Health and nutritional 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


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.

Customers want to buy Graze products online and in-store, says ceo Anthony Fletcher

Graze ceo: ‘going from clicks to bricks isn’t easy’

By Nicholas Robinson

Graze, the £68M turnover online snack manufacturer, had to make big changes to its manufacturing and operating systems after gaining listings with Sainsbury and Boots, its ceo Anthony Fletcher has said.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents thought the overweight should pay more

Poll: Obese should pay more towards NHS

By Nicholas Robinson

The cost of combating Britain’s obesity crises should not be footed by the taxpayer and consumers who overindulge should instead pay more towards the National Health Service (NHS).

First protein bakery to open in the UK

‘First UK protein bakery’ announced

By Nicholas Robinson

The Protein Works will pump a significant amount of money into a new 1,858m² protein-focused bakery facility in Cheshire, it announced.

Up to 50% of muscle mass is lost between the ages of 40 and 80

Sarcopenia must be tackled

By Nicholas Robinson

More research into combating the muscle-wasting disease sarcopenia in the elderly must be a priority if health among the ageing is to be boosted, leading scientists have urged.

Skin luminosity and overall appearance improved in eight weeks

Improve skin appearance

By Nicholas Robinson

Skin radiance in women can be improved if Activ’ Inside’s SkinAx product is taken for up eight weeks, the supplement's manufacturer claims, following a clinical study.

The power of broccoli is getting stronger

Broccoli’s superpowers are growing stronger

By Nicholas Robinson

Broccoli’s ‘superfood’ status has been elevated, following findings from the Institute of Food Research (IFR) claiming a new variety could reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

Premier Foods is seeing investment in its core brands pay off

Premier Foods plans more innovation

By Rod Addy

Premier Foods is stepping up innovation plans, after seeing gains from initial steps in the past year, ceo Gavin Darby claimed as he reported on full-year results at an analyst meeting.

Peanut allergies: anaphylactic shock can be life-threatening

Self-diagnosed intolerance may harm clinical allergy sufferers

By Rick Pendrous

The explosive growth in people “self-diagnosed” as suffering from food intolerances and those avoiding certain nutrients, such as gluten and dairy, for lifestyle reasons could be harmful, the head of the Anaphylaxis Campaign, which represents those with...

Consumers are more trusting of store cupboard ingredients

Clean-labels: a dirty game?

By Lynda Searby

The industry's drive to make food and drink labels easier for consumers to read has been attacked in a recently published book. Lynda Searby finds out how the sector has responded to the latest criticism

Free-from food manufacturers had to build brand loyalty, said Varjonen

Vitafoods 2015

Top four tips to succeed with free-from

By Nicholas Robinson

Free-from food and drink manufacturers must defend themselves against fickle consumers if their brands are to remain successful in one of the fastest growing markets, experts have urged. 

Glanbia Nutritionals' gluten-free oat milling facility was launched last year in Ireland

Vitafoods 2015

Glanbia Nutritionals announces second ancient grain investment

By Nicholas Robinson

Global food ingredients giant Glanbia Nutritionals is preparing to make a further investment in its recently opened multi-million pound oat milling facility to boost its presence in the ancient grains market. 

There is hope for gut health

All eyes on gut health

By Michelle Knott

There is a glimmer of hope for Europe’s probiotics sector, Michelle Knott reports on developments

Food and drink start-ups need better government backing


What start-ups need from a new UK government

By Nicholas Robinson

More financial support must be given to food and drink start-ups by the next UK government if they are to survive their first year in business, Miso Tasty founder Bonnie Chung has urged.

14,000 visitors are expected at Vitafoods

Vitafoods 2015

Perfect ingredients for a show

By Nicholas Robinson

Explosive growth in the food and drink ingredients sector will boost its overall value to €59bn by 2018. Nicholas Robinson finds out how companies at Vitafoods are responding to the predicted uptick

Food & Drink Innovation Network

Tomorrow’s new product development in focus

By Rick Pendrous

The latest thinking in food and drink new product development (NPD) will be featured in seminar called ‘Breakthrough Innovation’ taking place in London on April 14.

The next government must do more to improve Britain’s poor dietary habits: UK Coronary Prevention Group

Nutrient profiling key to public health policies

By Rick Pendrous

The next UK government must do much more to tackle Britain’s poor dietary habits, according to the UK Coronary Prevention Group (UKCPG), a charity dedicated to preventing heart disease through healthy lifestyles.

New lecithin certification launched

New lecithin certification launched

A non-genetically modified (GM) certification system for sunflower lecithin destined for the food sector has been launched by Cert ID Europe.

Sprouted seed business rising

$250M sprouted seed industry set to rise

By Nicholas Robinson

Another ancient food has been given a makeover and is set to tap into consumers’ desire for ‘good carbs’ and healthier snacks, according to New Nutrition Business (NNB).

Memory loss and attention span can be improved with pine bark

Pine bark boosts brain health

By Nicholas Robinson

French maritime pine bark, which is also known as Pinus Pinaster, may help boost attention span, memory, decision making and overall cognitive function, a new study has claimed.

Alpro has doubled its drinks capacity at its Kettering site

Alpro’s £28.5M extension creates 50 jobs

By Laurence Gibbons

Plant-based food manufacturer Alpro has invested £28.5M in a new production facility at its existing Burton Latimer site, creating 50 new jobs.

Brennan said he aimed to turn Quorn into a $1bn brand in the next 10 years

WhiteWave eyes Quorn’s European potential

By Rod Addy

Quorn’s European potential has enticed WhiteWave Foods to consider acquiring the business, rather than its US credentials, according to one industry expert.

Chaucer Foods makes a range of freeze-dried fruit and vegetable inclusions

Chaucer Foods to create 25 jobs in Hull

By Rod Addy

Chaucer Foods aims to create 25 jobs in Hull as the company adds a third production line there and looks to expand into gluten-free bakery items by 2016.

FSA: 'Herbs and spices supply chains must be probed'

Almond contamination

Spice supply chains called into question

By Nicholas Robinson

Food firms must probe the security of their herb and spice supply chains following the discovery of almond contaminated products earlier this month.