Health and nutritional ingredients

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.

Calls for flour to be fortified with folic acid

Not adding folic acid in flour is ‘tragedy’

By Michelle Perrett

The failure to fortify flour with folic acid has been called a “missed opportunity” and a “tragedy” in a report published in Public Health Reviews today (January 31).

An Oscar in the bag: Clipper Teas' Anthony Buckton collected the award from Dan Dixon of category sponsor Foodex and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAS 2017

Clipper Teas bags top food and drink manufacturing Oscar

By Mike Stones

Clipper Teas bagged a top trophy in the food and drink manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – earlier this month at The Hilton on Park Lane in London.

Products made with real fruit and vegetable pieces will be available at Taura’s stand

FiE 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

Natural and clean-tasting lead the way

By Noli Dinkovski

Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) brings the world’s leading ingredients makers under one roof for three days in Frankfurt.

Unilever bought Pukka Herbs for an undisclosed fee

Unilever brews up acquisition of herbal tea firm

By Matt Atherton

Unilever has bought Bristol-based tea manufacturer Pukka Herbs for an undisclosed fee, in a bid to close a gap in its portfolio, the manufacturer revealed yesterday (September 7).

Almonds have topped a survey of best-selling superfood ingredients. Meanwhile, don’t miss your free place at our sustainable snacking trends webinar on June 15

Almonds leads list of top 10 best-selling superfoods

By Michael Stones

Almonds have been crowned ‘King of superfoods’ in a top 10 list of best-selling superfoods created by online health food retailer Healthy Supplies, ahead of the Food Manufacture Group’s free snacking webinar at 3pm on June 15.

The nutrition show expects to attract 1,000 exhibitors and 18,500 visitors

SHOW PREVIEW

Vitafoods Europe: grounds for optimism

By Noli Dinkovski

With the UK voting to leave the EU and Donald Trump winning the US presidency, it’s fair to say we’ve had a year of political shocks.

Williams: UK involvement in future big EU nutrition projects is in question

Brexit could impact UK nutrition research funding

By Noli Dinkovski

Brexit could severely hinder the ability of UK firms and research bodies to participate in big EU-funded food science projects, a leading nutrition scientist has warned.

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.

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

Innovation Conference

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.