Leatherhead Food Research

LFR study: a more open-minded and collaborative approach to innovation is emerging

Food innovators battle ‘hypersensitive’ consumers

By Noli Dinkovski

Brand innovators and product developers feel increasingly undermined by growing consumer hypersensitivity to specific “demonised” ingredients, such as sugar, according to a new study from Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).

Stories about cancer and diet continue to dominate media headlines about food

Cancer and diet leads top 10 media story list

By Noli Dinkovski

Food waste, meat substitutes and gut bacteria all feature in the top 10 most mentioned food terms in the media over the past 12 months – but stories about cancer and diet continue to dominate – according to the head of a research body.

Brexit could derail mergers and acquisitions activity in the UK

Brexit could block food firm consolidation

By Noli Dinkovski

Brexit could derail mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the months ahead, despite the UK food industry being ripe for consolidation, a business advisory firm has warned. 

Crime fighters: (l to r) Tony Hines, Lisa Jack and Andy Morling

Foodex 2016

Food and drink crime: what tops experts’ wish list

By Michael Stones

Persuading people to share information about suspected food and drink crime, co-ordinating intelligence sharing and harnessing technology to beat criminal activity topped the wish lists of experts taking part in Food Manufacture’s Big Video Debate on...

Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

Editor's view

Leatherhead Research is picked up for £1.6M

By Rick Pendrous

Speculation that began circulating over the past month that Leatherhead Food Research (LFR)was in financial difficulties and had entered administration was proved correct when an announcement was made that the organisation had been acquired by the Science...

Leatherhead Food Research has been saved from administration by the Science Group

Leatherhead acquired by Science Group for £1.6M

By Laurence Gibbons

Leatherhead Food Research has been bought out of administration by the Science Group for £1.6M in a move that will rid the organisation of its legacy pension deficit, the buyer revealed.

Food industry people on the move

Food industry people on the move – in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

Morrisons, Iglo Group, Leatherhead Food Research and Assured Food Standards were all left searching for new bosses this month as the current incumbents announced their decisions to step away from their roles.

Patterson-Lett: 'S&T shouldn't scare consumers away'

Don't keep food S&T secrets from consumers

By Nicholas Robinson

Consumers' lack of food science knowledge is stunting the impact a firm can have when launching new products, a consumer analyst has warned.

Consumers shouldn't be mislead by clean label

Health Ingredients Europe

Stop misusing natural, expert urges

By Nicholas Robinson

Manufacturers must avoid misleading consumers into thinking natural products are intrinsically healthier for them, an industry expert has urged.

Have you heard the one about the horsemeat in beef burgers? Initially the horsemeat crisis was a joke, Hines said

IFST Jubilee conference

Horsemeat crisis was ‘funny’ joke

By Laurence Gibbons

The horsemeat in beef products scandal was just a funny joke when it first happened, according to a leading professor at Leatherhead Food Research.


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