to tackling health and obesity

Trade body welcomes Government approach to health issues

By Gwen Ridler

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed the Government’s targeted approach to tackling health inequalities, covered in the policy paper published by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

O’Gorman: ‘The consumer tends to identify with the freshness of tea as part of wider health and wellness trends’

Beverage processing

A new thirst for innovation

By Paul Gander

Driven by the health agenda, new product development in the drinks sector is rife, and processors are having to respond accordingly.

British bakers welcomed a consultation into adding folic acid to flour

Bakers back Government folic acid consultation

By Gwen Ridler

Members of the baking industry have welcomed the Government’s announcement that it would launch a consultation into the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.

Buttriss asks if more gut bacteria research is needed

OPINION

Why more gut bacteria research is needed

By Judy Buttriss

Do the bugs cohabiting our bodies influence disease risk, body weight or even manipulate our minds through the so-called gut-brain axis?

Industry bodies have questioned revisions to rules on food advertising aimed at children

Industry bodies query proposed food advertising changes

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink industry groups have challenged several changes proposed under the revised Nutrient Profiling Model (NPM) used to control the advertising and promotion of ‘less healthy’ products to children.

The lifestyles of consumers are the driving force behind the free-from food trend

Free-from foods

How lifestyle choices are driving free-from growth

By Michelle Knott

‘Lifestylers’, rather than just those affected by allergens, are driving the trend towards free-from foods and manufacturers are having to sit up and take notice.

The 12-strong range draws on plant-based vegetarian-friendly ingredients

Nestlé veggie brand hits Sainsbury’s, Ocado

By Rod Addy

Nestlé has launched its meat-free Garden Gourmet brand in the UK through Sainsbury’s stores and online retailer Ocado, representing the latest wave of foodstuffs targeting the flexitarian trend.

Take a peak at Vitafoods Europe, which starts next week

Vitafoods Europe

Healthy nutrition the focus at trade show

By Noli Dinkovski

With healthy nutrition high on the consumer agenda at present, the organiser of Vitafoods Europe is looking forward to a lively show this year, with new elements designed to maximise information and innovation in nutraceutical foods

Study: tomato and rosemary can boost overall natural protection mechanisms in the eye

Rosemary and tomato extract shown to protect eye health

By Noli Dinkovski

Evidence that a lycopene-containing tomato and rosemary extract can protect eye health has been strengthened following the publication of pre-clinical results in scientific journal Molecular Vision.