Health and nutritional ingredients

A ‘fat-busting’ microbe has been identified in healthy intestines that helps combat obesity

Food Vision

Nutrition advice questioned by gut microbe scientist

By Rick Pendrous

Conventional advice on maintaining health and avoiding obesity have been called into question by a leading expert on bacterial gut health – also known as the microbiome – who claimed that ensuring healthy bacteria in the lower intestines and colon has...

Green algae: Sun Chlorella is available in tablet, granule and liquid form

Green algae set to be leading ingredient trend

By Noli Dinkovski

A type of green algae is being touted as a leading 2017 ingredient trend, on the back of estimates that the sector will double in value in just seven years.

Food flavour trends in 2017 are being led by the ‘refreshing’ cucumber

Cucumber named 2017 ‘flavour of the year’

By Noli Dinkovski

Cucumber is expected to be ‘flavour of the year’ in 2017, based on growing demand for refreshing, clean and healthy food and beverages, a Swiss fragrance and flavour company has claimed.

Vitamin D link: the study found that supplements can reduce the risk of cold and flu

Vitamin D cold and flu study link divides scientists

By Noli Dinkovski

A study that suggests vitamin D can play an important role in preventing colds and flu has received a mixed response from scientists and industry bodies, with Public Health England (PHE) claiming it “does not provide sufficient evidence” to support a...

Food trends are being led by fake information, say Jonny Bingham (right) and David Jones (Photo©Sacha Ferrier)

Fear the food fads, innovation experts warn

By Noli Dinkovski

The dominance of the health agenda in food is leading to a “massive increase in faddy products” that hold no long-term value, two food innovation experts have warned.

Food innovation winners last year were Ryan Clifford and Dominic Urban. They received a Eotrophelia UK cheque for £2,000 from M&S's Sue Bell

Food students lured by £2,000 innovation prize

By Rick Pendrous

UK food science and technology students are being urged to take part in Ecotrophelia UK, a prestigious food development competition promoting innovation, creativity and sustainability to students pursuing a future career in the food sector, with the chance...

The ASA banned two of Organic Burst's adverts for unauthorised health claims

Regulator bans two ‘superfood’ adverts

By Gwen Ridler

Two adverts for food products and supplements have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), because they featured unauthorised health claims.

Plant-based ingredients were used to make pancakes at the show

Plant-based protein showcased at HiE

By Noli Dinkovski

The versatility of plant-based proteins was a feature at this year’s Health Ingredients Europe (HiE), which took place in Frankfurt from November 30 to December 1.

Public Health England has recommended vitamin D supplements to compensate for lack of sunlight

Government guidelines propose vitamin D supplements in the diet

By Michelle Perrett

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 to sunlight during the months of October to March, according to new government...

Enjoy our photogallery of winners and finalists in the Ecotrophelia 2016 awards

Ecotrophelia award winners and finalists photogallery

By Gwen Ridler

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 photo-gallery to celebrate their achievements.

Here's your chance to star at the Venice-themed food and drink manufacturing Oscars

FMEAS

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars now open

By Rick Pendrous

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 Venice-themed event, you need to enter these prestigious awards.

Kerry Group's Cheestrings sold well in the children's snack market, said the firm

Kerry Group reports growth in business volumes

By Gwen Ridler

Kerry Group has posted a 2.9% growth in business volumes, driven by its Taste & nutrition and Consumer food divisions in first quarter results, thanks partly to its children’s snack product Cheestrings.

Professor Gary Frost explained how appetite regulation could be influenced

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Dietary fibre intake suppresses appetite

By Rick Pendrous

Big opportunities exist for food manufacturers to tackle obesity through the use of food containing non-digestible inulin fibre to encourage satiety, according to a leading academic.

Personalised nutrition works: Professor John Mathers

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Personalised nutrition ‘really works’: new research

By Rick Pendrous

New EU research shows that diets targeted at an individual’s specific needs –personalised nutrition – can improve health more than general nutrition advice, but the results are not improved by honing that advice based on people's phenotype (physiological...

Buttriss: study revealed a low maternal blood folate level in early pregnancy is linked with poorer cognitive function

Folic acid back on the agenda?

By Judy Buttriss

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.

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Food innovation conference: still time to book

By Michael Stones

There’s still time to book a place at Food Manufacture’s food and drink innovation conference – New Frontiers in Food and Drink 2016 – which takes place tomorrow (March 17) at etc.venues St. Pauls, 200 Aldersgate, London.

Glanbia's strong performing nutritional arm has helped it secure a sixth year of growth

Glanbia continues growth with earnings to £214M

By Laurence Gibbons

Nutritional food manufacturer Glanbia has recorded double-digit growth for the sixth consecutive year, with earnings before interest, depreciation, tax and amortisation (EBITDA) up 10.5% to €271M (£214M) for the 52 weeks to January 2 2016.

Personalised nutrition is set to revolutionise new product development

Developers get personal about food

By Rick Pendrous

Nutrition, health and well-being feature large in Campden BRI’s new research projects this year, with one study looking at improving the nutritional status of crops and another on ‘personalised nutrition’.

Global concern: A third of people are said to experience some type of gastrointestinal issue

DSM offers digestive health advice

By Noli Dinkovski

A collection of scientific studies, applications expertise, regulatory knowledge and consumer insights concerning digestive health has been launched by DSM Nutritional Products.

EHL Ingredients has revealed four key trends for this year

Top food ingredients trends for 2016

By Alice Foster

‘It’s all about protein’ is one of four key trends set to shape the ingredients market in 2016, according to food ingredients supplier EHL Ingredients.

FiE attendees have been tweeting about the latest trends and innovations

FiE reports

Top trends tweeted from FiE

By Laurence Gibbons

More than 1,400 international food and drink exhibitors descended on Paris for the Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) show this week, with many tweeting the latest trends and innovations.

The latest food and drink innovations will be on show at FiE

FIE SHOW PREVIEW

Show preview: Food Ingredients Europe

By John Wood

Next week’s Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) and Natural Ingredients (Ni) shows offer the opportunity to see the some of the latest products onthe market and hear about cutting edge developments, says John Wood

Glanbia Performance Nutrition won the Ambient manufacturing Oscar

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Sports nutrition firm wins manufacturing Oscar

By Michael Stones

Sports nutrition firm Glanbia Performance Nutrition has won the Ambient manufacturing company of the year title in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – at the Lancaster hotel in London.

European Commission ruling on use of liquorice root extract Glavonoid

Glavonoid ruling allows weight loss use

By John Wood

More products tackling visceral fat are likely to be developed, following a European Commission (EC) ruling on the use of the liquorice root extract Glavonoid.

Judy Buttriss, director general, British Nutrition Foundation

Spotlight on vitamin D

By Judy Buttriss

In the past it had been assumed that vitamin D produced by exposure to sunlight during summer would be sufficient for most people to maintain adequate blood levels during winter.

DSM will cut up to 1,100 jobs across its business

UK jobs ‘unlikely’ to be hit by DSM restructure

By Nicholas Robinson

Global ingredients manufacturer Royal DSM’s plans to slash up to 1,100 jobs across its business are ‘unlikely to affect’ British workers, a source close to the firm has said.

Huel can bring all the benefits of real food

New powder will replace ‘real food’

By Nicholas Robinson

A new powder launched in the UK claims to contain all of the relevant nutrients, vitamins and minerals the human body needs and will replace food.

Single elderly consumers living alone is a growing market

Cater for single consumers

By Nicholas Robinson

Processors must focus less on manufacturing products for families and instead turn their attention to single elderly and single millennial (those aged 18-29) consumers, market analysts have suggested.